Pre-requisite: Third Coast Level 2: Scenework
The Meisner acting technique takes its name from actor and teacher Sanford Meisner who asked performers to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Improvisation asks performers to create those imaginary circumstances. The two techniques live in harmony. Learn how to utilize the Meisner technique in order to help you get out of your head, activate your point of view, and commit to each moment with your scene partner 100%. In this 4 week course you will be accessing tools to make your Improvisation more authentic, honest, and spontaneous.
Darci Nalepa is originally from Chicago, IL where she performed and taught for 15 years. She received a degree in Theatre Studies from Augustana College. Darci then continued her education training in the Meisner technique with Black Box Acting as well as completing the acting training program at the world-renowned Steppenwolf Theatre. She has performed on many stages in Chicago including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, and The Gift Theatre Company. Darci can be seen in Stephen Cone’s film Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party and has made appearances on NBC’s Chicago Fire, Amazon’s Patriot, and Showtime’s Shameless. She is the co-creator of the webseries The Force. She has been a Guest Lecturer of Theatre and Performance Studies with The University of Chicago and a Meisner Instructor with Black Box Acting and The School at Steppenwolf. Proud Gift Theatre Ensemble member and union member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA.