Meisner Plus: Section One (Jim Bonney) - Designed for the serious student as an introduction to the Meisner Plus Technique, this well-tested approach is based on the teachings of legendary acting guru Sanford Meisner (1907-1997). It has produced startling gains in spontaneity and ‘presence’ among actors who have applied its principles to their work onstage. The ‘Plus’ in the equation refers to the study of emotional preparation, the key ingredient that Meisner called an indispensable foundation to a believable performance. Acclaimed acting teacher, director, and on-set coach Jim Bonney will be accepting students by interview for this twelve week course.
“Acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances” - Sanford Meisner
Class size limit: 12 /Wednesdays 7:00-930pm
12 Week Session: Feb 27th – May 9th (including Open Session May 16th).
Meisner Plus: Master Class (Jim Bonney) - Uses the principles of the Meisner Plus Technique. Topics covered: how to translate the work into text; how to break down a scene into objectives, obstacles, emotional through line, beats and subtext. Emotional Preparation, through which the actor is compelled to ‘stay in the moment’ and use the imaginary world to open the gates of his/her imagination, remains the foundation for the course. Class culminates with a performance of prepared scenes and monologues. Admission is by interview.
Class size limit: 12 / Tuesdays 7:00-9:30pm
12 Week Session: Feb 26th – May 8th (including Open Session May 15th).
Private Coaching is available for audition preparation, cold readings, and monologues. Mr. Bonney specializes in working through acting problems and emotional blocks.
“Jim has helped me make major emotional breakthroughs. He teaches with great sensitivity and has assisted me in gaining the confidence necessary to sustain success in the Business.” - Dan Cooney, Yale Drama School, “Mamma Mia”, “Les Miserables” on Broadway
“ Jim is guiding me into rooms inside myself which I’ve kept locked for years or forgotten completely. He’s brought my work to a whole new level of authenticity.” - John Hickok, “Aida” on Broadway
“Jim Bonney is a dedicated, caring artist who challenges his students to become more than they are. My connection to character became deep; I became honest and went deep in my work. I became the actor I always wanted to be.” - Jeff Denman, “Producers” and “How to Succeed in Business” on Broadway
“Since Working with Jim Bonney I have found my voice both professionally and personally. He is helping me to become the actress I was born to be.” - Ruthie Henshall Olivier Award Winner, Best Actress in a Musical, “Chicago”, “Miss Saigon”, “Peggy Sue Got Married”.
Private Coaching (212) 896-5001