International Meisner Training For SA Actors


South African actor Vanessa Zachos and the PopArt Centre for Performing Arts are proud to present a Meisner Technique Intensive workshop with Raymond T. Williams (Actor and teacher at James Franco’s New York Studio 4) in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Raymond is a working actor and a teacher at James Franco’s acting school in New York, Studio 4 and brings a wealth of experience to South Africa. He studied and performed for eight years under Jeff Goldblum and as an actor has worked with Academy winners such as Halle Berry in Their Eyes Were Watching God, Monique in Phat Girlz and on numerous films with Actor/Director James Franco (Sal, The Long Home, The Aderall Diaries). He has also directed a film at Studio4.

Actors will learn to work in the moment from their own impulses and feelings and how to connect fully to the other actors in a scene by learning to work off what the other actor does. Raymond will explain the basis for emotional preparation and a complete improvisationbased
approach to scene work with basic script analysis. Actors will touch
on the deeper creative and interpretive elements of acting. Characterization, script analysis and many other advanced acting issues can be discussed.

Career advice and audition technique can be booked complimentary with SA actor Vanessa Zachos. Vanessa has extensive experience in the British film industry working with directors. As an actor she has worked with Academy and Bafta winning directors, Ron Howard in Rush and J. J. Abrams in Fringe and with leading actors Chris Hemsworth, Anna Torv and Colin Salmon.

The aim of this intensive workshop is to give local actors access to an international level of training in order to help bridge the skills gap in South Africa. PopArt and Vanessa aim to offer regular training possibilities in the future.

Johannesburg workshop venue: PopArt Theatre in Maboneng Precinct.
Date: Saturday 27th February 2016 Time: 9am 6pm. Cost: R1800.00 (Minimum 8 hours of Meisner training).

Cape Town workshop venue: The Alexander Bar Upstairs Theatre in association with PopUpstairs. Dates: Tuesday 1st March and Wednesday 2nd March 2016 Times:1pm 5pm. Cost is R1800.00 (Minimum 8 hours of
Meisner training). All levels will be catered for. The workshops are also suitable for Directors and Writers.

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Johannesburg Workshop: Book online, or email at for EFT details:
Cape Town Workshop: Book Online

More details on the tutors and venues:
Raymond T Williams :
Studio 4 :
Vanessa Zachos :
Johannesburg: PopArt Theatre:
Cape Town: Alexander Bar Upstairs/ PopUpstairs:

Email for workshop enquiries:

About Meisner:

Meisner developed this technique after working with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler at the Group Theatre and while working as head of the acting program at New York City’s Neighborhood Playhouse. He continued its refinement for fifty years. In 1935, Sanford Meisner, one of the founding members of The Group Theatre (along with Stella Adler, Bobby Lewis, Harold Clurman, and Lee Strasberg), joined the faculty of The Neighborhood Playhouse. Over the years, he developed and refined what is now known as the Meisner Technique, a stepbystep procedure of selfinvestigation for the actor now globally recognized and among the foremost of modern acting techniques.Meisner believed that the
study of the actor’s craft was rooted in acquiring a solid organic acting technique. It was a cornerstone of his teaching that this learning process occur not in a theoretical, abstract manner, but in the practical give and take of the classroom, where as he once said, “the students struggled to learn what I struggled to teach.” Through that struggle the gifted student, over time gradually begins to emerge solidly in his or her work.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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