Working with Actors

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Working with Actors

Time: July 6, 2012 from 10am to 6pm
Location: Galeri Caernarfon
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Phone: 01286 674 631
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Angharad Blythe
Latest Activity: Jun 28, 2012

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‘Take it from a Director. If you get an actor that Sandy Meisner has trained, you’ve been blessed’ Elia Kazan

Gŵyl Arall (another) Festival in partnership with Cwmni Da, presents a one-day introduction to the methods of Sanford Meisner by director, producer and actor Stephen Bayly.

Meisner techniques are considered the current best practice in the USA and are increasingly being taught in British drama schools. A generation of young actors are growing up with skills with which many of us are unfamiliar. Stephen Bayly’s workshop will offer an alternative to Method Acting, and teaches directors to work with Meisner-trained actors to ‘personalise’ the text as a way of bringing it to life.

Meisner’s methods have been used by actor/director Sidney Pollock and writer/director David Mamet among others to draw truthful emotionally rich performances from their actors, whether on stage or screen. Unbeknownst to many of us in Britain, a number of America’s most dynamic and watchable screen actors have been trained by Meisner (Leonardo DiCaprio, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Robert Duvall, Joanne Woodward, Jon Voight, to mention a few). How do these actors work? How can directors use these techniques to get more honest and intense performances from their own cast?

Stephen Bayly has produced such films as Richard III and Mrs Dalloway and has directed, among other things, the Cannes sleeper hit Coming Up Roses. He was also Director of the National Film and Television School. Stephen has studied Sanford Meisner’s techniques intensively for five years at The Actors Temple in London and now teaches directors in Cuba, Nigeria, Spain, London, Skillset Screen Academy Wales and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. For further information about Meisner and Stephen Bayly go to:


Booking fee: £30

Lunch break is from 1.30-2.30pm. Food is not provided but there is a café in Galeri and plenty of other places to eat locally.

To book your place and pay, go to or email Angharad Elen: before Wednesday, 4 July.

The film Coming Up Roses, directed by Stephen, will be shown in Galeri cinema for the first time in 20 years at 7.30pm on Friday night, 6 July, where Stephen Bayly will be holding a Q&A after the screening. To book tickets, contact Galeri on 01286 685 222.

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