Meisner Acting Technique and On-camera Workshop Online

  • Meisner Acting Technique and On-camera Workshop Online
  • Meisner Acting Technique and On-camera Workshop Online
  • Meisner Acting Technique and On-camera Workshop Online
  • Meisner Acting Technique and On-camera Workshop Online
  • Meisner Acting Technique and On-camera Workshop Online
  • Meisner Acting Technique and On-camera Workshop Online
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About this course


4 days

Term Start

6,7,10,11 July

Entry Requirements

Age 18 + 

Each session will begin with one hour of physical vocal warm up to open the acting instrument.

The content of this course is a dynamic and effective blend of sensual acting craft and skills with text, scene work, on-camera technique and training for the 21st century actor.

An introduction to the Repetition Exercise


Why choose this course?

The course work provides an introduction to the Meisner technique, updated to serve the unique needs of contemporary actors. Master teachers Kathryn Gately and Richard Poole have proven success for several decades in new innovations in actor training, developing versatile, award-winning actors who are successful in the competitive entertainment industry. Included in this workshop are on-camera techniques which are highly beneficial as an introduction for actors who want to pursue a career for the Stage, Film and Television industry.

Fee and Application Information


4 sessions in total over 24 hours.

Monday 6 July - 4pm to 10pm (BST)
Tuesday 7 July - 4pm to 10pm (BST)
Friday 10 July -  4pm to 10pm (BST)
Saturday 11 July -  4pm to 10pm (BST)

Early bird fee: £ 300 (until 15 June)
Full cost:         £350

Rose Bruford College Alumni Discounts
Alumni of Rose Bruford College undergraduate and postgraduate courses are entitled to a 5% discount on the full fee. Please contact us for further information.

How to Apply

Please email if you have any questions about the course. 

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Course content


Allows students to inhabit shared experience in an unanticipated, authentic moment to moment journey.

Activities – Action Work:
This work answers the imperatives –

  • What are you doing?
  • Why are you doing it?
  • What do you hope to achieve?

Dramatic Imagination:
Lessons engage each student’s entrance into the world of the dramatic imagination, illuminating pathways unique to each actor. Through dramatic imaginings, the actor creates and experiences life altering circumstances.

Sense Memory:
This exercise is a powerful and reliable tool for helping actors develop a vivid inner-life. It begins as a strong concentration exercise by focusing the actor’s attention on a specific object. During this time, the actor explores the object in infinite detail using the 5 senses as needed – sight, taste, smell, sound, and touch. As the concentration strengthens, experience turns into feelings evoked, by the object [essential for film work]


The on-camera work is devoted to helping the actor handle the ‘close-up’. These exercises develop the actor’s sense of intimacy in the medium, a deep and effortless emotional inner-life, a simplicity of behaviour which allows the ‘close up’ without pushing away the audience when the actions and emotions are forceful and highly dramatic. “It is in the ‘close-up’ that the actor makes his career”.


Once these important skills have been developed, lessons are carefully woven into selected scenes. On camera scene work also gives students the chance to apply these techniques to a script.


One hour of physical vocal warm up to open the acting instrument.


Kathryn Gately served as Head of and/or co-teacher of 2 nationally ranked URTA /NAST and UNIFIED MFA/BFA/BA Acting Programs. She headed the graduate program in Acting at Northern (NIU). At Mason Gross, she co-taught the MFA and BFA students with Mr. William Esper. As an actress and a teacher Professor Gately trained extensively under Sanford Meisner and William Esper. She is a 2-year graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse, and earned an MFA in Acting at Mason Gross, Rutgers. Ms. Gately has created intensive conservatory programs for major agencies, managers, and schools in NYC, LA, Dublin, and London. Kathryn has been featured in the book Acting Teachers in America and acknowledged on Bravo’s Actor’s Studio Television series. Ms. Gately has been recognized as a leader in Theatre Education and one of the most Notable Women in America by Marquis Who’s Who. She has coached for on and off-Broadway productions and

Award-winning Films and Television Shows, as well as international theatre productions in Moscow, Hungry, and Dublin, Ireland. She was a consultant for ABC, and CBS and for the film, Wild Iris, which starred Gena Rowlands and Laura Linney, she served as an artistic advisor to producer Kevin Goetz.  Ms. Linney went on to win an Emmy for her performance in the film.

“She has an eye for truth. What I learned mostly was that your emotions are kind of at your fingertips, and that they have to be fluid. When you’re working in film, and especially television – you have to shift gears and get going”
James Gandolfini – The Sopranos [Emmy Award winner]

Richard Poole

In New York City, Richard Poole worked as the Executive Director of The Nat Horne Theatre on 42nd Street’s Historic Theatre Row, where he expanded the Gately / Poole studio to over 200 students a year. The studio was home to three separate theatre groups, including the award-winning Manhattan Class Company.

Mr. Poole has also served as the Artistic Director for the Barnstormers Equity Theatre. He has taught in Europe and all across the United States. A few of Mr. Poole’s teaching and directing credits include the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Rutgers University, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Philadelphia Repertory Company. In NYC, Mr. Poole co-created the School for Film and Television, was Head of Acting for the Professional Program at Primary Stages Theatre Company, and co-head of the playwriting unit with Arthur Giron. He was also associated with New Dramatists in Chicago.

Richard Poole is recognised as one of the most successful Showcase Directors in the United States. In 2013, he became Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois University.

“I can not say enough how vital Rick’s sensory exercises are to the actual work I do on a set. His greatest lesson was focus, to teach us how to take in the environment and the other actors. I’ve used his lessons in every film I’ve done.”
Logan Huffman – V [TV series], America, Straight Up, Outlaw

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