Course Details

4,6,8 July and 11,13,15 July 2022 (5pm-9pm BST, UK)

Fee: £300 Early Bird Discount          £350 Regular Price

Teachers: Kathryn Gately & Richard Poole

What you'll study

The course work introduces the Meisner progression 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 for actors pursuing careers in the Film and Television industry.

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

Develop concentration through engaged contact

Discover how to use oneself simply and truthfully, poetically, and expansively

Develop effortless, spontaneous responsiveness to others

Students of Kathryn Gately and Richard Poole have received such awards as: The Canne’s Palm d’Or, The Emmy, The Ace, The SAG. The Golden Globe, The Obie, The Tony, The Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Joseph Jefferson, Helen Hayes and Theatre World

About this course

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

Course Content

Repetition: 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 will introduce the actor to handling the ‘close-up’. These exercises will help develop the actor’s sense of intimacy in the medium, a deep and effortless emotional inner-life, a simplicity of behavior 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 introduced, lessons are woven into selected scenes.

Who is this course for?

Actors who want to strengthen their moment to moment imagined experiences through action and specific points of view for the stage, film, and television.


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 eatured in the book Acting Teachers in America, interviewed on NBC’s Extra and acknowledged on Bravo’s Actor’s Studio Television series.

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.


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 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.

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