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Course overview

The Meisner Technique is a unique training form that teaches actors to respond to stimuli and develop observation and active listening. Meisner used repetition exercises to develop his students’ skills of observation and instinct. He believed that repetition gets actors out of their heads so they can rely on their organic instincts. Participants on this course will discover the simplicity of ‘acting truthfully under given circumstances’. Voice, Movement, and Scene Study classes will also support the Meisner practice. This course is aimed at people who have already had some experience of actor training.

The Meisner technique can make participants feel emotionally sensitive as it requires a degree of openness, however the technique asks actors to use their imagination, rather than real-life experiences, to inform emotional responses. We are committed to cultivating a supportive learning environment in our classes.

*Classes take place from 10am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. Due to the bank holiday on 6 May, there will be additional evening classes on:
Thursday 2 May, 6.30-9.30pm
Thursday 9 May, 6.30-9.30pm

Classes will begin at the earlier time of 9.45am on:
Friday 3 May
Friday 10 May

Please ensure you are able to attend all classes.

What will I learn on this course?

  • Explore Meisner exercises including improvisation and repetition
  • Find ways of connecting truthfully within a scene
  • Develop your rehearsal technique and professional practice.

New to Meisner? Explore this technique over 2 days in our Meisner Technique Workshop.

Entry requirements

  • Selection by application. You must have either 3 professional acting credits; OR the equivalent of at least one year of acting training. Please see the application form for more information.
  • Participants must be over 18 and have fluent, confident use and knowledge of the English language.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Actors who are confident in performing
  • Actors looking to explore Meisner technique in-depth
  • Anyone interested in building on their acting skills to a more advanced level.

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Course information

What are the Terms and Conditions of my booking?

You can read the full Terms and Conditions here.

Will there be anything I need to prepare before the course starts?

No – there is nothing to prepare.

Is there any work to do outside of class time?

Participants will be encouraged to undertake some further personal preparation work after classes and outside of RADA.

What’s included in the fee?

The fee covers the cost of your tuition for the times advertised above and any materials essential to the course (and not specified here as materials you need to provide yourself). The fee does not include any meals or accommodation.

RADA cannot provide written references for Short Course participants.

What materials or equipment do I need?

You need to wear loose clothing that you can move in freely.

I have a disability or access requirement – can reasonable adjustments be made?

We are able to make reasonable adjustments to our training where possible. Many of our courses are highly practical. Most involve movement and some may include work on the floor. You may also be asked to read from various texts. If you have access requirements and/or require more information on access and facilities in our RADA buildings, please email

Are there any funding or payment plans available?

There are no RADA Scholarships available for Short Courses. We cannot offer payment plans, and full payment is required to secure your place on a course.

Can RADA provide accommodation?

We are unable to provide accommodation for RADA Short Courses.

Please note that in the event of cancellation, RADA can accept no liability for any costs you may already have incurred; and we strongly recommend you purchase insurance cover for any travel or accommodation booked before the start of the course.

Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?

Yes. A Certificate of Completion is available for this course. Certificates are awarded to students who had no unexcused absences or lateness and operated within the obligations laid out in the Terms and Conditions.

Does the course count towards University credits?

There are no University Credits associated with this course.

What is the attendance policy?

Our attendance policy can be read within our Terms and Conditions. 100% attendance and punctuality are expected for all classes.

How do I register for an in-person course?

You will be providing most of the information we need when you fill in your application form.

On the first day of your course, you will be asked to arrive at RADA up to 30 minutes before the start of your first session, and you need to bring a copy of your passport, and, if applicable, evidence of your right to join a short course in the UK.