by Jill Place, The Acting Intuitive
What’s the Best Acting Training?
Actors always ask me that. There are a million coaches out there doing a million versions of thousands of techniques. Why me?
Well, first of all, I studied with all the coaches that have set the standard for acting training in the last 100 years. Strasberg, Meisner, Hagen, Spolin, who created improvisation, Austin, who founded The Groundlings, and a protégé of Jerzy Grotowski’s. I didn’t realize until years later when I started my private classes that this was an amazing legacy I had . . . I had worked firsthand with almost all the coaches who had changed the face of world acting. Not only that, I had studied long enough with most of them to internalize their techniques so that I could teach them.
Second, I was able to synthesize the best of everything I’ve learned into my own technique. I was a Method coach for many years, and was called the best of this genre in L.A. by many students. But I found this form limited. Stanislavski himself said that training should be ever-evolving. He himself abandoned some of his earlier training beliefs later in life and tried out new ones.
I don’t believe that 100 year-old training suits the needs of modern acting. Stanislavski changed his methods many times within his own lifetime. That’s why it was time for a change. Continue reading