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Fall 2021
"Living Truthfully"
Meisner Institute Scene Competition
for ACTORS & WRITERS

Sign up below to participate in the first-ever "Living Truthfully" Meisner Institute International Scene Competition. Compete in one or all the categories. Prizes for individual winners, team winners, winning schools/acting programs. Internationally-renowned acting teachers will judge your scenes - click HERE to see the list of judges.

NEW ADDITION! - The Meisner Institute is teaming up with The Clown School to offer a NEW category to the competition - PHYSICAL THEATRE SCENE.

How to Compete - 6 Easy Steps

Pick Your Categories (click the titles to read the scripts)

An aspiring actor is preparing for their big scene in a movie. A crew member is helping them. They both have a big crush on someone. The only question is who?

Two half-siblings fight over removing their father from life support. One of them may be suffering from a serious mental illness inherited from their mother.

One person is preparing to get married. Their old lover shows up minutes before the ceremony to present them with a very difficult choice. 

An actor is rehearsing for a dancing pandas web series, creating a conflict with their commitment to act in an experimental play directed by their lover. Will their relationship survive this crisis?

2 actors, five minutes, no words, finding the story through movement inspired by the words -"For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it." Amanda Gorman

Write a 2-person, 5-minute scene (1000 words or less). Two characters in some human conflict with strong points of view. Write from your heart.

How the Scenes Will be Judged

SCRIPTED ACTING SCENES

The actors with scripts will be judged on the following things. 

  • Really Doing​ - is the actor really doing everything involved in the scene's imaginary situation?

  • Working Off the Other Person - is the actor truthfully & instinctively reacting moment to moment to the other person?

  • Open Heart - is the actor taking the each moment personally and truthfully reacting emotionally rather than just logically to what is happening?

  • Emotionally Prepared - is the actor starting the scene with a full emotional life appropriate to the imaginary circumstances?

  • Strong POW - does the actor have a strong, specific and meaningful point of view appropriate to the imaginary circumstances?

PHYSICAL THEATRE ACTING SCENE

The actors doing the physical theatre scene will be judged on the following things.

  • Expressivity - is the actor's body fully engaged in telling the story?

  • Relationship - is the actor's body sensitive to the energies, movements, offerings, and provocations of their partner?

  • Imagery - is the actor's body connected to the portrayal of character and circumstance?

  • Emotion - is the actor's body allowing emotional experiences to flow?

  • Story - has the actor created a clear story which is easy to comprehend?

SCRIPTWRITING SCENE

The writers will be judged on the following things.

  • Characters - has the writer created compelling three-dimensional characters with specific points of view?

  • Flow of Action - does the scene contain logical and emotionally compelling escalation towards a climax?

  • Clarity of Premise - is the scene's premise reflected clearly and tied between the exposition, climax and resolution?

  • Dialogue - Has the writer created dialogue that is realistic, grounded and appropriate to the events in the scene?

  • Formatting - Has the writer remained within the 5-minute scene limit (less than 1000 words)?

Actors Have Questions. We Have Answers

  • DOES GENDER MATTER FOR THE ROLES? - The scenes are written so that any gender could play either part. You are allowed to adjust the pronouns used in the script to suit your choices. 

  • CAN I TRANSLATE THE SCENES TO A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE? - You are encouraged to translate the script into any language, any dialect, any lingo. We ask that you try to keep close to the same basic line-by-line story structure and not add extra lines.  

  • CAN I CHANGE NAMES AND LOCATIONS? - You may use whatever names suit you for all the people in the script and any locations named.

  • WHAT KIND OF ACTING ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? - Sandy Meisner defined acting as "living truthfully under imaginary circumstances." When in doubt, just be truthful and really do what you are doing, no more or no less. Don't try to perform or show us anything and, please, never fake emotion. Trust yourself!

  • HOW WILL YOU KNOW WHICH ACTOR IS PLAYING WHICH ROLE? - When you record your scene, start it by each of you slating your name and saying whether you are Character A or Character B. EXAMPLE - "Hi, I'm Michelle Maxwell and I'm playing Character A." "Hi, I'm Tim Botkin and I'm playing Character B."

  • WHO WILL BE JUDGING THE SCENES and WILL I BE ABLE TO SEE THEIR SCORES & COMMENTS? - Our judges are picked from around the world for their experience with acting. You will be able to see their scores and comments if you want. Our job is to help you grow your acting skills and your confidence. We will give you honest but loving feedback for your courageous work.  

Writers Have Questions. We Have Answers

  • HOW LONG CAN THE SCENE BE? - 1000 words or less. 

  • WHAT LANGUAGE CAN IT BE WRITTEN IN? - We welcome scenes written in any language.

  • WHAT KIND OF SCENES ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? - Write stories that you understand and that move you. Keep it human. Don't be afraid to speak from your heart. Strong points of view, strong conflict, simple. With writing, like acting, less is usually more.

  • WHO WILL BE JUDGING THE SCENES and WILL I BE ABLE TO SEE THEIR SCORES & COMMENTS? - Our judges are picked from around the world for their experience with writing & acting. You will be able to see their scores and comments if you want. Our job is to help you grow your writing skills and your confidence. We will give you honest but loving feedback for your courageous work.

 

READY TO REGISTER? - Register Below!

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? - Email us and we will answer them.

 

WANT TO MEET OUR JUDGES/SPONSORS? CLICK HERE

Prizes for Actors

  • YOUTUBE - Your winning scene posted on YouTube​ for the world to see (with your permission).

  • SOCIAL MEDIA - Recognition on the Meisner Institute social media.

  • FREE CLASSES - One year free attendance in all Meisner Institute on-line classes & workshops.

  • FREE MEMBERSHIP - One year free membership in the Meisner Institute.

  • CHAMPION TITLE - The title of World Champion Actor - creating instant pride & admiration of family & friends and a ton of confidence in yourself.

  • TROPHY - A really cool trophy.

Prizes for Writers

  • USE IN NEXT YEAR'S COMPETITION - Your winning scene will be used in next year's scene competition. (with your permission). You will be able to see actors from around the world perform your scene.

  • SOCIAL MEDIA - Recognition on the Meisner Institute social media.

  • FREE CLASSES - One year free attendance in all Meisner Institute on-line classes & workshops.

  • FREE MEMBERSHIP - One year free membership in the Meisner Institute.

  • CHAMPION TITLE - The title of World Champion Scriptwriter - creating instant pride & admiration of family & friends and a ton of confidence in yourself.

  • TROPHY - A really cool trophy.

 
 

Registration

To register, please fill out the information below.

Check all the categories you will be competing in. You can check more than one if you want!

For each scene you sign up for - add names of scene partners (if you know them)

 

Our Judges & Sponsors

 

Robert

Price

UK

Diego De La Espriella

USA

David

Bridel

USA

Angeli

Bayani

Philippines

Octave

Karalievitch

France

Robyn

Cohen

USA

Alecx

Lorica

Philippines

Philippa Strandberg-Long

UK

Tayna

Weinstein

Russia

Sergei

Tcherkasski

Russia

Warren

Chu

China

Alexander Weinstein

Russia

Gabe

Grier

USA

Rachel

Bailit

USA

Hansel

Tan

Singapore

Alkistis

Nikolaidi

Greece

Karina

Lemmer

South Africa

David

Brown

UK

Reed

Arnold

USA