‘I’ve been in the theatre my whole life, but when I found myself in a Meisner class with Royce I was amazed at his comprehension of the technique as well as his ability to convey the deeper principles to his actors in a concrete, practical way. I would absolutely recommend a class with Royce if you have the opportunity.’
Original Broadway Casts:
Evita and La Cage aux Follies
While the hours are long and the work thorough at the London Acting Experience, it would be wrong to assume the entire event is not situated within an ethos deeply importan to both the success of the participants and as well to their continued and sustained engagement in their chosen professional marketplace.
It is entirely inhuman and morally wrong to be cruel to people, regardless of how much one thinks such actions might be able to help. Cruelty and damage is assessed by the recipient, not the person doling it out. This is something blatantly ignored by most acting teachers, who will shame, humiliate or degrade their students and call it, 'Getting at artistic truths' or something along those lines. Similar phrases may follow, such as 'If you want to be an actor, then do this, that, etc,' or 'If you don't like it, then get off the stage,' or 'I have to break you down to build you back up.'
This intensive is a direct statement against such ends-justify-the-means thinking, which has created more damage in the world than helped it. In almost any other context the treatment many actors go through would qualify as emotional blackmail, or emotional abuse, or harassment. Many teachers who use this approach justify it with the phrase, 'It's tough out there, how will you survive if I am not tough on you in here?'