Boston Meisner Acting Classes

Boston Meisner Acting Classes

5.0 (6)
3 employees
18 years in business

About this pro

Hello! I'm Lyralen Kaye, SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and I've been a teacher since 1986. My passion is helping people to create with spontaneity and the originality of their most authentic selves. I've taught acting, auditioning for film, tv and theater, improvisation, and all genres of writing. I studied the Meisner Technique with the great Fred Kareman at Carnegie Hall (his widow now runs the Neighborhood Playhouse) while working on my MFA in Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College. Since returning to Boston from New York, I've created curriculum that has helped my coaching and class students work in all the major theaters and for all the major casting agencies in well as helping them get work in New York and LA. As for me, I'm an award-winning writer, direct and actor.  You can learn more at these web sites:

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Salem, MA 01970
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  • Alan White

    The class was comprehensive and clear. Lyralen is a great teacher who was able to explain the key concepts and help me achieve individual goals.

  • Jenna Lunarno

    Lyralen is a very perceptive and tuned-in teacher. She sees exactly what you're doing, can name it and help you dissect it. She helps you be able to more accurately assess yourself. And she knows what to do to help you bring your emotional truthfulness to the next level. Her approach helps you to not only be more aware of the other person and be in the moment on stage, but also, her lessons are lessons you can bring into your life and be more connected to others.

  • Mai Delapa

    Lyralen is an excellent teacher. If you want to study Meisner, she is the person to go to in the New England area.

  • Robin Ann Rapoport

    Lyralen is a wonderfully gifted teacher who is always knows what approach individual students will respond to and creates a safe, friendly environment that encourages risk-taking.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I always start by talking about his or her goals and aspirations. Then together we figure out a coaching plan that includes:

1) Work on the craft of acting

2) Concrete steps toward getting more auditions and success

3) Work on auditioning and figuring out how to market the actor's type to their chosen market.

I believe coaching is collaboration...and there's no way for me to help a student reach his or her goals if I don't know what they are. Figuring out an approach and making sure it's doable are keys to success.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, I completed the Fred Kareman Meisner Course, and I have a BA in English (focus on creative writing). In addition, I've completed a number of teaching and coaching workshops focused on the process in learning. I've been a teacher since 1986, and my students have done extraordinarily well in the arts!

As a working actor myself, I bring an in-depth knowledge of both the industry and the personal struggles of actors and writers within it, so I understand what's discouraging and how to keep working even when it's challenging.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge $90/hour for private coaching.

$325 if you buy a four hour package.

How did you get started teaching?

I always wanted to teach. When I graduated from college, I went to Japan and was hired by the largest language institute in Asia (Kanda Gaigo Gakuin) to teach a full curriculum of ESL classes. They trained me in classroom management and working with student's fears of being embarrassed (a big cultural issue in Japan). I came home, worked as an educator and community liaison for women, girls and the disabled, and then opened my own business teaching creative writing. I loved all of it. I've never forgotten the reverence in Japan for teachers--sensei--and the need to address the culture and needs of your students in order to really reach them. I have brought this to the teaching of health, life skills, writing and acting. I think this is why my students feel safe to take the kind of risks that really are game changers in the arts.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with multicultural students of all races and ethnicities, with adults, teens, and preteens. I believe strongly in equality for all people and welcome anyone who wants to work with me.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

So many! Last night I was teaching an All Level Meisner Intensive, and the two newest students were working together. They got caught up in presenting an idea, and I had them just look at each other until they really connected, and the rest of their exercise was so moving and fun. It's that simple...finding the door into authentic connection and watching actors walk through it.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for someone whose acting you admire, and who has a reputation for both success and kindness. Also, someone who has training in teaching and/or directing. In the arts, the people who teach are often very knowledgeable about their subject, but have no training in how to teach it. Teaching experience and training are important.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What do you love about acting?

Where do you feel stuck?

What is the feedback you receive from casting directors or teachers?

What is the dream? Where do you really want to end up?

Lessons offered

Acting Classes Film Acting Classes Film And Tv Acting Classes Theater Acting Classes Stage Performance Training