The Meisner Technique and the 21st Century Actor with Scott Williams and John Batchelor


  • 26 July 2021
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Applications Open 14 July 2021 10:00 am
Applications Close 26 July 2021 2:00 pm
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This chat between Scott Williams and John Batchelor will further examine the specific challenges and opportunities facing today’s actors. This session can be viewed separately, or as an addition to the previous session (Monday July 19). Scott and John will discuss how the Meisner Techniques is adaptable for work in today’s film, television and theatre environments.  John Batchelor is not only an actor who crosses all those platforms, but also is well-versed in using Scott's approaches on stage and screen.  There will be time for questions from the audience.


  • Scott Williams

    SCOTT WILLIAMS founded The Impulse Company shortly after his arrival in London in 1996.  He has directed and taught all over the world, most recently at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Measure for Measure), New York Stage and Film (Painted From Memory), and in Hong Kong (Ancient History and A Streetcar Named Desire).  In London, he has directed dozens of plays, including Five O'Clock Angel (with Nichola McAuliffe), which had a six-month tour throughout the UK.  Scott is moving The Impulse Company into international work, with the creation of Impulse Company France in Paris, as well as regular stops in Australia, New York, and Hong Kong, among other places.  He trained with Sanford Meisner at Neighborhood Playhouse and with William Ball at American Conservatory Theatre, and has advanced degrees from San Francisco State University.
  • John Batchelor

    A graduate of NIDA, John’s career has spanned the film, television, theatre and radio industries throughout Australia. John has won multiple awards for theatre and short films since graduating: Theatre highlights include: The Shaugraun, Julius Caesar, Oz Shorts and Managing Carmen for QT (Queensland Theatre), The Underpants for Company B (Belvoir), She Stoops to Conquer, The Way of the World and Festen for STC (Sydney Theatre Company), Mr Melancholy, Dead Devils of Cockle Creek for Laboite Theatre, Deathwatch for Old Fitz, Storm Boy for MTC (Melbourne Theatre Company), also Troilus and Cressida, Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet for Bell Shakespeare: TV highlights include: Sea Patrol (5 Seasons), Underbelly:Razor, The Great Mint Swindle, Harrow, The Secret Daughter, Farscape, Home and Away, Hamish and Andy’s True Story , Stingers, All Saints and Water Rats and the new ABC Drama Barons: Film Highlights: AACTA Award winner Red Dog, The Whistleblower, Danny Deckchair, The Tender Hook, Man Thing, Inspector Gadget 2 and Chasing Comets: John has had a long running career in Voice Overs and Voice Acting on radio and TV throughout Australia.


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