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Burning Coal Theatre Company will host Jason Peck’s two day master class on Sunday, November 7 and Sunday, November 14th from 4 to 8 pm.  The workshop will take place at the Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC.  The fee for the 2 day workshop will be $100.  For further information, please contact Jason Peck at (818) 298-9468.

What do Tom Cruise, Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton, Anne Hatheway, Jack Nicholson, Michelle Williams, Jim Carrey, Steve Carrell, and Sandra Bullock all have in common? They were all trained using the Sanford Meisner Acting Technique.  One of the most important tools for any actor is the ability to “be present.” Through a series of unique exercises and an intense exploration of Sanford Meisner’s infamous repetition work, we will explore what it means to “be in the moment,” and to be true to the inner impulses which guide us. Join us for a two day class taught by award winning actor and certified master Meisner teacher, Jason Peck (Roswell, In Her Shoes, NYPD Blue, The King of Queens), as he ignites passion and opens hearts and minds to what true and honest acting is all about.  There are many acting techniques that offer tools to analyze a script or help to mold a character, but the Meisner Technique, taught in many university acting conservatories and programs, is different in that it begins with “you.”  For the first class, all students should bring a personal object with them that when thought about, held, or looked at, inspires uplifting, joyous, and happy feelings.  Please wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing.  Be prepared for intensive deep work that will yield breakthroughs and challenge your thoughts on what acting can be.

Jason Peck is a certified Master Meisner Teacher. He has trained with Meisner Master Teacher Larry Silverberg (author of The Meisner Approach series), the UK’s preeminent vocal teacher Patsy Rodenburg, and founding SITI Company member KJ Sanchez, among others.  Jason hails from Los Angeles, and he has worked professionally in film, television, and theatre with some of the best and brightest names in stage and film including Jack Black, Oscar nominee John C. Reilly, Oscar nominee Kathleen Quinlan, Tony winner William Sadler, Oscar nominee Bruce Davison, Golden Globe nominee Cameron Diaz, Oscar nominee Toni Collette, Emmy winner Jerry Stiller, and Oscar winning director Curtis Hanson. A proud member of SAG and AEA, he has had the pleasure of collaborating and working first hand with many playwriting luminaries- developing and acting in many new works with Eric Bogosian (suburbia, Actor’s Gang Theatre, West Coast Premiere), Jane Anderson (Looking for Normal, Mark Taper Forum, World Premiere), Mark Ravenhill (Faust is Dead, Zephyr Theatre, US Premiere), Jason Wells (Perfect Mendacity, Asolo Rep, World Premiere), and Charles Mee (A Perfect Wedding, Kirk Douglas Theatre, World Premiere.) Other professional theatre credits include: the Off-Broadway World Premiere of van gogh (Mint Theatre, NY), the West Coast Premiere of Caryl Churchill’s Far Away (Odyssey Theatre, LA), the World Premiere of R.A. White’s adaptation of the Nathaniel West classic The Dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin (Actor’s Gang Theatre, LA), and the US Regional Premiere of Steve Martin’s The Underpants (Florida Rep). TV and film credits include among others: In Her Shoes, The King of Queens, Family Law, The District, LA Law: The Movie (MOW), NYPD Blue, George Lucas in Love, and three seasons on the cult-hit Roswell. He is a recipient of the Los Angeles Critics’ Drama-logue Award and the Backstage West Garland Award. He holds an MFA in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Acting Conservatory with a BFA in Acting from the University of Southern California.  He is a founding member of the award-winning Los Angeles based Namaste Theatre Company and has taught acting in North Carolina, Florida, and California.

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