RENT - December 23 - January 21, 2023

Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre


Theatre Education at Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre



Teaching Artist: Grant McGowen


The Meisner Technique lays an important foundation for acting, bringing the actor closer to their emotional impulses and to acting that is firmly rooted in the instinctive. As the great acting teacher Sanford Meisner put it, "it is based on the fact that all good acting comes from the heart." Each class, you will be guided through powerful acting exercises, giving you the ability to access your inner emotional life to create believable characters in engaging storytelling. The Meisner Technique is recommended for serious actors who are looking to delve deeper into the craft of acting. In the past century, this legendary technique has been taught to many Award-Winning Actors, Directors and Writers alike. It continues to be a staple in the acting community and is at the core of many of the esteemed acting schools in the country. 


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Hear from current & former students:





"Teaching Artist Grant McGowen, and the hardest working man in the theatre business, conducts courses into the finer points of acting, in this class he centers on the Meisner method... These actors are believable and do a good job of being vulnerable... For those of you that have a bucket list or are seeking a shift in careers, join in the fun and take a course from Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre." 

-The Backstage Beat


"Director Grant McGowen has gotten fine, sharp performances from all his actors, in every play. As an observer of the Atlanta theatre scene for quite awhile now, I must say that I'm excited by what Mr. McGowen and Pinch 'N' Ouch are offering to Atlanta. It appears that more and more of the city's finest actors want to work with him. Live theatre needs a sense of being on the edge, unafraid of new ideas, new plays, new actors. I think Mr. McGowen is the real deal, and I hope he sticks around."

-Atlanta InTown Paper


"McGowen's gutsy actors give naturalistic, powerhouse performances... The name 'Pinch and Ouch', honors legendary acting coach Sanford Meisner, who taught that acting had to be absolute truth fully from the heart and soul... That, ultimately, could prove to be the strength of this theater group."

-East Atlanta Patch


"Edgy is the best word to describe Pinch N Ouch Theatre, a youthful group of dedicated actors shaking up the Atanta theatre scene since 2010. The unusual name is based on a quote from the legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner, who guided students to act truthfully. Founded and led by Grant McGowen, this troop of youthful artists lives up to Meisners standards, earning them the title of The Hippest Theatre Company in Atlanta."

-Showguide Magazine


"Pinch N Ouch Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Grant McGowen teaches the Meisner technique, known for producing incredibly raw and authentic acting turns. Here, actors learn to trust their own creative instincts and develop the skills for truthful, truly vulnerable acting on stage and screen ...McGowen has ushered in an acting revolution in the Southeast with his intensive four-level Meisner Acting Immersion course."


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