Carole Zucker’s teaches the Meisner Technique in a gentle and caring way. She easily coaxes her student to draw from themselves while using repetition in order to be fully present with one’s partner, and in the moment. I am an analytical person and so I found Carole’s exercises invaluable, affording me an easy way to get out of my head and back in the present. The classroom always felt confortable and safe, and so it was easy for the students to work well together. I was surprised by some of the things that I learned about myself that will serve me on stage, as well as in life. I’ve had a lot of amazing acting teachers, and I’d take another class from her any day!
-Lindsey Campbell, graduate student in Film Studies, intern at Telluride Film Festival
Carole did a very important thing for me which was that she showed me the fear of acting that I didn’t even know existed. In other classes I was afraid of failure, of not pleasing the teacher, of not being the best. In Carole’s class the fear was of success, of facing your own truth and revealing it. Of course this is fear you must go through in order to be an artist and Carole provides a remarkably safe, nurturing environment where an actor may do this.
-Andrew Cameron, Actor, Vancouver/Montreal
The Meisner Technique Workshop was truly a lifetime adventure. The exercises challenged me to my very core and showed me how things work inside our subconscious. We stop or deny the real, deep instinctive, and most basic feelings, and mask them behind the everyday routines and rules of etiquette that society expects of us.
I learnt to truly live in the moment and be honest and show what I feel, and this freed up the mind and body.
It’s like a form of therapy which brings us back to our once clean and pure feelings and to human beings we once were.
Carole is a great teacher with a lot of teaching and life experience.
I highly recommend the Meisner Technique with Carole -
it’s sometimes a painful but wonderful journey into our own deepest feelings.Thank you Carole
Otto Szabo – film actor, Montreal/Hungary
When I registered, I didn’t know what to expect from the Meisner workshop; I really just wanted to explore a new way to express myself in acting. After the first week-end, I was amazed at how fast the evolution went; how it made me focus on the present, on the emotion I was living at the moment. The repetition technique made me react without consciously blocking emotion. Things were happening and I had to embrace them; I had to keep myself open to the emotion, and to the person working with me. At times, it was scary, liberating, touching and mindblowing. I recommend this workshop to anyone who is willing to get seriously into the exercises and under the leadership of Carole Zucker. You will be in good hands, she is a terrific woman and great teacher.
-Anne-Louise Lalancette, Montreal, violinist, filmmaker, dancer, student of life
Carole is a wonderful teacher. You will walk away from this workshop understanding yourself and how to overcome your inhibitions to become fiercely invested in your instincts and art of acting. I felt Carole gave me permission and encouragement to achieve my objectives without censure from my socialized and analytical mind. Once again you brought us the chance to be brave and open! What you are bringing to your students is priceless.”
- Tracey Girdich, Actor, Burlington, Founding Artistic Director, Green Candle Theater
Starting to act in my own autobiographical work as a filmmaker, I find myself very attracted to Carole’s approach and the Meisner Technique. Carole’s firm, yet playful teaching has allowed me to grow as a person, and to look at myself from a sincere and genuine place, that will enhance my journey as an actor and a creator.
- Carlo Guillermo Proto, filmmaker, Chile/Montreal/Toronto
Carole’s workshop allowed me access to that most rare space; a sort of cocoon, where I as an actor, felt free to swim in the possibility of now. Carole created a space where an artist could lay to rest learned inhibitions and censorship, and instead, feel and respond to a quiet inner impulse. I found her guidance to be gentle, insightful and firm. She encouraged me to reach further to find real personal connections with the character I was portraying. Carole inspired confidence because when working with her, I received the feeling that she is a warrior in search of truth. And that is the most difficult and the most simple of attributes to achieve. Thank you.
-Frank Kehoe, actor, Burlington, Vermont
I enrolled in this workshop to be a better filmmaker but eventually I became an actor, for a while. Carole helped me to understand the process of acting and the difference between performing and being. She taught me how an actor reads a script, which relates to the script I am in the process of writing. She showed me how to build a character from the script, the given circumstances, and from within myself. I experienced the anxiety and vulnerability of standing on stage and being given directions instead of giving directions, which I believe made me more conscious and sensitive as a director.
Carole is a generous, sensitive and talented person, a mentor, who guides you to achieve the most brilliantly simple moments of “just being” on stage.
-Gina Haraszti, filmmaker, Budapest/Montreal
Carole’s class pushes you to be courageous and to take bold risks in a supportive and encouraging setting. I found that I learned so much from watching my classmates work through our weekly exercises and from her honest and helpful comments. The greatest lessons I took away were the importance of conquering self-consciousness and the tools to begin to do so. Her class will help to move you towards becoming a freer, less blocked actor and a more confident human being.
-Morgan Williams, theater student, McGill University, Montreal
Carole Zucker changed my life. Her workshops have inspired me on so many levels. They were the first steps I took on my path of following my dreams and listening to my heart. Those steps soon brought me to New York City where I pursue my work as an actor and artist with perseverance and confidence. Zucker is full of life and spunk, and there is never a dull moment in her presence. She pushes you into the unknown, encourages you to take risks and be vulnerable in a safe environment. Lessons like those are most important for an actor and as a human being. She is honest with her students and encourages their strengths and helps them with their weaknesses. She isn’t judgmental and that makes for a great teacher. Take her workshops and HAVE FUN!
-Micha Lazare, actor, New York
Carole Zucker uses Uta Hagen’s A Challenge For the Actor as her text, guiding us through the Six Steps outlined in that book. Uta made the point that we get excited when we see a real person on the stage before us, and the Six Steps are the building blocks that allow an actor to create that. I’ve since studied with other acting teachers –I rank Carole as the best of them: for her the work is paramount. She makes no pretenses about her class being a launch pad to stardom, or a networking place, or some kind of seminar on the business – and does not set herself up to be an acting guru of any kind. What she does is sit back, watch, listen, and then tell you exactly what she saw up there. Hers is an eye trained by years of observation and deep thought on what it is we do, and there is no hope of fooling her, of charming her, of getting away with anything but being true on stage. She points out falseness, or where you went off-track, but without ever letting her ego get in the way. The work is the thing. She teaches you to respect that, and when you do, no one is more excited by the inevitable result than she.
Within a year of meeting and working with Carole I had written and performed my own one-man show ; I was able to use the imagination that was always in me to see another life for myself. And imagining another life, of course, is the point of acting. Thank you, Carole.
-Scott Clarkson, actor, Toronto
Carole’s classes and teachings provide what any true actor needs – how to read between and underneath the lines of any script. Working scenes in Carole’s classes was always exciting – it’s a great a place to be creative, an environment to learn about the truth of self and others, you truly learn how to connect with a fellow actor and listen to your instincts with a teacher who will challenge you to your core.
Years after taking Carole’s classes, I still carry what I’ve learned with her to every audition and performance. Carole has a way of instinctively knowing which buttons to push and which walls to break down in order to bring out your best. Carole’s classes rock!!
-Sora Olah, television presenter and actor, Toronto
I thought I was getting into this workshop to be a better director and actually the class made me a better person. Carole is such a capable guide; she keeps the class honest and authentic. The techniques are deceptively simple and can do strange, wonderful things if you just let them—-particularly in learning how to listen, respond, and be present. She knows when to push you to go where you’ve always secretly wanted to go, and she’ll do it with generous encouragement and a wicked sense of humor. It’s a liberating, safe space that she creates and you simply have to trust her. Whether you’re an aspiring actor or just want to shake the dust off your life a bit more, this class will give far more to you than you expected.
-Nika Khanjani,filmmaker, Texas, USA, and Montreal
There are only so many moments in life that you look back on as fundamental, where you are fully alive and aware – Carole Zucker’s workshop is one of them.Yes, you are being taught acting, but beyond the rigor lies an experience coming achingly close to your core. As a director, knowing the turmoil, the anxiety and the utter nakedness an actor will go through opened an awareness and a sense of responsibility in me. In short, the workshop made me mature as director and more importantly as a person.
-Adam Budd, filmmaker, Saskatchewan, Canada
Doing Carole’s workshop rewarded me a million times over. You get to understand that it’s not the text you act, it’s the emotions. Because of Carole, I began to grasp that it was okay to be upset; it was okay to be scared, it was okay to be wrong. Carole was there when we hurt, and guided us through the pain. She was there when we succeeded, and let us how important our success was. She took all of us into her warmth and kindness. After this workshop, I felt I could take anything anyone might throw at me. The most powerful and confident I felt was at my most vulnerable and open. You are pushed beyond your own limits.
-Florence Vallières, playwright and film student, Montreal
Carole’s workshops were an experience that dramatically changed my life – I discovered some powerful creative impulses during those weeks of intensive living, which lay between the pleasure of flying and the fear of falling down to earth. Carole guided me through the invisible itinerary of my inner self. Carole is absolute generous in sharing everything with her students. Her brilliant talent is to perceive what is hidden behind the surface and to open the door to the unknown. If you want to meet an instinctive and charismatic mentor to pursue a professional career in performance or to explore what lies beyond the boundaries of your personality, Carole’s workshops give you this unique possibility.
-Tatiana Lévesque, graduate student, Montreal
Carole Zucker’s acting workshops reveal her deep insights into the art of acting and into the art of being human. Her extraordinarily intelligent, wise and gentle guidance throughout the workshop teaches you how to be “in the moment”: how to listen to your deepest dreams and desires, and how to be courageous enough to follow where they take you.
-Hanna Laakso, Ph. D., Co-ordinator, Ars Mondo, Helsinki, Finland
Carole’s acting workshops are rooted in life itself. In order to delve into genuine emotions, it was necessary to pry off the masks fastened by years of socialization. We learned to explore the fear and exhilaration of finding out who we truly are rather than how we want to be perceived. Carole is passionate and dedicated, and mentors each student to achieve their full potential.
-Jessica Buckingham, Multi-Media project co-ordinator, Montreal
Carole Zucker and her acting class taught me one of the most fundamental things of life: know what you want and ask for it. Her workshop goes to the basis of human nature – communication between individuals. Through the class, I learned to communicate at a level of sincerity rarely felt before. With her honesty, Carole was able to challenge me and get me to a point I never dreamed of achieving. Being a filmmaker, it also allowed me to appreciate the difficult work of being an actor. Thank you Carole for all your great work. You’ve made me learn about myself.
-Roch Thibault, filmmaker, Montreal
Your acting workshop was the most exciting thing I’ve done in years. We were all fortunate to have had Carole as our guide. I really appreciated her courage and honesty.
Carole is a true gem, and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in her workshop. Thank you for your time and energy – you’ve made this experience unforgettable.
- Christin Bartolo, Bookstore Manager, Montreal
Carole’s class left a major mark on my life. It propelled me through a roller-coaster of challenging emotions that, ten years later, continues to resonate in my personal and professional world. I felt exposed, vulnerable, empowered and completely safe. I can’t imagine actors achieving their desired range without experiencing the Meisner Technique. Carole’s approach was memorably sensitive, earnest and motivating!
Whether you are looking to strengthen your assertiveness, confidence, communication or acting skills, this journey will push your boundaries, make you think and deliver!
-Coleen Ayoup, National Film Board Women’s Unit, Documentary filmmaker, Montreal, Ryerson University, Toronto.