Another Country Productions offers educational shows to universities, secondary schools and corporations as well as offering courses in acting and playwriting.
The Meisner Technique
Another Country is best known for Artistic Director Lyralen Kaye's popular classes in the Meisner Technique, which teach actors to "live truthfully under imaginary circumstances" and to find radical connection and spontaneity with each other. Lyralen, who has an MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and who studied Meisner with Fred Kareman at Carnegie Hall, has developed her own philosophy and curriculum which combines the authenticity of Meisner with the high stakes that come from an actor's full commitment to the script and use of his or her imagination.
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Lyralen also offers private coaching to playwrights and actors. With playwrights, she provides support and 15 years of editorial experience, helping writers to strengthen dramatic structure and reach completion of their own artistic vision. For actors, she provides monologue coaching as well as private training in the Meisner technique.
Another Country Productions is now bringing the sold out event SLAMBoston, Diverse Voices in Theater, to schools! Receiving both critical acclaim and popular success for their production SLAMBoston, Another Country developed an educational slam in which students have the opportunity to experience the wide range of voices incorporated in slams--people of color, women, gays and lesbians and mainstream voices. Our belief is that the telling of human stories awakens all of us to the need for understanding and tolerance. As students both participate in slams and in the discussions afterward, they learn to question their own assumptions and to build multicultural bridges within their own communities.
Artistic Director Lyralen Kaye and the women of the Another Country Meisner Ensemble offer moving and inspiring shows on topics of women’s relationships, domestic violence and sisterhood. First offered at Holy Cross College in 1998, these shows contain performance poetry, monologues and education on women’s lives and how they’ve changed in the last 40 years.