Next session starts April 2, 2018. Meets weekly on Mondays 6:30pm-9:30pm for 8 weeks.

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Teaching Artist: Grant McGowen (bio)

This 8-week class lays an important foundation for truthful, believable acting. Whether you are acting for the first time or have 20+ years experience, this class will make you a better and more believable actor. If you are serious about learning the craft of acting and developing invaluable skills that will deepen your work and set you forth in the right direction, this is the best place to start.


Teaching Artist: Grant McGowen (bio)

This 8-week class is the newest addition to PNO's rigorous training program and is perfect for students who really want to become known as “characters” actors. Like 101, this class uses variations of Meisner’s powerful exercises to practice and develop the skills of acting. However, the focus is more on: character acting, impediment work, conducting research, vocal & physical expression,  dialects, environmental work, character embodiment, and psychological gesture.


Teaching Artist: Grant McGowen (bio)

In this 8-week class, you will continue to learn the essentials of truthful acting and will work on challenging stage plays in collaboration with professional stage Directors. This class offers a showcase for Agents, Directors, and Casting Directors. Combining techniques from some of the most important teachers in American theatre, this class will give you a better understanding of how to break down a script, build a character from the ground up, and inspire audiences with powerful, believable acting.


Teaching Artist: Grant McGowen (bio)

In this 8-week class, you will learn the skills necessary for working in film and television. You will learn how to break down a script, build believable characters from the ground up, and execute every shot from the master to the close up. Each week, you will shoot a scene in class and will utilize playback to discover how to improve your acting with work that is specific and grounded. McGowen combines techniques and influences from some of the most important acting teachers. He also invites special guest Directors into class to work, just like they would on a professional set, giving the students invaluable on-set experiences and a chance to work with seasoned professionals.


"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 (read more)


"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 (read more)


"McGowen's gutsy actors give naturalistic, powerhouse performances... that seems all too real... 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 (read more)


"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 (read more)

"Pinch N Ouch Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Grant McGowen teaches an intensive fourlevel approach to the Sanford Meisner acting techniqueknown 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.

-Backstage (read more)

PNO Films Acting Reel / Britt & James from PNO Films on Vimeo.