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There is a mystery about the Meisner technique.
Is it Acting’s best kept secret? Is it just one big repetition exercise?
Is it similar to “method” acting?
from John DeSotelle
Why the Meisner Technique?
The great Elia Kazan declared – ‘Take it from a director: if you get an actor that Sandy Meisner has trained, you’ve been blessed.’
Mr. Meisner is no longer with us, but his actor training technique has resonated throughout American theater and cinema and indeed across the globe for more than half a century. From my experience and study of Meisner’s work, I believe it is one of the most compelling, effective and powerful actor training practices available today.
Master teachers of Meisner’s work realize the depth, reliability and strength of the technique and its practice – as do many disciples of the work: James Gandolfini, Chadwick Boseman, Naomi Watts, Robert Duvall, Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen, Peter Falk and so many more.
Just What Is It?
Training through the full arc of the Meisner technique creates one of the, if not THE strongest acting foundation for actors of stage and screen. Look at it as erecting the steel framework of a building; its successful construction stands on its own, yet it is essential for the addition of other materials.
The Meisner work is incredibly powerful in and of itself. But as an acting foundation it helps strengthen other acting forms and methods. In its practice it is incredibly transformative as its structure emphasizes particular progressive exercises focused on listening and responding truthfully. This is an organic process that ultimately effects a more authentic and meaningful expression of human reactions and emotions on stage and screen – alive and full of imagination, truth and spontaneity.
Meisner’s approach to actor training “is based on bringing the actor back to his emotional impulses and to acting that is firmly rooted in the instinctive. It is based on the fact that all good acting comes from the heart”. Embracing the intimate and comprehensive teachings of Meisner, our goal at the Studio is to train and nurture serious actors who value artistry, understand the importance of a developed body and voice, respect work ethic and self-discipline, and possess a desire to illuminate humanity in all its facets.