There is a mystery about the Meisner technique.
Some refer to it as actings best kept secret. Others identify it as one big repetition exercise.
Many confuse it with “method” acting.
An interview with John DeSotelle
“Time and time again I hear from colleagues, directors and casting agents a single statement that has echoed within the industry since 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. Practitioners and dedicated master teachers of Meisner’s approach to acting realize the depth, reliability and strength of the work, as many disciples of the technique who have experienced long and distinguished careers can attest: i.e. James Gandolfini, Chadwick Boseman, Naomi Watts, Robert Duvall, Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen, Stephen Colbert, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Cruise, Gregory Peck, Grace Kelly, Diane Keaton, Steve McQueen, James Caan, Joanne Woodward, Lee Grant, Dylan Mcdermott, Sydney Pollack, Peter Falk…. and many, many more.
From my experience and study of Meisner’s technique, I too believe it is one of the most compelling, effective and powerful actor training practices available still today. Its process is truly transformative as its structure emphasizes particular progressive exercises focused on listening and responding truthfully, effecting some of the most authentic and meaningful expressions of human reactions and emotions on stage and on screen – alive and full of imagination, truth and spontaneity.
The Meisner work is one of the, if not THE strongest training foundations for actors often regarded as comparable the steel framework of a building, essential in its successful construction allowing other acting forms and methods to effectively grow.
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.”