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
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. Master teachers of Meisner’s work realize the depth, reliability and strength of the work. As do many disciples of the technique: James Gandolfini, Chadwick Boseman, Naomi Watts, Robert Duvall, Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen, Peter Falk and so many more.
From my experience and study of Meisner’s work, I too believe it is one of the most compelling, effective and powerful actor training practices available today. Its process is truly transformative as its structure emphasizes particular progressive exercises focused on listening and responding truthfully. Effecting more authentic and meaningful expressions of human reactions and emotions on stage and screen: alive and full of imagination, truth and spontaneity.
Just What Is It?
What is the Meisner Technique? 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.”