Meisner Technique

The Meisner Technique class will be offered later in the 2018 year.

Graduation. Masterclass in Performance.

“Acting is the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” Sanford Meisner

Sanford Meisner was co-founder of the Group Theatre, together with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. Meisner Training is an interdependent series of training exercises that build on one another. The more complex work supports a command of dramatic text. Students work on a series of progressively complex exercises to develop an ability to first improvise, then to access an emotional life, and finally to bring the spontaneity of improvisation and the richness of personal response to textual work. The technique is used to develop improvisation skills as well as “interpreting a script’, and creating the specific physical characteristics of each character the actor plays.

Part 1

Level 1 and 2: Intro to the Meisner Technique and beginning the work

The introduction will set out the Meisner Technique and explain of the step-by-step improvisations that follow in the advanced levels. Actors are introduced to the basic repetition exercise (listening and answering) and develop focus and explore what it means to connect with another person.  

Level 3: Meisner with Exercises

A challenging and intensive session that continues the work in Level 1 & 2, deepening the actor’s imagination, focus and ability to connect using more detailed exercises. Emphasis is on improvisations that are free, playful and learning that “Acting is doing”.

This class requires outside preparation time to craft independent activities.

Part 2

Acting 4: Meisner Technique

This class continues the work from Level 1: continued work with the repetition exercise and introduction to the basic knock & activity exercise, developing focus and deepening the ability to listen and answer. No scene work

Level 4: Meisner – Intermediate  

Deepening the improvisational skills acquired in Level 1 & 2.

Continuing the work. With repetition, exercises, and introducing new elements to develop the actor’s focus, imagination, and emotional preparation.

No scene study. The class is challenging and is designed for the committed pre-professional and professional actor or related industry professional but is also accessible to beginners*.

 *(Like learning a new language, everyone begins on the same page.)


More about Sanford Meisner

Throughout his career, Meisner worked with, and taught, students who became well known, such as Sandra Bullock, David Duchovny, James Franco,Michelle Pfeiffer, Naomi Watts, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Jon Voight, Dylan McDermott, Eileen Fulton, James Caan, Steve McQueen, Robert Duvall,Gregory Peck, Eli Wallach, Jack Lord, Bob Fosse, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, Lee Grant, Peter Falk, Jeff Goldblum, Grace Kelly, James Doohan, Jason Boss, Manu Tupou, Tony Randall and Sydney Pollack. Pollack together with Charles E. Conrad served as Meisner’s senior assistants. The technique is helpful not just for actors, but also for directors, writers, and teachers. A number of directors also studied with him, among them Sidney Lumet and John Frankenheimer, and writers such as Arthur Miller and David Mamet.


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Deb Mulholland
Academy Director

Our location for Classes and Courses 2018

Arie Biemondstraat 111
1054 PD Amsterdam

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