Mulholland Academy

The Meisner Technique

Meisner Technique 1: An Introduction 

Meisner Technique for actors is quickly becoming a centrepiece for all serious training programs in Europe. Many of the most well known  actors working today have Meisner training on their resume. 

Meisner Technique- developed in the U.S by the master teacher Sanford Meisner -is slowly becoming a cornerstone of actor training all across Europe.  The classes will be guided by repetition principles set out by Meisner himself, and William Esper, arguably the finest Meisner technique teacher of the last 25 years. This cycle of work will take the actors into the “repetition” work and to the beginning of “independent activity improvisations.  All actors will be assigned a scene partner and a scene with an emphasis on dramatic text from world class writers(in english) and minimalism for  a final presentation project. “It’s much more important that (the actor) have an understanding heart, an ability to empathize with other human beings, an ability to respond with his feelings, and not with his head. That’s what makes an actor.” William Esper

6 weeks. Each class 4 hours duration: 3pm to 7pm
Maximum size: 12 students.

This class will be taught by Alex Murphy who began his training with Meisner Technique at Obie Award winning Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City. As an actor Alex has performed on film in the US, Europe, and in Asia. He has performed in over 40 plays in Asia, Europe, and the US-many in the Off-off Broadway circuit in New York City.

Note:  This class is a Introduction to Meisner Technique. We would like to receive a brief statement from prospective students giving a bit of background of their education, training, and some sense of your goals – this can all be brief and informal. email:

Saturdays: November 2nd –  December 7th. 

6 weeks
4 hours: 3pm to 7pm
Maximum size: 12 students.

Cost: €580.00

Meisner 1: An Introduction

This phase of Meisner technique attempts to begin to loosen and fully free the Actors own impulses with the now widely and famously practiced “Repetition” exercises. In a progressive and layered manner we dive deep into the Repetition practice to offer the actor a chance to live in the truth of any given moment on stage or film. Here, we learn to listen – the core of Meisner’s training.



Meisner 2: Intermediate/Advanced

Building on the Repetition exercises, Meisner II goes fully into “Independent Activity/Knock at the Door” Improvisations. We will delve into “emotional preparation” technique, and then add “shared circumstances” to the Improvisations. We will begin to work here with highly naturalistic scene work, introducing classic actor technique (Stanislavski/Stella Adler) – never losing the foundation of Repetition.

Saturdays: March 23rd to May 18th
8 weeks
3 hours: 11am – 2pm

Hours: 24   Fee €700

Meisner 3: Shooting Scenes for Reels / with principles of Meisner Technique

Using Meisner text exercises, this class is essentially to zero in on the Meisner principle of “listening” to the other actor. We will jump right into rehearsing and preparing scene work for shoot for camera. Each actor will be featured in at least two scenes with an assigned scene partner, and, we will shoot at least one scene as a group. We will meet as a group for 2 of the 6 weeks to shoot material-during the other four weeks the actors will either be “on set” shooting, or rehearsing on their own with their partners to prepare for their next shoot day. 
Actors need to be ready and able to work a brisk shooting schedule, and make performance choices on their own. Indeed, there will be direction from the mentor on set and where we can fit it in during rehearsal process.

*This class will be made up of actors from the Advanced Meisner class, and additional, outside actors with some experience. New actors who are interested, please submit a brief note of your experience.

Saturdays: May 25th to June 29th
8 weeks
3 hours: 3pm – 6pm

Hours: 24   Fee: €700


“You’re always playing yourself. It’s all autobiography, whatever you’re doing. It’s using them as a kind of prism through which to throw something real about yourself, or something relaxed at least. Because the last thing you want is to look like you’re acting.” Tilda Swinton

Teacher: Alex Murphy

Alex-MurphyAlex Murphy is an American actor, director and teacher. He has worked with actors in the USA, Asia and Europe for a number of years. He has been a guest lecturer at Film Act Paris in France, Teaterhøgskolen i Nord-Trøndelag in Norway, Mulholland Academy in Amsterdam, and the International Academy of Film and Television in Antwerp, Belgium, The UP Film Institute at University of the Philippines in Manila, and an And/Action Festival featured mentor in Steinkjer, Norway.   Read more about Alex Murphy.