Sanford Meisner was one of the original “masters” of modern acting.
He developed the Meisner technique after working with the Group Theatre at New York City’s Neighborhood Playhouse and continued its refinement for fifty years.
Meisner Training is an inter-dependent series of exercises that build upon each other toward achieving your desired goal. Meisner students work on a series of progressively complex exercises to develop strong skills in preparation and execution. As the exercises evolve in complexity, the principles of “listen and respond” and “stay in the moment” are fundamental to the work.
Some prominent actors who trained at The Neighborhood Playhouse in the Meisner technique include:
Philip Seymour Hoffman Kim Basinger Sandra Bullock Tom Cruise James Gandolfini David Mamet Anjelica Huston Diane Keaton Jon Voight Mary Steenburgen James Caan Robert Duvall Jeff Goldblum Sydney Pollack and many others