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Transcript of Sanford Meisner
“To eliminate all intellectuality from the actor’s instrument and to make him a spontaneous responder to where he is, what is happening to him, what is being done to him.”
-focused on learning lines first without emotion
-confidence in lines
-then read the lines and feel the emotion in your character without stressing about lines and respond to what is happening to your character
The Meisner Technique
-Help found the Group Theater: , 1931
-famous early 20th century theater troupe
-founders had different methods of acting so eventually broke up
Sanford Meisner's contribution to the world of theater cannot be paralleled.
His renowned method acting techniques have become the baseline for all others in use.
"Take it from a director: If you get an actor that Sandy Meisner has trained, you've been blessed."
Born August 31, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York
Married Peggy Meredith, later divorced her
Died February 2, 1997
91 years old when he died
Sanford Meisner said that his approach to training “is based on bringing the actor back to his emotional impulses and to acting that is firmly rooted in the instinctive. It is based on the fact that all good acting comes from the heart, as it were, and that there’s no mentality to it.”
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Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater
-Meisner founded it in 1940 to perfect and teach his technique
-Said to be one of the greatest acting schools in USA that taught many famous actors
"the students struggle to learn what I struggle to teach" -Sanford Meisner
"We at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater believe that training in the voice and body movement are important tools for the actor as the means for conveying the most important elements of our courses of dramatics-THE ABILIY TO SEE INTO, UNDERSTAND, AND BREATHE LIFE INTO A STAGE CHARACTER. The thing about acting that moves audiences is the empathic sense of the reality of the human being who is being portrayed."
-Recieved a scholarship at the Theater Guild of Acting
-Founded the Meisner/Carville School of Acting
-Taught Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco, Gregory Peck, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Meloni and Jon Voight
-Had a cameo in the television show ER
-Developed the Meisner Technique
-Head of Twentieth Century-Fox Talent Program 1959-1961
-many theater studios such as the William Esper Studio acts based on Meisner's Technique
The Sanford Meisner Center
-Founded by Meisner in 1995, Los Angeles, Ca
-a theater and a center for theater
Meisner - The Neighborhood Playhouse -1957
"It takes twenty years to be a master!"
Sanford Meisner and Jim Jarrett
Some of Our FAVORITES!!!
Meisner wouldn't give his actors scripts at first, instead he would go through months of exercises with them
His nickname was Sandy
Sanford had throat cancer
His last acting appearance was in the TV show ER, "Sleepless in Chicago"
His brother died when he was young
"Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances."
Sanford Meisner Master Class