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What is the Meisner Technique?

“Act before you think”

-Sanford Meisner

The Meisner technique is regarded as theatre’s best kept secret. It is an approach to acting which was developed by the American theatre practitioner Sanford Meisner. The focus of the Meisner approach is for the actor to "get out of their head", such that the actor is behaving instinctively to the surrounding environment and becoming honest and truthful in performance.  


Actors who have studied this technique include:

Jeff Goldblum
Alison Janney
Anthony Hopkins
Jeff Bridges
Tom Hardy
Diane Keaton
Kathy Bates
Jack Nicholson