The Sanford Meisner Master Acting Class is available in
DVD or Instant Streaming.
Known as theater’s best-kept secret, the Sanford Meisner technique is now recognized as the healthiest and most enjoyable approach to acting. Ahead of his time, Sandy Meisner developed tools for actors that emphasize staying in the present moment and placing full attention on one’s partner. These skills not only teach how to become a better artist but also how to become a better communicator in all areas of life. For actors, directors, and all students of the performing arts, this master class is of great practical value. Check out the Meisner Master Acting Class – available in DVD or Streaming.
In this course, you will learn tricks and tools for placing all of your attention on your acting partner as a way of eliciting unexpected and colorful behavior from yourself and the others in the scene.
You will also learn the value of learning your lines by rote- that is- with no inflection of meaning- as if the lines were like a phone number. When we learn lines by rote we do not set a pattern of speech with them that can often become a habit when performing work over and over again. When we are free of intonation patterns of speech, we are free to express more variations of behavior and continue to be surprised by the work even several weeks into performing.
You will also learn the repetition exercise which is the revolutionary tool at the heart of Meisner’s technique. No other approach to acting is able to elicit authentic behavior as well as the repetition exercise. This exercise is at once simple and complex. It teaches how to listen to another person like no other technique around. In the repetition exercise, you learn to respond not to a person’s words (not to the lines of the play) but to a person’s tone and emotion- their behavior. It is a technique not just for learning how to act better, but also how to communicate and harmonize with others in your life. Listening and responding truthfully is the heart and soul of high-quality acting and Sanford Meisner’s reputation exercise is the fastest way to locate that skill.
Shot by Sydney Pollack in 1980, this valuable material captures Sanford Meisner’s philosophies on the acting craft as well as his tried and true methods for sustaining an enjoyable and healthy career in acting.
We hope you enjoy it! And we wish you all the best in all your endeavors in the performing arts!
Meisner Master Acting Class
The Sanford Meisner Master Class Training DVD is the original 8 hour version cut in 2006 that includes the documentary original sound quality as it was shot as well as subtitles. This longer, slower version is best for committed acting students and directors who want to study the historical era as well as the timeless teachings of Sanford Meisner. BUY NOW – $150
The Vimeo Instant Streaming is a condensed 4 hour version with improved sound available right now on any device that accesses Vimeo. This best-of-th- best version is for acting students and directors who want to access the core of Sandy’s style of teaching right now, with a focus on honing the specific techniques used in the Meisner approach to acting. WATCH NOW ON VIMEO – $50
“To be an interesting actor – hell, to be an interesting human being – you must be authentic and for you to be authentic you must embrace who you really are, warts and all. Do you have any idea how liberating it is to not care what people think about you? Well, that’s what we’re here to do.”
— Sanford Meisner