Sanford Meisner Sanford Meisner on Acting

Last updated: November 26, 2022

This acting book by renowned teacher Sanford Meisner follows one of his acting classes for 15 months. It shows how to grow technical mastery of the field by example. The book is essential for beginners and professional alike.

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Key Takeaway: This acting book follows an acting class for 15 months.

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From The Manufacturer

Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This audiobook follows one of his acting classes for 15 months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, it is essential listening for beginning and professional actors alike. Throughout this audiobooks, Meisner is a delight – always empathizing with his students and urging them onward, provoking emotion, laughter, and growing technical mastery from his charges. With an introduction by Sydney Pollack, director of Out of Africa and Tootsie, who worked with Meisner for five years.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

This is my new favorite book on acting.
This book is the bible for anyone studying the Meisner Method of acting but it brings energy, excitement and imagination that even non-actors will enjoy.
One major benefit of the Meisner technique is its accessibility. Actors that lack a deep dramaturgical background will still be able to grasp the tenets of this method. Meisner actors also say that the technique allows them to be instinctive and create honest performances without dredging up torturous personal emotions.

What reviewers didn't like

If I were to take Meisner’s class, I’m fairly certain I would be kicked out and never want to act again. He has an issue with introversion in actors. He’s all about getting the actor out of their head and relying on their instincts and gut responses. This certainly has its place, but I think that an actor’s brain is important.
Some Meisner technique critics argue that, while this nuance is excellent for playing contemporary characters, it can lead to flat performances in classical acting roles.
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