Sanford Meisner

Sanford Meisner (August 31, 1905 – February 2, 1997), also known as Sandy, was an American actor and acting teacher who developed an approach to acting instruction that is now known as the Meisner technique. While Meisner was exposed to Method Acting at the Group Theatre, his approach differed markedly in that he, like Konstantin Stanislavsky, completely abandoned the use of affective memory, a distinct characteristic of Method Acting. Meisner maintained an emphasis on “the reality of doing,” which was the foundation of his approach.

Bay Area Acting Studio Useful biography of Sanford Meisner.

The Literary Encyclopedia Excellent biography of Meisner.

The Method Fest Excellent article by Ron Gilbert, Actor’s Studio member, that discusses the origins of The Method in America. With references to Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg, Michael Chekhov, Stella Adler, Elia Kazan, Meyerhold and others, this essay paints an accurate picture of both the beauty and misunderstandings of Method acting.

The Sanford Meisner Center Hollywood acting school, training in the Meisner Technique.

The Sanford Meisner Center Excellent biography of Meisner.

Wikipedia Entry on the Group Theatre (1931-1939), of which Meisner was a member.

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