What Is The Meisner Technique?

Jason Fraser, founder of Fraser Studios, sits down to discuss what is the Meisner Technique, an acting method pioneered by Sanford Meisner. If you struggle to be perceived as "authentic" in your acting, the Meisner Technique can help you get out of your own head and start acting instinctively, rather than always appearing scripted.

For many actors, mastering the Meisner Technique has become the most invaluable tool they have in their arsenal to deliver a convincing performance every time.

Sanford Meisner was a legendary acting teacher who developed an approach to acting that's now known as the Meisner Technique. Not to be confused with Method Acting, Meisner aimed to go in a different direction, forgoing any focus on the use of "affective memory" - a hallmark of Method Acting. Instead, the Meisner Technique emphasizes living truthfully in the given imaginary circumstances - a practice that removes the actor's focus from themselves and on to what's actually happening in the scene.

This was a groundbreaking approach at the time and inspired a league of the world's greatest actors to do their best work and, in turn, some of the finest work the world has seen on a stage or screen. Some notable students of the Meisner Technique include:

  • Tom Cruise
  • James Franco
  • Steve McQueen
  • Grace Kelly
  • Diane Keaton
  • Robert Duvall
  • Jeff Goldblum
  • Alec Baldwin
  • James Caan
  • and many more
Posted on May 20, 2015 and filed under The Meisner Technique.