Sanford Meisner on Acting

Sanford Meisner on Acting


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Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen 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 reading for beginning and professional actors alike. Throughout these pages 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.

"This book should be read by anyone who wants to act or even appreciate what acting involves. Like Meisner's way of teaching, it is the straight goods."—Arthur Miller

"If there is a key to good acting, this one is it, above all others. Actors, young and not so young, will find inspiration and excitement in this book."—Gregory Peck

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394750590
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1987
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 60,072
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

As head of the acting department of The Neighborhood Playhouse for forty years, Sanford Meisner was considered one of the greatest acting teachers of our time. As a founding member of The Group Theatre, Mr. Meisner also acted in many of its stage productions, including Awake and Sing!, Paradise Lost, An American Tragedy, Golden Boy, and Crime and Punishment. Some of the thousands of actors he taught in his classes at The Playhouse include, among others, Elizabeth Ashley, Barbara Baxley, James Broderick, James Caan, Keir Dullea, Robert Duvall, Lee Grant, Lorne Green, Tammy Grimes, Anne Jackson, Diane Keaton, Louise Lasser, Darren McGavin, Steve McQueen, Gregory Peck, Suzanne Pleshette, Tony Randall, Jo Van Fleet, Jon Voight, Eli Wallach, and Joanne Woodward. Mr. Meisner died in 1997.

After earning a degree in philosophy from Yale, Dennis Longwell studied acting with Sanford Meisner in the 1960s. He has also worked as an actor, teacher, and museum curator. His monograph, Steichen: The Master Prints, 1895–1914, published by the Museum of Modern Art in 1978, is the definitive book on the early photographs of Edward Steichen. Mr. Longwell is currently a visiting Associate Professory of History of Art and Design at the Pratt Institute.

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Sanford Meisner on Acting 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
lincics on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was the recommended textbook for an introductory acting class that I took at the Cambridge (MA) Center for Adult Education (taught by Stan Edelson). I enjoyed the book and found it very useful because it is not a prescriptive "this is how to act" book, but rather explores a more natural approach to acting that is grounded in fundamentals of psychology. In this way, the book is useful for exploring the nature of emotion and temperament, and learning how to channel your own emotional experience into building human relationships, both on and off the stage.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On Acting is a great resource for students who have already trained using Meisner's technique. It journals a group of students through the two year course, illustrating the techniques and exercises of the program through the student's examples. I wouldn't recommend it as a substitute for the training itself, but I think it works as both a good refresher and a coursebook to help make sense of some of the technique.
JosephJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book for beginning and seasoned actors who have never heard of Meisner's technique. There is a strange structure of loyalty among New York actors in regards to which technique they choose. Everyone's got their own favorite but when I was studying acting, Meisner got the most out of me and I got the most out of it. Helps to know a little bit about the development of craft started by Stanislovsky.
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Sanford Meisner on acting is an excellent approach to acting. I found it to be very helpful. Unfortuntely at times it can me a little confusing because it comes directly from one of his classes but it is real ideas and thoughts that you can use.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's perfect for those who don't like method acting. It's an awesome view into reflex and taking what your acting partner gives you. Meisner uses a very truthful appraoch to acting. He makes acting fun by focusing on imagination and truthful emotion. In my opinion it's better than method acting. :-)