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Sanford Meisner

Knowledge Identifier: +Sanford_Meisner


Sanford Meisner

Acting theorist, teacher, and actor. add

Category: Philosophy

Born in 1905.

Countries: United States (86%), France (9%), (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Martha Graham, Stella Adler, Actors Studio

Linked to: Juilliard School, Actors Studio, The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre




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Sanford Meisner was born in 1905 add something


In 1931, Clurman, Strasberg, and Cheryl Crawford selected 28 actors to form the Group Theatre add something


In 1934, fellow company member Stella Adler returned from private study with Stanislavski in Paris and announced that Stanislavski had come to believe that, as part of a rehearsal process, delving into one's past memories as a source of emotion was only a last resort and that the actor should seek rather to develop the character's thoughts and feelings through physical action, a concentrated use of the imagination, and a belief in the "given circumstances" of the text add something


Tony Randall - He studied under Sanford Meisner and choreographer Martha Graham around 1935


When the Group Theatre disbanded in 1940, Meisner continued as head of the acting program at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, at which he had taught since 1935 add something


Stephen Elliott (actor) - From 1940 to 1942, Elliott studied acting with Sanford Meisner at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse


The Actors Studio was founded in 1947 by two ex-Group Theatre actors – the successful directors, Elia Kazan and Robert Lewis add something


Lee Grant - Grant studied acting at the NYC Neighborhood Playhouse under the guidance of Sanford Meisner before establishing herself as a dramatic actress on and off Broadway, earning praise for her role as a shoplifter in "Detective Story", which began its run on March 23, 1949


Ironically, at first Strasberg was not asked, but by 1951 he had become its artistic director add something


Sydney Pollack - Pollack studied acting with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse from 1952 to 1954, working on a lumber truck between terms.


Steve McQueen - Queen began studying acting at Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse.


Robert Duvall - In the Winter of 1955 he began studies at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York under Sanford Meisner on the G.I. Bill.


Bob Fosse - In 1957, both Verdon and Fosse were studying with Sanford Meisner to develop a better acting technique for themselves


Milton Katselas - After working with several other big-name directors, including Joshua Logan, Joseph Anthony, and Sanford Meisner, Katselas struck out on his own, beginning with the original 1960 Off-Broadway production of Edward Albee's "The Zoo Story"


Peter Link - Having conducted school choirs, directed musical productions and excelled as a drummer throughout his early childhood, he decided to concentrate on directing musicals, so he moved to New York City and studied acting for two years at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater under Sanford Meisner and graduated in 1968


Connie Britton - After graduating in 1989, she moved to New York City , where she spent two years at the Neighborhood Playhouse studying with Sanford Meisner


Lauri Peters - With noted acting teacher Sanford Meisner, Peters founded the Meisner Extension at NYU in 1993, where she was Artistic Director and Master Teacher

Sanford Meisner died in 1997 add something


Meisner died in his sleep at his Sherman Oaks, California home in February 1997 add something


The Company became a fixture on the LA Theater scene for several years after Sandy's death, having closed down in 2013 add something