Our Legacy… continues…

DeRon Horton

Deron Horton

1st Year Graduate

“My experience taking the Meisner technique was really transformative. My truth a lot of the time was really selfish and to play the victim. And never really trying to understand the other persons needs in a lot of situations. This showed a lot in my abilities as an actor because our sole purpose is to live truthfully and give all our attention to the other person. At the Meisner center, I learned to care a shit ton more and focus on my partner. I learned to trust my instincts and follow my heart in regards to what they needed from me but also demanding the truth so I could truly believe what im being told to respond with truth. In class, I learned to not just take it as a class, but honestly allow myself to live truthfully under the given circumstances. Other classes were super technical and heady. Mechanical. I am not a mechanic. Or a mathematician. I do my best to speak from my heart. This class has allowed me to be completely open. To give more but also really listen to someone and not already have planned what im going to say. Allow every moment to be different because it will be no matter what. I learned a lot about myself. Some of which I am only able to understand. And the emotional capacity of which i am able to reach now I cannot see myself gaining somewhere else which I am incredibly grateful for. ”


Stacey Danger

Stacey Danger

1st Year Graduate

“After years and thousands of dollars spent bouncing from one acting class to another, I found I could not articulate anything I had learned. It was clear on screen I was stuck at an elementary level of work. I was finally getting next level auditions and could see I was failing miserably at them. I took stock and decided it was time to commit to a Master Technique. If one desires greatness, they must train with the Greats! Sanford Meisner’s technique always called out to me, but why, I could not say. Call it kismet. My heart already knew something my head did not. Perfect, as that is what this training is about.
The amount of growth I’ve had in nine months far surpasses that of all other studios I’ve trained at combined. This is a “Class of Mastery”, not a master class taught with a little of this and that. No matter what level you are, if you need to be the greatest actor you can be, this class will thrust you towards that. This training has allowed me to connect with my other actors in a way that brings truth and liveliness to the work. It teaches you to truly listen and use your imagination, to trust your instincts and play. It teaches you discipline and professionalism on a higher level… to show the fuck up and do your best work no matter what situation you find yourself in artistically or non-artistically. It teaches you selflessness in your work. And most of all, for myself, it reminded me why I love acting and chose to dedicate my life’s work to the craft.”


Vanessa Parker

Vanessa Parker

1st Year Graduate

“I’ve studied many different techniques and I have never been as challenged as I was during this program. Most other classes have come from such a heady or technical place. Generally you are taught that if you think something, the emotion will follow, but this class shows you that you can go straight to the heart and the emotion and it will fill the scene. Instead of working so hard to get yourself to a heightened, deep intellectual place alone, following your imagination and giving over all your focus to the the other person really allows the scene to go to a surprising and unique place every time with out you torturing sameness out of it… and it is SO MUCH EASIER!

I’ve learned so much about who I am as a person and how to more clearly look at others and be genuinely moved by them. This class has helped me see more truth in others and feel confident enough in my assessment to call it out and deal with it honestly. After all, the most interesting thing in life and art is truth and any individual’s honest response to it. When I have tried to explain the difference in the work that the Meisner approach takes verses most of other Actor’s Studio derived takes on acting, I would say that instead of starting from an intellectual, methodically planned start to the work, it comes from a place imagination and fully believing with your heart that given circumstances are real and you are honestly living in them. That way, the scene can take you anywhere and you will be honestly swept up in it. It is really exciting!”


Zachary Gordon

Zach Gordon

1st Year Graduate

“This program positively transforms the actors perception of the industry and the craft. It’s an enlightening journey if you’re up for the challenge and willing to put in the work.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tanner Risner

Tanner Risner

1st Year Graduate

“I can tell you that this class was the best thing I’ve ever done for my artistic education. I’m walking out of the first year with a clearer view and deeper confidence in who I am, not only as an actor but also as a person. Meisner has taught me what it means to be truly connected to and affected by another person and to affect them back (and not brush off feelings you aren’t comfortable with), whether that’s on or off set. I’ve learned to be truthful, to trust my instincts, not to think about what I’m doing and just do it: to act with your heart not your head. Also, very importantly to play, discover, and have fun with it.”

 


 

Johannes Aspegren

1st Year Graduate

“I realized that I had no idea what acting was before I joined The Sanford Meisner Center. I was completely unaware of how truthful acting could be. Allowing oneself to really be truthful is an amazing experience.

We spend most of our days hiding our emotions but here we get to release them and let them out and at the same time learn to truly control them.

The first year gave me the confidence to trust in my abilities as an actor. Before this class I had never submitted for a single acting job but with the confidence I gained I started submitting and going out to auditions as often as I could.

The way Ranjiv teaches is truly powerful as he really pushes you to go places you might not have thought possible. You also get a great understanding of the business side of things. A lot of acting teachers will teach you a technique and that is it, but Ranjiv also covers other parts of the industry such as; how to find an agent, how to setup a budget, how to work the audition and how to book the room etc.

The Meisner technique allowed me to really see my progress. I could clearly feel the growth within myself as I started to act more and more from a place of truth. And I can clearly see a change in my performance from before I went through the first year to after.
Every actor needs a foundation and this is great place to build one. At the end of the first year you’ll confidently know that you are better off than most new actors in this town.”