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We believe that the purpose of an acting school is to get you working professionally. And that begins with Professional Level training. Training that has worked for over 70 years and continues to work today, for a new generation of actors. Overseen by Martin Barter, a master teacher, you will be taught one of the strongest acting foundations available today. Our commitment to Sandy’s legacy is to maintain the technique as he left it behind. We come from a rich history and deep tradition, as noted by The New York Times, Backstage, and Variety.

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Torrey Drake
"...my ability to utterly connect and live in the moment is second nature to me."
Bryan Shilowich
"You learn to stop “trying” to “act” and instead learn how to feel your deepest emotions..."
Johannes Aspegren
"The Meisner technique allowed me to really see my progress."
Channing McKindra
"This is the work that I imagined doing when I first decided to become an actor years ago..."
Zachary Gordon
"...it has been an emotionally exhausting journey, but beyond rewarding."
Jacob Dimenstein
"...my advice to you would be to be open to the possibilities."
Tanner Risner
"You have no idea what this class can do for you."
Mikhail Suvorov
"The Meisner technique, unlike anything I've done before, is something you can't pull through just sliding on the surface."
Star Don
"Look another person dead in the eye and just FEEL. It’s the simplest yet hardest thing to do."
Matthan Harris
"This is without a doubt the best acting class I’ve ever taken."
Sierra Smith
"..I learned that ACTING IS NOT ABOUT ACTING."
Brandon Quinn
"I have worked so much more since studying at the Meisner Center..."
Jule Johnson
"I walk away proud, thankful, and immensely confident with the person I’ve become"
Nina Umpierrez
"Completing this program has left me feeling ready and excited to go out and get what I need!"
DeRon Horton
..."the emotional capacity of which i am able to reach now I cannot see myself gaining somewhere else"
Nicole J Butler
Alessandro Marino
"This class cuts the bull*** and tells you the truth..."
Amir Hasan
"It did not take long for me to realize that my brain was the biggest obstacle holding me back..."
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Yisreal Dubov
"...not only did I walk away with an incredible training in acting; I walked away with a family, and memories that will last a lifetime"
Shalonda Shaw
"...I know what I'm capable of as an actor, and that is a wonderful feeling."
Michael Roshangah
"I found that I am stronger than I gave myself credit for."
Andrew Carter
"It was by far the most challenging educational and artistic experience of my life."
Alex Montalban
Alex Montalban
"However seemingly simplistic Sandy's method may appear, this school is not for the faint of heart..."
Jasmine Hill
"Before, I didn't like to say I was an actor because I didn't feel like one. Now I know I'm one."
Jonathan Freudman
"This is not a Mickey Mouse class, this is serious acting, this is MEISNER.”
Menen Basha
"I’m not quite sure where to begin because so much of this experience is too big to summarize..."
Albert Emery
"I am a better communicator as a result of speaking from my heart."
Tanya Bettencourt
"I used to think showing vulnerability was a weakness. Not anymore."
Stacey Danger
"The amount of growth I’ve had in nine months far surpasses that of all other studios I’ve trained at combined."
Danielle Vega
"I felt I needed a class of Meisner caliber to have in my repertoire to take me to the next level of my career."
Cameren Foley
"This class is definitely not the easy route..."
Vanessa Parker
Vanessa Parker
"...this class shows you that you can go straight to the heart and the emotion"
Jada Merritt
"...know what it is that you need and fucking go get it!!!
Damith Warnasuriya
"...this is not a class that you sign up for but more like a life course that challenges you..."
Heidi Shon
"The Meisner Center gave me a process to work with that I was desperately seeking."
Alexandra Dunmore
"I am astounded that I thought I knew how to act before this class."
Nerlyn Jean
"A true challenge and commitment, it was the best decision I made for my career thus far."
Christina Ramirez
"...there is nothing like seeing yourself grow into the person you always were meant to be..."
Juliene Winborne
" I had taken numerous acting classes, but none of them fully embodied what I was looking for."
DeShaude Barner
"The 2 years spent learning from Martin and Ranjiv are something I will never forget... "

Online Self Tape Workshop

Online Meisner Fundamentals - March 29th

We’ll be offering a limited version of our Meisner Training online. 20 classes over 5 weeks, meeting Monday through Thursday evenings, 3pm to 6pm PDT. This course is limited to 8 students.  Cost – $200

Read more here.

Coronavirus update

As of March 2020, all in person classes at the Sanford Meisner Center have been suspended. Because of the current restrictions in Los Angeles this will continue well into 2021.

We continue to interviewing potential students for future classes, both online or in person. All interviews will now be conducted through video chat until further notice.

Now, more than ever, the world needs artists to encourage, entertain, and comfort. While we may need to take a pause, our work is ultimately never ending.

Free Online Introductory Session – Saturday April 3rd

We’ll be offering a free online, introductory session to the Meisner Technique on Saturday, April 3rd at 3pm PDT. This will be Zoom session that will include discussions and exercises to introduce you to the Meisner Technique. Space is limited as attendees are required to participate and not just observe. You must attend with Video and Audio enabled.
Email to reserve your spot.

Watch LA Casting's interview with Ranjiv Perera about the Meisner Technique.

How to choose your Meisner teacher.

You should interview with different schools and teachers to find the best fit for your training. Here are a number of questions you can ask during the interview process. Read More

Acting Certificate Program

These classes meet twice a week, for 9 months. This is the full Meisner Technique as it’s been taught for over 25 years by Martin BarterRead More