LIST OF CERTIFIED MEISNER TEACHERS
During his 60+ years of teaching, Sanford Meisner personally selected and invited 20 of his students to apprentice with him and learn how to teach his approach. These teachers are listed along with others who are members of the Meisner Institute.
Scott Trost has taught acting for over 20 years and worked as an actor, director, producer and writer. He worked on the academy nominated film, Little Surprises, directed by Jeff Goldblum. He is director of the Meisner Institute. Trost is co-author of the biography of Sanford Meisner titled De Tree A We. He is also co-author of the best-selling book, All You Need to Know About the Movie & TV Business, published by Simon & Schuster.
Jeff Goldblum is a well-known actor, musician, director and acting teacher. His film, Little Surprises, was nominated for an Academy Award. In the 1980's, Goldblum founded an acting school in Los Angeles.
William Alderson has taught acting for over 50 years. He was head acting teacher at the Neighborhood Playhouse before he started his own acting studio in 1986. He founded the William Alderson Acting Studio in Los Angeles in 1993.
New York City
Wynn Handman studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. He is Artistic Director of The American Place Theatre and has taught acting for over 50 years.
San Francisco/Santa Cruz
Ian McRae apprenticed with Sanford Meisner in the 1990's. He founded his own acting studio in 1997 in San Francisco and Santa Cruz. He is also a noted playwright.
Robert Carnegie founded his own school, Playhouse West, in the 1980's. He apprenticed with Sanford Meisner for the last 7-8 years of Meisner's teaching career at the Meisner/Carville School of Acting in Los Angeles.
New York City
Richard studied with Sanford Meisner and later became head of acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC.
Mark Rydell is a well-regarded film director who studied with Sanford Meisner. He was nominated for an Oscar for his direction of the film, On Golden Pond.
John Ruskin apprenticed with Sanford Meisner and in 1986 founded the Ruskin School of Acting in Los Angeles.
New York City
Ron Stetson apprenticed with Sanford Meisner and worked for many years at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC.
Gene Terruso trained with Sanford Meisner. He has directed plays and taught acting at schools in New York, Illinoise and the Czech Republic.
OTHER MEISNER TEACHERS
Many teachers around the world advertise that they teach the Meisner approach. Some are good teachers. However they are not members of the institute and they do not have permission from the Meisner estate to call themselves Meisner teachers. The goal of the institute is to strengthen the quality of acting instruction. We invite these teachers to apply for membership in the Institute.