Meisner Institute Research

The Meisner Institute is dedicated to research that will advance the understanding of how best to train actors and advance the performance arts. The institute continues to reach out to other disciplines, such as neuroscience and applied psychology, to collaborate on groundbreaking studies.


Best Practices Conference

Actors on stage

Brain Studies & Applied Psychology Research

Best Practices

It has been more than 20 years since Sanford Meisner passed away. In that time most of the first generation of teachers that Meisner trained have added their innovations to the Meisner technique and passed on or retired. Second and Third generation Meisner teachers are continuing to use the principles of the Meisner approach to find simpler, more direct, and more effective ways to train actors.  


The Institute's Best Practices Conference brings together Meisner teachers from around the world to share their new insights. 

Plans are underway for the next Best Practices Conference. CONTACT US to get more information about the conference.

Brain Studies & Applied Psychology

The Meisner Institute is collaborating with neuroscientists and psychologists to test the theories of Stanislavski, Meisner, and other schools of training. Here are two questions we are asking these scientists; 1) Does "living the part" actually create a more powerful emotional response in the audience? 2) Can an actor manipulate the muscles in his face and body to fake an emotion and make the audience believe the emotion is real. Our years of experience in acting tell us the answer to the first question is yes and the answer to the second question is no. But do our answers survive scientific scrutiny?


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