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Home of the Meisner Technique



To live truthfully under given imaginary circumstances.

Sanford Meisner was one of the great acting teachers of the 20th century. Meisner had a gift for getting the best out of his students. His techniques were as unorthodox as they were effective.

In 1940 Sanford Meisner became head of the acting program at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. It was at the Playhouse where The Meisner Technique was born.

Conversations with Sanford Meisner


“We at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre believe that training in the voice and body movement are important tools for the actor as the means of conveying the most important element of our courses in dramatics – the ability to see into, understand and breathe life into a stage character. The thing about acting that moves audiences is the emphatic sense of the reality of the human being who is being portrayed.”


“A body as flexible as a gymnast’s, a voice as malleable and responsive as a singer’s…and a director who understands and can communicate the way of life which gave birth to the play.”


“Our courses include simple exercises devised for the purpose of bringing the actor intimate and practical knowledge of himself. This is to free the actor of habits which prevent him from behaving directly from the impulses of his true nature.”

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre is a non-profit, tax-exempt school of training for actors, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre is a full-time acting conservatory in the heart of New York City. Our approach focuses on the artistic growth of the actor through technical training in acting, movement, speech, and voice. The Neighborhood Playhouse offers the serious student what few other acting schools can provide – devotion to rich tradition coupled with forward-thinking innovation. We offer a full time Two Year Certificate Program in professional acting as well as a concentrated Six-Week Summer Intensive.

Every member of the acting faculty at the Neighborhood Playhouse was trained to teach by Sanford Meisner himself. The passion and skill of the Neighborhood Playhouse instructors led The Cambridge Guide to Theatre (Cambridge University Press) to name The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre “the most respected” acting school in the country and “first among all professional training programs.”


The Neighborhood Playhouse School moved to its permanent home on East 54th Street in 1947. The school’s rich heritage is visible in the building itself...

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