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Dead Person of the Day February 2 – Sanford Meisner

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Maybe its just me but I can NEVER get tired of watching amateur acting classes. The uncertainty, emotion, awkwardness – in fact it reminds me much of myself during a bad spat of the poopies.

If you look close enough you’ll catch a glimpse of our old pal T.W. Snicket who works down the hall at The Shade. T.W. studied under Meisner in the early 1980s during his off off broadway experimental dramady titled “If You Can Feel The Crease, Push Harder”

Sanford Meisner (August 31, 1905 – February 2, 1997)

Published: February 04, 1997

Sanford Meisner, one of the most influential American acting teachers of this century and for decades the director of the celebrated Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in Manhattan, died on Sunday at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was 91.

Mr. Meisner, an unassuming but charismatic man who began his career as an actor and occasionally undertook directing, was one of a handful of master drama instructors. He exhorted several generations of students to be truthful, spontaneous and emotionally credible and to act with other actors, not against them. His students included Gregory Peck, Joanne Woodward, Diane Keaton, Jon Voight, Robert Duvall, Grace Kelly and Tony Randall. He also taught such directors as Sidney Lumet, Sydney Pollack and Vivian Matalon and the playwright David Mamet. Continue 

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