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As opposed to "the method," which develops acting from an internal source, through emotional recall, sense memory, etc, this technique creates the actor externally. The focus is for the actor to "get out of his head," such that he or she is behaving instinctively.
To this end, some exercises for the Meisner technique are rooted in repetition so that the words are deemed insignificant compared to the reactions.
Meisner developed this technique after working with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler at the Group Theatre and while working as head of the acting program at New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse. He continued its refinement for fifty years.
The Meisner technique is a progressive system of structured improvisations for developing concentration and imagination, stimulating instincts and impulses, and achieving “the reality of doing” in performance; an acting technique developed by the American theatre practitioner Sanford Meisner. (August 31, 1905 – February 2, 1997)
In Meisner’s view, great acting depends on the actor’s impulsive response to what’s happening around him. His key exercise, spontaneous repetition, is designed for the actor to develop that dormant capacity.
Meisner’s approach trains the actor to “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances,” to discover or create personally meaningful points of view with respect to the (written or improvised) word, and to express spontaneous human reactions and authentic emotion with the utmost sense of truth.
Acting Behaving Happening ...