The Meisner Technique is a series of exercises designed to focus your attention on your playing partner. Meisner’s intention was to shift your focus from yourself and simultaneously put you in the present moment. Later, another set of exercises help you to understand what it means to live in the given circumstances provided by the text and your director. Finally a further set of techniques ( cold reading, text analysis etc ) will help you to make organic discoveries about the texts you have to play and and also just what those given circumstances are.
Ideally you’d study the technique with me over at least a two year period (like Meisner’s own classes) but I also know that when you’re a regular working actor or hard working amateur actor that kind of commitment can be difficult. I think this explains the popularity of my one week and two week intensive courses : they give you a great intro to the technique showing you all the steps, provide you with new tools you’ll take away with you that will lie comfortably with most other training you’ll have done and finally show you the way forward in the technique should you wish to pursue it further. I know I did…and then some.
That then is the Meisner Technique except it’s much more than that which is why I love teaching it.