Who was Sanford Meisner?
Sanford Meisner, or Sandy as his students called him, is one of the most influential figures in the history of American theater. He spent his early career as an actor and founding member of the legendary Group Theatre where he worked with greats like Harold Clurman, Elia Kazan, Stella Adler, Lee J. Cobb, Lee Strasberg, and many others. Later in life, Meisner developed a systematic approach to actor training and taught it to thousands of students. Among those who studied with Meisner include David Mamet, James Caan, Brad Dourif, Jeff Goldblum, Sydney Pollack, Grace Kelly, Peter Falk, Steve, McQueen, Tony Randall, John Voight, Bob Fosse, Diane Keaton and Arthur Miller.