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The Taylor School of Acting Builds on Meisner Technique

September 5, 2016

The Taylor School of Acting is a top-rated professional acting studio located in Burbank, California. Alex Taylor was the youngest and last acting instructor to work with legendary actor and acting teacher Sanford Meisner. Of course, Meisner developed the Meisner Technique, and famously taught actors such as Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, James Caan, Naomi Watts, Gregory Peck, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Jon Voight, Tom Cruise–and the list goes on.

Alex Taylor’s school continues to build on Meisner’s mission, and represents the only school that still works with the Meisner Estate. He strives to create a home for dedicated actors “who are willing to let the Meisner Technique become their most powerful asset in their acting career.” As the website says: “Here, we connect talent with desire and encourage students to embrace their individuality–allowing for them to grow, prosper, and honor the life of an artist, leader and icon.”

The school seeks to inspire humanity as it builds a strong foundation in the craft of acting. Classes are designed to “get you out of your head and into your heart” and give actors tools for stage and film that they can always depend upon. One example of the school’s convictions is to “Mean what you say and say what you mean.”

Both the school and Alex himself consistently receive enthusiastically high online reviews. Some comments from those who attended the school include:

“Such an amazing, safe environment…This is as real as real gets in regards to learning the Meisner Technique.”

“Alex will help you ‘unlearn’ [social norms]. He will push you sometimes places that you are not used to going–the truth.”

“Alex sets up his classes to place you in a room with other dedicated actors that are trustworthy and will support you in learning how to overcome fears you may have or come across as an actor. All of my classmates and partners are willing to try new things with zero judgment behind it.”

“[Alex’s] passion is unequal to any other teacher out there, and his teaching is personal, and challenging. Is he tough? You better believe it! He demands the absolute best of his students, he doesn’t accept half-hearted efforts, laziness, or excuses.”

“Some arrive to the school without a critical and important characteristic…passion. If you don’t have the passion, the drive to put in the work, this is not the school for you.”

“If you want a teacher who will develop you as an artist, and give you the tools and the understanding to work professionally for a lifetime, then you should seriously consider working with Alex.”

“I began studying the Meisner technique because I was interested in possibly pursuing acting…I am now three weeks away from graduating from the two-year program, and I feel incredibly prepared and motivated to take on any role I’m cast in.”

Alex Taylor’s students include Jeff Bridges, Neve Campbell, Bryan Cranston, Leonardo DiCaprio, Zac Efron, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sean Penn, Meg Ryan, John Travolta, and the list goes on. The school offers first- and second-year professional acting certificates. For those who are interested, the school’s next Open House is on September 8th.

Here is a video to learn more about the Meisner Technique, although the clip was not created by The Taylor School of Acting.