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Your profession is not your job. Your profession is what you’re put on this earth to do with such passion and intensity it becomes spiritual in calling.
-Vincent Van Gogh
If that’s how you feel about being an actor we’d like to help you.
Jim Jarrett
Founder/Director

Our Mission

We offer the premier acting training in the San Francisco Bay Area and are dedicated to producing the finest trained actors of the Meisner Technique – not just in the Bay Area but in the world.

Melissa Thompson Esaia
Assistant Director

Classes

At The Meisner Technique Studio, we present Sanford Meisner’s teachings exactly as he intended.

  • Class meets twice a week for three hours
  • Class size is always kept small to guarantee individual attention every class
  • All classes are taught by Jim Jarrett and Melissa Thompson Esaia
  • You must be invited to return after each session, ensuring the highest quality experience
JIM JARRETT IS THE CLOSEST YOU'LL GET TO EXPERIENCING THE GENIUS OF SANDY MEISNER.
JON VOIGHT
Academy Award Winner
at opening night of MEISNER

Which One Are You?

I’ve never acted before. I’m excited, terrified, and have no idea where to begin, but I know this is what I am supposed to do!
A dream should scare you a little and excite you a lot
-Joe Vitale

Most people who want to become actors can’t find the courage to even take the first step of doing basic research. Yet here you are so way to go!

Maybe your desire to become an actor has been inside you for a long time or maybe it’s new. Either way, you most likely have questions so let’s begin with the most common ones for anyone just starting out.

View Jim's Welcome Video
I've always loved acting but quit and did what I was "supposed" to do, but I'm not happy. And acting made me truly happy.
When you grow up you tend to be told that the world is the way it is and your life is to just live your life inside this world – try not to bash the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That is a very limited life.
-Steve Jobs

You are here because your love of acting will not die. Even though you’ve tried to run from it, hide from it, ignore it, belittle it, starve it, even shun it, after all these years, it’s still deep inside you. And you know it’s time to find out why your love of acting won’t go away. So congratulations, this is a huge deal.

One piece of advice – go after this with such conviction and resolution that you’ll finally know, once and for all, why this feeling has never left you.

Whether you choose to study with us doesn’t matter at all. What does matter is that you’re finally doing this. So from all of us at The Meisner Technique Studio, we wish you the very best!

View Jim's Welcome Video
I am an actor. I have training, credits, and I work BUT something is off and I want to take my career to an entirely new level.

If you’re here reading this, it means you want more. Even though you have previous training and credits, something is missing, and you can feel it.

You are in good company.

Most working actors with wonderful training still suffer from three major roadblocks to truthful work:

  1. Nerves
  2. Constantly in their head – thinking, judging, watching, criticizing
  3. Rarely present

Often the more training one has, the more one tends to be in their head.

The Meisner Technique is all about getting you out of your head and working from your impulses, instincts, and gut – not once in a while or because you’re “having a good night.”

This is the way you’ll work all the time because you are consistently present. When that happens, your nerves will go away. As Sanford Meisner once said, “It’s impossible to be nervous if your focus is off yourselves.”

But here’s the problem: to turn your instrument into a moment to moment, gut to gut, instinctive, impulsive machine requires time, patience and hard work.

Often actors who already have training and credits lack the humility to give themselves over to this level of training. Instead, they put a band-aide on the holes to their foundation by taking workshops or “intensives.” So to even consider this level of training feels like they’ve somehow failed or it’s a step backwards or even worse, they don’t have time because their “career is slipping away.”

Yet here you are because you do want more.

If that is you, we can help you.

View Jim's Welcome Video
I'm not really sure if I fit any of the descriptions - but I'm curious about acting and I'd like to learn more.

If you clicked on this, maybe you’re not sure if you really want to be an actor, but something is pulling you toward acting. Even though you keep thinking this feeling will go away, it doesn’t.

You are not alone. Over the years some of our greatest students have been stay-at-home parents, lawyers, real estate agents, venture capitalists – whatever. And they have  ZERO desire to quit their jobs and become actors, but SOMETHING is going on inside of them and they’d like to know what that is.

They just needed to find the courage to take it to the next step. Are you ready to step up and see what this feeling inside of you is all about? If so, schedule your interview today.

Do it. You deserve to know what’s going on.

View Jim's Welcome Video

Testimonials

Eric Burke
Eric Burke Actor / Student
I came to it a bit later in life, and thank goodness I did. I now own my dream and support it with a solid acting technique as a foundation.
Amber Glasgow
AMBER Glasgow Actor / Student
If I had a list of words to describe Jim and Melissa, I would say: committed, supportive, caring, and consistent. They really know what they're doing.
Glen Caspillo
Glen Caspillo Blue Jasmine
The confidence I've gotten has given me a new beginning in life and as an actor. Never would I have thought I would come this far with my craft.
Aubrey Davis
Aubrey Davis Star of Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can and other International Broadway Tours
The Meisner Technique Studio has been an absolutely priceless tool in my development as an actor. Truly priceless. It is what keeps me going

News Bulletin

#ClassUpdates
Classes
We may have just started a new class, but we’re already ready for more! We are committed to helping passionate dreamers who want to call themselves actors and have it really mean something.
#OurStudentsAtWork
Our Students
MTS alum Carlos Alfredo JR's web series was just named a FINALIST at the ARFF Barcelona International Awards. Carlos, (and everyone involved) this is a huge accomplishment. We're SO proud of you!
#Shows
Events
This weekend, we held our 6th annual talent show. We had 20 acts from our absolutely amazing students. From those who sang in front of people for the first time to those who we’ve been cheering on for years, we’re so incredibly proud of them!
#SocialMedia
Social Feed
Congrats to Natalie Wolfe-Palau and her husband Brian who just moved to LA! Natalie has been a wonderful student. This weekend, she was the only member of The Studio to write, direct, produce, and star in original film. LA won't know what hit it!