Jim Jarrett

Jim Jarrett is the last teaching protégé of Sanford Meisner.

He spent six years with the legendary acting teacher – two in Mr. Meisner’s professional private class then two more working exclusively with Sandy, both as an actor and teacher-in-training, then two more working as a teacher with Sandy as his mentor.

A quarter century later, Jarrett is considered by Sandy’s alumni and teaching colleagues to be one the most respected teachers of the Meisner Technique in the world.

  • Jon Voight
    "Jim is an extraordinary actor and teacher and his talent is enormous."
    Jon Voight Academy-Award Winner - at opening night of MEISNER
  • Bob Carnegie
    "Jim Jarrett represents everything Sanford Meisner stood for. He is a dear friend and colleague and I couldn’t recommend him as a teacher or his school more whole-heartedly".
    Bob Carnegie Founder / Director Playhouse West
  • William Alderson
    "Jim is a wonderful friend, actor, acting teacher, and a wonderful human being as well. We need more like him. And his show on Sanford Meisner is simply incredible! I literally thought I was watching Sandy. That's how incredible he is!"
    William Alderson Co-Director and Head of Acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse 1967 - 1986

Over the years Jarrett established schools in Los Angeles, the Big Island of Hawaii, and Sun Valley, Idaho. He also travels the world annually as a guest teacher at the most prestigous universities, performing art schools and theater companies throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Far East.

In 2005, Jarrett “came home” to San Francisco where he opened The Meisner Technique Studio. In so doing, Jarrett made good on a promise he’d made to Sandy many years before – to establish a school dedicated solely to the teachings of Sanford Meisner.

In a feature article celebrating Jarrett’s return to the Bay Area with Theatre Bay Area Magazine, Jarrett was asked about his vision and motivation for creating the best acting training in San Francisco:

“Ever since Sandy passed, there has been a proliferation of people teaching the Meisner Technique. Most are students of former students who may have studied with Sandy for a brief period of time. In fact, the Neighborhood Playhouse – the very place that pushed Sandy out in 1987 – started a program where anyone can enroll in a six week course and then receive a “teaching certificate” declaring you’re now qualified to teach the Meisner Technique.

Crazy. But true.

But there truly are only a handful of people who were personally trained by Sanford Meisner to teach “his way.” Being a part of this select group is an honor I do not take lightly. And for Sandy, having his teachings carried on accurately, as pure and authentic as possible, was extremely important to him:

Every time the rent’s due there’s a thousand actors who run around and call themselves acting teachers and I can’t tell you how many claimed to have studied with me and just because you did study with me doesn’t mean you’re qualified to teach! If someone tells you they teach The Meisner Technique ask them if they have my blessing then watch their reaction. Trust your gut, you’ll know. the late, great, Sanford Meisner

“I opened The Meisner Technique Studio in San Francisco to pass along to a new generation Sandy’s teaching brilliance, as well as his standards, integrity, and respect for the craft of acting he instilled into every single one of his students by presenting Sandy’s teachings exactly how he wanted them presented, one branch removed.

“My goal is to have our students emerge as the finest, best trained actors in the Meisner Technique – not just in the Bay Area, but in the world.”

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