In my view, C. C. Courtney is the finest teacher of the Meisner Technique
teaching today, both from a creative and an intellectual standpoint.
There are many, many third and fourth generation Meisner teachers.
Their understanding of the Meisner Technique is, however,
often trite and superficial.
Few have taken the trouble to comprehend Meisner's system
with the same depth and erudition as Mr. Courtney,
The absolute living authority on the subject.
Director of Undergraduate Theater Studies
For the definitive study on the current state of Stanislavski
based acting, read David Krasner's Method Acting Reconsidered
Not since Sanford Meisner himself
have we had a finer acting teacher than C. C. Courtney
Being a Meisner teacher is a very difficult thing to do
CC has immersed himself in teaching acting for over 30 years
He is now one of the best in the world
CC has excellent rapport with his students
and the results have been outstanding
Many of his students have gone on to successful careers
- - - stage, TV, and film
I give him my unqualified highest recommendation
Head of Acting
C. C. Courtney is a world class expert
in teaching the Meisner Technique
A highly gifted educator, writer, director and performer
Besides being an outstanding teacher of acting
C. C. Courtney has unusually strong credentials
as a composer, playwright and director
His keen intelligence combined with imagination and experience
make him most unusual
His knowledge is deep and broad
CC is courteous, self-confident but never overbearing
He is a very nice human being
Department of Theatre
Louisiana State University
Sydney Pollack was well known as a director of such movies as Tootsie but he produced dozens of movies and acted a lot too in movies and TV series like Will and Grace. But my main interest in him was that he had been Sanford Meisner’s assistant at The Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC for a couple of years.
I met him when I was teaching at The Playhouse. I was in a deli when he came up to me, introduced himself and asked if I was C. C. Courtney. I couldn’t believe he knew my name. He said that he was always speaking to Playhouse students in that deli and that they spoke very highly of my teaching. He lived somewhere near The Playhouse and we ended up having coffee or lunch a couple of times. He came to my private classes several times.
One day I went in that little restaurant where we had lunch and there he was sitting with a gentleman who’s face I thought I knew. I stopped to say hello to Sydney and he said, “C. C. this is Clive Barnes. Clive this is C. C. Courtney, the best Meisner teacher I have ever seen.” I said, “Well, thank you very much but I think Bill Esper and Richard Pinter are a bit better than me. And I have been knowing Clive since back in the days when he was the drama critic for the New York Times.
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