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PEERS PEERS In my view, C. C. Courtney is the finest teacher of the Meisner Technique




 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.

David Krasner

Director of Undergraduate Theater Studies

Yale University

                                         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

Richard Pinter

Head of Acting

Neighborhood Playhouse

C. C. Courtney is a world class expert 

                   in teaching the Meisner Technique

A highly gifted educator, writer, director and performer

Hal Baldridge

Executive Director

Neighborhood Playhouse

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

Gresdna Doty

Former Head

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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