"There is no teacher today more dedicated to Sanford Meisner's work and committed to his actors than Alex Taylor. There is no acting teacher I can or would recommend above Alex Taylor. [He] possesses all the traits you want in an artist, human being & friend--always prepared, ready to work and a pure joy." I'm proud of his work and know Sandy is watching and smiling."
Sanford Meisner's Life Partner of Over 40 Years &
President of the Sanford Meisner Estate
Alex Taylor is the youngest acting teacher to have worked with legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner. He was in the last class to work with Meisner before Meisner's death in 1997.
Alex is one of only 3 teachers in 21 years to be chosen and trained to teach the Meisner Technique. In 2008 James Carville and Alex Taylor opened The Sanford Meisner Studio in Burbank CA (later name to be changed to The Taylor Studio.)
He has performed in over 60 theatrical productions. As a result of his stage work, Edward James Olmos invited him to participate in Marlon Brando's Lying for A Living where he worked with Marlon Brando, Sean Penn, Peter Coyote, Whoopi Goldberg, and Robin Williams.
Alex Taylor has won 7 years in a row, The Best Acting Coach in all of Los Angeles. Backstage magazine also named The Taylor Studio one of the top 5 acting schools to study at in Los Angeles.
He currently lives in Burbank California with his wife and daughter.
In 1931, a fervent group of young actors, including Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, Elia Kazan and Harold Clurman joined together to create the Group Theatre. It was the first permanent theatre company that brought “method” acting, rooted in the work of Konstantin Stanislavsky, to practice and prominence in America.
In 1933, Meisner became disenchanted with pure “method” acting. He wrote, “…Actors are not guinea pigs to be manipulated, dissected, left alone in a purely negative way. Our approach was not organic, that is to say, not healthy.” Eventually Meisner realized an American approach was needed to achieve the goal of “living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” The Neighborhood Playhouse provided him with the venue to develop that approach on his own. In 1935 he headed the Drama Department at The Playhouse, while continuing to act and produce plays by The Group Theatre until its demise in 1940. Meisner left The Playhouse in 1958 to become director of the New Talent Division of Twentieth Century Fox and moved to Los Angeles. In 1985, Meisner and his life partner, James Carville founded The Meisner/Carville School of Acting. Throughout his career Meisner taught such notable artists as: Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates, Grace Kelly, Jo Van Fleet, Tony Randall, Lesley Moonves, Lee Grant, Peter Falk, Gregory Peck, Steve McQueen, Bob Fosse, Diane Keaton, Sydney Pollack, John Cassavetes, Christopher Lloyd, Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, James Caan, James Gandolfini, Jeff Goldblum, John Voight, Mary Steenburgen, Sandra Bullock, and Tom Cruise to name a few.
The Taylor Studio
In March of 1995, Meisner, Carville, Martin Barter and a group of Sandy’s graduates opened The Sanford Meisner Center for the Arts. Alex Taylor began his acting training with Mr. Meisner and after his passing, February 5, 1997 continued to study with Martin Barter. Alex was invited by James Carville and Barter to begin training to teach Meisner’s work in 1998, making Alex one of only three actors afforded this in the past 40 years. Alex quickly became the most revered teacher at the Meisner/Carville School of Acting. In 2005, the school and theatre combined under one roof as The Sanford Meisner Center. Alex and Carville partnered to open The Sanford Meisner Studio in November 2008. It is widely acknowledged by actors familiar with Meisner and by professionals in the industry that Alex understands and teaches Meisner’s work more clearly and precisely than any practicing teacher today. In 2014 we changed the name of the school to The Taylor School of Acting. In 2010, he won the BackStage Reader’s Choice Best Acting Coach & Best Monologue Coach awards. He continued to win Los Angeles’ Best Acting Coach from 2011 to 2017 with The Taylor Studio.