Training the Passionate Actor Committed to Excellence


Meisner Acting School

Meisner Acting School NYC Terry Knickerbocker Studio with students in class rehearsing a scene.

The work we do at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio exemplifies impeccable integrity,
joyous practice, bold choices, and a lively sense of play.

Terry Knickerbocker Studio is a Meisner acting school located in NYC at the heart of Industry City, Brooklyn. Our acting training is unique in that it offers a holistic approach to actor development. We offer an affordable alternative to MFA programs, without sacrificing quality. By providing a conservatory setting, our world-class faculty rigorously trains the actor to succeed in a highly competitive industry. We seek students who are diverse, generous, curious, collaborative, open-hearted, spirited, uncompromising, and real.


Terry Knickerbocker spent over 30 years training and teaching with William Esper, one of the most respected protegés of Sanford Meisner. Terry is part of a direct lineage of Sandy Meisner and his brilliant approach to actor training. He is also a core faculty member and alumnus of the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

The four primary aims of our actor training conservatory are:

1. To provide our students with tools and a process for creating authentic, imaginative acting
2. To empower our students to embrace the full range of their unique humanity
3. To cultivate uncompromising standards of craftsmanship and artistry in our students
4. To support our students with the entrepreneurial skills needed to be a successful working actor

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We are currently reviewing applications for our 9-Week Introduction to Meisner Course.
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“If acting becomes work and not an adventure, then it’s not acting.” – Terry Knickerbocker