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The Meisner Game

From: The Power Manual


The Meisner game is from the field of theater. Actors play it to learn how to be in tune with their stage partner. Sanford Meisner, an American theater master, developed a unique approach to acting focused on an actor’s instinctive response to the surrounding environment, rather than “in the head” or intellectual approaches. In his approach, repetition is key for moving beyond filters to underlying emotions. The purpose of this game is to use the signs of interactions to tell a different, more mutual, story.


Cyndi Suarez

Cyndi Suarez works with leaders in nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and social movements, including most recently the Movement for Black Lives. She helps social change leaders move from struggle to flow by helping them build elegant ideas and structures. She has a MS in Nonprofit Management from Southern New Hampshire University, and studied Feminist Theory at the New School for Social Research. Suarez is Senior Editor at Nonprofit Quarterly, the leading nonprofit journal. She lives in Boston, MA.