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For Prospective Students at Laboratorium Meisnera

My name is Simon Furness. I am an actor and teacher of the Meisner Technique for Actors, having been a direct student of an actor/teacher, Tom Radcliffe, who was taught directly by Sanford Meisner.

I began my acting career in 1990 and my teaching career in 1999 in Milan, Italy. From 2003 until its closure I was on the teaching staff of the Actors’ Temple London which was in its time the UK’s foremost actor-led training and production community operating under principles taught by Sanford Meisner.

I am writing here to endorse personally the work of the Laboratorium Meisnera and it’s lead actor/teacher Sylwia Kaczmarek.

Sylwia first came to me as a student of the Meisner Technique at the Actors’ Temple in 2009 attending the introduction course and the subsequent Modular training programme which was then in existence. She continued her training in 2011 with further courses, whenever her own professional acting commitments allowed.

In 2012, I began to mentor Sylwia as a teacher and she observed many of my own classes between 2016 and 2018. In 2016, she joined the teaching staff of the Actors‘ Temple, a post she held until the global pandemic forced its closure.

Between 2013 and 2020, I taught no less than 10 courses for Laboratorium Meisnera in Warsaw and online, all of which were very ably organised and run by Sylwia and members of her teaching team.

The chronological detail above will I hope serve as proof of Sylwia’s consistent snd dedicated commitment to improving her own abilities as a teacher and to supporting the growth and development of her students and teaching team. Our own professional relationship is of several years’ standing and one I value highly.

To my knowledge Sylwia was the first to communicate Sanford Meisner’s principles to the acting community in Warsaw and throughout Poland. I have no hesitation in endorsing her as a teacher and coach. I have witnessed many powerful moments of growth and understanding in her classes and trust that her guidance will continue to benefit students for many years to come.

Simon Furness


Senior Instructor, Actors Temple 2016-22