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Movement 1: Honing Physical Expression for Actors

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Movement 1

October 3rd – December 12, 2018
Great actor training focuses on the whole instrument: voice, mind, heart, and body. A strong physical presence is crucial to the professional actor being fully aware and open in terms of physical habits, postures, gestures, body language and voice and sound. 

Movement I is designed to develop the actor’s physicality. It will release the constrictions of the actor’s instrument and free the actor’s emotional life; to move away from pedestrian, every day, socialized behavior and to embody a more authentic, expansive, and unbridled expression.

Throughout the ten-week period, students go through a variety of exercises drawn from the Williamson Technique.  They will begin to understand how this technique is the physical component of the acting work they are doing in their Meisner classes. It is a chance for students to immediately move beyond physical constrictions and use the body as a full acting instrument that can interact unimpeded with all the senses, to the world around them and to the other “players’ in that world..

Students will explore where tension is held in the body and how the body responds when it is emotionally alive. Simultaneously, students will be building a sense of grace, flexibility, strength, stamina, and vulnerability. The goal is to effortlessly apply these principles to making clear physical choices in the acting work.

Class Schedule:
Wednesdays at 7pm

Tuition:
$480 (10 classes over 11 weeks – no class Thanksgiving week) 50% deposit required to register.

Instructor:
Caitlin Rigney

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If you would like more information, please call Elizabeth at 323-528-6280, or director@emasla.com.

 

Conservatory Course; An alternative to BFA/MFA in Acting

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EMAS is excited to announce our new Conservatory Training Program (CTP).Created to be an affordable alternative to BFA/MFA Acting programs,this option offers actors the ability to develop their actor’s instrument, learn to analyze text as well as acquire their acting craft.The Conservatory Training Program will consist of the following courses:

  • Meisner Acting Technique
  • Fitzmaurice Voice Work
  • Movement for Actors
  • Shakespeare

This is a rare opportunity for student actors to get professional training at a fraction of the cost of a conservatory. We believe that the focused, daily nature of conservatory –style training helps make actors more competitive in the entertainment industry.

CTP will begin in the fall of 2018.

Tuition for the 9-month program is $4800.Payment Plans available.

Admissions are through Interview only.

About The Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio

EMAS is a dynamic acting training program for those who want to study the craft of acting in a challenging and inspiring environment. Our reputation is for producing exciting and spontaneous actors with reliable acting technique. That is why The Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio is ranked as the top acting program in Los Angeles by CBS and Backstage, among others. our Professional approach, as well as the individualized commitment to each student that has earned us the reputation as on of L.A’s most respected acting schools.

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 If you would like more information, please call Chase at323-528-6280, or chase@emasla.com, or register now 

 

Winter Shakespeare Acting Class: Playing the Bard

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The Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio (EMAS) is happy to announce open enrollment for our Winter Shakespeare acting class, Shakespeare I: Playing the Bard

Many of today’s most admired and celebrated actors have their roots in playing Shakespeare, proving that The Bard is more relevant than ever to today’s entertainment industry.

This 8 week class aims to introduce the core elements of playing Shakespeare to LA actors. In class, students will:

  • Investigate how Shakespeare directs actors through the structure and rhythm of his texts
  • Examine the differences between verse and prose and discover when Shakespeare chooses to write in each form
  • Explore iambic pentameter and phrasing and learn a process for analyzing Shakespeare’s texts
  • Experience how a slight change in emphasis can alter the emotions and meaning of a scene
  • Learn to link language with your physical and vocal instrument to incorporate your full body into your acting

Classes held at EMAS on Sundays at 7:00 PM. January 28th through March 18th, 2018.

Enrollment is now open!

The Instructor

diana jellinek, shakespearean actors and coachNow based in LA, Diana Jellinek is an actress and an acting coach with extensive experience on stage and screen, including The Old Globe Theatre, London’s Royal National Theatre Studio, and the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC.  Learn more at:
Diana Jellinek’s Website
Diana Jelinek’s IMDB Page

Now Enrolling: Performing the Song Musical Theatre Class

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EMAS is happy to announce open enrollment for this Fall’s “Performing the Song” Musical Theatre class.

Beginning October 1st and running for 8 weeks, Performing the Song is taught by Tony Award-Winner, Chris Bensinger. Designed to expand the Hollywood Actor’s skillset to allow them to navigate the growing number of opportunities for song in TV, film and, of course, Musical Theatre.

The course will focus on teaching actors to realize songs they were intended by the writers – as a vehicle for expression and storytelling. A secondary focus will be on actually improving students’ vocal technique.

The trend towards musical elements in Hollywood isn’t going to be going away anytime soon. Take advantage of this opportunity to increase your skillset and work with a true professional.

Find out more here!


Chris_Bensinger_croppedA Tony Award winning theater producer, Chris Bensinger joined the EMAS faculty in 2016 to help actors hone the skills that allow them to shine in Hollywood’s growing number of Musical and “Musical TV” productions.

Now Registering: 1st Year Meisner Technique 2017-2018

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The Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio is now scheduling interviews for our 2017 First Year Meisner Class. Beginning in September, the 1st Year Meisner Technique is a rigorous 9 month program for serious acting students who’re willing to make the commitment to do what it takes to become a better, more truthful and more spontaneous actor.

The Meisner Technique

Respected as one of the most effective acting techniques, the Meisner Technique gives actors fundamental skills that translate into deep, truthful acting in any situation. Following the syllabus designed by Sandy Meisner, EMAS’ Meisner Technique classes give students a clearly defined path to developing these essential skills.

Interviews

To schedule an interview, fill out the form on our registration page or contact the studio.

Now Enrolling: Summer Actor’s Voicework Program

Our Fitmaurice Voicework Summer Session is now enrolling!

  • June 22nd – July 18th
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7PM to 10PM

Held twice weekly, our Fitzmaurice Voice Class taught by Michael Yurchak has been a favorite among our LA acting students for years.

emas52_2This workshop will introduce students to the fundamental elements of Fitzmaurice Voicework® that explores the dynamics between the body, breath, voice, the imagination, language and presence.

It is a physical process that is designed to promote an awareness of the body, spontaneous and free breathing, and healthy vocal expression. It is a helpful tool for actors to find their impulses  and to expand their imaginative potential.

The workshop will use text to learn  how structure can enhance the vocal freedom and provide clarity and connection to text. All students will be required to bring in 16-20 lines of memorized Shakespeare.

To Read More about the class Click Here!

About Michael Yurchak:

YurchakPressPhoto_thumbnailMichael Yurchak is an award winning actor, voice over artist and educator. He has taught voice over and acting workshops around the country to all levels of students. In addition to his work with EMAS, Michael serves as a Lead Teaching Artist and Project Faculty Member for The Center Theater Group and Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in LA.  He has also worked with the Roundabout Theater Company and The New Victory Theater in New York. He holds a BA from Colgate University and an MA from NYU and is a certified Fitzmaurice Voicework Technique Instructor