I cannot express how lucky I feel as an actor to have found a school with such amazing teachers that grasp what an actor really needs to make it in this business. I started out taking the Summer Meisner Intensive class not really sure of what I was going to get out of it and I loved it! Each class was always a learning experience whether it happened personally or by watching a classmate. I loved it so much that I enrolled and completed the 2-year Meisner program and all I can say is, "What an Amazing Ride"!
Everything I've done or will do professionally as an actor I owe to Elizabeth Mestnik and her amazing studio. From basic technique to scene study to a 2-year Meisner Technique program, EMAS has been my primary source of professional training since moving to LA. Elizabeth and her instructors see the unique qualities and potential in EMAS students and work to get them to tap into their truthful emotional life to bring work vividly to life. The more demanding the course of study, the deeper Elizabeth encourages you to dig. She cares greatly about your success as an actor. She's not fluff, mind you, and she expects a lot from her students, but the rewards are great.
I recommend EMAS because of Elizabeth. I trust that the teachers she hires match her level of insight, compassion, and ability to bring out the best in each of her students. You have to have an eye for BS as an acting teacher and she has it. She has called me on my own more than once. You also have to have an eye for the nuances of human behavior, the little itty-bitty details that take a performance from good to great. She has that ability. And I greatly appreciate that as an actor. When you look in the dictionary under really really good, high quality acting teacher, of the many faces you will see, you will no doubt see hers.
Awesome school! Elizabeth, Jordana and Sandy are all exceptional teachers. In just 5 weeks I grew not only as an actor, but as a person. Elizabeth requires her students to be professional and committed. If you are ready to be challenged, inspired and given the tools you need to grow as an actor, this is the place for you.
EMAS was such an intense and amazing experience. Elizabeth is so passionate about the work and constantly pushed us to give our best, to always strive for excellence. I am definitely a stronger actor having gone through the 2-year program at EMAS. The relationships I've made at EMAS is something I will always be grateful for. My core friendships, who I consider my close family now, have all stemmed from this program.
The Meisner program prepared me to take on my first lead role in a feature film. I filmed the summer after my first year of Meisner, and the technique fit perfectly with what the script demanded. It's important to have as many acting tools as possible depending on the role. One tool that Meisner teaches that is necessary for every job, however, is truly opening up your ear to be able to hear underneath the lines. Once you learn this, it is an asset for life. If you want to inspire and be inspired by watching your peers struggle, fail, and suddenly break through, you should study here. If you want to expand and your imagination and creativity, study here. And if you want to take the unique journey of self-discovery and opening necessary to becoming a professional actor come to EMAS.
Elizabeth is the reason I am a working professional actor today. The rigors of her program are unmatched here in L.A., and I've studied at many places. If you successfully finish her Professional Training Program, you will have all the acting tools you need to make it in this business.
Christopher T. Wood
The teachers here are incredible. They push you to your best without pushing you too hard (for me, there is nothing worse for a student's progress than those teachers that are literally impossible to please). I respect the teachers here completely, and there is no lying from the teachers - they only want you to get better, and praise is earned truthfully,. They themselves are working actors and many have masters degrees from Rutgers University with the Meisner Technique, so they are more than qualified to guide us. If you are serious and focused and committed to training as an actor, go here! I promise you it is SO WORTH IT!
This is the real deal Meisner Technique built from the ground up. No exercises taken out of context, no cut and paste approach to developing craft. Each piece builds upon each new piece. You start simply and strive to maintain that simplicity as your exercises become more complex. EMAS is a place where you will be asked to challenge yourself continually. The instructors are very committed to the students. All of them studied Meisner Technique with Bill Esper in New York and are dedicated to imparting the power and usefulness of this approach to new actors. If you want to learn an honest approach to the craft of acting, read Sanford Meisner's On Acting, read Bill Esper's The Actor's Art and Craft and set up an interview with Elizabeth and figure out if this is the right fit for you.
I value the training I received at the Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio more than my college degree. That is not an exaggeration. I learned more in one year of Meisner Technique than I did in my four year Bachelors program. I am a very cynical and distrustful person. I was very close to leaving Los Angeles altogether until I took the summer Meisner Intensive. That 12-week class was enough to convince me to stay in LA to study with Elizabeth and her amazing instructors. The Meisner Technique is a very difficult process because there is no hiding. Everyone works in every class, and you have to put in the hours out of class. It was one of the most challenging yet REWARDING things I have ever done.
Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio is an incredible learning experience for those who are ready to learn how to make your acting more visceral. These classes so far have been a crash-course in life. It is based on truth and it forces you to look at yourself, get to know your own core truths and accept yourself for who you are. I'm making great leaps and bounds in my personal and creative life thanks to the Meisner Method & the EMAS Family. EMAS is for serious actors who want to make a quantum leap in their performance skills. All classes require hard work because well, that's what it takes to be good at the craft of acting.
Elizabeth and the students she attracts are incredibly supportive, driven and talented. Elizabeth herself is more of a loving mother, but if needs be she can turn it up and get in your face like a passionate football coach. She's not afraid of really telling you how it is, which is something so important to personal improvement within a field as competitive as acting. She really cares about her students and their improvement. Trust me. She really does. If you're looking for a serious, rigorous, challenging, rewarding, fun, exciting, supportive (etc.) community and education this is where you need to be.