Meisner Technique Program

January - August 2020

The Meisner Technique was developed by Sanford Meisner over 65 years ago, and remains one of the leading acting training techniques today.  No matter where you are in your acting when you begin, by the end of the 8-month class, if you have relentlessly applied yourself, you will be powerfully confident and ready to bring something vitally alive and uniquely exciting to whatever medium you choose to work in. You will be challenged in ways you have yet to imagine and experience greater joy in your acting than you ever thought possible.


Acting Foundations

January 6th – March 16th, 2020


Acting Foundations is a class for the beginning acting student who wants to invest in his/her craft to become a well-skilled, creative actor. Pulling from Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Linklater, and many other techniques we will be laying the foundation for truthful, interesting and exciting performances for TV, film or stage.  Those who enjoy and succeed in this format can move onto other TECHNIQUE SERIES classes that focus on specific skill sets like character development and script analysis.

It is an exciting course that covers four fundamental principles of acting.

  • Imagination work
  • Character development
  • The Actor’s Instrument
  • Breaking down a script

THE CHARACTER Wednesdays at 2:30

January 8th – March 25, 2020

It’s why most of us decided to pursue acting - To "be" someone else. Walk in their shoes, speak in their voice, feel their pain, live their joy! – to become THE CHARACTER.

THE CHARACTER class gives acting students a foundation in creating truthful, dynamic characters for film, television or stage. It teaches techniques that find the character’s voice, physicality and psychology. Students work on strengthening their vocal and physical presence, creating characters that are believable yet completely different from themselves. Through exercises, improvisations, monologue and scene work, students acquire a comprehensive set of “acting tools” to draw upon when approaching a role. At the end of the 11-weeks, students will know how to bring a character to life and apply their techniques in scene work and performance.

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On Camera Technique with Thom Rivera

January 22 - March 11, 2020

With the majority of all auditions for television and film requiring that the actor be put on camera for the casting director and/or producers to review, today’s working actor must possess a solid camera technique that is specific to the audition format. In this course strong cold-read and on-camera skills are developed as well as an empowered perspective of the casting process and a clear understanding of what it truly means to “own” the room.

You will learn how to:

• Use the Page so you can be open and available to the other person.
• Understand what the camera “sees” and how to work within it’s frame.
• Break down a script so you can make choices that are specific, strong and actable.

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Actor’s Life

Sept.25 - Nov. 13, 2019 and Jan. 8 - Feb. 26, 2020

 Wednesdays at 2:30pm

Do you dream of setting up your life so that your acting career can really soar?  This is an important class developed to address the unique issues of navigating a life as an actor in Hollywood. Learn the steps  and strategies you can take to reverse career stagnation, overwhelm and a lack of focus. From the business of acting, personal finances to mental stamina and our digital society… success as an actor requires setting up the rest of your life to support your career


Fitzmaurice Voicework

September - March a 24-class session


Tuesdays at 2:30

An actor is limited only by the range of his or her instrument.  This instrument includes the voice, body, breath and emotional accessibility. This class allows students in our professional acting program to add conservatory level voice training to their curriculum. The Fitzmaurice Technique is designed to let your body and voice work with freedom and full expression to access your creativity and emotional range.


Conservatory Training Program

September 2019 - June 2020

EMAS is excited to announce our new Conservatory Training Program (CTP).  Created to be an affordable alternative to BFA/MFA Acting programs this program offers actors the ability to develop their actor’s instrument, learn to analyze text, learn to navigate the pitfalls of a life as an artist, as well as acquire their acting craft.  The Conservatory Training Program teaches 19hrs/week in studio. It consists of the following courses:

  • Meisner Technique (64 classes)
  • Fitzmaurice Voice Work (24 classes)
  • Movement for Actors (24 classes)
  • Shakespeare (24 classes)
  • Speech (24 classes)
  • Actor’s Life (16 classes)

The Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio seeks students who are committed to serious training that includes not just acting training but the training of the entire instrument; mind, body and voice.  This way the body and voice are completely capable of expressing fully and truthfully.


Playing Shakespeare

September 15, 2019 - March 29, 2020


Sundays at 6pm

Shakespeare helps students learn how to read texts, do research, and breaks down the walls of self-consciousness when speaking heightened and poetic language. It helps actors discover emotional clues, unlock text and guide the voice and body to boldly follow the fullest emotional life.

Taught by EMAS favorite Diana Jelinek - this class is helpful for classical and contemporary texts.


Movement for Actors

Sept. 19 – Dec. 12, 2019 Jan. 9 – Mar. 26, 2020 A 24-class session


Thursdays at 7pm

Using the fundamentals of the Williamson Technique, this class functions as a physical guide to help begin to identify your own unique habits of tension and to begin to let go of extraneous physical behavior. This technique was specifically designed for the actor studying The Meisner Technique, to integrate the philosophies and techniques of Meisner training into the body and voice. In doing so, you will become less physically cluttered, less self-conscious, and more capable of creating specific, unapologetic behavior with ease.


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