Sound, Speech, Shakespeare!

August 8 - September 26, 2023


The Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio is excited to bring back some of our supplemental workshops this summer, starting with Sound, Speech, Shakespeare! - taught by EMAS favorite Michael Yurchak.

Sound, Speech, Shakespeare! is an incredible opportunity to improve your vocal range and dexterity by exploring and understanding the actor’s instrument.  We will explore the integration of voice and language and its link to breath, thought, emotion, and expression.

When:                                    Tuesdays 2:00 pm

Dates:                                    August 8 – September 26, 2023

Tuition:                                 $390

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Fall Meisner Technique Program

Sessions start September 6 and September 18

It is a rigorous 9-month program.  It is a process that encourages an actor’s emotional availability, spontaneity, uniqueness and confidence.  It ignites an actor’s imagination and allows them to behave with complete openness and truthfulness.  But remember… The Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio is for the serious acting student who wants to invest in his/her craft to become a well skilled, exciting actor.

Each acting class meets for 3 to 4 hours twice a week. Students are expected to present work at each class. In addition, Ms. Mestnik expects students to spend at least 3 to 5 hours a week in outside rehearsal with their partners.

If you are ready to ignite your imagination, reconnect to your emotions, trust your instincts and develop the essential skills of great acting, and work harder than you have ever worked before…

This program is for you!

for more info visit our Meisner Technique Page


Acting For Beginners – Character In Performance – Class Filled

Next Class offered January 2024

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 IN PERFORMANCE 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, script analyses, monologue and scene work, students acquire a comprehensive set of “acting tools” to draw upon when approaching a role.  At the end of the 10-weeks, students will know how to bring a character to life and apply their techniques in scene work and performance.

When:   Wednesdays at 2pm

Where:  EMAS: 4713 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91602

Tuition: $490

Instructors: Chase Studinski and Terri Hayes


Acting For Beginners – Exploring Technique – CLASS FILLED

September 11 – November 13, 2023

Whether you have never taken an acting class before, or need some brushing up on fundamental skill sets, our 10-week Acting for Beginners - Exploring Technique class offers valuable exercises and performance experience to develop a strong acting foundation.  It gives new actors an understanding of how actors train and the vocabulary that is used in the industry.

It is an overview class that puts what we consider the four major skill sets of actors to work.

  • Creative Accessibility
  • Truthful Character Development
  • Script Reading
  • Instrument work

It will also give a small glimpse into the acting industry and some basic business know how.

Mondays at 6 pm

4713 Lankershim Blvd.  North Hollywood, CA 91602


2023 Summer Meisner Intensive

Starts June 24th, 2023

The summer intensive is a tremendous opportunity to experience the beginning steps of Meisner based training in a professional environment. Its purpose is to give student actors an exposure to the philosophies as well as the structure of this demanding yet dynamic process. Meisner’s step-by-step approach gets actors to work truthfully from their impulses, not from their intellect.
These beginning steps lay the foundation for an actor’s ability to be truthful, brave and imaginative in his work. Each exercise builds upon the previous exercise and in this way the actor develops a dependable process to their acting.
The summer intensive is a month-long course that meets three days a week for three hours. There are mandatory outside rehearsals. Sessions are scheduled both in the morning and evenings to accommodate scheduling conflicts. Attendance is mandatory and professionalism will be expected.
Interviews for the Summer Intensive are ongoing. There is no deadline, however, once classes are full we will continue to hold interviews for a waitlist. The earlier you interview, the more likely there will be availability for a spot in a class.

Session A:  Monday & Wednesday at 6:30 pm,  Saturdays at 9:30am

Session B:    Tuesday & Friday at 9:30 am,  Sundays at 9:30 am

When:               June 24 – July 30, 2023

Where:             EMAS: 4713 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood,

Instructors:       EMAS Meisner Faculty

Tuition:            $640 for 5 weeks


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