JULY 15 - SEPTEMBER 2 Thursdays 6pm

We are calling it Meisner Brush Up and essentially it is an 8-week class that will help get you back on your impulses and taking those big emotional risks that you were doing in our 2nd year of Meisner.  The syllabus will really work those skills of listening and taking things personally, crafting for the highest stakes, as well as justifications, impediment and point of view work.  You know, all the work that really made you feel like you could conquer anything.

We developed this program because we know how invaluable the tools you developed during your training are, and how gloriously unpredictable it is to take off the mask and really be with another human being in the moment through the entire span of emotional circumstances. It has been built understanding that the world of auditioning can sometimes shrink your range and this is here to help you really swing for the fences in regards to your crafting.

Where:      Whitmore Lindley Theatre 11006 Magnolia Blvd.

When:         Thursdays at 6pm

Tuition:        $400 ($200 non-refundable deposit required to hold spot in class.

Instructors:              EMAS FACULTY

Contact:                    323-528-6280 to register

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Online Meisner 1 Level 1: The Technique

June 14 - July 23, 2021

This 6-week online course will transfer our premier in-person class to the intimate setting of the zoom classroom. This is a rigorous program that meets 3 times a week and requires full commitment from it’s students.   Remaining faithful to our traditional Meisner Technique process students will focus on:

  • The ability to really listen and respond
  • Shedding defense mechanisms and self-censorship that suppresses truthful behavior
  • Developing a unique point of view and an actor’s voice
  • Creating the ability to focus and live truthfully in an imaginary moment
  • An approach to text that keeps actors connected and emotionally alive

In some ways online training has some distinct advantages, particularly when we are training with film and television as one of your goals. Viewing yourself through the frame of the screen helps you understand the importance of truthful behavior, listening skills, honest emotion and real connection.   The intimacy of camera work can lead to deep self-discovery, and a real feeling of community.

Successful completion can result in an invitation into Meisner Level 1 Scene Work

When:   Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4pm PST

Instructors:  Sandy Egan and Sharif Atkins

Where:   Via Zoom

Tuition:    $650 for 6 weeks


EMAS Payment and Refund Policy:

50% Deposit is required to enroll

Deposit is 100% refundable if requested more than 21 days before the first day of class

Deposit is 50% refundable 14 -20 days before the first day of class

Deposit is non-refundable less than 14 days before the first day of class.

Remaining tuition is due by the 1st day of class.

All tuition can be paid via credit card by requesting a payment link or via Venmo to Elizabeth_Mestnik





May 6 - June 24


Thursdays at 2pm

Whether you have never taken an acting class before, or need some brushing up on fundamental skill sets, our Acting for Beginners 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.

Michael Yurchak has had over two decades of experience as an actor in film, tv, stage and voice-over as well as a PhD in educational theatre.  He will pull from his years of experience as both an actor and a teacher to start your acting journey, pulling from some of the leading acting techniques such as Strassberg (“the Method”), Adler, Meisner, Fitzmaurice and more.  This is where you can start acquiring the necessary tools you will need to draw upon when you embark on a career in acting.  This is where you lay your foundation.

Come join this fun, supportive but immensely practical acting class.


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Scene Study

Starting September

This class is a fantastic weekly workout for actors with prior training and/or significant professional experience. The class is designed to help actors dig deeply into imagination, character, emotional life, and actor connection, strengthening the essential skills actors must use in interpreting a role and preparing a scene. There is an audition process for admission into this class.

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July 7 - August 9

We are returning to in-person instruction with our flagship Summer Meisner Technique Program. This 5-week course meets 3 days a week for 3 hours. Its purpose is to give student actors a full exposure to the philosophies as well as the structure of this demanding yet dynamic process. It develops sensory and emotional skills and introduces actors to the strength of using one’s own uniqueness within performance.

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!



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