Meisner Technique Program

September 2019 - June 2020

Begins September 9th, 2019

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 9 -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.


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.


Acting Foundations

Sept. 18th - Dec. 11th, 2019



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
Class is full

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.


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.


Speech for the Actor

Fall: Sept. 23 – Dec. 16, 2019 Winter: Jan. 11 – Mar. 30, 2020

Mondays at 2:30pm

This class is designed to promote the development of a richer, stronger, and more versatile speaking voice. Actors who can clearly communicate as well as envelop the specific speech of the character offer casting directors a specific view of your interpretation and abilities as well as create a much more profound experience for the audience.

Students will be introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to reduce accents and regionalisms, exercises to develop clarity, and a way of working on language that will be a foundation for their acting careers.

Class is full

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