CONSERVATORY TRAINING PROGRAM (CTP)
September 2019 - June 2020
At EMAS we strongly believe in the conservatory approach to actor training, which means that students are encouraged to train their entire instrument; body, voice, imagination, and intellect. We want you to be precise in your process, clear in your storytelling and completely fearless in your artistry.
2019 is our first year with a full Conservatory curriculum. 19 hours a week of in-studio instruction, integrated with our flagship Meisner Technique Program. Our Voice, Speech, Movement and Shakespeare teachers are fully trained in the Meisner Technique so all classes work together to inspire a fully open, creative, and professionally skilled actor. Instructors work collaboratively to offer each student a personalized program. The program 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 2019/20 CONSERVATORY SCHEDULE has students in-studio working 6 days a week towards developing their craft.
We’ve researched BFA/MFA and LA Conservatory programs and found the cost is between $17,000 - $25,000 or more per year. Taking on a lot of debt in order to train makes it nearly impossible to fully pursue a life as an artist. Our mission became creating an affordable Conservatory program. We want you to worry less about finances and to have the option to take the low/no paying opportunities that give you performance experience, and the chance to build your resume. We want to minimize your financial stress. Your energy shouldn’t be spent doing just what pays the bills. This exhausts your energy reserve and leaves you discouraged because you have nothing left for audition preparation or further developing your career. You see – we’ve been there. We know what it is like to be a “starving artist”. It’s not as romantic as it sounds.
Our solution is to offer the same level of training as these other Conservatories. Our passion drove us to cut out the bureaucracy, remove unnecessary overhead, and minimizing our administrative costs. Our reputation in LA is stellar, our teachers all have Masters or equivalent degrees in their specialties, as well as professional experience in the industry. We offer 19 hours of in-studio training for a fraction of the cost. Our Conservatory Training Program is only $7,600 per year.
If this is your dream and you are ready to invest completely in making this dream come true, please contact us for application information. It will take time, dedication, and passion to pursue. If you are ready to make that commitment – EMAS is ready to invest in you!
Application and Admission Interview Required.
BEGINNING ACTING CLASS
12-week Classes start September 16th and 18th 2019
Basic Acting Technique at the Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio 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
Introduction to Fitzmaurice Voicework
July 10 - July 31
***CLASS FILLED ***
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 to learn about the basic format and tenants of this effective voice technique. Fitzmaurice Voicework is designed to let your body and voice work with freedom and full expression to access your creativity and emotional range. This 4- week workshop will introduce students to the ideas of destrucuring and restucturing as well bring attention to their own personal blocks and tensions in the work.
Summer Meisner Technique Intensive
JUNE 27– AUGUST 1, 2019
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!
ADMISSIONS INTERVIEW IS REQUIRED: EMAIL DIRECTOR@EMASLA.COM or PHONE 323-528-6280
15-Class Core Acting Program $630. 50% deposit required to register and secure spot.
Session A: Monday and Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 10am
Session B: Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7pm and Saturday afternoons at 2pm
Introduction to Williamson Movement Technique
June 24 - July 29
SUMMER CLASS IS FILLED
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.
2ND YEAR MEISNER PAYMENTS
2nd Year Students can make their payments here or Venmo to Elizabeth Mestnik
On-Camera 2.0 with Thom Rivera
July 10 - August 21
Applicants must have completed Thom's On-Camera level 1 class.
In Level 2 we go more deeply into:
• Scene structure and how to tell the story and find an effective “button” to the scene.
• Creating an opening moment
• The importance of your eyes and eye line and how to use them
• Understanding the playing space and stillness and how it improves your game
• Taking control of the audition room
• How to handle physicality like a fight, eating, or a kiss in an audition
• How to handle the callback
Winter Meisner Program Payments
Begins January 2019