Online Meisner 1 Level 1: The Technique

May 10 - June 18, 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 10am 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





March 17 - May 5, 2021 5pm Pacific Time


Wednesdays at 5pm

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.



Scene Study

Tuesdays 4-6pm PST Starting January 19, 2021

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. Please fill out our application form.

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The Active Actor: Movement Workout

September 2nd - 30th 4pm PST

CLASS FILLED - Stay tuned for another session next month!

A musician continually tunes their instrument, the dancer always stretches to stay flexible, the athlete goes to the gym to stay strong. What does the actor need to do?

In The Active Actor Theresa Hayes develops the actor’s sense of rhythm, balance, expansion, strength and confidence through a variety of stretches, calisthenics, breath work and dance steps. The work in this class is so important at this time, as we lose our expansive natures to the caution of quarantines. Join us and gift yourself with an hour of pure, unrestricted movement and expression.

It takes clear minds, a healthy nervous systems and joyous hearts to show up and represent our fellow men and women; to tell their important stories.  This instrument work-out is crucial to our ability to stay both mentally and physically ready to do our creative work.



Dates:             September 2 – 30, 2020

Day:                 Wednesdays 4pm PST

Tuition:            $100