2019-20 Meisner Technique Program


The 1st Year Meisner Program is a rigorous 9-month program.  It is a process that encourages an actor’s emotional availability, spontaneity, uniqueness and confidence.  If you are ready to ignite your imagination, 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!

Tuition:  $495 deposit and 8 monthly payments of $310


Session A:  Tuesdays and Fridays at 10am

Session B:  Tuesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 2:30pm



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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:

The 2019/20 CONSERVATORY SCHEDULE has students in-studio working 6 days a week towards developing their craft.

Application and Admission Interview Required.


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Speech for the Actor

September - March 24-class session

Speech for the Actor


2 Semester Course


Great Speech and understanding of the Voice is as important as ever for the professional actor.  This class is designed to promote the development of a richer, stronger, and more versatile speaking voice.  We will explore how different sounds create different emotional responses and use that understanding to make clear actor choices.  The International Phonetic Alphabet will be taught to gain a General American Accent and the ability to develop other accents and regionalisms.

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Actor’s Life

September 18 - November 6, 2019 and January 8 February 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

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Movement for Actors – The Williamson Technique

September - March 24-class session

Next Session:

Thursdays at 7pm

September 19 – December 12, 2019

January 9 – March 26, 2020

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.

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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
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Playing Shakespeare

September 15, 2019 - March 29, 2020

Sundays at 6pm

2 semesters - 24 classes

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.

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Fitzmaurice Voicework

September - March a 24-class session

Next Session:

Tuesdays at 2:30

September 17, 2019 - March 31 2020


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 24 week program specifically addresses:

Physicality:         Developing awareness of your vocal blocks through rigorous exercises.

Breath:                 Exploring the central role breathing plays in vocal production and creativity.

Vocal Quality:     Cultivating the ability to effectively communicate our thoughts and feelings while meeting the demands of the script’s text.

Practicality:   Reducing strain on the voice, increasing vocal range and expressivity, making speech easy and clear, allowing creativity to flow

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2nd Year Students can make their payments here or Venmo to Elizabeth Mestnik

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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

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