All classes for Fall 2020 are conducted on Zoom.
You will receive the link after you enroll.
For New and Returning Students
Act Like a Big GRRRL
Six 3-hour sessions
Mondays, 6-9 p.m.
Sept 14 – Oct 19
with performance on Oct 30th
$450. More Info on the Big GRRRL page
Storytelling in a Time of Corona
Five 90-minute sessions
Mondays, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Sept 28 – Oct 26
$250. Enroll here.
Learn the basic elements of telling a narrative story, how to be authentic in front of others and/or on stage, and how to discover and communicate the real meaning behind your experience.
This 5-session Zoom workshop will include verbal and written exercises shared in a group format. The class culminates with a final online performance.
What you get:
- a 5 session Zoom workshop in a small group format
- at least 1 polished 5-8-minute story
- a final performance via Zoom
Personal Presence in a Virtual World
Saturdays in September
30-minute personal session with Vali Forrister
Available times: noon-4 p.m.
Email Vali to set an appointment.
Are you meeting with clients via Zoom? Do you feel self-conscious about how you appear on camera? Spend an hour with Vali and she’ll give you the tools and skills to be more confident in your virtual meetings.
What you get:
- A one-on-one session with Vali Forrister
- Recommendations on how to enhance your personal Zoom space in your home or office
- Coaching for delivering a presentation
- Coaching for participating in extemporary discussions
The Meisner Series
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
Each level is five 90-minute sessions
Levels One-Three are taught by Vali Forrister
Created by Sanford Meisner of New York’s influential Group Theatre and the Neighborhood Playhouse, the Meisner Technique creates truthful, emotionally-connected actors. Meisner-trained actors include Steve McQueen, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, James Gandolfini, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Allison Janey, Dylan McDermott, and Connie Britton.
The Meisner Technique gets you out of your head and into the moment. We take students through a step-by-step approach to the Meisner Technique giving them a strong foundation in being emotionally available, truthfully responsive actors.
Whether you are an actor interested in deepening your craft or someone looking for greater confidence, spontaneity, imagination, and intuition in your everyday life, the Meisner Technique can help you on your journey.
All students begin at Level One regardless of previous acting experience because the technique is designed to carry students through a very specific set of exercises that build on one another across six levels of study.
Level One – Sept 2 – 30
This course introduces the concepts of the approach and develops the actors’ instinct, encouraging actors to work with greater spontaneity and honesty.
Level Two – Oct 7 – Nov 4
Actors work in improvisation and scenework learning to be emotionally full and truthfully responsive in performance.
Level Three – Nov 11 – Dec 16 (no class Thanksgiving week).
Perhaps the most integral part of the Meisner approach, at this level, actors learn to have emotional truthfulness that is appropriate to the imaginary circumstances of the scene.
(Levels Four-Six will be offered beginning in January 2021)
For Returning Students
Advanced Meisner with CJ Tucker
prerequisites: Meisner One-Five
5 sessions plus performance
Mondays, Aug 3 – Sept 3
(this class is full)
Advanced Character Study with Vali Forrister
using text from SONNETS FOR AN OLD CENTURY by Jose Rivera
prerequisites: Meisner One – Three
5 sessions plus performance
Tuesdays, Aug 11 – Sept 8
$250 Enroll here.
Our first Meisner class begins by teaching you basic concepts and encouraging your instinct and our sixth is for advanced students, with an emphasis on individual performance and longer scenes.
By the end of this class, students should feel confident enough to book an on-camera acting job and begin working on-set like an experienced pro. Join us and find your on-camera potential!
The Suzuki method of acting, developed by Tadashi Suzuki, is a physical approach to acting. The Suzuki Method works to build actors’ awareness of their body, especially their center.