Class Schedule

All classes for Fall 2021 are conducted in-person at the Actors Bridge Studio.
All students must be fully vaccinated and masked except when performing onstage.


Read our full COVID Safety Protocols.


The Meisner Technique Series 

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.

Below is a listing of our Fall classes in order of start date.


Level 1

Taught by Vali Forrister
Mondays
Sept 13-October 18
6:30-8 p.m.
$325

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This introductory level of the Meisner Technique covers Sanford Meisner’s foundation exercises of Repetition and the Independent Activity.

All new students begin at Level One regardless of experience.

This is a 6-week course.

No memorization is required.

No prerequisites.

Purchase our Level 1&2 Combo Special by Sept 1, 2021 and save $75! Level 2 begins immediately following Level 1 (Oct 26-Dec 6 – no class Thanksgiving week.)


Act Like a Big GRRRL

Led by Vali Forrister
Tuesdays
September 14-October 19
6:30-9:30 p.m.
With public performances on October 23 and 24
Rehearsals will be October 21, 22 and the afternoon of the 23rd

$475

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Based on the Act Like a GRRRL model, Big GRRRL is for female-identifying adults over 18. Participants write autobiographical narratives in response to prompts from Vali and share their writing at our weekly meetings giving and receiving supportive feedback along the way. The program concludes with public performances of 2 selections from the many pieces you will write during this 6-week program.  You choose which writings you are ready to voice in front of a live audience.

This is a 6-week intensive that meets 3 hours per week plus 3 rehearsals and 2 performances.

Memorization is encouraged but not required.

No prerequisites.


Level 5 w/Scene Showcase

Taught by CJ Tucker
Wednesdays
September 15-October 20 (Showcase on Oct 20)
5-6:30 p.m.
$325

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This level integrates all the work in Levels 1-4 into a scene study course that culminates in a showcase with a public audience. 

This is a 6-week course with a public showcase.

Memorization is required.

Prerequisites: Level 1-4.


Advanced Character Study: THE LARAMIE PROJECT

Taught by Vali Forrister
Wednesdays
September 22-November 10
Rehearsals November 11 and 12
With performances November 13 and 14
7:00-9:00 p.m.
$425

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This class will use THE LARAMIE PROJECT by Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project to delve more deeply into character work. The play is based on oral history interviews with folks from Laramie, Wyoming, following the murder of Matthew Shepard as well as personal narratives from the Tectonic team conducting the interviews. Each student will portray multiple characters building differentiation through physicality, point-of-view, tone and costume. The class culminates in 2 public showcase performances at the studio November 13 and 14.

This is an 8-week intensive that meets 2 hours per week plus rehearsals and performance.

Memorization required.

Prerequisites: Levels 1-5


Level 2

Taught by Vali Forrister
Mondays
October 25-December 6 (No class Thanksgiving week)
6:30-8 p.m.
$325

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In this level, we put the foundational Meisner teachings into practice with scene work.

This is a 6-week course.

Memorization required.

Prerequisite: Level 1

Meisner Levels 1-6

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.

Acting for the Camera

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!

Suzuki Method

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.