Class Schedule

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
$100
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
Enroll here.

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
Enroll here.

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).
Enroll here.

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
6-7:30 p.m.
(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
6-7:30 p.m.
$250 Enroll here.

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.