Class Schedule

All classes are conducted in-person at the Actors Bridge Studio.
We are a mask-friendly space.

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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 current classes. Read student feedback about studying at Actors Bridge.

Level 1

Taught by Vali Forrister

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, with one option for a 3 Day Intensive in December.
No memorization is required. Outside study required.
No prerequisites.

January 16 – February 20
6:30-8 p.m.

Level 2

Taught by Vali Forrister

After successfully completing Level One, actors use improvisation and scene work, learning to be emotionally full and truthfully responsive in performance.

This is a 6-week course.
Memorization and outside study required.
Prerequisite: Level 1

January 19 – February 23
6:30-8 p.m.


Level 3

Taught by Vali Forrister

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.

This is a 6-week course.
Memorization and outside study required.
Prerequisite: Level 1, Level 2

January 18 – February 22
6:30-8 p.m.


Level 4

Taught by Vali Forrister

In this level, more complex improvisations and more challenging scene work are assigned as students learn to put emotional preparation to rigorous practice. We return to improvisation with the Domestic Exercise, relationships, emotional preparation, and news. Be prepared for high-stakes circumstances.

This is a 5-week course.
Memorization and outside study required.
Prerequisite: Levels 1, 2, 3.

January 10 – February 7
6:30-8 p.m.


Level 5

Taught by Vali Forrister

In this level, we apply all of Meisner’s methods to advanced scene work. Actors confront challenges associated with performance. Students develop the ability to apply personal interpretations to the text and build appropriate characters through attention to culture, period, language, and physical adjustments.The class culminates in a public showcase.

This is a 6-week course.
Memorization required.
Prerequisite: Levels 1, 2, 3. 4.

February 21 – March 28
6:30-8 p.m.

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!