ABOUT AAF

Actors Academy Finland has been born from the passion for the craft of acting. Our mission is to create more avenues and possibilities for growth and expansion for both professional and starting actors, performers, directors and the ones who are looking for new ways to expand their creative and emotional expression and growth. 

We at AAF share a firm belief in every human being's natural talent. It is often not only about learning more skills, but unlearning patterns that are disconnecting us from our creative freedom and flow.

We are here to help you do just that. Supporting you to learn what you need to learn, but most of all - help you unleash your unique talent. 

When you learn to work off what is really there, it isn’t work at all. 

- Ashlie Walker

 
NITA ARPIAINEN
Founder, CEO

Nita Arpiainen is an actor and acting coach, yoga teacher, holistic coach and the founder of Actors Academy Finland. In her previous career she has also worked as a TV presenter and producer. 

Nita's deep passion and curiosity for acting, learning and personal growth is the underlying motivation for AAF to come alive. The vision for AAF was formed while Nita attended numerous acting schools and workshops in London at the Actors Studio, Giles Forman Acting Studio, City Academy and the Actors Temple to name a few, ultimately falling profoundly in love with the Meisner Technique, and it making a powerful and lasting impact on the way she viewed acting. Nita has been studying the Meisner Technique since 2015.

AAF has put together the One Year Actors Training as the optimal training course. It combines the expertise Nita has gathered on the subject around the world and eager to share it with her fellow actors.

OUR COACHES

ASHLIE WALKER
Acting Coach

A wealth of experience as a professional actress for 20 years and extensive training in Meisner Technique, Ashlie is a highly respected international teacher, tutor and personal coach. As a tutor, she especially focuses in unlocking the actors instinct for truth, elevated by dramatic choices in performance. She guides actors to deepen their understanding of the craft, experience emotional freedom, build their actors faith and, perhaps most importantly, to take risks. ​Alongside teaching, Ashlie has numerous directing credits and holds a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology and Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, both of which expand her capacity to work with and empower her actors on and off stage. As a personal transformation coach, Ashlie guides those living in fear, anxiety and stress to discover a life of freedom, purpose and joy. Ashlies soul calling is to guide others back to love and into their light.

BEN JOINER
Voice & Movement Coach

Ben is an actor and a vocal coach. He trained as a dancer in the early nineties, touring internationally with various ballet and modern dance companies before retraining as an actor in 2000. Since then he has worked extensively theatre, film and television. He coaches on the MA in Voice Studies at The Royal Central School of Speech of Drama and is one of approximately 200 vocal coaches worldwide trained by Kristin Linklater to teach her method Freeing the Natural Voice. Since 2010 he has been coaching at The Oxford School of Drama, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Arts Educational Schools, The Giles Foreman Centre for Acting, The Actor’s Temple, plus numerous theatre companies, independent groups and individual clients.

TY GLASER
Acting Coach

Ty Glaser is an actor, director, acting and accent coach. She originally trained in professional dance at The Northern Ballet School, Manchester, going on to train extensively in acting at The Actor’s Temple, London, under the guidance of Master Teacher, Simon Furness. Ty has also completed courses at: - Lesly Kahn & Co, Los Angeles, - Anthony Meindel, Los Angeles, - Improv Olympic, Los Angeles, - Upright Citizens Brigade, Los Angeles, and - The Free Association, London. She has appeared in numerous television shows, films and theatre productions including: Secret Diary of a Call Girl (ITV), Holby City (BBC), The IT Crowd (Channel 4), Father Brown (BBC), Eliminators (WWE Studios), Hard Boiled Sweets (Universal), Bones (Fox, USA), The Blue Room by David Hare (The Garrick Theatre, Litchfield), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Yerma (Hull Truck Theatre & Notting Hill Gate Theatre). Ty wrote and directed short film Spark in 2016.

Ty has been teaching screen acting at The Playing Space in London, and Meisner, Casting Workshops, American Accent and General British Accent at The Actor’s Temple, London. She has also taught at The London Met Film School and The Young Actors’ Studio.

TOM SAWYER
Acting Coach

Tom has trained and worked extensively both in the UK and the US. Training in London includes The Poor School, The Actors Centre and The Actors Temple and the Margie Haber Studio In US among others. 

He has worked as a professional actor for over 20 years on stage and screen at the highest level for institutions such as BBC (Eastenders), Channel 4 (Hollyoaks), ITV (The Bill) and on stage has worked at the famous Edinburgh Festival and with companies such as Pilot Theatre Company (Sing yer heart out for the lads) appearing in some of the UK’s most prestigious theatres including Hackney Empire, Salisbury Playhouse, Soho Theatre and York Theatre Royal. 

He is a founder and tutor at the Screen Actors London and a tutor at The Actors Temple where he specialises in the Meisner Technique, and also works with actors at Mountview Academy, International School of Screen Acting and the London Film Academy

PHILIP WOLFF
Acting Coach

Philip trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama and The Actors Temple.

He has worked as an actor, director and screenwriter, and was Head of Screen Acting at The International School of Screen Acting.

He is a founder and tutor at the Screen Actors London and coaches at City Academy and Mountview and has developed screen acting courses for Southbank University.

PIA RICKMAN
Acting Coach

Pia Rickman trained as a director at Drama Centre CSM in London and complemented her writing and directing experience with an actor training and coaching degree from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she focused on the contemporary screen actor training. Rickman, originally from Finland, worked as an assistant director and production manager in film & TV in years 2002-2014. Rickman coaches actors for their auditions and on set and has taught at various HE performing arts institutions e.g. Arts Ed, Rose Bruford, London Film Academy, Screen School/ UAL, St Mary’s University as well as ELO, TeaK and NäTy in Finland. Rickman is currently working towards accreditation as an Intimacy Coordinator at IOS. She is a full-time Lecturer in BA (Hons) Acting & Performance at University for the Creative Arts in Surrey.

KIMBERLY GRAHAM
Casting Director & Acting Coach

Kimberly Graham has been the Associate Casting Director with Judy Henderson Casting since 2003. She casts for film, television, commercials and theater. Her office was the pioneers for voice over casting for video games, primarily the Grand Theft Auto series. Her office casts for Off-Broadway theaters such as The New Group, The Play Company, The Director’s Company and Pig Iron Theater Company in Philadelphia. Judy and Kimberly have cast such films as AVATAR, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2, and Rick Linklater’s BEFORE MIDNIGHT among others. Kimberly's work on HOMELAND for SHOWTIME has garnered numerous awards, including ARTIOS and EMMY AWARDS for outstanding casting in a drama. Kimberly frequently teaches workshops in NYC, Boston, DC, Savannah, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Miami, Paris, Berlin and London among others.

OUR TEAM OF COACHES IS GROWING