Meisner Technique with Ashlie Walker

27. - 28.1.2020  

Helsinki, Finland


This two full day workshop (15h) helps you to access and express your truthful impulses based on your partners behaviour, through exploration of the famous 'Repetition Exercise'. The workshop suits beginners and all levels of Meisner students. 

Monday:  9:00-18:00

Tuesday:  9:00-17:00

Monday:  9:00-18:00

Tuesday:  9:00-17:00

About The Event

We are very pleased to have the sought after acting coach Ashlie Walker from London teaching again in Helsinki, Finland.

"Your responsibility as an actor, is to live more truthfully than you dare to in real life.” - Ashlie Walker


For actors (advanced and beginners), performers, directors, writers, artists, coaches and anyone wanting to understand their emotional life and the authentic human connections deeper.



Through this workshop you will:

• strengthen your capacity to really listen and connect with your partner

• deepen your emotional expression and understanding

• enhance your capacity to drop down masks and live in your authenticity

• strengthen your sensitivity and awareness of your partner’s emotional life and expression

• strengthen your instincts and capacity to take risks 

• find healthy and organic ways to let go of fear and pressure with other people and on stage

• create more freedom to be present and live in the moment

• get many useful tools to finding authentic emotional expression to any performing platform

• as a director get highly applicable tools and approches on how to gently help actors connect to their authentic emotional life



• Price: 350€ for worshop student / 80€ for observing per day
• Location: Actors Academy Studio, Pursimiehenkatu 26H, 00150 Helsinki

• Place is limited and will be filled on 'first-come first-serve basis'.

• The booking for all events and workshops is binding. You can cancel 30 days prior the event and receive a 50% return of your payment or you can pass on your spot to another person without an extra fee.

• Teaching language is English (Please keep in mind that you do not need to have perfect English skills, and you do not need to worry about accent and pronunciation).

• All rights to changes reserved.

• You can find the event on Facebook in this link here.




A wealth of experience as a professional actress for 20 years and extensive training in Meisner under Gary Condes and Tom Radcliffe, it was a natural step for Ashlie Walker to begin Teaching & Directing. Today Ashlie is the Managing Director of Actor’s Temple London and a highly respected teacher and tutor, structuring and overseeing all elements of the Actor Training. As a tutor, she especially focuses in utilising the actors instinct for emotional truth elevated by dramatic choices in performance. She ultimately aims to guide actors to deepen their understanding, 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 a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, both of which expand her capacity to work with and empower her actor students on and off stage.





You can check out more testimonials as well as feedback from student's on video here.

"Like I said over and over again, it was transformational! I think the best thing about the course and about the way Ashlie taught Meisner was the simplicity and effectiveness of focusing on one another’s feelings. While I’ve always had a part of me thinking whether I should provoke or not, act or not, do or not, be one way or another, or otherwise analysing the right way of doing the repetition, with Ashlie I was able to settle down into my acting partner’s feelings as well as my own. It was powerful to just see the other person and let them affect me, to see how they affect me. In the end it all made me learn heaps about not only acting but myself as well. It’s come up in most acting related situations that “why go to therapy when you can go to acting class”, but Ashlie’s course took it to a new level. Hands down, I would give the workshop a 10/10.”

- Timo Utterstöm, actor & writer, Helsinki


"The Meisner experience with Ashlie was eye-opening for me not only from an actors point of view, but also from a human being’s point of view. I learned a lot about listening your intuition, being "alive" and not thinking too much, and especially Ashlie's brilliant way to teach and how she guides away from controlling the scene is something to experience… It was a massive experience for me and for all the good reasons!" 

- Jani Airiainen, actor, Helsinki


"It was safe, even therapeutic to work with Ashlie, and I feel that I was able to extend both my emotional scale as well as let go of learnt patterns limiting it.

- Iris Olsson, actor & director, Helsinki


"The workshop woke me up and got me into creative flow. I was pushed out of my comfort zone. I would give it 9/10. My only complaint is that I wish it went on longer!” 

- Daniel Louis, actor & musician



The Meisner technique is an approach to acting which was developed by the American theatre practitioner Sanford Meisner. The focus of the Meisner approach is for the actor to "get out of their head", such that the actor is behaving instinctively to the surrounding environment. To this end, some exercises for the Meisner technique are rooted in repetition so that the words are deemed insignificant compared to the underlying emotion. In the Meisner technique, there is a greater focus on the other actor as opposed to one's internal thoughts or feelings associated to the character.

Meisner Training is an interdependent series of training exercises that build on one another. The more complex work supports a command of dramatic text. Students work on a series of progressively complex exercises to develop an ability to first improvise, then to access an emotional life, and finally to bring the spontaneity of improvisation and the richness of personal response to textual work. The techniques developed the behavioral strand of Stanislavski's. The technique is used to develop improvisation skills as well as "interpreting a script, and creating the specific physical characteristics of each character the actor played”.

Sanford Meisner said that his approach to training “is based on bringing the actor back to his emotional impulses and to acting that is firmly rooted in the instinctive. It is based on the fact that all good acting comes from the heart, as it were, and that there’s no mentality to it.”

Learn to live in the moment as an actor, and let go of any idea of result. Learn what it means to really “do” and to respond truthfully to a given moment based on what you get from your partner. Through improvisation, emotional truth and personal response learn to resonate authenticity within a given circumstance. Only in this way will you begin to understand the definition of real acting, which is “to live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances”.


“If you want to reach every person in the audience, it's not about being bigger, it's about going deeper.”

- Sanford Meisner