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Meisner Technique - Intro Workshop
with Nita Arpiainen

May 24, 2022

Amsterdam, The Netherlands


This workshop helps you to access and express your truthful impulses and feelings based on your partners behaviour, through exploration of the famous 'Repetition Exercise'. The workshop suits beginners and all levels of Meisner students or anyone wanting to learn to connect better with their authentic emotional impulses and others.

Tuesday 18:30 - 21:00

About The Event

How would it feel like to have the permission to be fully humane and wholesome? How would it feel like to be fully seen and heard as your true self without masks? How would it feel to not fear confrontation or being connected and vulnerable with another?


Ever since childhood and throughout our lives we've learnt to close ourselves from our natural impulses, senses and emotions. This workshop helps you to dive back into your true self, especially into your emotional life and its empowering spectrum by the tools of the Meisner Technique. We will learn to truthfully express ourselves, honestly listen to one-another, and to be present.

The capacity for emotional intelligence and presence is an essential skill
, not only as a tool for acting and performance, but in all types of expressions, interactions, and relationships - whether professional or personal.


Price: 45incl. VAT 24%

Time: 24.5.2022  /  16:30 - 21:00
Location: Central Amsterdam - TBC



For actors and non-actors. Anyone wanting to understand their emotional life and the authentic human connections deeper. Actors, directors, writers, artists, and curious human beings.

Through this workshop you will:

  • Be personally guided by a variety of exercises designed to connect you with your inner truth

  • Get insights on the tools used to find authentic emotional expression, and begin the journey of understanding your emotional life and how you can express it more freely

  • Learn about healthy and organic ways to let go of fear to feel more relaxed and confident in any type of performance

  • Create more freedom to be present and live openly in the moment

  • Strengthen your self-confidence, your capacity to drop down masks and step into your authenticity

  • Deepen your capacity to connect with another

  • As a coach, find highly applicable approaches to guide another towards their genuine emotional life

You do not need any previous experience, the course is open for everyone anyone.
Teaching language is English but 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.




Nita Arpiainen is an acting coach, actor and a holistic coach and the founder of Actors Academy Finland. In her previous career she has also worked as a TV presenter, producer, life, and holistic coach.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, after it having made a powerful and lasting impact on the way she viewed not just acting, but life and relationships as well. Her first studies and the journey into the world of the wonderful and forever-inspiring world of Meisner Technique started in 2015, and she has been lucky to have worked and learned with many great international teachers along the years.


"Having worked with many acting coaches and within different establishments before coming to Actors Academy, I cannot but praise the atmosphere of safety and growth Nita has created here. Often the necessity of trust within the space and between you and your coach is underestimated, but here it is at the core of everything. This to me, is what makes the difference. At AAF and with Nita you don't just learn useful tools as an actor, you learn to harness the full potential of you. And you do this knowing you are safe to take either small steps or huge leaps on your way, knowing she's got you if you can't seem to find where to land. In addition you are encouraged to find your joy within all this, find your why. I for sure found both. I have grown immensely as an actor, and as a human here and would highly recommend it for everyone."

- Suvi (Actor and Improv Coach)

"This two day Meisner technique workshop with Nita was way more eye opening - or I should say heart opening - than what I had thought it would be. I only have a glimpse of the repetition method now but I already feel like I opened up as an actress - and more - also as a person. After the first day I wrote down things I realized about authentic acting through this method and after the second day I wrote about three pages about everything I learnt about my feelings and my relationships through this method.  Now I want to do more Meisner to become a better actress. Thank you for the course Nita!"
- Iiris (Actor)

"Nita was a very patient, compassionate coach. The workshop was intensive and challenged everyone to be brave and open to the unknown depth and dynamics of our rich inner life. Nita made sure that we felt safe and supported in doing so.  What I find most useful and important in the Meisner training is its focus on the other. By being utterly present with the other, I can be free to feel the emotions that arise from the circumstances,  authentic feelings, not manufactured in my head. I think this sense of inner liberation in authentic human connection is something anyone can benefit from, not just actors."
- Yuko (Actor)



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 behavioural 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 




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