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ACTORS ACADEMY
ONE YEAR TRAINING

HELSINKI

March - September 2024

This Training is now taking in applications. Apply now to be considered. Application deadline November 6th.

Acting is a mind, body and soul craft, culminating in a deeper understanding of ourselves and the characters we play.

- Ashlie Walker

Actors Academy Finland proudly presents its 9th international Meisner Technique based, one-year part-time Actor's Training starting in September 2022. This top of the field comprehensive training gives you the tools to start booking acting jobs and working as a skilled and authentic actor enjoying their craft, or update and sharpen your current skills and career. As a vital bonus, you finish your training with a professional showreel, headshots, and voice reel in hand. London's top teachers, many industry professionals - and a group of eager actor students.

ARE YOU ONE OF THEM?

THE TRAINING IN A NUTSHELL

  • Starting September 2023, finishing May 2024.

  • Part-time, running during evenings and weekends to enable you to work or study full time on the side.

  • 10 x Intensive three day Coaching Modules with talented acting coaches 

  • 12 x 5h Evening Training Sessions between Modules with many visitors from professionals in the industry and other coaches. Some guests in our past One Year Trainings include i.e. Krista Kosonen, Laura Birn, Laura Malmivaara, Maria Ylipää, Ilkka Villi, Amira Khalifa, Joonas Saartamo, Dome Karukoski, Reimo Sagor and talent agent Raakel Huikuri among many others.

  • Final week for Rehearsals, On-set Filming, Showcase and Graduation.

  • Meisner Technique core essentials (Repetition, Independent Activity, Emotional Preparation) and tools to connect with different scenes and roles  

  • Scene study, work and creation into final filmed scenes and Showcase

  • Voice & Movement technique and essential tools

  • Audition and Self-tape experience, technique and essential tools

  • Screen Acting experience, technique and essential tools

  • Voice Acting basics & tools

  • Business in Acting know-how and tips

  • Q&A Sessions with Industry Professionals

  • Rehearsing & On-set Filming

  • Professional Showreel for your own use

  • Actor's Voice-reel

  • Professional Headshots

  • Final Day Showcase, Professional Casting Directors, Agents and Directors invited

WHAT DO YOU GET?

  • A broad understanding and experience of the craft of acting

  • You learn the Meisner technique's repetition practice and how to create an independent activity, emotional preparation & relationship, and how to set imaginary circumstances for scenes

  • Strengthened capacity to really listen and connect with your acting partner

  • Skills and tools to address different scenes and roles

  • A sense of freedom in yourself and deeper emotional expression and understanding

  • Strengthened acting instincts and capacity to take risks, stronger trust in a sense of truth and spontaneous moment-to-moment impulses

  • More capacity to utilize your imagination in different scenes and roles or requests from directors

  • Ability to create clear objectives or wants that help guide you organically and instinctively through scenes

  • A deeper connection to the enjoyment of the work and being on stage
  • More spontaneity and confidence in improvised working and situations, audition or rehearsal processes
  • Tools to release tension and restricting patterns in your body and mind, and how to access your natural voice and greater emotional freedom in the body

  • Healthy and organic ways to let go of fear and pressure on stage and on a film set

  • Scene working tools that are free from the constraints of 'ideas' or rigid concerns about 'text’

  • Tools on working in a relaxed and truthful way in front of the camera, and the understanding of the technical adjustments required when filming

  • Understanding and practice of Film and Television castings

  • Understanding and practice of Self-taping, the technical skills and equipment needed

  • Understanding of the Business of acting; how to prepare for auditions, approach an agent, book acting jobs.

  • Understanding the jargon of the industry

  • Guidance and support to set up your professional acting webpage

  • Deeper understanding and tools to enhance the body-mind connection

  • Tools for daily practices for a healthy and free mind & body

  • Tools to train the mind to support overall wellness and empowerment to accomplish one's desired goals

  • The experience of acting in a film set with a professional film crew on two scenes

  • A professional Showreel, Voice-reel and Headshots

  • A final day open showcase experience with industry professionals in the audience

WHO IS IT FOR?

  • Starting and Trained Actors looking for a top of the field international training

  • Actors keen to learn the Meisner technique as well as deepening and sharpening their acting instincts, skills and enjoyment in the work

  • Actors wanting to feel more comfortable and connected in their acting

  • Actors in need of updated training, tools, showreel & headshots as well as a committed group to train with for the year 

  • Actors wanting to learn better mind-body tools to enjoy the work more, as well help them reach their career goals

  • Actors wanting to prepare for drama school auditions or studies in Finland or abroad

  • Actors aiming to start an international career 

CURRICULUM
ACTING COACHES

COACHES

All training weekend coaches are experienced top coaches and are fully committed to your growth and development as an actor. Dominic Kelly is the lead coach in the Training.

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ASHLIE WALKER

Acting Coach

Meisner Technique: Repetition, Independent Activity, Emotional Preparation, Scene Work & Actors' Mindset

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NITA ARPIAINEN

Holistic Acting Coach, Mentor

Meisner Technique
Mindset & Goal setting

Embodiment & Meditation

Cold Reading

Ben Joiner

BEN JOINER

Voice & Movement Expert

Body, Breath & Voice

Emotional Authenticity

Designated K. Linklater method teacher

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TIM KENT

Acting Coach, Director

Screen Acting
Actor's Craft
Business in Acting

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TOM SAWYER

Acting Coach

Cold Reading

Self-taping & Auditioning

Business in Acting

Theater Group

VISITING COACHES

Varying content on Week Sessions

Monologue Technique, Singing Technique, Voice Work etc. 

CLASS TIME TABLE

CLASS TIME TABLE

The training consists of 10 intensive three-day training Modules, and 12 x 2,5h weeknight rehearsals between the Modules, finalising with a final week with rehearsals on set, showreel filming, headshot shoot, voice reel recording plus a final rehearsal, showcase and graduation in September 2024. 

The teaching hours for the Modules are:

WEEKEND MODULES

Friday      16:30 - 21:00

Saturday:  9:30 - 16:15

Sunday:    9:30 - 16:15

*Please note that due to possible flight changes and restricted availability etc., some weekend Module schedules will be slightly diffferent. Students will be informed about any changes in schedule as early as possible.

1/ MODULE

1 - 3 MARCH 2024

NITA ARPIAINEN

Meisner Technique, Repetition, Actor's Mindset

2/ MODULE

15 - 17 MARCH 2024

NITA ARPIANEN

Meisner Technique, Repetition

3/ MODULE

5 - 7 APRIL 2024

BEN JOINER
Voice & Movement

4/ MODULE

26 - 28 APRIL 2024

ASHLIE WALKER
Meisner Technique, Independent Activity

5/ MODULE

10 - 12 MAY 2024

BEN JOINER
Voice & Movement 2

6/ MODULE

31 MAY - 2 JUNE 2024

ASHLIE WALKER
Meisner Technique, Scene Work

7/ MODULE

14 - 16 2024

ASHLIE WALKER

Meisner Technique, Scene Work

8/ MODULE

16 - 18 AUGUST 2024

TOM SAWYER

Self-Tape & Auditioning, Business in Acting

9/ MODULE

30 AUGUST - 1 SEPTEMBER 2024

TIM KENT

Screen acting 

10/ MODULE

13 - 15 SEPTMEBER 2024

AHSLIE WALKER
Meisner Technique, Scene Work

BETWEEN MODULE CLASSES
TIME 17:00 - 19:30
12 x 2,5H WEEKNIGHT ONLINE CLASSES WITH NITA ARPIANEN AND OTHER VISITING TEACHERS:

  • Meditation, Mindset & Goal setting

  • Bodyawareness, Breath & Movement

  • Repetition Workouts

  • Monologue rehearsals

  • Q&A Sessions with Industry Professionals

  • Voice Reel Coaching

  • Professional Headshot Coaching

  • Actor's Website & Social Media Tutoring

  • Preparation work with director

  • And much more...

CLASS DATES


TBC

FINAL WEEK
REHEARSALS: SEPTEMBER 23
  • Showreel  & Scene Rehearsals with Director

     

  • On set: Showreel Filming with  Professional Director & Film Crew


     

  • Show case rehearsals with Tom Sawyer


     

  • Showcasing Final Scenes with Tom Sawyer, casting directors & directors invited, open to family & friends

  • Graduation: certificates & drinks

FILMING: SEPTEMBER 24 - 26
SHOWCASE & GRADUATION: SEPTEMBER 28
 
REHEARSALS: SEPTEMBER 27

*All rights to changes reserved.

*In the case of a teacher being unavailable for health or other serious reasons, AAF will always substitute said teacher with one of equal professional credit.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The Application is open for this Training. Apply latest by November 6h to be considered for this Training group.

You can apply by filling up the application form from the link below and emailing us a form of clear 'headshot' of yourself. You do not need previous acting experience to apply but are expected to be seriously committed to the training as well as your growth as an actor. After being accepted into the training, you will receive an email to set up a video interview. After being accepted into the Training you will be requested to confirm your enrolment by paying the deposit and choosing your desired payment option for the final payment.

Please note:

  • You must be minimum 18 years of age to apply

  • You must understand and speak basic English to partake in the training

  • Students are expected to be committed to learning through the whole program

  • To graduate from the training and receive a certificate you must attend minimum of 80% of training and rehearsal classes

APPLICATION
TUITION

TUITION & PAYMENT OPTIONS

The tuition for the training is 6.950 euros, incl. VAT 24%.

Payment:

  • Pay a deposit of 1500€ after you have been accepted into the training to confirm your place in the Training

  • Pay training in full by February 1st, 2024 or ask for part payment possibilities

  • Payment options to choose from: credit card, direct bank transfer, mobile pay or part-payment via outside part-payment providers (Jousto, Alisa Pankki, OP Lasku) for ie. 200€ per month

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