ACTORS ACADEMY 
INTENSIVE ONE MONTH
ACTOR TRAINING

IBIZA

November 23rd  - December 18th, 2021
 

Places will be filled by 'first-book-first-serve' basis. All in all only 12 places available on this Training. Please read all information carefully before booking your spot.

We are all expert storytellers. We tell stories every day and act as if they were true. To act is to be willing to bring light to our own inner monologue. It’s a commitment to drop below our own stories, so that we can freely see the truth from the imaginary. 

- Ashlie Walker

Acting Training Ibiza

Actors Academy Finland proudly presents its first international Meisner Technique based, one-month Intensive Actor's Training in Ibiza! Running for four weeks from mid November to mid December, this top of the field international and holistic acting training offers a strong foundation for effective techniques and tools to help you tap into authentic acting. The Training will provide a comprehensive understanding of your acting instrument and support your ongoing cultivation of it for a successful actor's career. As a vital bonus the Training will finalize into filming the scenes rehearsed during the training weeks, and you will finish your Training with a filmed and edited scene in your hand. All this amongst the beautiful backdrop of gorgeous Ibiza sky. In between classes you can take your breaks at the beach and let the learning soak in under the sun. Sought-after acting coaches from London and Helsinki will be accompanying your journey. We are now taking in bookings that will accommodate only 12 students.

ARE YOU ONE OF THEM?

THE TRAINING IN A NUTSHELL

  • The Training will fully take place in Ibiza, Spain

  • Start date: November 23rd 2021

  • End date: December 18th, 2021

  • Runs for four weeks, five days a week: every Tuesday to Saturday & class hours are from 10:00 to 16:00

  • Approximately 100 hours of Teaching/Group study with acting coaches from London and Helsinki

  • Meisner Technique core essentials: Repetition, Independent Activity, Emotional Preparation & basics of Scene work

  • Tools to connect with different scenes and roles  

  • Fundamental Vocal and Movement techniques to support in creating truthful performances in different contexts

  • Cold reading technique

  • Self-taping essentials

  • Scene study, work and creation into final filmed scenes

  • Finalizing in filming of rehearsed scenes, of which you will get an edited copy to use on your showreel etc.

  • Holistically adjusted Training to support the mind-body connection and healthy actor's mindset: including meditations and embodiment exercises

WHAT DO YOU GET?

  • A broad understanding and experience of the craft of acting and especially how to connect to truthful acting

  • You learn the Meisner technique's foundation: The Repetition practice as well as how to create an independent activity, emotional preparation & and how to set imaginary circumstances for scenes

  • Skills and tools to address different scenes and roles. Ability to create clear objectives or wants that help guide you organically and instinctively through scenes.

  • Fundamental vocal and movement techniques used for screen acting to create truthful performances in different contexts

  • 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

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

  • A sense of freedom in yourself and deeper emotional expression and understanding and an enhanced capacity to drop down masks and live in your authenticity

  • Strengthened acting instincts and capacity to take risks, stronger trust in a sense of truth and spontaneous moment-to-moment impulses, and enhanced confidence towards improvised working and situations, audition or rehearsal processes

  • Healthy and organic ways to let go of fear and pressure on stage and on a film set and create a deeper connection to the enjoyment of the performing work 

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

  • 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

  • Techniques to help you use your breath as a rich emotional resource

  • Deeper understanding and tools to enhance the body-mind connection and the mindset that supports a succesful actor's career

  • Techniques for daily practices for a healthy and free actor's mind-body balance

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

MEISNER TECHNIQUE

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 with 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 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 the 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”.
 

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

"Nothing more magical than the courageous moment a person drops down their mask and steps into their authenticity. Nothing more empowering for them and nothing more appealing to anyone in their presence."

- Nita Arpiainen

 

Our voice training is a practical exploration of how to free the emotional, creative and expressive potency of the human voice. It develops this further by helping the actor access an embodied relationship to language that is shaped by the intellect but not controlled by it. By combining a free voice and a deeper connection to language a meaningful exchange emerges between speaker, listener and audience.

 

Our voices have the capacity to reveal our needsinorder to connect withand be understood by others. Over time, the potency of our voices are submerged under layers of conditioning. If we are to play characters whose lives extend into the full range of extra-ordinary human experience…can our voices support that depth of expression?


The training will help to undo the psycho-physical blocks that inhibit the human instrument and strengthen the natural power of the voice. Through a carefully considered selection of exercises, personal work, imaginations, play and improvisations… a voice will emerge that reveals nuance, range, sensitivity and presence and power.

 

The areas of focus will be broken down into elements that include Physical Awareness, Voice, Resonance, Range, Articulation and Text. While these terms could be used to describe pure vocal dynamics, what’s important is that the person is heard through the voice!This is the focus of the training. To free the voice is to free the person. Actors must understand themselves, their instrument, and then the needs of the character so intimately that they can vibrate with a charge that affects the other actor and resonates in the audience also. This is more than projection, it is connection!

 

Our movement training is a deep,personal exploration into embodied awareness and presence. From this holistic standpoint we then apply that to emotional fluency and a psycho-physical approach to rehearsal and performance.

 

Our life story is written into our body. Every laugh, cry, stumble, cut, hurt or pleasure is felt through our body. It is the means through which we learn, relate and perceive. Our behaviour, conscious or unconscious, is expressed in the way we move, breathe, feel and relate to the world. By bringing these habits into the foreground we can develop more choice as to what feels right for us personally…and make an authentic connection to the life story of the character.

 

The movement practices offered are ways to use the body to communicate, find ease, poise, balance and inhabit space. They will cultivate imagination, awaken the senses, allow vulnerability to occur, feel comfortable with uncertainty, open the  breathing, and understand how intention is carried out by the body and voice. Students will develop an increased ‘felt sense of self’. Acting will feel less ‘heady’ and access to emotion will become easier.



"A naturally resonant and expressive voice is the by-product of the freedom of emotional expression. Clarity of speech is governed by clear thinking. The two must work in harmony."

- Ben Joiner

 

Please note:
The movement and voice training draws heavily on the learning principles embedded in Feldenkrais, Linklater Voice and Contact Improvisation and other like body- minded somatic learning systems.

 

This practice has the potential to be transformational work. It will gently challenge habitual behaviours and suit those who want to develop more connection with others when communicating. It is a respectful and holistic training with authentic dialogue at its core. It does not champion one type of ‘voice’over another and welcomes all ‘bodies’ regardless of age, gender, cultural background or ability.

MOVEMENT

VOICE

WHO IS THE TRAINING FOR?

  • Starting Actors looking for a top of the field international training and foundation for their acting journey

  • 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 relaxed and connected in their acting

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

  • Actors wanting to prepare for drama school auditions or studies  

 

COACHES

Ashley Walker_Acting Coach

ASHLIE WALKER

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 on 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.

TESTIMONIALS

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 analyzing 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 Ashlie a 10/10.

- Timo Utterström, actor & writer

Ashlie is a skilled professional. She gave individual attention, presence. The environment was safe. I learned a lot through practice how humans can connect to another human and what it does to one's feelings. Repetition exercise was excellent for that to happen. Cutting off thinking and connecting to feeling through another person in front. The course gave me a strong and different understanding of acting and definitely a more appealing way of acting. I grew as a personality and as an actor. Ashlie was skilled in creating the space for this to happen.
- Slava Dugin, actor

More testimonials here.

Nita Arpiainen_Acting Coach

NITA ARPIAINEN
 

Nita Arpiainen is is an actor and acting coach, yoga teacher, health and life 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 with various teachers 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.

TESTIMONIALS

"I was shaken in the best way possible by Nita’s workshop. I learned so much about myself as a performer and it opened for me an entirely different way to approach the craft of acting. Even with a group of persons that I had never met before I felt safe, connected, and free to explore my capabilities as an actor. I would so recommend this workshop to anyone and everyone! Even if you are not an actor, it is a way to tap back into the humanness of the self. FIVE STARRRRZZZZ!"
- Marja, actor

"I thoroughly enjoyed working with Nita. She was a very patient, compassionate coach. Working with her 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. I can only wish that the course like this would be available more often and for longer periods."

- Yuko, actor

More testimonials here.

Ben Joiner_Voice & Movement Coach

BEN JOINER

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 in 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.

TESTIMONIALS

I really enjoyed our working with Ben Joiner. As a classically trained singer I especially enjoyed the exploration of more primal sounds and how releasing a sound - totally uncontrolled - feels like. It was quite liberating and helped me to connect more with my body and my emotions. We also looked at how an open and receiving body looks and feels like in acting. The exercises for releasing the body through movement and awareness without judgement were just what I needed as well. Ben was an inspiring teacher with a very conscious and compassionate way of teaching, and I would definitely recommend his workshop for anyone wanting to explore their voices, or looking for ways to release tension in the body or for just more freedom of expression.

- Emma, singer & actor

Ben is a brilliant teacher! He’s a genius at what he does, and was able to create a supporting and safe learning environment by being a teacher as well as ”a peer” at the same time. He listened to the students’ needs and concerns and allowed for any feelings to arise. I would recommend this workshop for everyone and anyone interested in learning about their voice and how to use it well.

- Anna, actor & dancer

More testimonials here.

CLASS TIME TABLE

The Training runs from November 23rd to December 19th.

 

It consists of four weeks of training, five days per week:

 

(Sundays & Mondays are free)

Tuesday - Saturday:  10:00 - 16:00

INFO
DATES
  • November 23rd to 18th December, 2021

  • Teaching from Tuesday - Saturday 10:00-16:00

  • Sundays & Mondays are free

LOCATION
  • Ibiza, Spain​

  • Exact location shared to students closer to the event

TUITION
  • Early bird: 2.850€ / for bookings done by September 9th

  • Normal price: 3.150€ / for bookings done after September 9th

PAYMENT SCHEDULE
  • Book your spot by paying a deposit of 850€

  • Final payment due November 4th 

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

  • You do not need any previous experience, but a very open and willing attitude is required (see more details below)

  • 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.

CANCELLATION POLICY
  • Deposit 850€ is paid by the time of booking

  • For cancellation made before September 9th the student is eligible for a 50% tuition refund of your deposit payment (425€)

  • Cancellations made between September 9th and November 4th: deposit non-refunded

  • No tuition refunds after November 4th (the student is eligible to pass on their place to another participant)

*All rights to schedule changes reserved.

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

HOW TO GET IN

We are now taking in bookings. 

This Training will NOT require you to go through an application process. The Training will accept 12 students and places fill be filled by 'first-book-first-serve' basis. You do not need previous acting experience to join but are expected to be seriously committed to the training as well as your growth as an actor.  However, please note that: 

 

  • You must be minimum 18 years of age to join the Training

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

  • Students are expected to be open-minded and committed to learning through the whole program
     

You can book your place in the Training by clicking the link below and paying the deposit payment for the Training. After applying to the training you will receive an email to fill a questionnaire and be asked to email your 'headshot' style of picture to us.

BOOK YOUR SPOT

The early bird tuition for the AAF One Month Intensive Training in Ibiza is 2.850€ (incl. VAT 24%) for all bookings made by September 9th

The normal tuition for the Training is 
3.150€ (incl. VAT 24%) for all bookings made after September 9th.
 

Tuition payment info:

  • Book your spot by paying the deposit of 850€ via the link below

  • Pay training in full by November 4th (a payment link with other info will be emailed to you after your deposit payment)

Cancellation policy:

  • For cancellation made before September 9th the student is eligible for a 50%  refund of their deposit payment (425€)

  • Cancellations made between September 9th and November 4th: deposti non-refunded

  • No tuition refunds after November 4th (the student is eligible to pass on their place to another participant)