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LIVE in Tallinn:

Meisner Acting Technique workshop

with Nita Arpiainen

21. - 22.8.2021

Tallinn, Estonia

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This two day actors workshop helps you to access truthful impulses and express genuine, gripping emotion through exploration of the famous 'Repetition Exercise'. For actors of both stage and screen, this technique taps in to partner based connections, and opens avenues for authentic and captivating performances, elevating your skills as an actor to another level.

This workshop serves as the perfect taster for Actors Academy Finland’s in depth One Year Actor Training which will be launching in Tallinn in November of 2021. This top of the field comprehensive training gives you the tools to start working as a skilled and authentic actor enjoying their craft. For more information on the One Year Training in Tallinn, follow this link.

Saturday 10:00 - 15:00
Sunday 10:00 - 15:00

About The Event

This workshop helps you to dive back into your true self, into your emotional life and its powerful spectrum, and learn how to utilize it's vibrancy for the powerful benefit of your acting work. Through the Meisner technique, and a variety of group and partner exercises you will learn to express yourself truthfully, to be present with, and listen fully to your partner all leading to the potential for powerful, gripping, and authentic performance skills.


The capacity for emotional intelligence and presence is a highly valued skill in today's actors, in the craft as well in the business of acting. The benefits of this work translate particularly well on to screen but is also incredibly beneficial for performers of the stage as well.




For all level actors who are wanting to develop their emotional understanding and expressivity as an engaging and authentic performer. Also great for actors, directors, writers and artists, or anyone wanting to learn about the Meisner Technique or engage with the truthfulness of acting.




Through this workshop you will:

• learn to express more freely and bravely

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

• strengthen your self-confidence as a performer and connect to your intuition

• strengthen your capacity to listen and connect with another

• deepen your emotional expression and understanding to benefit your acting work

• develop your communication skills which read beautifully on screen

• find healthy and organic ways to let go of fear and feel more relaxed and confident in all types of performance

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

• strengthen your sensitivity and awareness of an acting partners emotional life and expression

• as an artist get highly applicable tools and approaches on how to gently connect to your authentic and unique emotional expression

You do not need any previous experience, the course is open to anyone.


• Price: 195€ incl. VAT 24%

• Time: Saturday & Sunday - August 21 & 22, 2021 / 10:00 - 15:00

• Location: Old Town Tallinn, Vene tn 6, Estonia

• Places are limited and will be filled on a 'first-come first-serve basis'.

• The booking for all events and workshops is binding. You can cancel 30 days prior to 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 at this link here.


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



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 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 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.


"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

"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

"Thank you very much for the workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed it. 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. I can only wish that the course like this would be available more often and for longer periods." - Yuko


"The best thing about the workshop was the warm and accepting atmosphere. Nita as a coach was supportive and clear. I'd give this workshop five out of five stars, and would also be interested to participate other workshops." - Mari

"Thank you Nita for the course. It's wonderful how it just dropped on my path and was something that I had longed for and needed, even though I wasn't yet aware of that. These few nights woke something in me that I didn't know existed. Thank you, thanks for your authenticity and for all the wonderfulness these evenings were. I learned a lot.” - Sara

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