ACTORS ACADEMY ONE YEAR TRAINING

If you want to come and try out the Meisner Technique, there will be an introductory workshop 15th -16th December at the studio with Nita Arpiainen. Book your spot here. 

February - September 2021

This Training is now open for applications. 

Please read this whole page carefully through before applying. 

The most important quality to any actor is their own authenticity and uniqueness and learning to trust that that is aready interesting enough.

- Tom Sawyer

Actors Academy Finland proudly presents, Finland's fourth international Meisner Technique based, one-year part-time Actor's Training starting in February 2021. This top of the field comprehensive training gives you the tools to start booking acting jobs and work as a skilled and authentic actor enjoying their craft, or just update and sharpen your current skills and career. As a vital bonus, you finish your training with a professional showreel in your hand. We are now taking in applications. Three of London's top teachers, many industry professionals, almost 300 hours of teaching and 14 students.

ARE YOU ONE OF THEM?

THE TRAINING IN A NUTSHELL

  • Starting date February 19th, 2021. Finishing date September 26th, 2021. 

  • Part-time, runs during evenings and weekends and you can work or study full time on the side.

  • Approximately 300 hours of Teaching/ Group-study

  • 10 x Intensive Coaching Modules with UK's talented acting coaches 

  • 13 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 and Ilkka Villi among 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 & toils

  • 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 Professional 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 relaxed and connected in their acting

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

  • 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 in Finland or abroad  

  • Actors aiming to start an international career 

 
 

COACHES

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

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TOM SAWYER

Acting Coach

Meisner technique: repetition, independent activity,emotional preparation, scene work

Cold Reading

Self-taping & Auditioning

Business in Acting

Ben Joiner

BEN JOINER

Voice & Movement Expert

Body, Breath & Voice

Emotional Authenticity

Designated K. Linklater method teacher

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NITA ARPIAINEN

Holistic Coach, Acting Coach

Meisner Technique
Mindset & Goal setting

Yoga, Movement & Meditaion

Cold Reading & Acting Tools

Theater Group

VISITING COACHES

Varying content on Week Sessions

Imrprovisation, Singing Technique, Voice Acting etc. 

CLASS TIME TABLE

The training consists of 10 intensive 18h training Modules, and 13 x 5h weeknight rehearsals on the weeks between, finalizing to a showreel rehearsals and filming week plus a showcase and graduation on September 2021. 

The class hours for the Weekend & Weeknight Modules are:        
 

Friday: 16:30 - 21:00

Saturday: 9:30 - 16:15

Sunday: 9:30 - 16:15

Tuesday: 14:00 - 21:00

Wednesday: 14:00 - 21:00

Thursday: 14:00 - 21:00

1/ MODULE

19 - 21 FEBRUARY 2021

TOM SAWYER

Meisner Technique, Repetition

2/ MODULE

16 - 18 MARCH 2021

TOM SAWYER

Meisner Technique, Repetition & Independent Activity

3/ MODULE

26 - 28 MARCH 2021

BEN JOINER

Voice & Movement

4/ MODULE

23 - 25 APRIL 2021

TOM SAWYER
Meisner Technique, Scene work

5/ MODULE

11 - 13 MAY 2021

TOM SAWYER

Meisner Technique, Scene Work

6/ MODULE

4 - 6 JUNE 2021

BEN JOINER 

Voice & Movement, 2

7/ MODULE

11 - 13 JUNE 2021

TOM SAWYER

Meisner Technique, Scene Work

8/ MODULE

13 - 15 AUGUST 2021

TOM SAWYER

Auditioning & Self-tape, Business in Acting

9/ MODULE

27 - 29 AUGUST 2021

TIM KENT

Screen Acting

10/ MODULE

10 - 12 SEPTEMBER 2021

TOM SAWYER

Meisner Technique, Scene work

BETWEEN MODULE CLASSES
TIME 16:00 - 21:00

  • Meditation, Mindset & Goal setting

  • Bodyawareness, Breath & Movement

  • Repetition Workouts

  • Cold Reading

  • Scene Work Rehersals

  • Q&A Sessions with Industry Professionals

  • Voice Reel Recording

  • Professional Headshot Sessions

  • Actor's Website & Social Media Tutoring

  • And much more...

13 x 5H WEEKNIGHT CLASSES WITH NITA ARPIANEN AND OTHER VISITING TEACHERS:

  • February 25

  • March 4

  • March 11

  • April 8

  • April 15

  • April 29

  • May 6

  • May 20

  • June 3

  • August 12

  • August 19

  • September 2

  • September16

CLASS DATES
FINAL WEEK
REHEARSALS: SEPTEMBER 20 / 2-9pm
  • 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 21 - 23 / 8am-9pm
SHOWCASE & GRADUATION: SEPTEMBER 25/ 10am-3pm
REHEARSALS: SEPTEMBER 24/ 11am-5pm

*All rights to schedule changes reserved.

* In case a teacher would be unavailable for health or other serious reasons, AAF would always substitute the teacher with an equal level professional teacher.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application is open until 21st December.

This training will accept 14 students. You can apply by filling up the application form from the link below and emailing us a form of clear 'head shot' 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 good 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

 
 

TUITION & PAYMENT OPTIONS

The tuition for the training is 6.750 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 2020 or ask for part payment possibilities

  • Payment options to choose from: credit card, direct bank transfer, mobile pay or part payments (Jousto - up to 3.000€) for ie. 200€ per month