AAF Youth Academy

19.10. - 7.12.2021

Helsinki, Finland

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This course is for youth aged between 13 - 17 who are curious to explore their performative muscles and connect with like minded teenagers. You will journey through different fields of acting with varying important exercises and approaches in a safe and fun environment. To finalise the course you will perform in a live Showcase for your friends & family. Our coaches will support and encourage the students in delving into their own unique creative expression both physically and emotionally.


Class times: 

  • Tuesday 19.10.   17:00 - 20:00

  • Tuesday 26.10.   17:00 - 20:00

  • Tuesday 2.11.     17:00 - 20:00

  • Tuesday 9.11.     17:00 - 20:00

  • Tuesday 16.11.   17:00 - 20:00

  • Thursday 25.11.  17:00 - 20:00

  • Tuesday 30.11.   17:00 - 20:00

  • Tuesday 7.12.     17:00 - 20:00

About The Event

We believe that in the heart of creativity is openness, curiosity and playfulness. These are the vital traits which we must cultivate and harness to enhance our capability as actors. At Actors Academy, we believe in allowing these qualities in the young performer to shine through.


By giving our students the tools they need to harness those traits, we inspire them to grow and evolve towards creativity, gently guiding them, and giving them the essential foundation they need to flourish both personally as well as a young actor moving towards pursuing their dreams.

We aim to help the student to access and express their own creative voice and build confidence within that. You are welcome everyone as they are and there is no need for previous experience. All that is needed and requested from the student is curiosity and openness.

Youth Academy will guide you through basic Cold Reading, Voice and Movement as well as Camera Acting and Improvisation. At the end of the course, we will perform a live rehearsed Showcase for friends & family.

The teaching language in our AAF Youth Academy is English, but we encourage all level English speakers to apply.



    Taking a scene off the page in a short time is an essential skill for any actor. This fun part will help the student to bring an unseen script to life, get it up on it's feet and build the student's faith to work simply in the moment.


    The capacity for emotional intelligence and presence is a highly valued skill in today's world, not only in acting platforms but in any types of relationships and interactions. Meisner Technique helps the student to live in the moment and to access and express one's truthful impulses and feelings based on their partners behaviour, through exploration of the famous 'Repetition' and 'Independent Activity' exercises. The technique will help you to start living truthfully under created imaginary circumstances - whether on stage or screen.


    Improvisation is one of the core techniques in performing because it pushes the actor to live fully in the moment, trust in team work and lean on imagination and risk taking. It also enhances creativity and activates the actor's non-judgmental mentality which is essential for any kind of creative flow to happen. Improvisation is a fun way to dive into the endless possibilities of connection and the fun of performance.

    It is all those small and big details present in how we communicate non verbally that reveal something about us, those details are seen in our body and in how we move - they become our signature. Movement is what awakens our emotions and helps us understand our relation between our bodies and emotions. Through physical and dance exercises we can learn how to use our body and be confident while activating our imagination and creativity in order to find new ways to move and achieve something, these can be achieved through exercises involving partnering work, improvisation, balance, contrabalance, limitations, or even through games! For this workshop we will work on partnering and text work, on different qualities of movement using for example, rubber bands, and lastly, on statues and stillness.

    This workshop covers TV and Film Acting, offering a practical introduction to the skills and techniques relevant within these mediums. Our coaches will guide you through on-camera acting exercises with instant playback in a fun and supportive atmosphere.



This course is for all young people aged from 13 to 17 interested in performing, drama, theatre and/or acting. We welcome anyone and everyone keen to explore their own creative practice and learn about different approaches to performance. You do not need any previous experience, come as you are. All you need to bring is openness and curiosity.


Through this course you will:


  • learn to express and be yourself more freely and bravely

  • strengthen your confidence and connection to your honest impulses

  • enhance the trust in yourself and your uniqueness

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

  • enhance your awareness of the other person's emotional life and expression

  • develop your communication and relationship skills

  • get many useful tools in finding your authentic expression in any performing platform

  • find healthy ways to let go of fear and feel more relaxed and confident in front of others

  • understand the 'performing body' more fully and connect with different parts of it: voice, body and mind

  • get an experience of the various acting practices and exercises

  • create an understanding of TV and Screen acting

  • get a short edited video clip of your acting 


  • Dates: 19.10. - 7.12.2021

  • This course runs weekly on Tuesdays from 17:00 to 20:00 (NOTE: Thursday 23.11.

  • Price: 395€ incl. VAT 24% - if you are challenged to meet the tuition fee, do contact us on office@actorsacademy.fi

  • Location: Actors Academy Finland, Pursimiehenkatu 26H, Helsinki

  • 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

  • Course language is English (Please keep in mind that you do not need to have perfect English skills - the basic skills of understanding will be sufficient.)

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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.


Monika is an international actor with credits in the UK, Norway and her home country Finland. Over the last six years, Monika has been working solidly on television. 

With a Masters Degree in Acting, Bachelors in performance art & pedagogical studies and a diploma in physical theatre acting, Monika has studied her craft for more than a decade. She works mainly on television but is still connected to her theatre background.


Maria Luege is an actress and dancer with experience in both fields on stage. She has a bachelor's in acting and has worked as a dancer in Germany and has taught dance in the Netherlands. Maria currently lives in Finland and teaches movement, where she combines her experience in dance, acting, and taekwondo.

For testimonials on our previous Youth Academy workshop, check out our testimonials page here.