AAF Youth Academy

18. - 23.6.2021

Helsinki, Finland

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This six day course is for youth aged between 13 - 17 who are curious to explore their performative muscles and connect with likeminded teenagers. You will journey through different fields of acting with varying important exercises and approaches in a safe and fun environment. Our coaches will support and encourage the students in delving into their own unique creative expression both physically and emotionally.


Class times:

Friday 18.6.            10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 19.6.        10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 20.6.          10:00 - 16:00

Monday 21.6.         10:00 - 16:00

Tuesday 22.6.          10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 23.6.    10:00 - 16:00

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 an 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 openess.

Youth Academy will guide you through basic Meisner Technique, Cold Reading, Voice and Movement as well as Camera Acting and Improvisation. At the end of the course, we will film and edit the final scenes and each student will get their copy.

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


    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. 

    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.


    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 the 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.

    Movement is our signature. In acting, it can reveal us the character’s inner world, and offer the audience the possibility to understand who that person is. With physical and dance methods, one can accentuate emotional preparation and vice versa. Movement practices are ways one can learn to use the body to communicate, to relax or tense, find center, balance and ways to fill and move in space. Through movement one can cultivate imagination, awaken the senses, allow vulnerability to occur, feel comfortable within the uncomfortable, work with breathing, and understand how intention is carried out by the body and voice.

    It’s well documented that the most highly regarded professional acting trainings put an enormous emphasis on voice and movement. Acting training is better enhanced by a thorough understanding of one's instrument (the body). Therefore In this workshop series, Darren will introduce the students to his methodologies surrounding the voice and how we can better affect our audience through remaining more present, resonant and articulate.

    This workshop covers TV and Film Acting, offering a practical introduction to the skills and techniques relevant within these mediums. Monika 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 openess 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: 18.- 23.6.2021

  • This course runs for six days from Friday to Wednesday / 10:00-16:00 (lunch break 12:30-13:30)

  • 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.



Darren initially gained a certificate of distinction in Speech and Articulation from LAMDA before studying for an MA in Acting at East 15 Acting School. He also has an equivalent MA in Radio from the same school. As a stage actor, Darren has worked at The National Theatre, The Royal Opera House, ENO (English National Opera), and has also performed in Warhorse in London's West End. As a film actor, he has appeared in over twenty-five films and he continues to work in both fields.

"I have been fortunate enough to have appeared before almost three and a half million people live worldwide. This has successfully led me to become an effective voice & performance coach, reaching over half a million people, in not only improving their voice and communicative potential but making positive changes to their lifestyle, beliefs and habits.


Graduated in 2016, Maria obtained her bachelor's degree in acting for film in Los Angeles, CA. Maria has worked in independent short-films and as a stage actor across different theaters in California such as Hudson Theater and The Victory Theater Play. Maria's training as a dancer began under the guidance of Maria Del Bagno's Dance Create Company and her experience includes lyrical, jazz, and contemporary dance. In 2017 Maria continued developing as a dancer in Madrid at the Espacio de Danza y Creación and WOSAP Dance Studio gaining experience in street styles. In 2018 Maria was chosen to join the German choreographer, dancer and pedagoge Lin Verleger for the festival production of schrit_tmacher Generation 2 and premiered "Uncanny Valley" in 2019 performed in Germany and the Netherlands. In 2019 Maria joined German dance's Compound Company for a work-in-progress to research the interaction between dance, visuals effects and technology. Interested in dance and movement Maria has continued exploring in these fields through workshops and exchanges with other dance and movement artists. Maria is currently living in Helsinki.