Actors Bridge Acting Classes - Fall 2nd Session, 2019

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Actors Bridge Studio

4610 Charlotte Ave

Nashville, TN 37209

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Invest in yourself.

Do you need more creative joy in your life?

Have you always wanted to take an acting class but never found the time?

Are you a professional actor who needs a fresh approach to bring vitality to your work?

Are you dreaming of getting an agent and working on camera?

Or need to improve your presentation skills at work?

If you said YES to any of these questions, the Actors Bridge training program is a great place to start.

Read about the Meisner Technique.

MEISNER TECHNIQUE LEVEL THREE (pre-requisite: Levels 1-2)
Wednesdays, November 6-December 11
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Instructor: CJ Tucker
Fee: $325
Location: Actors Bridge Studio - Darkhorse Chapel

Actors build their skills with emotional preparation through monologue work using Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology.

Enroll here.

Act Like a BIG GRRRL (no pre-requisites)
Opening Retreat: Sat, Nov 9
Ongoing Writing Sharing Meetings: Wednesdays, twice a month (see full schedule below)
Instructor: Vali Forrister
Fee: $450
Locations: Actors Bridge Studio and Vali's Home

We hear it all the time: “I wish that I could have experienced something like Act Like a GRRRL when I was a teenager.” Believing it’s never too late to begin the process of self-discovery and transformation, we created Act Like a Big GRRRL (or Big G as we like to call it).

Act Like a BIG GRRRL is a writing and performance program modeled after Act Like a GRRRL. It is for women 21 and older. The group gathers twice a month to share writing, gain feedback and step boldly into a new version of themselves. The work culminates in a public performance at our studio at Darkhorse Chapel.


You don’t have to have any acting or writing experience — just a desire for self-discovery and a willingness to “go deep within,” supported by this community. The only requirements are a commitment to the entire writing and performance process and a willingness to reach, stretch, grow.


The program is facilitated by Vali Forrister. This model is based on Vali’s graduate work in the performance of personal narratives for personal and social change. Vali has created a very successful 3 step process using intimate life texts for personal transformation. Read Vali’s bio.


Vali provides writing prompts that encourage personal interpretation. We meet twice a month to share our writing aloud and get feedback and insights from others in the circle.

In late January, we’ll select our favorite writing pieces to be edited into a script for a group performance. We will perform in February at the Actors Bridge Studio at Darkhorse Chapel.


Our next circle starts with a day-long retreat on Saturday, Nov 9th and continues with Wednesday evening meetings to follow. The full schedule is below.

Opening Retreat
Saturday, November 9
2 to 8 p.m.
Actors Bridge Studio and Vali Forrister’s Home

We will set our personal intentions for the process and work with some guest artists to learn new approaches to accessing our own creative spark. Then, we’ll transition to Vali’s home to share fire and food and drink.

Ongoing Meetings – Sharing Writing – Wednesdays twice a month, 6-9 p.m. at Vali’s Home near Lipscomb University


Nov 13
Dec 4, 18
Jan 8, 22, 29

Jan 30, 31

Performances at Actors Bridge Studio at Darkhorse Chapel

Saturday, Feb 1 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb 2 at 3 p.m.

All told, it is:

  • 6-hour opening retreat

  • 6 3-hour writing sharing meetings

  • 2 rehearsals

  • 2 performances

  • 30+ hours together




Email Vali to begin the conversation.

Actors Bridge Ensemble refund policy: For the Meisner Series: there are no cash refunds after classes commence. Any student who withdraws after this time will be issued a transferable credit good for up to one year. We can make no transfers after the student has attended 2 or more classes. For classes outside the Meisner Series, there are no refunds after classes commence.


Actors Bridge Ensemble refund policy: There are no cash refunds after classes commence. Any student who withdraws after this time will be issued a transferable credit good for up to one year for classes in the Meisner Series. For classes outside the Meisner Series, there are no refunds after classes begin.


Cynthia (C.J.) Tucker is a classically trained actress with over 15 years of professional acting experience. She has worked extensively on the stage, in film and television. After working in New York and Los Angeles for 10 years, C.J moved to Nashville where she still performs.

While in New York, she studied the Meisner Technique with the legendary William Esper, Voice for the Stage with Robert Williams of Juilliard, Play Analysis at New York University and “the Method” at the Actor’s Creative Studio with Lee Strasberg protege, Ernie Martin.

C.J. is currently an instructor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Belmont University where she teaches the Meisner Technique and frequently directs. In addition, she is a full-time teacher in the Meisner training program at Actors Bridge.


Vali is the Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Actors Bridge Ensemble. She has produced over 90 productions for the company, has acted and directed over 30, and authored six. She has taught the Meisner Technique for more than 15 years and serves as adjunct faculty at Belmont and Lipscomb universities. She founded and leads Act Like A GRRRL, an autobiographical writing and performance program for teenage girls and adult women to gain public voice by articulating their lived experience. Read Vali's full bio.


Created by Sanford Meisner of New York’s influential Group Theatre, the Meisner Technique creates truthful, emotionally-connected actors. Meisner-trained actors include Steve McQueen, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, James Gandolfini, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Allison Janey and Connie Britton.

The Meisner Technique gets you out of your head and into the moment. At Actors Bridge, we take students through a step-by-step approach to the Meisner Technique giving them a strong foundation in being an emotionally available, truthfully responsive actor.

Whether you are an actor interested in deepening your craft or someone looking for greater confidence, spontaneity, and intuition in your everyday life, the Meisner Technique can help you on your journey.

Some guiding principles of the Meisner Technique include:

  • Acting is the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.
  • The foundation of acting is the reality of doing.
  • There's no such thing as nothing.
  • Acting is about instincts and intuition, not intellect (heart not head).
  • Active awareness frees actors from self-consciousness on stage.

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Nashville, TN 37209

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