$100 – $350

April-May Classes at Actors Bridge

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Actors Bridge Studio

4610 Charlotte Ave

Nashville, TN 37209

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Invest in yourself.

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?

Does your imagination need a booster shot to tackle your next writing project?

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



MEISNER TECHNIQUE LEVEL ONE (no prerequisites)

Tuesdays, 6:15-8:15 p.m., May 22 - June 26
Instructor: CJ Tucker
Fee: $325
Location: Actors Bridge Studio - Darkhorse Chapel

This course introduces the fundamental exercises of the Meisner Technique and develops actors' instincts, developing students ability to work with greater spontaneity and honesty in the moment. Great for actors at any stage in their career, Level One will reconnect you to your impulses and creative spark.



MEISNER TECHNIQUE LEVEL TWO (pre-requisite: Levels 1)
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mar 7 - Apr 11
Instructor: CJ Tucker
Fee: $325
Location: Actors Bridge Studio - Darkhorse Chapel

Building on the skills learned in Level One, actors work in improvisation and scenework learning to be emotionally full and truthfully responsive in performance.



MEISNER TECHNIQUE LEVEL THREE (pre-requisite: Levels 1-2)
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 9 - June 13
Instructor: CJ Tucker
Fee: $325
Location: Actors Bridge Studio - Darkhorse Chapel

Building on the skills learned in Level One, actors work in improvisation and scenework learning to be emotionally full and truthfully responsive in performance.



MEISNER TECHNIQUE - LEVEL FIVE (pre-requisites: Levels 1-4)
Tuesdays, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Mar 20 - Apr 24
Instructor: CJ Tucker
Fee: $325
Location: Actors Bridge at Darkhorse Chapel

Advanced exercises and scenework applying emotional preparation to text.




MEISNER TECHNIQUE - MASTER SCENE STUDY (pre-requisites: Levels 1-5)
Mondays, 6:15 -8:15 p.m., Mar 5 - Apr 23
Instructor: Vali Forrister
Fee: $350
Location: Actors Bridge at Darkhorse Chapel

Master Scene Study will examine a common script with students performing scenes from throughout the play, incorporating text analysis, character arc, and in-depth examination of relationships and "deepest desires". There will be a public sharing on April 23. (Note: this is an 8-week class.)


AUDITION BOOT CAMP

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., April 11-May 9 (no class on 4/18)
Instructor: Mark Cabus
Fee: $325
Location: Actors Bridge Woodbine Studio

Auditioning is scary business. Especially if you don’t know the Ins and Outs of it. MARK CABUS (The Resident, TURN, Selma) is a 47-year veteran of the show business industry. As a working actor, director, writer, and educator, he provides an insider’s view into this competitive world from the other side of the table. This four-week intensive teaches you how to audition—both on camera and onstage, monologue selection, cold readings, and best practices for landing agents and meeting casting directors. This class also touches on headshots, résumés, and how to present yourself as a professional actor.


Bring a two-minute monologue of your choosing for the first class.

(Note: This is a 4-week class that meets 3 hours/week.)




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.



ABOUT C.J. TUCKER:

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.



ABOUT VALI FORRISTER:

Vali is the Co-Founder and 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 12 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.


ABOUT MARK CABUS:

Mark is an MFA graduate of the Shakespeare Theatre Co.’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University and of Belmont University’s BFA Theater Performance program as well as the National Shakespeare Conservatory, Columbia University’s SITI Company Summer Residency, and the British/American Drama Academy at Oxford University.

With a career spanning over 45 years, he is an accomplished actor, writer, director, and producer, working in film and television as well as Off Broadway, regional, and children’s theater. Mark’s on camera credits range from the award-winning MLK biopic Selma and the Nicholas Sparks’ adaptation of The Longest Ride to a recurring role on AMC’s critically acclaimed series TURN: Washington’s Spies.

An educator of merit, Mark has distinguished himself around the country, serving on the faculties of the Brooklyn School for Digital Arts and Cinema Technology, Belmont University, the Nashville Film Institute, as the Director of Education for Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit and Nashville’s Green Room Projects, as a leading teaching artist for the Alliance Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and as a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University’s Film Department.



ABOUT THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE:

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.

For more information and/or inquiries please visit www.actorsbridge.org


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