$100 – $375

Winter 2019 Actors Bridge Acting Classes

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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.


Thursdays, January 10 - February 21 (no class on Valentine's Day)
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Bridget Berger
Fee: $375
Location: Actors Bridge Studio - Darkhorse Chapel

By approaching the work as human beings rather than as actors, you will learn to bring your unique self fully to the role. We will focus on physicality, script analysis, and cold reads on camera. Read Bridget's bio below.

Tuesdays, January 8 - February 12
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Vali Forrister
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: Level 1)
Mondays, January 7- February 11
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Instructor: Vali Forrister
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 FOUR/FIVE (pre-requisites: Levels 1-3)
Dates: Wednesdays, January 23-February 27
6:15-8:15 p.m.
Instructor: CJ Tucker
Fee: $325
Location: Actors Bridge at Darkhorse Chapel

Advanced scenes applying emotional preparation to text.

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 commence.


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 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.


Bridget Berger is a producer on the feature film BEAUTY MARK and is in development on ATTICUS BROWN IS STILL HERE. As a coach, she worked on 4 seasons of ABC’s “Nashville,” CMT’s “Still the King”, Hallmark’s Christmas at Graceland and with many recording artists including Christina Aguilera, Lauren Alaina, and Kellie Pickler. As an actress, Bridget has performed on Broadway as Mary Delgado in JERSEY BOYS, opposite David Hyde Pierce in CURTAINS, and in THE PAJAMA GAME with Harry Connick, Jr. She has performed at New York’s Shakespeare in the Park, The Met, The Hollywood Bowl, and Madison Square Garden and acted on TV and film including an extensive run on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Bridget is a graduate in acting from Carnegie Mellon University.


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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