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Actors’ Intensive: Meisner Technique with Liza Michael


27th & 28th May, Weekend

€140 members / €160 Non-Members

This weekend intensive course will introduce actors to the nuts and bolts of the Meisner Technique with the repetition exercise as a grounding foundation. This step by step course will suit any actors or aspiring actors aiming at pursuing acting as a profession with an ability of reproducing reliable, believable and adaptable results


Sanford Meisner defines Acting as the ability to live truthfully under the given imaginary circumstances. He didn’t say “Acting is a talent”. No, Acting is something you can learn, develop and refine through work. Via the basics of this step by step process actors learn to soothe and reduce their self-consciousness so it is not in their way: Knowing where to put their focus and relying on what they are literally doing helps the actor to stay out of their head allowing them to react moment to moment, so the camera can capture what makes their character believable and human.

Course Content:

  • The ability of living truthfully
  • Knowing where to put your Focus to reduce your self-consciousness
  • Being in the moment by creating « moments »
  • Using what is there
  • Your Sense of Truth, what makes you different than any other actor: Discovering & trusting your impulses and instinctual responses
  • Acting is doing: It’s all about the behaviour
  • Working on your presence

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Lead Tutor: Liza Michael

After graduating in English, French born Liza turned her triple threat training into professional experience.
As she toured for 4 years all around Europe as the singer of the Glen Miller Memorial Orchestra, the Argentine theatre director Alfredo Arias chose her versatile skills to co-lead his one-year show for the reopening of the famous Paris Folies Bergère theatre.

Determined to keep her acting skills afresh and deepen them, she continuously studied post-stanislavskian techniques (Method Acting in Dublin with Tim McDonnell who studied with Deirdre O’Connor – F.A.C.T in Paris with Sarah Eigerman who taught at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute but disengaged from the use of Affective Memory opting for a “Stella-Adlerian” usage of the imagination- Meisner Technique in London with Tom Radcliffe who studied with Sanford Meisner).

Along the way Liza kept on lending her voice to different bands and TV shows (the James Brown Tribute Show, Hot Couture the 1st mashup live band, Tokyo Hyatt Jazz band, etc…) as well as continuing to perform on international stages including “Cabaret Coconuts” in Monte Carlo and Montreal, Canada; “la Revue Genevoise” in Geneva, Switzerland; “Simenon & Joséphine” in Liege, Belgium, “Hair” in Paris, “Scenes of a Sensual Nature” in London, “Metropolita(-i)n” in New York or “Creatures” in Dublin & Paris.

Liza’s camera work includes the recurrent role of Zoe Garnier for 5 seasons in the French TV sitcom “Chante !” and “the Diva”, a 5 year exclusive advertising campaign with the N°1 mobile operator in France.

Asked to direct in Dublin, Edinburgh, London and Paris, she also developed coaching abilities as well as adapting plays from English to French. She lately brought full Meisner Technique training to Dublin by co-founding Momentum Acting Studio where actors can keep refining their skills between jobs and develop their own work. With the Theatre Group as model, Momentum has at core to create collaborative opportunities for actors and Liza co-created Let’s Make a Scene, a free platform one Thursday a month with a stage at the disposal of actors to present what they do best for an audience: acting. The work emerging at the Studio led Liza to start co-producing and, for their debut, co-directing the first adaptation of comedian Louis CK’s Horace & Pete series from screen to stage in the triple bill “The Possible Strange Fruit The Morning After”.

And now, enough of the talking and let’s get down to acting!


  • 27th May & 28th May, 2 Full Days
    • DAY 1> Saturday 27th May
    • DAY 2> Sunday 28th May

Class times:

  • 10am – 5pm


  • €140 members / €160 Non-Members
  • €50 Deposit


  • Filmbase, Temple Bar, Curved street

To book your place on this course, please contact Filmbase Reception on 01 679 6716 and dial 0. For more information on this course, email our Training Department at Please read our Terms & Conditions before booking a course.