Meet Us

Actorium
2910 Commercial Drive,
Vancouver V5N 4C9
Call: 604-445-7751
Email: hello@actorium.ca

Office Hours:
Tuesday: 12pm-3:00pm
Thursday: 11am-4pm
Saturday: 11am-6pm

 

Founder and Acting Instructor

michelleMichelle Meyrink

Michelle Meyrink  imdb trained for six years with Peggy Feury at The Loft Studio in Los Angeles and with Joanne Barron of Barron Brown Studios in LA . After starring in films such as The Outsiders, Real Genius, Revenge of the Nerds and more, she retired from acting to raise a family on Bowen Island. In 2014 she returned to Vancouver to start Actorium with a goal to build not only a training centre for actors but a community with a strong culture for daring authenticity, humour, warmth and openness. A place where fellow actors challenge each other to bring out the best in their work, and a place where anyone who had an interest in acting, no matter what their age, background, experience was welcomed to train, develop and see how far they could take their work .

Michelle leads Scene Study and Meisner technique classes at Actorium

 

Voice and Acting Instructor

Danielle Benzon

A Vancouver based actor and director, Danielle Benzon has a Masters degree in Acting from E15 Acting School in London, England and is certified to train the Meisner Technique through Larry Silverberg’s True Acting Institute in Orlando, Florida.

Danielle has been facilitating voice workshops and private coaching for actors and non-performers since 2011. In addition to the classical training she received in South Africa, where she lived before immigrating to Vancouver at the age of 16, the bulk of Danielle’s practice is based on the work of Kristin Linklater (Freeing the Natural Voice) and Stewart Pearce (The Alchemy of Sound). She has studied under David Smukler at the National Voice Intensive, as well as Stewart Pearce and Richard Ryder.

Danielle leads Voice, Accent and Meisner technique classes at Actorium

Acting Instructor

Olivia Nelson

Olivia is a professional actor having trained at the Actors Institute (London) and the University of Manchester, UK. Olivia has experience in theatre and television and has also devised and performed her own one-woman shows, “You Talk I Listen” and “Archetypal Frenzy”.
Olivia is a certified Meisner technique teacher and has been teaching for nearly 10 years. She trained at the True Acting Institute with Larry Silverberg in Florida and Oregon as well as the Actors Temple in London, UK. Olivia has also delivered training for various colleges and schools such as the The Actors Centre North and the Arden School of Theatre in the UK and has run numerous weekend courses, weekly drop-in sessions, programs and private tuition.

Olivia leads Meisner technique classes at Actorium

 

Movement Instructor

Helen Walkley

Contemporary dance artist and somatic practitioner, Helen Walkley MFA, has taught, created and performed for over thirty years throughout Europe and North America. She certified in Laban Movement Studies through the Laban Institute for Movement Studies in NYC in 1985. Other primary influences in her work are Body Mind Centering, the Alexander Technique, Shambhala Buddhism, voice and yoga.

 

 

 

Advisory Board Member

fredroosFred Roos

Academy Award winning Producer Fred Roos IMDb has worked with some of Hollywood’s most gifted filmmakers and actors over the last four decades producing some of the most unique films of our time. Roos’s long-term collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola includes producing the Academy Award-winning Best Picture The Godfather Part II and the Academy Award-nominated Best Pictures Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, Part III, and The Conversation (winner of the Palm D’Or at Cannes).

Other films Roos has produced with Coppola include: One From the Heart, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, The Cotton Club, Gardens of Stone, New York Stories, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, and as Executive Producer on Youth Without Youth, Tetro, and most recently, Twixt. Among Roos’s other producing credits are: Wim Wender’s Hammett, Jack Nicholson’s Drive, He Said, Barbet Schroeder’s Barfly, Peter Chelsom’s Town and Country, Agnieszka Holland’s The Secret Garden, and the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (winner of Cable Ace Award, Best Documentary). He also produced The Black Stallion (Carroll Ballard) and the Walt Disney release in IMAX, The Young Black Stallion (Simon Wincer). Roos coproduced Sofia Coppola’s debut film The Virgin Suicides and served as Executive Producer on Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette and Somewhere, winner of the Golden Lion (Best Picture) at Venice Film Festival, 2010.

Before he began producing films, Roos had a legendary career as a casting director on such films as: The Godfather, American Graffiti, Five Easy Pieces, The King of Marvin Gardens, Fat City, Petulia, and Zabriskie Point. He also served as casting consultant on Star Wars.

…more on Mr Roos

Advisory Board Member

marthawithcameraMartha Coolidge

Illuminating her films with inspired performances from actors is a hallmark of Martha Coolidge’s IMDb work – from her documentaries to her remarkable pioneering achievements in features, television and the internet.

A consummate filmmaker, she is known as an “Actor’s Director”. From Robert Duvall, Halley Berry, Geena Davis to James Gandolfini, her actors give some of their best performances. Her cornerstone hit comedies Valley Girl and Real Genius put her on the map and launched the careers of Nicholas Cage and Val Kilmer. Coolidge also exceeds genre and is known for her powerful dramas: notably Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, which as nominated for 11 Emmy nominations, winning 5, including Halle Berry who also won a Golden Globe, the SAG Award, and two NAACP Awards; Rambling Rose, nominated for two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes and won three, out of 5; and the IFP Spirit Awards for Best Director and Best Picture.

Coolidge’s TV movies and episodics include CSI, Sex and the City, The Glades, and If These Walls Could Talk which earned her second DGA nomination for Best Director. Coolidge continues to serve on the boards of the DGA, the Academy of Motion Pictures, the AFI, and Women in Film, and was elected as the first woman President of the Director’s Guild of America in 2001.

Advisory Board Member

horatioHoratio Kemeny

Mr. Kemeny IMDb is a Vancouver-based businessman who has worked as executive producer on several feature films. His credits include Saving Lincoln, Return to Byzantium: The Art and Life of Lilian Broca, and When Do We Eat? Earlier in his career, Horatio was a software development manager and entrepreneur. He is still involved in the industry, directing a number of technology companies. He brings his diverse and substantial business background as as well as a considerable interest and support of the arts to Actorium.

 

FAQs

Can I audit a class?
We do not offer auditing as it is too disruptive to our classes. However if you have questions or concerns please email us at info@actorium.ca

I am an experienced actor, which class should I register for?
Unless you have trained in Meisner technique, everyone starts at the Intro level.

How long is Meisner the program?
Each level is eight weeks.

I have studied Meisner Technique before, should I start in a more advanced class?
If you have taken Meisner Technique before, please let us know and we can discuss a suitable class for you.

How old do I have to be to study at Actorium?
You must be at least 18 years old to study at Actorium.

I am interested in film and television acting? Are these classes for me?
Yes.

I am interested in working in theatre? Are these classes for me?
Yes.

Will these exercises be useful as an actor even before I start scene work?
You can apply the knowledge you gain from Meisner technique into any scene or audition situation immediately. You will have gained an understanding in how to apply what you have learned at the Intro level.

I have never acted before. Can I join a class?
Yes. We welcome all levels. Some of our best actors have come from those that have never acted before. You must be over 18 to participate in our classes.

How many people are in each class?
There is a maximum of 12 people in each class.

The class is full. Do you have a waitlist?
Yes, you can be asked to be put on a waitlist by emailing admin@actorium.ca

Is there homework?
There is no homework until you get to Elements and/or go into Scene Study.

 

All classes are held at the Actorium, at 2910 Commercial Drive in East Vancouver.

Testimonials

Just wanted to thank you and tell you how much I am enjoying your class! I come in usually tired and stressed from my days and feel empowered, enlightened and invigorated. I am very serious about excelling and being an amazing actor. Last class I was blown away with the meditation with the belly breathing and baby analogy. It hit me really deep especially when you said a baby  doesn’t laugh or cry from its head! WOW!!! I mean it all seems common sense but with all my 46 years of emotional bandages and coping mechanisms it has been buried. I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your class and you giving back to the community and being so Awesome!! I feel very  grateful to be in your class and know I will develop deeply under your guidance. I feel like I am growing daily from your classes. I am a Leader and will definitely keep challenging myself and classmates to be better. Isn’t that what life is about?

– Actorium Student

Not only has the program allowed me to tap into my childhood bliss that I chose to let go of, but it also helped me look at places I blocked out within myself. I am becoming more whole and my relationships are becoming more authentic and honest. I am finding the program is helping me stay present and be more honest with everyone in my daily interactions. Rather than my habit of keeping my thoughts to myself, I’m able to share those feelings with people I trust and they make room for me. I have richer relationships because I’m able to recognize what I’m feeling and sense what others are feeling.

I think the instructors have done a phenomenal job thus far. They do a great job of being inclusive to everyone that is there. I trust they know exactly who needs to work on which area and will tailor each class accordingly. I find they manage to tailor our classes specifically to each person’s unique needs. We all have different areas of strengths and weaknesses and our instructors recognize what exercises will benefit us most to make a breakthrough.

– Actorium Student

I wanted to extend my thanks for facilitating my learning/growing over the past few months. I’ve discovered so many things that have eluded me in my acting process for years. My audition yesterday was kind of like the culmination of what I’ve gone through in your class up to this point. It was nice to go into a very intimidating audition with solid tools and the confidence to know that I can “go there” if I bring in my commitment and focus. I felt so free! As I was moving through the audition I was keenly aware of the other person and kept my focus on them – it was like I was doing a Meisner exercise right there in the room – it was so cool.

– Actorium Student

I am really liking what I am learning in Intro and want to continue with Foundation.

In fact, I went to an open audition and used the grounding and connection with my partner in the cold read scenes I did. Yeah! And I just found out that I got the part 🙂

– Actorium Student

Thank you for keeping us on our toes. I really have been learning a lot coming to these classes about myself and (not just) acting. It really feels so much better being in the actual moment rather than acting it out in a way we think it should be.
– Actorium Student

You are a great teacher and I love the classes! It’s exactly what I was looking for!
– Actorium  Student

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the class tonight. I feel very… ‘alive’ now! It’s so rare but so good, to detach from everything and just be focusing on that absolute moment. I’m looking forward to the next class!
– Actorium Student

I want to express my deep gratitude to you for working with me for such a long period, not letting me off the hook and forcing me to open up. I feel better than I have in years, free to change now. So, THANK YOU.
– Actorium Student

Acting classes are paying off. I’m getting more assertive and witty! ha ha! Just wanted you to know.
– Actorium  Student

I have been taking acting classes now for a couple of months and it is changing me. At first when I was up on the stage, I felt rigid and self-conscious.. unwilling to share my heart and emotions. Maybe I was willing but afraid.

I find now that sharing is coming easier and that everything I share is reflected around me in the other participants. I am finding that the act of getting on stage is so opening and so freeing.. I want to go deeper into it. It is just what I need to keep the juice of life going… face fear… face myself and share. Thank you to our instructors for embarking on this with your whole heart and taking us with you!!
– Actorium Student

Wow, what an exciting class for me last night. I was mesmerized with the work everyone was doing!
– Actorium Student

I have always been terrified of public speaking and have never even in my dreams wished to be in the limelight on any stage. The thought of taking acting lessons would have never occurred to me. But my instructor introduced this idea in such an intriguing way. She said this class was a safe place for those who wanted a chance to tiptoe out into the spotlight and thus to explore hidden facets of their essence and personality. I’ve always been rather inhibited and not-quite-the-real-me in my range of expression in social settings so I thought this would be a potentially fun and cheap way to expand my range, as compared to say, sitting weekly on a therapist’s couch for months on end. Well it’s only been four classes so far but holy moly! I could not have guessed how eye-opening and personally rewarding this experience would be for my inner development and self-knowledge. The instructor is guiding us starting from scratch using the Meisner training technique. Not only do I feel I have a better window to my authentic self (and what could possibly be more precious than that) but I also feel like I really have an inner eye and empathetic understanding of my fellow classmates which in so few hours with strangers is really incredible. I would urge anyone who resonates with me to try this course. Very highly recommended.
– Actorium Student

Again, I apologize for my lack of communication skills. For some reason email is especially challenging. BUT, I am participating in this awesome class that is changing my life, so that should get cleared up pretty soon 🙂
– Actorium Student

I want to express my appreciation for the opportunity to join the Meisner Intro Class. The attention, understanding and encouragement you give is communicated with such compassion and depth that makes one want to incorporate and excel.

Even from the first workshop there has been a shift in my interaction with others and awareness of how and what I communicate. I learn something new with each class and the experience stays alive within me until the next class.

The activities/exercises feel like a return to our more natural selves before being told how to be, what to say, how to say it. I am reminded to check in with myself for authentic expression of my experience in the moment.
Thank you for your brilliance in presenting this opportunity.
– Actorium Student

My coach outside of class noted a very grounded and open difference in my performance. My advice to anyone who works at Actorium is to listen closely to what is asked, let the ego go, allow the walls to fall and be willing to grow.
– Meisner Workshop Participant

She inspires us to leap fully into a given exercise or character by encouraging us to overcome the personal barriers and inhibitions that hold us back. She reaches for real emotions in her students, and encourages us to find most authentic performances we can. She strips away the mystique of acting, and provides a great working environment in which we can learn about ourselves, and about the craft of acting.
– Meisner Workshop Participant