Instructors and Staff
Founder and Instructor – Michelle Meyrink
I think of Actorium as a place for people to inspire and to get inspired and grow not only as an actor but personally – as I think the two go together. It is not only an actor’s training centre but also a community with a strong culture for daring authenticity, humour, warmth and openness.
What I have learned through acting and have used as a core principle of Actorium is to never lose sight of the truthful basis of your art and the reason you started in the first place.
Instructor – Olivia Nelson
What draws me to the acting process is the unique opportunity to delve into the vastness of the human experience and express it as authentically as possible. As actors we practice the opposite of what most people initially think and that is, being real and lowering the masks we tend to wear in day to day. This has been the biggest gift for me personally– to actually stop acting in my own life! The more truthful I can be in front of a camera the more the audience gets to be up-close and personal with their ‘real’ selves.
This process has allowed me to grow as a person in numerous ways such as feeling more connected & creative in my life. When I’m not acting I miss the aliveness it brings me and the ability to be of service by stretching the edge of my vulnerability– it really is the craft that keeps on giving.
Filmming and Editing – Rebecca Dumbrille
I’ve always been been drawn to the arts. I studied visual arts in University at Emily Carr and towards the end of my undergrad I started working at Actorium, an acting school with a strong focus on the art of acting and culture of diversity and inclusion. When I was younger I never saw myself reflected in the media and so this was deeply satisfying and it was there that I really fell in love with film as a format. I have spent the past three years honing my skills on camera, editing and colour grading. My interest is in capturing the human experience through colour and movement, and my goal is to make stories that show the true diversity of our world so that other young people can have the experience of seeing themselves reflected in media.
Graphic Designer – Liz Wurzinger
Advisory Board Members
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, Twixt. Among Roos’s other producing credits are…more on Mr Roos
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 episodic 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.
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 🙂
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!!
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.
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.