Connection is key. In the Meisner technique, Wayne has you learn and understand all emotions you carry throughout your day. You learn about yourself and other people and why you act a certain way and what make you tick and overall how to use it in your career or in other aspects of your day. He's a really good teacher that listens and wants you to be as best as you can be. He's straight forward and honest and shows you how to be the same. I recommend this class to anyone who wants to get into acting seriously. It will show you how to let down bloackades and be your true self in the career path you've chosen. I know I'm lucky to have heard about this class from a friend. It's been a huge improvement for me and my personal development.
I'm a returning student, before leaving Wayne I thought I would find a better Meisner class. Well, I was wrong! I didn't. Wayne is the place of heart for Meisner technique, you use your real emotions. He helps you break down what you need to accomplish for a scene. Now that I am back to his class I will complete the whole program because of him I booked my first film. His way of teaching is top notch! Real! And most of all Honest! Wayne Dvorak you rock !!!!
I've been taking Wayne's class for six months and have seen as my classmates and I have grown through Wayne's excellent Meisner instruction. Meisner is difficult, interior work, having to do with the wrangling of the psyche to become present to and available to real emotions like anger and pain--this requires delicacy, care, forthrightness and professionalism, which Wayne exemplifies every class. Read the other reviews. These are real, reasonable, normal, people dedicated to the craft of acting. This class is not for those who seek some kind of superficial class with easy secrets about acting (as if there could be such a thing). Wayne is deeply committed to the craft of acting, and has decades of experience to draw upon for his instruction. Because of the difficult nature of the commitment, the class tends to be self-selecting, in a good way. Those who aren't interested or cut out for the work seem to just drop off, while committed students remain. For relatively low price of $175 per four sessions (or five, during such months as have five weeks), Wayne guides his students through their work, meeting each student's efforts directly and honestly.
I have been in Los Angeles for three years now and have tried out a few different acting classes. I can honestly say that Wayne Dvorak's Meisner class has been the best. The class is very fun and also I have never been more challenged in acting which makes it even more satisfying. It is also the cheapest class I have been in (only $175/month!). Wayne has been in the industry for a long time and is always willing to share advice with you. From head shots to agents, Wayne has a great deal of knowledge. He genuinely cares about his students and their growth as actors. The classes are usually on the smaller side (mine has 10) which makes it so that every student gets Wayne's upmost attention every class. You work every class and are expected to rehearse outside of class with a partner twice a week. This class is a big commitment but trust me you will quickly see results in your acting. I feel so much more confident in myself after joining this class and can't wait to see how much more I improve over the course of this 2 year program. If you are looking to become a serious actor I highly recommend this class.
I had promised myself I would audit as many classes as possible before I picked the one I was going to commit to, because money is definitely tight. Wayneâ??s Meisner studio was only the second one I saw, but I knew as soon as the audit was over I had found the right fit for me. Things that proved the deciding factors: 1) Iâ??m an actress who comes from the stage and is looking to start working in film/television. Wayne speaks my language, he worked in both industries and understands what skills translate, and what bad habits need to be challenged and outgrown! 2) You actually get to work with Wayne, not with a bunch of other teachers who trained under him. 3) The other students who are drawn to this class are also hard working, serious actors. You grow a ton from working with each other in rehearsals and class. 4) You will always get to work and be seen EVERY CLASS. Sometimes the classes run a little long, or the classes seem a little small, but thatâ??s so everyone is getting a full chance to work the Meisner exercises or perform their scene study. 5) This is definitely one of the most affordable studios in town. But most of all 6) Wayne is exactly the kind of mentor/coach I like working with. Heâ??s analytical, observant, and direct. If he sees you disconnect in a scene or get self-conscious of the audience for even a moment, he will call you on it. And help you get better for next time. He really wants to help you grow, not make you feel bad. Which means he doesnâ??t let you off the hook, but he doesnâ??t tear you down either, and you feel yourself getting better and more consistent in your abilities over time. I can honestly breakdown crying from a place of real pain (not faking it) fairly consistently now, multiple times in a day, and recover, thanks to this class. Fair warning, Wayneâ??s Meisner class is not for the faint of heart. Not only are you committing to class times, but two rehearsals every week with fellow students. The whole program is designed to be two years long (with holiday breaks). The scenes you will be assigned will easily be 10 pages long or more. For me, this was a no-brainer because I was looking for a challenge, and I want to be an actress for the rest of my life, so committing to a longer course of study while also auditioning and working was a good fit for me. For some itâ??s not a good choice. When he has enough advanced students, he puts together a master class of students who get to perform in front of casting directors and agents, but he really wonâ??t put you there until youâ??re ready. Iâ??ve gotten really good headshot advice from, assistance preparing for an audition, and useful branding advice in little moments before and after class where you can talk freely with him. So whether you want an acting education as good as a conservatory training, or a class where you can flex your acting muscles, and fine-tune yourself professionally, you can get both out of Dvorakâ??s studio.
I audited a few different teachers, but felt a natural connection with Wayne. He has a transparent and direct teaching style, which made me feel at ease. The class is structured into three different years that build upon each other with breaks in December and August to allow the material to sink in. With the additional partner rehearsals each week, the class feels very thorough and academic. Wayne holds the class to very high standards and expects everyone to put in the effort. Overall, I think finding a teacher that you have a connection with is more important than anything â?? and I personally really like Wayne. Heâ??s authentic, intelligent, and humorous. I also really like the Meisner focus of the program â?? thereâ??s an emphasis on being naturally yourself and creating genuine connections with the other actors. If youâ??re looking for a new class and donâ??t know where to start, his studio is perfect. I was very nervous my first few classes, but after six months I feel like Iâ??ve made some really great new friends and am digging deeper into the complex craft of acting.
Meisner Technique in Los Feliz! I was searching for an acting class that teaches the Meisner Technique and all of my internet searches included â??The Wayne Dvorak Acting Studio among the top results. I audited Mr Dvorakâ??s class and I was immediately struck by his calm demeanor and avuncular charm. As the class continued, it became obvious that Wayne Dvorak really knows his craft! I observed closely as he dissected the work of his students and gave them detailed and constructive criticism of their performances. I was hooked :-). As I have continued my studies with Mr Dvorak, I am continually impressed by his keen insight and vast store of knowledge concerning â??The Industry.â?? He not only acts as our acting coach, he provides us with information and advice on head shots, auditions, casting directors, and professional behavior. Mr Dvorak takes his job seriously and encourages us to do the same; to apply ourselves diligently toward the goal of becoming working actors. Mt Dvorakâ??s approach combines the classical approach of his 50 years in the industry with the realities of contemporary Hollywood â?? in short, hard work and dedication never go out of style and, there are roles available for well-trained actors of all physical types. The small class size (12 max) enables him to give detailed notes on our performances and ensures that each and every student gets the attention he/she deserves. I feel lucky to have found the Wayne Dvorak Acting studio and I wholeheartedly recommend all aspiring actors to study here with the following caveat: You must be prepared to work hard, act like a professional, and dig deep within yourself to open up and find the reality in your â??performance!"
Meisner training from an awesome, experienced acting teacher I'm so happy that I decided to take Wayne Dvorak's Meisner program. I came into this program about 7 months ago having some experience acting but no formal training. In the past I felt like I'd always been relying on basic instincts and an incoherent hodgepodge of tips that I had received from various teachers/directors over time, without really having a strong technical base to build on or a clear idea of who I was as an actor. Wayne has changed all of that for me not only through the Meisner training but through his thoughtful, specific, personal feedback. Wayne really takes the time to focus on and learn about each of his students (he keeps his classes small) in order help each of us to grow into ourselves as actors. He doesn't sugar coat anything, and you can expect to get very clear, honest, useful notes with no BS. This is also reflected in the studio's environment where you are challenged to deeply connect with your emotional life when you are acting and push yourself to be totally honest with yourself and your scene partner. Wayne does a great job of showing you how the Meisner exercises help you to be more present and real and how to apply the technique to scripted work. When doing scenework, he always chooses interesting, challenging scenes and puts a lot of thought into choosing roles that suit the students in the class and will push them into new areas. Wayne also has a lot of experience with the industry, having been a working actor himself, and was always willing to talk after class whenever I've sought career advice. But on top of all that, Wayne is just a great guy to be around. I think anyone who is serious about being an actor and is willing to put in the work every week (both in class and outside it in rehearsals), regardless of what their experience level is, will get a lot out of this class and will come out of it a better actor.
For Film and TV, you need This!. Meisner foundation with TV and Film focus. This is one of the most effective Acting programs in all LA for Film and TV. It gives you the Meisner foundation plus Voice, Shakespeare and Relationship training. It will enhance the way you are and will build the capacity to perform in every situation and with any type of circumstances. Your will learn how to play leading roles, not just temporary o minimal figures. This is a formal program that requires discipline and consistency. It will make you a real actor. The environment is professional and brings out the best from you. I would recommend this to anybody who wants to really learn to act for Film. Mr. Wayne has real TV experience and also his academic background creates a complete set of elements that will prepare you to exceed the expectations of this industry.
This is my first acting class outside of college. I didn't know what to expect, or how experienced I needed to be. Wayne Dvorak made me feel comfortable from day one, and the confidence just built from there. He provides so much insight, not just within the Meisner technique, but in the acting industry overall. He definitely knows how to get you to where you want to be, you just need to be committed to pushing yourself there as well. The Meisner technique takes so much out of you emotionally and mentally, but Wayne provides step by step courses to help you slowly built up this demand. He also takes the time during class to help you individually if you have any kind struggle. You can't find that too often. Don't waste any more time and come check it out!
Wayne's Studio is the prime place for a beginner actor or someone who has been acting all there life. Classes are small so that you can get full attention from Wayne. It's not like any of the other LA acting classes this class can be strenuous but well worth it when you can handle all material. I serioulsy suggest this way of studying acting.
I've been a student of Wayne's for a year now, and I recommend him to anyone looking for serious development as an actor. Bottom line, Wayne knows what he's doing. He's been around this business for a while, and not only knows what makes an actor skillful/bookable, but also how to make it through your life as an actor. When I came to LA, I was looking for foundational training-- something to commit to that would help me feel prepared and at the top of my game. I'm so glad I found Wayne's studio. He has some of the smallest class sizes in all of LA, and really, really spends the time making sure each student is progressing every single class. Meisner is all about emotional readiness and connecting to your partner and knowing how to read text-- you have to put in the work, and he will make sure you do, but it's more than worth it.
I'm proud to write this review regarding the "Wayne Dvorak Studio". I am currently in my second year Meisner program at the studio and I have changed for the better! I feel like I am free and able to create organically. The first year was really about being yourself and deepening the emotions, so this approach has really prepared me for the second year. Wayne is a great instructor with many years of experience and he is honest with you. Sometimes it's tough but he comes from a place of love! He sincerely cares about his student's and he will bring the best out of you! If your shopping around for an amazing program and you are ready to work hard then this is the place for you. Call Wayne anytime and he will let you audit a class and from there you will see why most actors have chosen to go with Wayne Dvorak! Thank you, William R.
Game Changer! I’ve been studying the Meisner technique with Wayne for a year and I have to say that he has helped me with my craft in amazing ways. He will only take on actors who are serious about what they do. He looks at each of his students as personal projects. His commitment comes through in the individual time he takes with each of us. Fine tuning every step of the way and always revisiting ideas until they are understood and taken in. This is the real thing and it gets deep. If you want to up your acting game, this is the way to go.
BEST ACTING TEACHER IN LA! I register with 9 other acting studios and observed over 20 acting studios in LA until I finally found Wayne. Wayne will make you work on scenes that are 10 to 20 minutes long and he will spend one hour per scene. He will make you find your different feelings with Meisner. The classes are usually less than 10 people and the quality is outstanding. Also, he has a very low tuition. What I love the most is that Wayne will not work with Actors who are not serious and disciplined. Go check it out! Armando ;)
I moved to LA from NYC in April. Looking for an acting class (or more specifically, a Meisner class) to continue my studies, I came across the Wayne Dvorak Studio. I like studying with Wayne because I've improved (and continue to improve), becoming more grounded and real in my acting work. My classmates range from early-career professionals, working in and auditioning for national commercials, regional theatre, and a variety of TV shows to very new actors (for a few of them, this is the first acting class they've ever taken). In the few months I've been in the class, everyone has improved loads, and I improve by working with actors both more and less experienced than myself. Also, as the class is kept small, we all get to work multiple times per evening. It reminds me a bit of high school, of this program called BFS. Athletes of all sports and skill levels trained year-round to get "bigger, faster, and stronger." Wayne's class is like BFS, except replace "athletes" with "actors" and "bigger, faster, and stronger" with "more grounded and real, able to go deeper, and more creative in your preparation and your approach to your work."
Wayne is an exceptional acting instructor. He knows how to critique yet stay stay positive, and he is very knowledgeable about acting technique since he's been around for so long. He is one of the few acting coaches that will help you with all aspects of your career, not just technique. Taking Waynes class has improved my understanding of myself and acting tremendously...which is really, invaluable. It's not like the many other studios around the town where they promises you stardom in a short period of time. Don't buy that snake oil. Every night of his class is a grind, but you come out of it with a feeling of completion and growth week after week. If you put in the work and effort, you'll get something out of his class every single week. The Meisner technique will help you communicate with other actors/directors and understand how emotions work along with your scene and how to get the most out of every scene. It helps give you direction through preparation. There is really so much more to it than just a review, so the best thing to do is audit his class!
Wayne Dvorak's Acting Studio is a diamond in the ruff of all of the Meisner Technique classes you will come across, Period! Wayne Dvorak gives you a detailed but fun approach into the exploration of the Meisner Technique at a very reasonable cost! One of the major pluses to attending the Actors Studio is that Wayne is not trying to rip you off he really wants to keep the craft of Acting alive. The Actors Studio provides a safe and professional environment for you to develop and hone the Mesiner Technique. To learn the craft of acting in a comfortable space and to build the tools necessary to move forward into the professional world of acting and become a working actor. Wayne Dvorak is old school Hollywood with a new school twist. He not only provides great acting training, he provides life training. How could you not learn something from someone who is 50yrs your senior and who has been in the acting game so long? If you want a no b.s acting technique taught to you by a professional with a history of work to back him. Audit Wayne's Class for "Free!" I recommend Wayne Dvorak Acting Studio with 10 Stars!!!!!!!!!!
You get more than your money’s worth with this Meisner training! Mr. Wayne clearly enjoys what he is doing and his infectious spirit is contagious throughout his training. Whether you have never taken a Meisner training before or if you just want to refresh your skills you will definitely benefit from this training. The small class sizes are ideal for an intimate experience and creates a comfortable learning environment. The only way you won’t grow is if you don’t do the work…so you gotta do the work! This Meisner training has improved my skill level in the craft that I love and I also use aspects of it to navigate through my daily life (a benefit that was never expected). Don’t just take my word for it…contact Mr. Wayne to set up an audit of one of his classes and judge for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
Words cannot describe how incredible going through the Meisner training with Wayne is! His class pushes you to leave your comfort box and allow yourself to truly experience your emotions. As an actor, this class has helped deepen my emotions, understand them and respond more truthfully to them. As a teacher, Wayne is very dedicated and available to his students. He always answers the phone if you have a question, he helps you find the best ways to package yourself as an actor, and he is honest in all of his feedback during class. I am grateful to have found Wayne and this studio!
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