10/12/2017Provided by YP.com
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.
09/03/2016Provided by YP.com
I have been a member of the Wayne Dvorak Acting Studio for over 7 months now. I can honestly say that this class has been more than worthwhile for me as an actress in Los Angeles! In the short seven months of meeting weekly with my class, Wayne has helped me open my emotional expression and really become attune to my emotions and reactions to a scene partner or the dialogue of a scene.
This was my first real experience with Meisner training, and I have a feeling that a huge part of why I love it is because of Wayne's intuitive way of teaching. He has a way of reading people that really comes in handy because he will help you uncover your true behavior and reactions, so that you as an actor can more easily access your emotions.
Class sizes are very small so it's definitely not like a classroom, it's like getting together weekly to rehearse with your friends! Highly recommend auditing this class if you are looking to join a new acting class.
Wayne is the best. He knows what hes talking about, he makes you feel comfortable, the info you receive from Wayne is very valuable to your acting career. When I first started taking Waynes class, I was very nervous and shy, but after just the first few classes, I felt that this was just the place for me, where I can improve and start my acting career. Wayne is a very dedicated acting coach, who has been in the industry for a very long time. He communicates with you in a way that you will understand and can relate to. The classes are small which mean EVERYONE gets to work. He makes your reach deep down in yourself, to bring out your best acting. Not only is Wayne an acting coach, but I consider him as a mentor, someone I can trust to guide me in the right direction in life.
I really enjoy my Meisner training with Wayne. I have been studying with him for almost a year and plan on continuing my training with him. The classes are small, so you get plenty one on one attention. You get up in front of the class every class. He takes every one of us seriously, and pushes us to become better actors. I have taken many classes in LA, and have found a unique spot to grow.
11/02/2011Provided by Citysearch
In LA I have only heard of a few good Meisner Classes. Wayne Dvorak's Meisner class is the only one i'v found helpful. He is a very devoted, honest teacher. He is personally one of the best teachers i'v had in LA. He knows the craft inside and out. Has been an actor basically all his life and now devotes his time to help out us actors to progress towards our careers.
10/31/2011Provided by Citysearch
When it comes to The Meisner Method and modern acting in general Wayne Dvoraks Acting Studio is at the forefront of LA quality training. Wayne considers himself an acting coach rather than a teacher because he's not only teaching you a craft, he's coaching you through your chosen profession.
I've been training with Wayne for the better part of a year now and I've personally progressed dramatically in that time. Taking Waynes class is a personal commitment between the two of you. He only takes students he believes he can help and work with. Wayne limits his classes to no more than 14 students which is a huge benefit to us: we get more personal attention, we go up and work every week, and Wayne becomes very familiar with our personalities and mannerisms. Which makes the advice he gives us all the more beneficial.
Most of the classes you'll find out here will have 30 plus students, a different teacher here and there, and will be much more expensive than what Wayne charges. Which tells you two things: one, Wayne isn't trying to get rich off his students. And two, he takes his students and craft personally. He wants to make dependable actors. He doesn't want us to book a couple gigs and fade out like most actors do.
I'd recommend Wayne's Meisner teachings and Studio as a complete system and a great foundation you can always come back to. If you know anything about acting you know that you're never done learning your craft and you always need a coach to work with you. I plan to work with Wayne for the extent of my career.
10/30/2011Provided by Citysearch
All actors want to ""make it big"" in Hollywood. But there are very few places where actors can face the cold, hard truth about their crafts and abilities to deliver meaningful work in the business.
Fortunately, I came across Wayne Dvorak's Meisner studio seven months ago to learn the Meisner technique and I have received the greatest gift any artist or person can receive - the truth. The greatest strength Wayne possesses is his ability to discern whether I am being absolutely truthful and believable in the moment. I have never gotten by with weak preparations or shallow performances. His guidance is unbiasedly direct, yet flexible. He is critical, yet caring. This level of attentiveness has immensely helped me reach deeper into the craft.
I highly recommend Wayne Dvorak's Meisner training. There are no shortcuts in the business nor the art. His class is a long-term commitment to ensure the actors' truly and tangibly develop. His studio is spacious and class sizes are small but focused. And most importantly, Wayne is a professional and a wonderful easy-going person. He is really there to share his knowledge with the actors. His class is well worth auditing.
04/05/2011Provided by Citysearch
Wayne Dvorak’s Meisner acting class has been an excellent experience, providing a challenging and rewarding study of the craft. Working in the industry as a director, I searched for a serious and structured experience that would immerse me into the actor’s process. This class accomplished that and more. In addition to the Meisner technique, Mr. Dvorak teaches scene study, script interpretation, language, vocal exercises and other intangibles that I’ve found uniquely helpful in my work.
Our class meets weekly in Los Feliz with at least two rehearsals a week completed outside the studio. We work through what Mr. Dvorak has designed as seven levels of the Meisner technique over a period of two years. Two years sounds like a huge commitment, and it is, but developing one’s acting tools takes time, work and dedication and I believe that this structure works.
Many of the exercises are difficult because Mr. Dvorak challenges you to operate outside of your comfort zone until you are comfortable and adept at visiting all the key emotional aspects of yourself. Class sizes are small and reasonably priced and though the program last two years, we take a hiatus in December and July. He’s been teaching this class for many years and his experience is evident with his perceptive and honest critiques.
As my class approaches the end of two years of study, I feel fortunate to have found Mr. Dvorak’s program and am very appreciative of the experience and development as an actor and as a director, writer and creative person. My respect and admiration for the craft of acting has grown exponentially as has my confidence as an actor. I cannot imagine moving forward in my career without this experience.
It’s worth the time to pay a visit to Mr. Dvorak’s studio and audit a class before committing to a course of study.
03/09/2011Provided by Citysearch
The Wayne Dvorak Acting Studio.. I stumbled upon Waynes class about 6 months ago. I was looking to resume my acting training. The classes I had taken before were A. Way Overpriced! An actors gotta be able to support themself! B. Huge class size, only got to perform twice a month at MOST! C. Very scattered in their technique, focusing so much on breaking down a script and making judgments on what you think you should do rather than being open and allowing yourself to react organically. So I had been auditing several studios in the LA area. I was eager to get back into training but none of the studios I visited seemed to ""feel"" like a fit. Follow your instincts, right?! Auditing and watching the students perform, it felt more like they were being taught how to read the lines rather than actually respond to the situation. Over thinking in a way, which definitely shows up on those cameras!
When I went to audit Wayne's class he had me arrive about a half hour before class and took the time to tell me about how he came into the Meisner technique. I had done a few Meisner repetition exercises before, but the way Wayne spoke about it really opened my eyes. It's really a very simplistic approach. The beginning few months are strictly repetitions. This is where a huge part of the discipline comes in. Unless you are dedicated to doing the exercises in class and the 2 rehearsals a week, it gets a little repetitive. It is when you are truly dedicated to the program that you begin to feel more aware of how you are actually feeling, even if the words aren't changing, their energy is. You begin to get out of your head and allow yourself to respond organically to your surroundings.
Wayne is always very perceptive in his critiques and helps guide you by noticing the changes from week to week. You can really tell that he puts his heart into every class. I even joined the class a bit late and Wayne made time before his class to help my partner and I catch up! Oh and he also does great vocal warmups, throws in some Shakespeare for annunciation and does some exercises to really loosen you up and put that guard down!
Not only within my acting, but within my life and really at the heart of it, within myself I can feel my awareness of my own being growing yet shedding more and more of the baggage, the judgements.. things that really keep you inside your own head. The funny thing is that the same things that keep you stagnant in your own life i.e. fear, over thinking what has or what will happen rather than what IS happening are the same things that shut off your creative intuition as an actor.
Great perceptive teacher with lots of experience in the biz, affordable classes with a really comfortable atmosphere, I highly recommend this class for actors who really wish to become free within themselves and their acting. The things that make a character interesting are their own unique reactions, something which only comes from truth within the moment.
02/10/2011Provided by Citysearch
I've been studying meisner with Wayne for about a year and a half. In that time I feel like I've progressed a ton. If you're an actor you're probably going to study meisner at some point and I would definitely recommend auditing this class. This is a class where everyone gets up several times a class and works. Class isn't done until everyone has worked. I think that's something I've learned to appreciate in the past year and some change because how many teachers have kept your class a little late so everyone could finish? Most of the time the teachers are just as eager to get out of the class as the students who've already gotten up and worked.
As far as the class goes, classes are small and you'll definitely bond with the other actors throughout the 2 year program if you choose to stay for the entire time. The monthly cost is by far the lowest I've payed for a class since I've been in LA. Also, Wayne really cares about his students. He's never negative towards them. I've personally met several teachers that just belittled actors in classes to ""make them better"". That's not Wayne. Not even close.
In the past year and a half I've learned to really listen and respond naturally. For the class you have to meet twice a week outside of class and I'm telling you that is crucial. The more you act the more natural and easy it becomes. The classes will work much much faster for you. Also, its in a really nice area of Los Feliz. There are lots of shops restaurants nearby so it gives you a reason to check out a really nice and chill area of LA.
02/05/2011Provided by Citysearch
I have had the privilege to work with Wayne Dvorak and all I have to say is he improved my acting as well as my respect for the craft. I came in to Wayne's class 2 yrs ago thinking I knew everything there is to know about acting. Little did I know, there was a lot more to acting then reading a script and reciting lines. You have to know the character that you are portraying inside and out. Wayne also brings out emotions inside of you that you never thought you could display. I am finishing up my 2nd year in his class and I have learned so much from Wayne that I plan on doing the professional level because it would benefit me a lot. Wayne is a serious acting teacher and if you don't come with your A game he will get on your case and let you know. He stays on top of you when you are slacking and that is one thing that a lot of acting coaches don't do, but Wayne really cares..Oh, and did I mention the fact that his class is probably the most affordable meisner class in town. If you truly focus on the exercise work that Wayne gives you and take time on your off days to practice, you will be a LEAD actor in this town. Being a professional actor in LA isn't easy but if you follow Wayne Dvorak's teaching you could become just that.....A PROFESSIONAL ACTOR!
02/04/2011Provided by Citysearch
I have learned so much from Wayne's class; coming from production work, my first hurdle in Wayne's class was to overcome my nerves of being on stage! Wayne teaches you techniques to overcome self-consciousness...I'm now auditioning and booking small jobs (one step at a time...), and I credit that to the work I've done in Wayne's class.
The other tool I've gained, is the ability to connect, and stay connected to my scene or exercise partner. This skill is something I've started using in my daily life, in auditions (with casting directors, etc) and has definitely helped me get into many people's good graces...Once you are aware, and begin practicing connecting with others, you are truly able to live moment-to-moment as an actor (at least....you get a LOT better at it...)
Wayne stresses being natural, and as a result it's taken away a lot of the fear of acting...if you just have to be yourself (at least in the first year of training...he focuses on character the second year), you always have the power to know if you are doing a good job....
Wayne reads people's emotions and pretenses very well, and he tells you exactly what critique/feedback you need to hear to take yourself to the next level...sometimes the class can be emotionally draining....but on those days you know you've done good work. It's almost like taking a medicine...sometimes it doesn't taste good, but once you start seeing the results you are immeasurable grateful...with Wayne...you see results...not just yours, but everybody's.
As for the business side...Wayne will give you advice on your head shots, give you tips on how to take them, don insights into your casting, and shed bites of wisdom, stories and anecdotes to help you learn and make you laugh. I look forward to these each class...
Lastly, Wayne starts each class with vocal exercises and diction...use these tools before any audition and it will help you go in there speaking strongly. He also knows how to use Meisner in comedy...and coming into the class with a love of humor...his ability to take a serious technique and apply it to something less dramatic (but still as truthful) is something I respect and value immensely. Great price, great class...you'll learn a lot.
Learning the Meisner Technique under Wayne Dvorak has been truly motivating. Since arriving at Wayne’s studio I have learned to cut out my showmanship and truly listen to my partner. It has also allowed me to discover things about myself I never knew; things that make me unique and things that hinder my growth as an actor. Through Wayne’s feedback and guidance I am able to recognize my problems and attack them head-on. I am very thankful to come across this class
When looking for a Meisner teacher i audited a number of schools within the Los Angeles Area, after much deliberation i decided to join Wayne Dvorak. I have been blown away by his class. I have been going for roughly 6 months but the improvements i have felt in my acting is huge! Wayne has an amazing gift of being able to really read people and let them know things that they are doing that they dont realize they are even doing in their acting. I have already had many layers of my protective covers stripped away in class making me a much more real actor. I would recommend him to anyone! He is the best Meisner teacher in Los Angeles with out a doubt.
Wayne Dvorak is the first teacher I have studied with in Los Angeles who has helped me gain perspective on the industry as well as given me the tools to become a successful actress. Wayne does this by simply tuning, sculpting your voice, movement and tone while teaching you to become aware of your most inner emotions. He is the first teacher (and I can say that with confidence) I have studied with whom helps water your seed and watch you grow richer and deeper into your performance. He is not afraid to give structured criticism in fact its something you look forward to. He gives his opinion with out disowning your own emotions and thoughts on the scene. With the Meisner training and his classic ways of teaching; the daring combo has proven to work for me. I have gained more confidence in auditions and booked jobs based upon ""the connection."" His passion for the actor goes way beyond the class you just have to be willing to put in the work! Wayne Dvorak is one of the best teachers Los Angeles has to offer and is worth every cent!
This is my first meisner technique training in Los Angeles. I am taking Wayne Dvorak's class and it is absolutely awesome! Wayne Dvorak is definitely a professional, and knows the ins & outs of the film business in Hollywood. Wayne is very knowledgeable and passionate about the meisner technique. I have just started out acting, and I have already learned more than I ever have in any other acting class that I have taken. This class is a MUST take if you are looking for training in Los Angeles.
I have been studying with Wayne Dvorak for 6 months and the results are amazing! I am absolutely blown away with how connected as an actor I became and really in touch with my emotions! Wayne is a very knowledgeable teacher with around 30 years experience in the industry and I learn a lot every class. Meisner technique is awesome. it's hard, but it really works. before I had no idea what it's all about, so I was quite shocked with how much it changed me. I am a more honest actor already, and on my way to becoming a real professional! I love Wayne's class, we are like a family.
01/31/2011Provided by Citysearch
Although I am only a first year student at the Wayne Dvorak Acting Studio, I am thrilled that my acting skills have greatly improved. I feel more natural and ""real"" in front of an audience- I am learning to respond to every moment and connection in a scene. Currently, we are developing our emotional range and ability to create an emotionally connected fantasy. Wayne's program covers all the levels of the Meisner technique, and he moves at a suitable pace for each individual. Wayne is an incredibly established and well respected teacher! This class is amazing!
01/30/2011Provided by Citysearch
Wayne Dvorark Meisner Technique class is amazing! Wayne is such an excellent, well experienced/respected member in the acting community. His class is well structured and you learn the meisner technique in levels over appropriate periods of time. It allows you to bring your own personality into a character, helping you relate to potential roles you may go for. This class has honestly made me feel more confident and prepared to take on the challenges of pursuing my career of acting, and I'm only in the 2nd year, I can only imagine how much more is in store for me.- If you are serious about making it in this business you need the proper training; and this is the place to be.