What is your teaching technique?
I teach using a combination of several proven and time-honored techniques. The main traditions being that of Stanislavski and other great teachers I have studied with over the span of my thirty-year career as a working actor and teacher. I have learned what works, and what does not, by applying these techniques in my own work as a professional actor and by teaching and helping to shape the roles of many actors.
The work is based primarily on script analysis from the viewpoint of the behavioral science – how and why people really behave. We will explore the psyche of the character in the script and then I will teach you how to apply your own personal experience, creating alive, authentic, in-the-moment realizations of the character.
Where and when are in-person acting classes held?
The North Hollywood acting class takes place at The NoHo Actors Studio 5215 Lankershim Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91601 on Thursdays from 7:00-10:00PM. Visit the North Hollywood acting studio page.
The Ventura acting class is located at the Ventura Improv Company, 34 N Palm St. Ventura, CA on Sundays from 7:00-10:00PM. Visit the Ventura acting studio page.
The Santa Barbara acting class is located at 7266 Alameda Ave, Goleta, CA 93117 on Tuesdays from 7:00-10:00PM. Visit the Santa Barbara acting studio page.
What are the typical class sizes?
I keep the classes small – no more than twenty students per class. This allows each student to get as much attention as possible. All actors must begin with the introductory class. This gives me the chance to evaluate where the student is in their development and allows us to create the language needed to communicate quickly and directly about what needs to happen in the scene.
How often do I get to work in class?
A motivated actor can be putting up scenes every class. I encourage all my students to set up ample rehearsal time outside of class.
Who picks the scenes?
I will assign the scenes to you and your scene partner that will help you grow as an actor. I will choose material that will help you quickly overcome certain problem areas in your work. If you are working on material for a specific audition or have been cast in a role, I encourage you to work on your performance in class.
What material do you use for scenes?
Material from movies, television, and theater.
What is the financial commitment for taking classes at the studio?
Acting class tuition is $225 per month. If you’d like to attend more than one class each week, $250 per month allows you to attend all classes at all 3 studios.
Payment is due the first class of every month. Students may not attend class or put up work in a class until payment is received in full. If you first begin attending the studio mid-month, your payment is pro-rated for that month. We accept cash, check, cashier’s check, money orders and payment via PayPal.
Checks may be mailed to Jeffrey Meek Studio at P.O. Box 50151 Santa Barbara CA 93150.
We accept the following forms of payment:
Cash, check, cashier’s check, money orders and payment via PayPal.
A $20.00 returned-check fee will be assessed for all returned checks. After 2 returned checks, we reserve the right to request payment in cash or via PayPal
We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, particularly and especially those who do not adhere to our payment policies, who attempt to attend class without paying, and those who stop payment on checks made in payment for classes.
Jeffrey Meek Studio Refund Policy
1) The student notifies the office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at (310) 343-3677 no later than 3 business days prior to the first class of the course; and
2) We are able to fill the student’s spot in the course.
If both these criteria are met, refunds will be made as follows:
For cash or check payments, we will issue a check and send via U.S. mail to an address specified by the student (please allow 10 business days’ processing time);
We do not pro-rate class fees based on attendance, including for classes missed for any reason. No refunds or credits will be issued for classes not taken.
Jeffrey Meek Studio Absence/Make-Up Policy
Absences from Ongoing Scene Study classes may not be made up, refunded, credited, or pro-rated. We do not offer partial-month classes.
Absence make-ups are at the discretion of the individual course instructors. These classes, however, may not be refunded, credited, or pro-rated. We do not offer partial Supplemental courses.
What happens if I get acting work while I am in class?
You will be financially credited for time missed for acting work when you return to class (if you have already paid for the month). You do not get credit for any other kind of work except for acting jobs. The studio is based in support of the working actor.
What happens if I have a flaky scene partner?
You can fire your scene partner if you have a problem with them. It is your time and money that is wasted by someone who does not take the craft seriously. The more you put up your scenes in class, the better actor you will become. Do not worry about being nice. If a scene partner is flakey, I do not want you to waste your time and money, fire them. If an actor gets “fired” enough, they will either change, or leave the studio. In either case, it is best for the studio. Within 24 hours of firing a scene partner, you will get a new scene and scene partner to work with. We only want students who are willing to dedicate themselves to their careers as actors and work hard and passionately at their art.
How long are the classes?
Each class normally runs three hours. You are expected to arrive at the beginning of each class and stay until the end, unless you have permission from the teacher.
What is the financial commitment for Private Acting Lessons?
Tuition for Skype lessons is $75 per session. Sessions are 90 minutes in length, but sometimes go as long as 2 hours, depending on the particular subject we will be working on. I request that students book me for at least one month in advance and offer a price break of $275 per month. I want to know that you’re serious about the work and your commitment to becoming an actor. Payment is due the first class of every month. If you first begin taking lessons mid-month, your payment is pro-rated for that month. We accept cash, check, cashier’s check, money orders and payment via PayPal. Session cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. If an actor cancels less than 24 hours in advance, they will be charged for the cancelled session. For more information, visit the Private Acting Lessons page.