LIZ SHIPMAN Co-Founder, Teaching Partner--Chekhov Technique
"I am inspired to share a practical and effective psychophysical approach to both students and professional actor/artists through classes at MCITStudio and Workshops here and abroad." Liz is a specialist in psychophysical actor training. Her work integrates the theories and practices of Michael Chekhov, Rudolph Laban and Arthur Lessac voice work. Liz was Co-Founder/Artistic Director for the Kings County Shakespeare Company (KCSC) in NYC from 1983-2001, where she was involved in over 50 productions. She has directed and/or choreographed for New Avenue Theatre Project (NYC), Utah Shakespearean Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Old Globe Theatre, Playwrights Project, New Village Arts, OUT ON A LIMB New Plays Festival and lots of little loft-type theatres throughout NYC. She has directed, choreographed and taught movement and acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Technique for the Whole Actor Studio, T. Schreiber Studio, Manhattan Marymount College, The Atlantic Theatre Company, Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts, USD’s Theatre Arts Program and The Old Globe/USD Graduate Acting Program. Favorite projects include Genet/Hamlet, Winter’s Tale, Rough Crossing, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Midsommer Night’s Dreame, Taming of the Shrew Aphra Behn's The Rover, Blood Wedding, On The Verge, Lysistrata, Fifth of July, On Air and The Creation Project. LizMoves.weebly.com
LISA BERGER Co-Founder, Teaching Partner--Meisner Technique
"My greatest passion is teaching the Meisner technique. I was trained by Maggie Flanigan in New York City and have been teaching acting for over twenty years. I have focused on sharing the Meisner work with students and the actors I direct. In my experience, no other technique is as effective. There is not a better way into the actor's process. Actors who study the Meisner Technique at the Actors Place experience profound levels of artistic growth and excellence."
Lisa Berger is a Meisner Teacher, Professor of Theatre and Freelance Director. In her 30 year career, she has directed over 60 productions. Theaters include: The New York Fringe Festival, LaJolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Diversionary Theatre, Backyard Renaissance, Cygnet Theatre, New Village Arts, Compass Theatre, Mira Costa College and the University of San Diego. She began her teaching career as a teaching artist for Walt Disney’s The Lion King, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Camp Broadway and the LaJolla Playhouse. She received her MFA from the University of Montana and is a graduate of The William Esper Studio in New York City where she studied with Maggie Flanigan. Lisa currently teaches The Meisner Technique at The Actor’s Academy at Mira Costa and the University of San Diego.
DR. KATIE TURNER (she/her) Executive Director, Faculty
Katie is a graduate of the MCIT Comprehensive Training course. She is a Theatre Generalist, but her passion is working with actors, both as an acting teacher and as a director. Katie is trained in the Meisner and Chekhov techniques, and is a also a specialist in Improvisational Acting, Devised Theatre, Script Analysis, Standard Patient Acting, Theatre History, and Dramaturgy.
Katie is also a playwright and producer. In addition to dozens of productions and company affiliations over the years, Katie ran her own theatre company, Turnkey Theatre, from 2020-2022, which specialized in original interactive plays. Her choose-your-own-adventure Gothic Melodrama Iris and the Axe won the "Outside the Box" award at the 2022 San Diego International Fringe Festival. Find Turnkey Theatre's work on YouTube.
Katie has been a Lecturer in Theatre at San Diego State University since 2018, where she teaches Script Analysis, Theatre History, Voice and Movement, Theatre of Diversity, Improvisational Acting, Heritage of Storytelling, Introduction to Theatre, and graduate seminars on various topics. She won the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2020 and 2023.
See below for Katie's full CV:
GUEST ARTIST FACULTY
JEFFREY INGMAN-- Co-Teacher Meisner Technique and Audition Specialist
“I was exposed to Strasberg’s Method in college and discovered my past along the way. I found, in Stanislavski’s System, a powerful vocabulary that I use everyday. But, it was here, in the Meisner Technique, where I finally understood what it meant be an actor. I discovered the power of my imagination. Instilled in me were the importance of being specific and the act of really doing. To live truthfully in the imaginary circumstances was anchored in me. And, in each new phase and in each new exercise more of my emotional life (truth) was revealed and my humanity expressed. I am humbled by this work and hold its value for me as a teacher, director and actor as priceless.”
Jeffrey received his MFA from Rutgers University, where he owes his vocabulary and training to master teachers like William Esper, Maggie Flanigan, Loyd Williamson, and Edward Stern. Since then, he has headed MFA, BFA and BA theatre programs with over 20 years of teaching. He continues his work as an actor and director in both professional and academic environments and has over 70 productions to his name as a director. Mr. Ingman teaches the Meisner Technique and calls home the Meisner/Chekhov Integrated Training Studio.
ACTING & AUDITION COACH
Mr. Ingman is a sought after audition coach having developed a successful approach to the Packaged Audition as it applies to conference auditions like URTA, KCACTF, EdTA & SETC, ALL CITY auditions; including university, college, and conservatories entrance auditions. It is a powerful tool for actors preparing musical and non-musical theatre auditions. He presents workshops and individual coaching for actors and students of acting. High School, College and Professional level actors who have used his “Not a Moment to Lose”™ approach have been accepted into major undergraduate and graduate programs and have found work in many professional venues throughout the country.
Heather holds her BA from UCSD in theatre, as well as a three-year acting certificate from the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy. She has had the privilege of working to as a teaching artist for the following companies: Kroc Kids Jr. Theatre, The La Jolla Playhouse, The North Coast Repertory, Arts for Learning San Diego, The San Diego Unified School District, Theatre Alive at Clairemont High School, Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, CA and International Summer Camp in Crans-Montana Switzerland. Heather began her career as an actor and has worked with the SITI Company, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, El Teatro Campesino, The North Coast Repertory, 3rd Stage Productions, Bard in the Yard and Midnight Theatre Collective. Heather also directs youth theatre around San Diego, and her directing credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Black Comedy, Check Please, Grease (Point Loma High School), “8” by Dustin Lance Black (California Western Law School) Into the Woods Jr. Peter Pan Jr, Beauty and the Beast Jr, Hairspray Jr, Annie Jr, The Wiz (Kroc Kids Junior Theatre),and I smile at the Sun (Theatre School @ NCRT).
Gerilyn has a MFA in Acting from Purdue University and a BA in Musical Theatre from California State University, Chico. She grew up in San Diego and is a professional actor in the area and an adjunct faculty member at MiraCosta College. She is a Meisner trained actor with a passion for vocal work. She discovered Rasabox work in graduate school and has created an introductory workshop specifically tailored for Chekov and Meisner students to use the work as another access point in their studies.