The Empowered Actor Workshop


Building off of their popular “tune-up” workshops, Kristi Dana, Amanda Holston, Elizabeth Ostler, and Stephen Kaliski are now offering The Empowered Actor, an expanded, 5-day mini-conservatory this July that will bring to emerging actors cutting edge techniques in voice, body, and performance as well as uplifting ideas for the demanding journey ahead.

With The Empowered Actor, go deeper with your work through:

– Classes in Acting, Voice and Speech, Alignment, and Communal Theater
– Exposure to such techniques and influences as Miller Voice Method, YogAlign, Michael Chekhov, Nikos Psacharopolous, Brené Brown,and Declan Donnellan
– Individual, personalized tutorials with each of the four faculty members
– Lab work in a supportive, “failure encouraged” environment
Integration of separate skills into a powerful, repeatable craft

Your takeaways from the week will include skills in:

– Relinquishing Control & Freeing Impulses
– Self-Awareness & Radical Self-Acceptance
– Audition Technique
– Creative Leadership
– Application Beyond the Stage
– “Making a Mess”

Monday, July 11 – Friday, July 15
Monday-Thursday 10-8
Friday 10-5

CAP21 Studios
18 West 18th Street

Instructor Bios:

Kristi Dana is an Actor, Director and Adjunct Professor of Voice & Speech at LIU Post and Brooklyn College, CUNY. Past teaching includes American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) and The College of Staten Island, CUNY. Kristi is a Teaching Apprentice in the Miller Voice Method (mVm) and is mentored by Scott Miller, hosted in part at the Graduate Acting Program at NYU | Tisch School of the Arts (2014 – 2016). Kristi is training towards a certificate of completion with the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA) and will complete her certification in Knight-Thompson Speechwork (KTS) this summer. She recently performed in New York Shakespeare Exchange’s (NYSX) wildly popular ShakesBeer and can be seen in Sonnet #71 of NYSX’s Sonnet Project ( MFA, Acting, Brooklyn College, CUNY; MA, Theatre Education, Emerson College; BA Theatre Arts, Penn State University.

Amanda Holston is a Functional Movement Educator and YogAlign Instructor, certified RYT 200 Hrs from Kaua’i Yoga School. She is also a theater artist (director/actor) with her MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and a BA in Theater from Temple University. Amanda has acted in Off-Broadway and Regional Theater, Film, TV, and Voice Over. She offers postural re-alignment work to actors, corporate clients, and everyone in between through workshops and private sessions in Philadelphia and NYC. Follow Amanda’s ideas on alignment at Learn about creative corporate training at

Elizabeth Ostler is a theater-maker, specializing in directing and puppetry and a creativity coach. She is the creator of Communal Theater, an ideological approach to creating theater rooted in the belief that theater should be a communion between the audience and the theater event. She is the founder and CEO of Life’s Echoes Creativity Coaching ( Liz is the co-founder of the NYC Artist Group which offers professional development workshops and networking opportunities for NYC theater artists. She holds a MFA in theater directing from Brooklyn College and a BA in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College.

Stephen Kaliski is a stage director, playwright, and teacher. He has taught public speaking, acting, and master classes on leadership and joy at Fordham, Brooklyn College, Yale, LIU Post, NYU, The Professional Performing Arts School, Talent Unlimited High School, and BMCC. He recently wrote and co-directed Gluten! at 59E59 Theaters. For theater: and For public speaking:

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A Midwinter’s Tune-Up: A head-to-soul acting workshop

I’m excited to be teaching this innovative, refreshing and transformative workshop again with the fantastic Stephen Kaliski, Kristi Dana & Amanda Holston.


MidWinter TuneUp Instructors

Warm up with NYC Artist Group’s Midwinter’s Tune-Up, a one-day, head-to-soul acting workshop that integrates cutting edge performance techniques invoice, body, self-awareness, and action. Featuring focused seminars from four of New York’s most passionate and innovative teachers, you’ll learn how to harness your most authentic self with this comprehensive journey through your acting craft.

Open to participants of 2015’s first Tune-Up and newbies alike, this workshop makes a perfect addition to your holiday wish list!

WHEN: Saturday, January 23rd, 10am-8pm

WHERE: CAP21 Studios, 18 West 18th Street, Manhattan

COST: Early Bird Special: $150 before January 2nd. $175 after January 2nd.

TO SIGN UP: E-mail

“The workshop was really mind-opening.  Getting to see four different approaches to the craft of acting opened a greater appreciation for what I do.  It’s also humbling: no matter how much you learn, there is always so much more to explore.”