International Theater Training in the Bay Area

Meisner Technique + Yat Method: A Fusion

An innovative approach to professional performance

A revolutionary new training technique that challenges the boundaries of what is truthful and transformative. It is for those who want to go the distance.

Waterfront Production House and Conservatory trains performers of all levels in a unique core curriculum of Meisner Technique and the Yat Method, Gaga movement, Linklater and a core study of Politics, Heritage and Theater History, as well as guest teachers and collaborators from this country, Canada and Europe. Our goal is production, and the training of theater and film makers. We provide an artistic home in which actors, writers, directors and dancers pursue the serious study of their craft, necessary to the creation of globally significant, cutting-edge work.

FALL 2017: Conservatory Program

Tracks for early career, mid career and professional theater artists: performers, writers, directors and dancers, with Directors Unit, Teachers Unit and Dramaturgs Unit

Fall Term 2017: September 5th – December 15th
Thanksgiving break: November 20th – 24th

Spring Term 2018: January 8th – May 25th
Easter Break: March 26th – April 1st

Summer Session 2018 (optional): June 5th – July 28th
July 4th break: July 4th

2018 Full Summer Break: June 21st – September 11th

All Levels are welcome and encouraged to apply. Admission is by interview.

To schedule an interview, please contact WPC at: or, or call our office at  (323) 642-0979

A New Era in Acting Conservatories

A training program and professional production house begins Fall 2017

Our faculty and students are actors, directors, writers and dancers who are serious about digging deeply into their crafts and are willing to go the distance. Innovative and daring, our conservatory curriculum is for devoted artists of all levels who want to move beyond the norm. We have crafted one, one-and-a-half and two year programs, depending on each student’s experience and desires. Whether early, mid or professional career, our dynamic program is geared to bring out the unexpected and visionary in us all, students and faculty. We are inclusive, inter-disciplinary, and challenged to create work that matters globally through performance.
Our acting training begins with the question – what happens when you take one of the great American acting techniques and one of the great European acting techniques, Meisner and the Yat Work, and put them together, allowing them to support and spring off the other?

You get a fusion of two great processes. A Supermethod. An approach that requires rigor, generosity and a willingness to go beyond what you thought was possible. If you commit to coming in with that rigor and generosity, this work will take you to places you did not know existed in you. It will take you beyond what you thought was possible. That is exciting.

To schedule an interview, please contact WPC at: or, or call our office at 323-642-0979

The Meisner Work yat work

Meisner Technique Session 1:
Developing the Instrument & Imagination

Taught by Rachael Adler

Meisner Acting Technique, Level 1

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of Meisner Technique: living moment-to-moment and responding truthfully to a scene partner’s behavior. Actors get out of their heads and start working from instinct, gaining access to truthful, dynamic behavior and authentic emotional responses. This course involves a series of rigorous improvisational exercises and scene work developed by Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Utilizing monologue, scene work and exercises, we build on the work established in the Level 1 Meisner acting class. Moving more deeply into the Imagination, the work focuses on Facts, Relationship, and Points-of-View.

Meisner Technique Session 2:
Relationships, Impediments & Character 

In Session 2 we delve deeper into the Imagination, exploring nuances of Relationship through improvisational exercises and scene work. Character Work begins in the last 12 classes through the study of Physical Impediments and Parody. Script Analysis process is deepened to include Research.


Meisner Technique Session 3:
The Inner Life of Character & Creating Dramatic Truth

The Actor’s Imagination is further developed in Session 3 through written exercises, Personal Monologue work, Character Thoughts and Fantasies, and extensive scene work.  Through acting, writing, and directing exercises, along with ensemble scene work, Session 3 requires actors to articulate and apply all tools of the Meisner Technique.