Our Team

Rachael Adler, Co-Artistic Director – Master Meisner Teacher


Rachael Adler is Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Waterfront Production House and Conservatory. Initially trained in Film Theory and Criticism at Wesleyan University, she moved to New York to work with cinéma vérité filmmakers David and Albert Maysles. During this time she began training with  legendary teachers Larry Moss and Sanford Meisner, among others. As she began to thrive as an actress and model, her fellow actors began asking her to coach them for film, television and on- and -off Broadway. They were booking jobs, the requests increased, and her teacher career took hold. In 1999 Rachael was one of three invited back to Meisner’s New York conservatory, The Neighborhood Playhouse, as part of the Meisner Teacher Training Program. She has taught, directed, and produced at her own acting studios, American Conservatory Theatre, and at numerous colleges and high schools. She is presently a Master Teacher at MeisnerEspana in Barcelona and Co-Artistic Director of Waterfront Production House and Conservatory in Berkeley, CA.


Tom Bentley-Fisher, Co-Artistic Director, Writer, and Master Yat Teacher


Tom Bentley-Fisher has been the artistic director of five professional theatres, directed over one hundred productions and has taught master and ongoing classes at universities, theater schools and private studios in California, Canada, England and Spain.  He began as an actor, training in New York and London with Sanford Meisner and Yat Malmgren, and then performed in London’s West End before moving on to directing and teaching. Today Tom is Artistic Director of Tant per Tant Theatre and Film, an international, multi-lingual theater company, and is Co-Artistic Director of Waterfront Production House and Conservatory in Berkeley, CA.

You can reach Tom any time at tom@waterfrontconservatory.com

Leah Herman, Director of Training and International Programming

Leah Herman is an actor, teacher and performance artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She trained in the Meisner Technique at the Neighborhood Playhouse and with Fred Kareman in New York, and in the Yat Method with Tom Bentley-Fisher in San Francisco. Other influential training includes Viewpoints with Mary Overlie, Suzuki and Viewpoints with SITI, and brief but immeasurably rich and far-reaching work with Double Edge Theater. Leah has created performance art projects in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She is currently Director of Training and International Programming for Tant per Tant Film and Theatre and for Waterfront Production House and Conservatory, where she is also Executive Director.