ACTING FOR THE CAMERA is an accredited avocational course designed to help you learn the camera and acting skills required to grab an audience. It takes the talent you already have and teaches you how to focus it to make the most impact, both in person and through the lens.


What makes NFI’s acting for the camera course even more unique is that it can benefit a broad array of people, not just professional actors. Acting — presenting to camera and to an audience — is a powerful skill that nearly everyone can use. NFI’s acting program is design to improve the skills of everyone who has an interest, need, or calling for acting.

We focus on the core principle of “being” in front of others, which is vital for anyone who wants to be on stage or on screen, but also the ever-expanding world business promotion and online media: corporate videos, podcasts, multimedia entertainment, even personal youtube channels and influencers.

Even for experienced actors, refining this foundation — the ability to truly engage an audience,  some might call it the X-factor — is key. Whether front of a small group, a theatre audience, or the intimidating and lonely glare of a single camera lens — it’s a life-long skill that can help you in countless ways.

Interactive. Challenging. Focussed.
You will transform yourself in this program.   

One of the side benefits of the ACTING FOR THE CAMERA experience is that you will have a much stronger sense of yourself and your body; this will liberate you to be more confident and channel whatever energies you need in everyday life. The more confident one is in their movement and presentation, the more engaging they become in everything from small meetings to auditions and performances. You will be able to connect to your muse and develop a new level of esteem for yourself.

“Your acting will not be good until it is only yours. That’s true of music, acting, anything creative. You work until finally nobody is acting like you.”
– Sanford Meisner

Our acting program is focused on the Meisner Technique taught by Micah Ellars and guest instructors including Raul Torres. He is a Meisner trained actor and director whose goal is always revealing you the keys inside you to unlock your action genius. He has worked in film, TV, commercial music videos and has a wide range of experience to draw from. What is unique about his teaching ability is that he is an award winner director himself, so he knows how to cater his lessons towards a more cinematic style that will make you the type of actor that directors will love to work with on set.


NFI’s Acting For The Camera program is broken into three distinct modules. Each module is four weeks long. Classes are taught Friday evenings and over the weekend to fit virtually anyone’s schedule. You can register for any module and take them in any order, but the modules are designed so that one leads leads to the next. If someone wants to take just module 2 or just module 3, you can do so, but prior to enrolling an applicant who wished to skip a module needs to audition to demonstrate they have the skills and ability necessary to be successful starting in a more advanced module.

MODULE I: Basic Acting Class

  • Voice and Speech 1
  • Improvisation
  • Film Genres and History
  • Introduction to the Camera for Actors
  • Meisner Technique 1
  • Movement for Actors 1
  • Voice and Speech 2
  • Meisner Technique 2
  • Movement for Actors 2
  • Actors Lab 1
  • Actors Lab 2

MODULE II: Intermediate Acting Class

  • Actors Lab 3
  • Actors Comedy Workshop
  • Process for the Camera
  • Scene Study for Film and Television 1
  • Research, Rehearsal and Performance
  • Acting as a Personal Business
  • Audition Technique 1
  • Scene study for Film and Television 2
  • Physical and Vocal Dynamics
  • Audition Technique 2
  • Acting in Commercials and Voice-Overs
  • Web Video for Actors

MODULE III: Advanced Acting Class

  • Sketch Comedy for Performance
  • Performance Improv
  • Stand-Up Comedy for Actors
  • Michael Chekhov Technique for Actors
  • Advanced Voice-Over
  • The Physically Expressive Actor
  • Combat for the Camera
  • The Intuitive Actor
  • Dialects
  • Suzuki Training
  • Hosting
  • Singing


Each class is independent and can be taken separately or consecutively. If you’d like to skip basic or intermediate an audition is required. Each class is one month.
Module Start Dates: Module 1: TBA
Module 2: TBA
Module 3: TBA
Class Schedule: Fridays from 6pm-9pm
Saturday from 9am-6pm
Sundays from 1pm-7pm
Tuition: All 3 Modules: $2250.00
Module I: $750.00
Modules II and/or III taken separately: $1000.00 each

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Registration & Tuition:
To register you will pay a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold you spot it does go toward the first installment. CLICK HERE NOW TO PAY YOUR DEPOSIT.

Because Nashville Film Institute is an accredited school and we offer intense programs, having more 5 hours of unexcused time will disqualify you from receiving your certificate of completion and moving into the next module.

Prices are subject to change.