Artistic Director Murisa Harba    "I live to push boundaries. I find comfort in the uncomfortable. I seek out the "new." New situations, new combinations, new challenges, anything that will allow me to step out of my comfort zone and prove to myself that I can do something I have never done before and in so         doing, prove to others that they can too."               

              Artistic Director Murisa Harba

   "I live to push boundaries. I find comfort in the uncomfortable. I seek out the "new." New situations, new combinations, new challenges, anything that will allow me to step out of my comfort zone and prove to myself that I can do something I have never done before and in so         doing, prove to others that they can too."               

 
                                                    Instructor Melissa Center       "Our job as actors is to be a conduit for    human experience and expression. The good,  the bad, the beautiful, the ugly. The more we         can learn to embrace our whole selves as humans, the better off we'll be as artists. In my class nothing is off-limits.  Judgement & self-doubt is acknowledged, but left at the door. I  encourage truthful,  bold, spontaneous, and             thoughtful exploration. Everyday is an opportunity to show up fully for ourselves and                             for each other."

                                                    Instructor Melissa Center

      "Our job as actors is to be a conduit for    human experience and expression. The good,  the bad, the beautiful, the ugly. The more we         can learn to embrace our whole selves as humans, the better off we'll be as artists. In my class nothing is off-limits.  Judgement & self-doubt is acknowledged, but left at the door. I  encourage truthful,  bold, spontaneous, and             thoughtful exploration. Everyday is an opportunity to show up fully for ourselves and                             for each other."

Murisa Harba / Founder

Mondays 2-5pm, Tuesdays 3-6pm, Wednesdays 7-10pm

Murisa Harba received her BFA in Theatre Studies from Boston University's College of Fine Arts with a minor in dance. With countless years of vocal and dance training in addition to her theatre degree, she created, directed & choreographed the original play, WHITE RABBIT, in Boston and Chicago. 

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2008, Murisa has found success directing projects such as Skiddle And Bang It, Gruyeres, Dansare and Gas. In 2015-2016, Murisa became an Episodes director (Episode 6, 10 & 11) on new dramatic web series, F#@K I Love U. Her directorial debut on the show won BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE at ITV Fest in September of 2015. She recently directed TELL YOUR STORY, a PSA on sexual assault and women's empowerment, and a commercial for Muralart.

Murisa teaches Cold Reading, Comedy, Drama & Chakra Acting classes at the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory at the American Film Institute, which she has enjoyed doing since the fall of 2011. She is also on the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory Committee heading the theatrical department of the curriculum. Murisa is on the staff at Columbia College's summer acting program and has also taught at the Will Wallace Acting Company.

Melissa Center / Instructor 

Wednesdays 11-2pm

Melissa graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University with a Major in Theatre, Communication Studies, a Minor in Spanish and Certificate in Musical Theatre. Her career began in New York City where she toured with A Chorus Line, originated a 1-woman stage adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver (dir. Wynn Handman), and created/starred in web series Missed Connections Live, one of the first series to be officially recognized by the WGAe. Upon relocated to Los Angeles she made her TV Debut on NBC’s Grimm, followed by a recurring role as Ashley Glazier on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. She most recently appeared on the final season of Masters of Sex and can be seen climbing a stair master backwards on a Samsung Galaxy national commercial.  Her feature film All I Want, which she co-wrote, produced and stars in, hits the 2017-2018 festival circuit . www.melissacenter.com