Brighton Meisner

Martin Hobbs - Course Director

Martin studied the Meisner Technique with Scott Williams for two years at the Impulse Theatre Company and RADA's European ACT. He continued his studies with Kate Maravan at the Actors Centre, Mike Bernadine, Aileen Gonsalves at the C Company, and Larry Silverberg.

For over seven years Martin has been running introductory classes and drop-ins. He also teaches the technique to theatre companies and colleges.

He continues to act in film and theatre and uses his experiences to keep his teaching fresh.

Dominique GerrardTeacher

Dominique trained with The Actors Company after studying English and Drama at Bretton Hall. She then went on to train specifically in The Meisner Technique with Scott Williams at The Impulse Company. She worked as an actress for some years with credits at Park Theatre, Finborough, Arcola, Jermyn Street and many other venues before transforming herself into a Director. She is now Artistic Director of Endpaper Theatre and works freelance directing for various companies and teaching at University of West London and Kingston College.

Dominique has been teaching The Meisner Technique for some years, under the banner of Springboard Drama at Pleasance Theatre and at Oxford House, as well as for Billy Elliot UK National Tour and for Questors Academy.

She offers private tuition at her new home in St Leonards.

Steel Ebsen Wallis

Steel has used and continually studied the Meisner Technique for over 10 years and was instrumental in developing it for corporate presentation training with C Company.

As an actor The Meisner Technique grounded him, as a presenter and comedian it made him alive and spontaneous. Steel still acts in film and theatre and has written and produced award winning short films. 

 Ken Pollock

Ken has been an Equity member for 28 years working primarily during that time as one half of a specialist variety act ‘Mind Over Matter’.

Over the last 4 years he has supplemented his stage craft through Meisner study being instructed by Kate Maravan, Scott Williams amongst others.

Ken now occasionally teaches Meisner classes demonstrating how Meisner can be used to support not only conventional theatre but also contemporary variety.

Melody Roche

Melody has been an actress and teacher for over 10 years and found the Meisner Technique to be the most beneficial study for her work to date. 

She studied the Meisner Technique in 2007 with Michael Gerrard who trained at The Actors Temple; she has since furthered her training with Scott Williams and Kate Maravan. 

Melody has worked with Brighton Meisner in the past and is happy to be back teaching here again.

Emma Finlay-Smith

Emma works behind the scenes at Brighton Meisner looking after all the admin and PR for us. If you have any questions or need any advice on our courses, she is our “Go To Girl”.

Emma has a strong background in business and event planning/management in the Arts arena with a real passion for theatre, music, dance and art.