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the impulse company

Meisner-rooted training for the 21st Century actor.


We provide professional training for actors who are looking for easy access to truthful emotional impulses, physical freedom, bravery in their work and the ability to work instinctively.

We offer modular acting classes in the Meisner technique and Acting With Passion - the work of Niki Flacks, in both Melbourne and Sydney. Niki's groundbreaking, unique training is delivered by Erica Chestnut and Kate Skinner, both of whom trained with Niki to teach her work in Australia.

In 2003 I completed my first week-long course in London with Scott and it was the most stimulating and enlightening week of training I’d ever had.  Scott steered my process in a whole new – and easier, simpler, honest – direction.  When I returned to London I sought to work with Scott again straight away.  He remains a joyous human being, a clear and
thorough teacher, and once again I found myself leaving class each day on a high.
— Marika Aubrey (Matilda, South Pacific)

Upcoming Courses

The passion, joy and attention to detail that Scott brings to the room breaks down any
perceived notion of what it is to act.
— Grant Foulkes (Warhorse, Much Ado About Nothing – Essential Theatre)
I gained great benefit from Scott’s workshop. I was able to get very deep into ‘the work’ in a short period of time, found simple yet powerful truth to my scene work and a great aliveness and truthfulness in any given moment in the scene. Scott is a very caring educator who nurtures his students and creates a respectful environment in which to learn and work. I saw him guide, inspire and nurture students to great results.
— Kate Gorman (Neighbours, Romper Stomper, Rush)

Module one –melbourne
february–april 2019

This is the starting point for people new to the technique. 

Module Two – Melbourne
april – June 2019

This takes the Technique forward to work with 'the givens' of performance. 


Elite Meisner drop-ins – Melbourne

Open to anyone who completes Module 1 & 2 with Scott or Erica.

You will be confronted in a loving way, by yourself, your habits and your previous
training.  All of which will help and empower you to be a better, more effective actor.
— Jess Greenall (Stiff Company, Improvised Potter)