Friday, February 9, 2018

Master Acting Class with Maggie Flanigan: Tara Westwood Interview

Acting Master Class with Maggie Flanigan

(Updated 02/09/18. Class begins 03/28/18)
The Master Acting Class with Maggie Flanigan is a small and selective scene study class at the Maggie Flanigan Studio. In this video, Tara Westwood talks about what it is like work with Maggie in a small class.

Why Did You Decide To Take Master Class with Maggie Flanigan?

I took the master class with Maggie because I had done the two-year program with her and that’s the very base of what you need. I know there’s never a time where I’m ever going to say “I don’t need class anymore, I am a good enough actor” that sentence is just never going to come out of my mouth regardless of the work or the caliber of work that I’m doing. I’m not a series lead on a show yet, so I want to be working five days a week you have to do something every single day. So the moment I hear that there’s a master class and I can be working with Maggie, it’s an opportunity I will not want to do.

master class for actors - maggie flanigan studio

The caliber of work that you do in class is higher than pretty much any play or TV set or film set that you’re going to be on. It’s not often that you get to work on people like Tennessee Williams or Arthur Miller or Shanley or Guergis or all of the playwright’s she insists that you work on. It’s not very often that level of writing is something that you get to chew on. To be able to have her guiding you and calling you on your stuff and directing you.

You show up on set typically on a TV set or a low-budget film, and I have got one take, or the director might be like “Great, put the pillow down and then walk over.” You have to show up and be ready for your work. That’s why they hired you. So there’s not a lot of direction on set. Apparently on some films, sure if someone works with Martin Scorsese, I’m sure there’s direction on that set. Most sets I find that there’s not a lot of direction. So not only does working with Maggie helped me prepare to be the actor that I have to be as a professional working actor once I got a job, but it also improves who I am as an actor. The process that she puts you through though hard at times is necessary to get the work done.

How Important Was The Small Class Size?

The small class size was hugely important. I also think that coaching is important for a particular job so there’s that aspect where you could have it just one-on-one, and that’s great, but I also don’t want 40 people in the class because then that’s just too much. The small class with Maggie is great because you still get to see the other actors do their work but she gets to know you well enough that she can help you. Every single person in that class is a better actor when they leave because they’ve had enough time.

I hear about people that go to other studios, and they maybe work that week, or they maybe don’t work that week. I don’t want to take a masterclass or any class where I may not work. Now you may not work in Maggie’s class for more than a minute if you haven’t done your work and you show up, and you’re not doing what you should do.

“What are you doing?” “What are you doing?” You might get stopped and told to come back the following week better prepared, but you’ll always work, and she will take the time to get you to that next level. She couldn’t do that if there were 50 people in the class.

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"Maggie prepared me to be the professional working actor that I have to be. The process that she puts you through is hard at times, but necessary."

Tara WestwoodStudio Alumni

What Was It Like To Work Closely with Maggie?

Maggie is a pillar in my life, far beyond just my acting teacher. She is someone that has made me a better actor. I love acting which is more than anything in my life, anything other than the people that I love my children, of course, the best, besides there’s nothing that I love more than acting. It is the most important thing in my life. It sounds dramatic, but I would want to die if I could not act. So for me, the fact that she can help me with something that I have such as absolute love for is even beyond what it’s done to my career. I leave class, and I am so on fire. My kids can practically tell when I come home from class, but there’s a sparkle in my eye and they know I am ready to go or I might seem the opposite where I’m worn down but in a right way. Then I want to fight through. It makes me a better actor, and because of how much I love it fulfills me in ways that nothing else does.

What Did You Find Challenging About The Class?

Everything that was challenging about the master class is the same thing that I love about it. She pushes you, and she brings you down to the basics of what maybe you learned, hopefully, learned, before the master class. We as actors forget the simple questions that we should be asking ourselves when we’re working on a script. Maybe it’s a character that you usually couldn’t work on, which is something I’ve loved about masterclass. To be able to do that with her has been a wonderful thing for me. You work on these characters that you normally couldn’t get. So you’ve got to push yourself, and she will do that in a way though that you feel safe. I have done some characters in class that I know I am not going to get cast as outside of the studio, but I loved the writing, and with her I want to be able to do it because I know that she’ll push me and push me and push me at least to where I’m doing well with it. Maggie makes it safe, so I don’t feel like I completely suck. If you are afraid to make a choice because of the consequences or how you’re going to look, you are going to get paralyzed. She makes you feel safe to do so and yet pushes you in a way that you’re not going to get outside of the studio.

How Did the Class Get You Back On Course with Your Career?

I wish I could take this class with Maggie every day. It’s the level of work that you get to do in class; you just don’t experience it outside of the studio. When I meet working actors or people that have maybe finished the two-year acting program and other actors, they think that they are done. Are you done? Unless you are willing to do something for your craft and your work every single day, I think you are going to naturally slide back. When I hear actors say that they don’t need any more training, immediately I think I don’t want to work with this person, and they’re just wrong.

Maybe it’s different, if you are in a series and you are a series lead or if you are Daniel Day-Lewis. Everyone in between should be in a master class. You have to keep improving, and you have to be reminded. Maggie will remind you of the basic foundation that you need to be a good actor. We lose it, and we do we forget it. We get off track. Then I come to class, and I think if I just would have asked myself that question on that last job that would have been a better thing for my reel. So I need to come back to be often reminded of the basics that I should never forget and to be pushed. I know she’s going to push me in a way that I don’t get pushed outside of here. If you do you get flatlined. I know a few people that are talented that got out of the business. One of them I recently told that if he would have come back to the master class that maybe he would not have given up. He stopped getting better; it was not fulfilling anymore, so his career didn’t move forward. That killed him.

Acting Master Class with Maggie Flanigan

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I remember I did a movie my first ever movie and I immediately said to my agent “no more auditions. “I have to go to the masterclass. I have to go back to class because I don’t I don’t know what I’m doing.” I knew enough that I got a feature film, but that was it. It was the same with the first time I showed up on the TV set. You have got to show up so well prepared because they’re not going to have often time to direct you. You are working with people that are working actors so what you learn in the master class is what you need to be able to function as a working artist.
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Register Now For The Master Class

For more information about the Master Class with Maggie Flanigan, contact the studio directly by calling 917-789-1599.

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Master Acting Class with Maggie Flanigan: Tara Westwood Interview

(Updated 02/09/18. Class begins 03/28/18) The Master Acting Class with Maggie Flanigan is a small and selective scene study class at the Maggie Flanigan Studio. In this video, Tara Westwood talks about what it is like work with Maggie in a small class.

Why Did You Decide To Take Master Class with Maggie Flanigan?

I took the master class with Maggie because I had done the two-year program with her and that's the very base of what you need. I know there's never a time where I'm ever going to say “I don't need class anymore, I am a good enough actor” that sentence is just never going to come out of my mouth regardless of the work or the caliber of work that I'm doing. I'm not a series lead on a show yet, so I want to be working five days a week you have to do something every single day. So the moment I hear that there's a master class and I can be working with Maggie, it's an opportunity I will not want to do. master class for actors - maggie flanigan studio The caliber of work that you do in class is higher than pretty much any play or TV set or film set that you're going to be on. It’s not often that you get to work on people like Tennessee Williams or Arthur Miller or Shanley or Guergis or all of the playwright's she insists that you work on. It's not very often that level of writing is something that you get to chew on. To be able to have her guiding you and calling you on your stuff and directing you. You show up on set typically on a TV set or a low-budget film, and I have got one take, or the director might be like “Great, put the pillow down and then walk over.” You have to show up and be ready for your work. That's why they hired you. So there's not a lot of direction on set. Apparently on some films, sure if someone works with Martin Scorsese, I’m sure there's direction on that set. Most sets I find that there's not a lot of direction. So not only does working with Maggie helped me prepare to be the actor that I have to be as a professional working actor once I got a job, but it also improves who I am as an actor. The process that she puts you through though hard at times is necessary to get the work done.

How Important Was The Small Class Size?

The small class size was hugely important. I also think that coaching is important for a particular job so there's that aspect where you could have it just one-on-one, and that's great, but I also don't want 40 people in the class because then that's just too much. The small class with Maggie is great because you still get to see the other actors do their work but she gets to know you well enough that she can help you. Every single person in that class is a better actor when they leave because they've had enough time. I hear about people that go to other studios, and they maybe work that week, or they maybe don't work that week. I don't want to take a masterclass or any class where I may not work. Now you may not work in Maggie’s class for more than a minute if you haven't done your work and you show up, and you're not doing what you should do. “What are you doing?” “What are you doing?” You might get stopped and told to come back the following week better prepared, but you'll always work, and she will take the time to get you to that next level. She couldn't do that if there were 50 people in the class. [post_author]

What Was It Like To Work Closely with Maggie?

Maggie is a pillar in my life, far beyond just my acting teacher. She is someone that has made me a better actor. I love acting which is more than anything in my life, anything other than the people that I love my children, of course, the best, besides there's nothing that I love more than acting. It is the most important thing in my life. It sounds dramatic, but I would want to die if I could not act. So for me, the fact that she can help me with something that I have such as absolute love for is even beyond what it's done to my career. I leave class, and I am so on fire. My kids can practically tell when I come home from class, but there's a sparkle in my eye and they know I am ready to go or I might seem the opposite where I'm worn down but in a right way. Then I want to fight through. It makes me a better actor, and because of how much I love it fulfills me in ways that nothing else does.

What Did You Find Challenging About The Class?

Everything that was challenging about the master class is the same thing that I love about it. She pushes you, and she brings you down to the basics of what maybe you learned, hopefully, learned, before the master class. We as actors forget the simple questions that we should be asking ourselves when we're working on a script. Maybe it's a character that you usually couldn't work on, which is something I've loved about masterclass. To be able to do that with her has been a wonderful thing for me. You work on these characters that you normally couldn't get. So you've got to push yourself, and she will do that in a way though that you feel safe. I have done some characters in class that I know I am not going to get cast as outside of the studio, but I loved the writing, and with her I want to be able to do it because I know that she'll push me and push me and push me at least to where I’m doing well with it. Maggie makes it safe, so I don't feel like I completely suck. If you are afraid to make a choice because of the consequences or how you're going to look, you are going to get paralyzed. She makes you feel safe to do so and yet pushes you in a way that you're not going to get outside of the studio.

How Did the Class Get You Back On Course with Your Career?

I wish I could take this class with Maggie every day. It's the level of work that you get to do in class; you just don't experience it outside of the studio. When I meet working actors or people that have maybe finished the two-year acting program and other actors, they think that they are done. Are you done? Unless you are willing to do something for your craft and your work every single day, I think you are going to naturally slide back. When I hear actors say that they don't need any more training, immediately I think I don't want to work with this person, and they're just wrong. Maybe it's different, if you are in a series and you are a series lead or if you are Daniel Day-Lewis. Everyone in between should be in a master class. You have to keep improving, and you have to be reminded. Maggie will remind you of the basic foundation that you need to be a good actor. We lose it, and we do we forget it. We get off track. Then I come to class, and I think if I just would have asked myself that question on that last job that would have been a better thing for my reel. So I need to come back to be often reminded of the basics that I should never forget and to be pushed. I know she's going to push me in a way that I don't get pushed outside of here. If you do you get flatlined. I know a few people that are talented that got out of the business. One of them I recently told that if he would have come back to the master class that maybe he would not have given up. He stopped getting better; it was not fulfilling anymore, so his career didn't move forward. That killed him. [caption id="attachment_7966" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Acting Master Class with Maggie Flanigan Acting Master Class and Scene Study with Maggie Flanigan (917) 789-1599[/caption] I remember I did a movie my first ever movie and I immediately said to my agent “no more auditions. “I have to go to the masterclass. I have to go back to class because I don't I don't know what I'm doing.” I knew enough that I got a feature film, but that was it. It was the same with the first time I showed up on the TV set. You have got to show up so well prepared because they're not going to have often time to direct you. You are working with people that are working actors so what you learn in the master class is what you need to be able to function as a working artist. master class for actors - maggie flanigan studio

Register Now For The Master Class

For more information about the Master Class with Maggie Flanigan, contact the studio directly by calling 917-789-1599. Acting Classes NYC

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Summer Acting Program: Courtney Ferguson

Image of Courtney Ferguson at the Maggie Flanigan Studio talking about the summer acting program and Meisner Intensive

The summer acting program at the Maggie Flanigan studio includes the Meisner Summer Intensive. In this interview, Courtney Ferguson discusses how the six-week acting program changed her perspective about being on stage.

Image of Courtney Ferguson at the Maggie Flanigan Studio talking about the summer acting program and Meisner Intensive

Summer Acting Program Interview with Courtney Ferguson – Maggie Flanigan Studio 917-789-1599

Summer Acting Program Interview with Courtney Ferguson

What did you think it meant to train as an actor before you started the Meisner summer intensive?

Well, I definitely knew that training as an actor was intense and that required a lot of dedication. I knew that there was an intensity behind it. I just didn’t realize how much freedom could be in it. I think that really wasn’t in my perception of what it meant to train as an actor. There’s just always this intensity that I’ve associated with training, but there wasn’t that aspect of freedom that I knew, that perception.

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After having graduated from college and working on a few productions, acting was starting to feel like a burden. During the summer intensive, I found a lot of fun in what I'm doing. Getting on stage isn't such a labor anymore.

Courtney FergusonSummer Acting Program, Student

What happened during the six week summer intensive that changed your perspective on actor training?

Well, that it could be free and that it could be fun. I think in my experiences so far, just having graduated from college and worked on a few productions, there’s always just been this sense of acting’s almost been a task. Like it’s almost been a burden. I love doing it, but there’s a sense that it’s a burden. Going through the six-week intensive, I found a lot of freedom and I found a lot of fun in what I’m doing. Getting on stage isn’t such a labor anymore, it’s more we’re going up there to play and have a good time. I’ve started to discover that in the six weeks here.

What did you learn during the six weeks that was a surprise to you?

Just certain abilities and traits that I’ve admired in other actors. Their ability to be free and be in the moment. I just realized that I could do that too. I keep going back to thinking that things have had to be a task or they had to be so hard or had to be full of this angst when really there’s just that freedom that I started to embrace and started to be able to express myself that I didn’t have before.

This is an image form the summer acting program and the meisner intensive at the maggie flanigan studio. Karen chamberlain is talking to students while they are reading a script

Summer Acting Program – Karen Chamberlain in Class Teaching – Maggie Flanigan Studio

Was there a specific time in the summer intensive where you really felt that shift from working hard and actually enjoying it?

I think when we really started to get into the meat of doing our activities, and when I found an activity that really meant something to me. I was really tuned into it emotionally, but I was also tuned into what my scene partner was doing. Even though it turned out to be a very dramatic scene, there was still a freedom to it that I just haven’t experienced on stage before, that was a bit of a revelation to be sure.

How would you describe Charlie Sandlan as an acting teacher?

Charlie is a great acting teacher. He’s so clear and he’s so specific with everything that he says. It just makes it easy as a student to take in what he’s saying and to apply it on stage. He really cares about what he’s doing. He genuinely, truly, truly cares. He creates such a safe space. Some acting classes, there can be an air of competition to them and it makes it hard to be open, and it makes it hard to be safe, but Charlie creates such a safe space. The fact that he’s passionate about what he does, it just rubs off on everybody else.

What would you say to someone who thought they had taken enough classes and concerned about the time money for professional training?

I think that you should definitely do your research. There’s plenty of videos and information about the studio that got me hooked. Once I felt I was in tune with the principles of this studio, I would just say just take that leap and go for it because it’s just a completely different experience than what I thought it would be. I would definitely just say go for it. It never hurts to just put behind whatever it is that you know and move forward to something else.

Again, this is just nothing like I’ve ever done before. I would highly, highly recommend it.

students in the summer acting program at the maggie flanigan studio. in this picture students are in the movement class

Summer Acting Program – Maggie Flanigan Studio – Movement Class

Learn More About the Summer Acting Program and Meisner Intensive

The Summer Acting Program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio includes the Meisner Summer Intensive, as well as other summer acting classes. Visit the acting programs page on the studio website or call (917) 789-1599 for more information.

Acting Classes NYC

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Summer Acting Program: Courtney Ferguson

The summer acting program at the Maggie Flanigan studio includes the Meisner Summer Intensive. In this interview, Courtney Ferguson discusses how the six-week acting program changed her perspective about being on stage. [caption id="attachment_9608" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Image of Courtney Ferguson at the Maggie Flanigan Studio talking about the summer acting program and Meisner Intensive Summer Acting Program Interview with Courtney Ferguson - Maggie Flanigan Studio 917-789-1599[/caption]

Summer Acting Program Interview with Courtney Ferguson

What did you think it meant to train as an actor before you started the Meisner summer intensive?

Well, I definitely knew that training as an actor was intense and that required a lot of dedication. I knew that there was an intensity behind it. I just didn't realize how much freedom could be in it. I think that really wasn't in my perception of what it meant to train as an actor. There's just always this intensity that I've associated with training, but there wasn't that aspect of freedom that I knew, that perception. [post_author]

What happened during the six week summer intensive that changed your perspective on actor training?

Well, that it could be free and that it could be fun. I think in my experiences so far, just having graduated from college and worked on a few productions, there's always just been this sense of acting's almost been a task. Like it's almost been a burden. I love doing it, but there's a sense that it's a burden. Going through the six-week intensive, I found a lot of freedom and I found a lot of fun in what I'm doing. Getting on stage isn't such a labor anymore, it's more we're going up there to play and have a good time. I've started to discover that in the six weeks here.

What did you learn during the six weeks that was a surprise to you?

Just certain abilities and traits that I've admired in other actors. Their ability to be free and be in the moment. I just realized that I could do that too. I keep going back to thinking that things have had to be a task or they had to be so hard or had to be full of this angst when really there's just that freedom that I started to embrace and started to be able to express myself that I didn't have before. [caption id="attachment_9611" align="aligncenter" width="800"]This is an image form the summer acting program and the meisner intensive at the maggie flanigan studio. Karen chamberlain is talking to students while they are reading a script Summer Acting Program - Karen Chamberlain in Class Teaching - Maggie Flanigan Studio[/caption]

Was there a specific time in the summer intensive where you really felt that shift from working hard and actually enjoying it?

I think when we really started to get into the meat of doing our activities, and when I found an activity that really meant something to me. I was really tuned into it emotionally, but I was also tuned into what my scene partner was doing. Even though it turned out to be a very dramatic scene, there was still a freedom to it that I just haven't experienced on stage before, that was a bit of a revelation to be sure.

How would you describe Charlie Sandlan as an acting teacher?

Charlie is a great acting teacher. He's so clear and he's so specific with everything that he says. It just makes it easy as a student to take in what he's saying and to apply it on stage. He really cares about what he's doing. He genuinely, truly, truly cares. He creates such a safe space. Some acting classes, there can be an air of competition to them and it makes it hard to be open, and it makes it hard to be safe, but Charlie creates such a safe space. The fact that he's passionate about what he does, it just rubs off on everybody else.

What would you say to someone who thought they had taken enough classes and concerned about the time money for professional training?

I think that you should definitely do your research. There's plenty of videos and information about the studio that got me hooked. Once I felt I was in tune with the principles of this studio, I would just say just take that leap and go for it because it's just a completely different experience than what I thought it would be. I would definitely just say go for it. It never hurts to just put behind whatever it is that you know and move forward to something else. Again, this is just nothing like I've ever done before. I would highly, highly recommend it. [caption id="attachment_9610" align="aligncenter" width="800"]students in the summer acting program at the maggie flanigan studio. in this picture students are in the movement class Summer Acting Program - Maggie Flanigan Studio - Movement Class[/caption]

Learn More About the Summer Acting Program and Meisner Intensive

The Summer Acting Program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio includes the Meisner Summer Intensive, as well as other summer acting classes. Visit the acting programs page on the studio website or call (917) 789-1599 for more information. Acting Classes NYC

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Meisner Summer Intensive 2018

students in the Meisner summer acting program during class at the studio with Karen Chamberlain

Maggie Flanigan Studio Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Meisner Summer Intensive in New York City

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2018 — The prestigious Maggie Flanigan Studio is once again offering their highly acclaimed six-week summer acting program where actors will receive a thorough and practical introduction to the Meisner Technique. The Meisner Summer Intensive begins June 8 at the studio’s Manhattan location, and applications are now being accepted.

students in the Meisner summer acting program during class at the studio with Karen Chamberlain

Meisner Summer Acting Program – Maggie Flanigan Studio – 917-789-1599

The Meisner Summer Intensive covers the first third of Sanford Meisner’s first year training, easing participants into the rigors of professional actor training, with Meisner’s straightforward, practical exercise that quickly unfolds into rich, sophisticated exploration of craft.

“You cannot master the craft of acting in only six weeks,” says Charlie Sandlan, executive director and head of acting at the Maggie Flanigan Studio, “but one can gain a better understanding of acting as an art form and an appreciation of the important fundamentals that any serious actor should master. Actors finish our summer acting program with greater insight and understanding of the hard work required to become a first-rate professional actor.”

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You cannot master the craft of acting in only six weeks. You will finish our summer acting program with a greater understanding of the hard work required to become a first-rate professional actor.

Charlie SandlanExecutive director, Head of acting

The Meisner Summer Intensive immediately begins instilling in the actor important fundamental skills. These include active listening, nurturing of the imagination, and honing the ability to truthfully due under imaginary circumstances. Listening is the bedrock of acting, and this ability must be rooted in the actor. The Meisner Technique encourages being present and curious — returning the actor to the freedom of their inner child — rather than simply waiting for cues. When the practice of active listening becomes second nature, truly engaging and spontaneous performances become possible.

A sharp focus on the imagination and the reality of doing helps students develop an organic approach to creating behavior rather than merely pretending or indicating. After a month spent working with Meisner’s repetition exercise, the final two weeks of the six-week program challenges the actor to apply these fundamentals to scenes. Text is the actor’s playground, and the ability to improvise spontaneously and personally from moment to moment is the mark of a well-trained actor.

“Before I came to the studio I had no idea what acting was,” says former student Carolina Solorzano. “I had no foundation and I didn’t know where to begin; I didn’t know how to approach it. The training I received here at the studio was comprehensive. I learned a lot. One of the things that just sticks out the most is being vulnerable. And I also realized that for me to learn behavior, I need to understand myself — and that way I’ll be able to respond truthfully.”

In the 1930s, Sanford Meisner was a member of the esteemed Group Theater, which boasted some of the leading actors, directors, and writers of the day. This is where Lee Strasberg developed his Method acting technique. Meisner, however, believed culling from one’s own experiences to generate an authentic performance was ultimately a self-indulgent and unhealthy approach to acting. Upon joining the Neighborhood Playhouse in 1935, he began to gradually develop the technique that would bear his name.

Today, the Meisner Technique is widely considered among the most productive and proven ways to teach acting fundamentals — and the Maggie Flanigan Studio is the home for elite instruction in this technique. To learn about the acting programs at the studio or apply to the Meisner Summer Intensive, visit http://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/actingprograms/

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About Maggie Flanigan Studio

We are proud to be NYC’s most respected professional actor training program. We welcome aspiring actors interested in going the distance with themselves; risk-takers who want to feel safe, nurtured, and yet pushed in a way they could have never imagined in order to fulfill their fullest artistic potential. Executive Director Charlie Sandlan and all of the faculty approach every day honored to be the caretakers of Maggie Flanigan’s artistic vision.

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Meisner Summer Intensive 2018

Maggie Flanigan Studio Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Meisner Summer Intensive in New York City

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2018 -- The prestigious Maggie Flanigan Studio is once again offering their highly acclaimed six-week summer acting program where actors will receive a thorough and practical introduction to the Meisner Technique. The Meisner Summer Intensive begins June 8 at the studio's Manhattan location, and applications are now being accepted. [caption id="attachment_9594" align="aligncenter" width="800"]students in the Meisner summer acting program during class at the studio with Karen Chamberlain Meisner Summer Acting Program - Maggie Flanigan Studio - 917-789-1599[/caption] The Meisner Summer Intensive covers the first third of Sanford Meisner's first year training, easing participants into the rigors of professional actor training, with Meisner's straightforward, practical exercise that quickly unfolds into rich, sophisticated exploration of craft. "You cannot master the craft of acting in only six weeks," says Charlie Sandlan, executive director and head of acting at the Maggie Flanigan Studio, "but one can gain a better understanding of acting as an art form and an appreciation of the important fundamentals that any serious actor should master. Actors finish our summer acting program with greater insight and understanding of the hard work required to become a first-rate professional actor." [post_author]

The Meisner Summer Intensive immediately begins instilling in the actor important fundamental skills. These include active listening, nurturing of the imagination, and honing the ability to truthfully due under imaginary circumstances. Listening is the bedrock of acting, and this ability must be rooted in the actor. The Meisner Technique encourages being present and curious — returning the actor to the freedom of their inner child — rather than simply waiting for cues. When the practice of active listening becomes second nature, truly engaging and spontaneous performances become possible.

A sharp focus on the imagination and the reality of doing helps students develop an organic approach to creating behavior rather than merely pretending or indicating. After a month spent working with Meisner's repetition exercise, the final two weeks of the six-week program challenges the actor to apply these fundamentals to scenes. Text is the actor's playground, and the ability to improvise spontaneously and personally from moment to moment is the mark of a well-trained actor. "Before I came to the studio I had no idea what acting was," says former student Carolina Solorzano. "I had no foundation and I didn't know where to begin; I didn't know how to approach it. The training I received here at the studio was comprehensive. I learned a lot. One of the things that just sticks out the most is being vulnerable. And I also realized that for me to learn behavior, I need to understand myself — and that way I'll be able to respond truthfully." In the 1930s, Sanford Meisner was a member of the esteemed Group Theater, which boasted some of the leading actors, directors, and writers of the day. This is where Lee Strasberg developed his Method acting technique. Meisner, however, believed culling from one's own experiences to generate an authentic performance was ultimately a self-indulgent and unhealthy approach to acting. Upon joining the Neighborhood Playhouse in 1935, he began to gradually develop the technique that would bear his name. Today, the Meisner Technique is widely considered among the most productive and proven ways to teach acting fundamentals — and the Maggie Flanigan Studio is the home for elite instruction in this technique. To learn about the acting programs at the studio or apply to the Meisner Summer Intensive, visit http://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/actingprograms/ [caption id="attachment_9595" align="aligncenter" width="800"]students in the summer acting program at maggie flanigan studio Summer Acting Program - Maggie Flanigan Studio - Call 917-789-1599[/caption]

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We are proud to be NYC's most respected professional actor training program. We welcome aspiring actors interested in going the distance with themselves; risk-takers who want to feel safe, nurtured, and yet pushed in a way they could have never imagined in order to fulfill their fullest artistic potential. Executive Director Charlie Sandlan and all of the faculty approach every day honored to be the caretakers of Maggie Flanigan's artistic vision. Contact: Charlie Sandlan Direct: 917-789-1599 Maggie Flanigan Studio 153 W 27th St #803 New York, New York 10001 +1 917-789-1599 http://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/ Acting Classes NYC This press release about the summer acting program first appeared here: PR NewsWire

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