Friday, March 16, 2018

5 Star Review

The Maggie Flanigan Studio has changed me as an actor, an artist, and as a human being....

Thursday, March 15, 2018

5 Star Review

I wasn't one of those that had an experienced background in any sort of theater work or...

Monday, March 12, 2018

Summer Acting Programs – Sam Willet Interview

The NYC summer acting program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio focuses on the Meisner Summer Intensive and the Meisner Technique. During this interview Katie discusses with Sam Willet how the acting program changed her thoughts about professional actor training. [caption id="attachment_9699" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Summer Acting Programs NYC - Sam Willet 06 - Maggie Flanigan Studio 06 Summer Acting Programs NYC - Sam Willet Interview - Maggie Flanigan Studio[/caption]

Meisner Summer Intensive - Summer Acting Programs NYC

Q: What did you think it meant to train as an actor before you started the six-week Meisner summer intensive?

A: Well, I had already graduated college with a degree in theater and I've been in the city for a couple years working and taking classes and I guess I thought that that was enough, not that was enough but I gave myself a time when I wanted to be working more and I thought that I would be farther than I really am. I learned that I need to take my time and actually work on my technique. [post_author]

Q: What happened to you during the six-week summer intensive that changed your perspective on acting in training?

A: One of the main things is being able to see moments more clearly especially when you watch films or television or plays or even watching people in class, there are so many things from the beginning of the six weeks that I didn't see that I was missing and now at the end it's so much more clear and even in everyday lives you see so many things that happen when people are interacting with each other and you see how people try to not let it affect them. Also, I didn't realize how important voice and speech and movement was, even in college I didn't really care about those classes because I didn't really understand what they were for, but when you're in these classes it's so apparent. The physical and the vocal problems that arise when you are working with this technique you can really see how voice and speech and movement can really help you to be free.

Q: What did you learn about yourself during this six-week intensive that was a surprise about yourself that change you?

A: I really just learned to trust myself and believe in myself more and that if I let myself just be that I'm still able to work off of someone and to allow things to happen to me, I used to think that I had to work harder to build up an emotion or to make something happen. I guess, I just learned to trust myself more and that things will happen if I just have confidence.

Q: How do you describe Charlie Sandlan as an acting teacher?

A: Charlie is really intense but in a good way where he helps to break you down so that you can finally just be human and be open and honest, but I do feel like he is there to support you when you are just open and scared and not know and you're out there and vulnerable and you don't know what's going on and he has a nice balance I guess.

Q: How are the acting classes here; movement, voice, and on-camera different from other studios where you have studied?

A: It's so different here. Movement, I think a lot of other movement classes I've taken has been more about alignment or putting movement to text and with this class what's nice about it is the fact that it's just exploring yourself through movement and exploring just your emotions and your emotional life and it really translates into acting class, it really helps over there. For voice and speech, one of the main things that I love about voice and speech here is whenever our teacher talks about having an intention and what holds us back, why we might be scared to say something if we are scared of what people might think of our opinions or just holding back what we think and not only is the technical side of this is how I free up my voice, but it's also like, "This is why I want to speak and this is why I have something to say." It just adds a whole other layer to it. I think it's a beautiful way to learn how to free up your voice.

Q: What would you say to somebody who was unsure about professional training at the studio because they have taken classes at other studios and really do not have the time or money for more acting classes?

A: I would say just do it. Don't give yourself a time limit, if you're actually serious about becoming a good actor and creating a good technique and a good foundation for yourself to stand on to be proud of your work, then do the classes. Then learn the Meisner technique because it'll give you what you want. It'll give you a technique. It's never too late. Even I thought that "Oh I should be doing more shows or why am I not getting cast? or I should just be working harder" whatever. But if you actually care about learning how to act and learning how to be a human. Then you really need to learn how to create a technique to work on that. [caption id="attachment_9700" align="aligncenter" width="800"]students during moves t class in the summer acting program at maggie flanigan studio Summer Acting Program - Maggie Flanigan Studio[/caption]

Learn More About the Summer Acting Programs at Maggie Flanigan Studio

Learn more about the summer acting program in NYC, as well as the other individual acting classes included in the summer acting programs at the Maggie Flanigan Studio by visiting the acting programs page on the website ( or by calling the studio directly at 917-789-1599. Acting Classes NYC

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

5 Star Review

The summer intensive program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio was life changing. Within 6...

Monday, March 5, 2018

Summer Acting Program NYC – Anesia Saunders

Summer acting programs at the Maggie Flanigan Studio include the six-week Meisner Summer Intensive, as well as other acting classes for professional actors. In this video Anesia Saunders discusses how the summer acting program helped her understand what it means to train as a serious actor. [caption id="attachment_9679" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Vest Summer Acting Programs NYC - Anesia Saunders - Maggie Flanigan Studio Summer Acting Programs NYC - Anesia Saunders - Maggie Flanigan Studio[/caption]

Summer Acting Program Interview

Q: Anesia, what did you think of acting classes and professional training before you started the six week Summer Meisner Intensive?

A: To train as a serious actor I thought it had a lot to do with just doing scene work. I've done some training and I've done to the acting classes before. I wasn't exactly sure of what it was to train as a serious actor. I was in for a big surprise. [post_author]

Q: What happened to you during this six weeks that changed your perspective on acting and training?

A: I think I've convinced myself that acting had nothing to do with myself but it was sacrifice of self. I think that that was true to an extent but I would say, that I learned it has so much to do with yourself. Knowing yourself. Knowing and being comfortable with who you are in order to really be a performer I think that's something that I learned.

Q: What did you learn about yourself that was a surprise and that changed you?

A: I just learn that I have, well I had and am still battling, fear of self. A lot of things that holds me back as a person just because of socialization. Some things that you feel you need to abide by to be a specific way but that's not conducive to being a performer. I was able to recognize those things this summer. The things that really are making me stagnant and break free from the and just explore and play, really have fun.

Q: Was there something specifically that happened in class, like a specific class, working on the activity, the scene, watching your classmates work, was there a role that Charlie kept giving you that you had to confront and realize this is a big issue and you can't move forward with that. Maybe I'm not going to be the actor or the performer that I hope to be.

A: The main thing that I really realized kept coming up was, "Are you afraid to defend yourself? Are you afraid to speak up for yourself?" That really was the issue and I had to confront that. I recognize in class I just had an epiphany and said aloud, "I've always been fearful of being an angry black woman stereotype." It was that day I went home and cried and realized Charlie helps me recognize that I am entitled to my feelings and I deserve to have them. Recognizing the power in that has opened so many doors for me.

Q: How would you describe Charlie as a teacher?

A: I would say Charlie is definitely someone that's going to push you. He pushed me and helped me to discover who I am and all my classmates. He is not going to let you slack off, you have to be present and bring your best foot forward to the table. I think it's that type of instructing that makes you the best you that you can be. Also, I joke and say I feel he was also my therapist because he really was able to read us and let us know the things that he saw that was holding us back from doing the best that we could do. The realizations I've had all of those things I owe it all to him. I really appreciate him as a teacher and I feel he's made me such a better performer.

Q: You mentioned you've had some training before. You've studied at other places, how does the work you've done in the past six seeks compared to the work that you've done previously?

A: I've taken acting classes here and there but this Summer Intensive, this opportunity to work consistently. For the time periods that were working and then the time that we're putting in out of class I feel like it was at times it felt like a lot, it was a lot of pressure, but I feel like it made all the difference having this time spent to really focus on the work and focus on training and focus on yourself all at the same time was so important. I just really appreciate it and I feel like it was exactly what I needed at the exact time. It was fate.

Q: What would you say to someone who maybe you have had some classes before, but maybe they're curious about studying here or another program. Maybe they just are like, "I don't have the time, I don't have the money." You know, "Six weeks is a long time, three times a week or two years is a long time." What would you say to that person that was holding themselves back from not doing something like this because of those reasons?

A: Similarly, I was coming up with a lot of excuses as to why. Like maybe this isn't something I should be doing, but I feel if you are interested in being a serious actor and this is what you want, excuses are just that. I, through this program, feel I learned so much. I feel like I've grown so much as a person. I've become more inspired. I feel like I know exactly what I need to do if I have-- If you are having the feeling of just wanting to become inspired again or to learn more about yourself, then you need to just go for it. That's what I did and it was such a pleasant surprise to myself, the things that I've discovered, such a knowledgeable experience. It was was everything and I feel it's worth it. It's more than worth it. [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 Programs - Maggie Flanigan Studio - 917-789-1599[/caption]

Apply Today to the Summer Acting Program at Maggie Flanigan Studio

The summer acting program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio is one of several acting programs that the studio provides for professional actor training based on the Meisner Technique. Interested students should visit the acting programs page on the studio website or contact the studio at 917-789-1599 to receive answers to questions they have about professional actor training and acting classes that the studio provides.

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