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The 18-Month Acting Program Begins

Celebrated Maggie Flanigan Studio Now Taking Applications for Upcoming 18-Month Acting Program

NEW YORK, UPDATED Oct. 24, 2019

The Maggie Flanigan Studio is currently signing up new students for its accelerated and compressed 18-month acting program. The 18-month Meisner training offers the same curriculum as the two-year program, but without the vacation and holiday breaks that come with a two-year conservatory. This compressed schedule is an ideal option for students who cannot commit to a full 24 months, as well as for international students looking to study on a M1 Student Visa.

Acting classes run Wednesday nights from 6–9 and Saturdays from 11–2, from January 4, 2020 through July 31, 2020. Second year classes begin in September. The Wednesday night, Saturday morning acting schedule was developed especially for aspiring actors who must juggle a full-time 9–5 job. January students also get the advantage of having Karen Chamberlain, the studio’s senior teacher, in their first year; following up with the studio’s Head of Acting, Charlie Sandlan, in their second year.


"Maggie Flanigan has been one of the most important people in my artistic life. I want to work with Maggie trained actors. As an actor myself, she is my first source. I do not say this lightly, if you are serious about acting, and willing to work very hard, then go to Maggie."

Stephen Adly GuirgisPulitzer Prize winning playwright

The Maggie Flanigan Studio has been considered the most serious and respected acting program in New York City for 17 years. The studio has always offered instruction in pure Meisner technique, which is increasingly difficult to find in the United States. Producers, directors and playwrights all understand that Meisner-trained actors bring an elevated skill set to their craft. The emotional range, as well as the depth and breadth of acting that a Meisner student employs immediately sets them apart from all other trained actors.

“Our enrollment is always smaller than other acting classes because we handpick our students, to ensure that they receive quality, personalized instruction. What exactly is Meisner technique? Basically, it gets at the core of acting itself: the ability to do truthfully under imaginary circumstances, consistently. Most actors simply indicate, they pretend. But exceptional actors learn to create organic, vivid human behavior,” stated Executive Director and Head of Action, Charlie Sandlan.

Maggie Flanigan Studio is New York City’s singular destination for serious acting instruction for a variety of reasons. But testimonials from former students, as well as celebrated actors and directors speak for themselves:

“I was always scared to act and worried that I would go through a professional training program like this and still be scared. I learned at this studio the fundamentals of acting that most places do not teach. I know how to work as an actor and I’m confident in my abilities that I’ve gained from this place.” ― Phil Portolano, former student.

the 18 month acting program begins soon at the Maggie Flanigan studio

18 Month Acting Program New York – Maggie Flanigan Studio  – Call (917) 794-3878

About Maggie Flanigan Studio

Located in the heart of New York City, Maggie Flanigan Studio was founded in 2001 to teach the Meisner technique of acting. Maggie Flanigan trained in Meisner with William Esper and served with distinction as an MFA acting instructor at Rutgers University for 18 years. New York City’s “Home for the Serious Actor” is currently lead by Charlie Sandlan, who guides an exceptional faculty in teaching the next generation of aspiring actors. Learn more at:

18 Month Acting Program New York


Charlie Sandlan
Executive Director & Head of Acting
Maggie Flanigan Studio
147 W. 25th St. 5th Floor
New York, New York 10001
(917) 794-3878

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