THE STUDIO WAS CREATED TO FILL WHAT MAGGIE SAW AS A SUBSTANTIAL GAP IN AMERICAN ACTOR TRAINING.
The Maggie Flanigan Studio is a two-year Meisner program rooted in the belief that a rigorous and inspiring NYC acting conservatory should remain small, intimate, and nurturing. We also challenge and demand of our students to commit to themselves as aspiring artists, striving to meet the highest professional expectations. Founded in 2001, MFS was built on Maggie’s reputation as the clearest and most definitive teacher of the Meisner Technique, which is the brilliant actor training created by Sanford Meisner. For more than two decades, the Maggie Flanigan Studio has evolved into one of the most respected professional actor training programs in the United States.
Led now by Maggie’s protege, Artistic Director and Master Teacher Charlie Sandlan, the Maggie Flanigan Studio has assembled an exceptional faculty with the experience and integrity to carry Maggie’s vision and high standards to a new generation of aspiring artists. Our NYC acting conservatory program has one goal: to produce a complete artist; actors who possess the skill, craft, and education necessary to work well into their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. We accomplish this with a curriculum that goes beyond just offering acting classes in NYC. Movement, Voice & Speech, Theater History, Film History, Cold Reading, Script Analysis, and Stage & Film Combat develop actors who can compete with those graduating from the top MFA programs in the country. Additionally, our Professional Business Program has set the industry standard on how to properly prepare actors for the business. An optional third year, our nine months focus on becoming a professional actor includes a designed professional website, a demo reel shot and produced by ReelArc, an array of classes and workshops on the art of self-taping, in-person auditions, and on-camera technique. We are also committed to helping our students transition from the mindset of student to professional. Our students work all year with our in-studio life coach, receive in depth mentoring with a financial coach, social media consultant, and tax accountant. The program culminates in two months of professional auditions with the industry’s top agents, managers, and casting directors.”
Talent is important, but it is not nearly enough. To build a successful career, the best artists in all mediums have a solid technique that becomes second nature and serves as the floorboard for their talent.
It’s this belief that has given the Maggie Flanigan Studio the reputation for producing well-trained, professional actors who can craft a role. Trained actors know how to create rich, organic, and experiential behavior, consistently. But equally important, our actors also possess a strong work ethic, an inviolate sense of truth, and a passion for the art of acting: qualities we believe to be essential for a successful and respected acting career.
The success and reputation of any professional acting studio in NYC is reliant on excellent teachers. The Maggie Flanigan Studio has earned its reputation as one of the most respected NYC acting conservatories because of the faculty assembled by Artistic Director & Master Teacher Charlie Sandlan.
Our teachers are not frustrated actors killing time on the side between acting gigs. The Maggie Flanigan Studio believes that teaching is an art form, and must be approached in a dedicated and serious way. Our staff has been assembled with artists who approach their classroom with expertise, intellectual and artistic rigor, along with a passion and dedication to inspire, challenge, and mentor a new generation of serious actors.
“You will see yourself grow so much at this studio! This place is amazing! Great people, great teachers, and a sense of community like no other!
I had no training before Maggie Flanigan and coming into the studio on the first day, I felt like I was accepted and starting a new journey that would change my relationship with acting. I feel so much more grounded and confident in my abilities, I learn everytime I step into the studio. Theres no other place like it!”