Acting Classes for the Serious Professional Actor
The acting classes offered at the Maggie Flanigan Studio rigorously train actors who are committed to their profession by providing the opportunity to learn new skills, improve upon their current abilities, and expand their horizon. If you’re looking for drama classes that will encourage you to work hard for your craft, the Maggie Flanigan Studio has curated the best drama classes for you. Each acting workshop and class are designed for the serious actor who is at the point in their life where the decision has come to turn their dream of being a professional actor into a reality.
You might be thinking that making the move to New York and getting a few headshots was a big step, but it’s the part that comes next that can make or break your career. While typing a resume may seem important, choosing the right acting class is integral. Without focus and work-ethic, you can take as many classes as you want and still not have the results you seek. Instead, the Maggie Flanigan Studio was designed to give students the ability to combine hard work with their natural talents in order to encourage positive growth and lay the groundwork for a successful career as an artist. If you’re passionate about becoming the best actor you can be, this studio is certainly the place for you.
Movement Classes for Actors
Movement Classes – Maggie Flanigan Studio
This studio is dedicated to providing movement classes for actors where the students can feel safe in a nurturing environment. This gives students permission to break away from their daily pedestrian behaviors, so they can create a physical life that is more real and vivid. Performing is always a collaboration and human contact is certainly a key component. In Level 1, students are always challenged to release their physical tensions and unconscious behavior patterns with a structured open choreography with their classmates. Students are instructed in the Williamson Technique and will learn exercises that will immediately begin to help them in their career. The knowledge that the student obtains about their bodies and themselves in these classes has proven invaluable and life changing, both personally and artistically.
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Voice and Speech Acting Classes
Voice and Speech Classes – Maggie Flanigan Studio
Voice and speech classes focus on identifying and releasing tension that is most commonly experienced to develop a voice more capable rich and vibrant communication. These include tension in the jaw, throat, tongue, and the soft palate. By doing this, the student is able to isolate those resonating chambers within their body which allow them to strengthen their speaking voice. During the voice and speech classes for actors, students will learn to develop a repertoire of physical and vocal warm-ups that they can use to prepare for rehearsals, and performances. This is money in the bank for actors who truly know that their voice is their most powerful and intimate mode of expression.
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Theater History Classes
Theater History Classes – Maggie Flanigan Studio
Knowing how to read a play is of the utmost importance for an aspiring actor. While it may sound simple, picking up and being able to read and understand a play is not always easy. It requires curiosity, imagination, and patience. Not only this, but you must also have a healthy amount of skepticism so that you can question any assumptions or preconceptions that you may already have before you pick up and read a play. Being able to communicate your biases is yet another tricky, yet crucial responsibility.
Theater history is taught at the studio over a 10-week period and includes pieces written by a multitude of writers including Sophocles, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Racine, Calderon, Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, O Neill, Williams, Miller, Gertrude Stein, Beckett, Filippo Marinetti, Artaud, Brecht, LeRoi Jones, Adrienne Kennedy, and Robert Wilson as well as many others. There is also heavy emphasis placed on Eastern and Middle Eastern theater and its impact on the western canon. Theater history classes for actors are held once per week and involve the reading and discussion of a play. Class covers everything from major movements in style, to training methods, to theater architecture. In addition, class will identify the cultural contexts and political influences that shaped the content, atmosphere, and scope of the piece in question.
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Script Analysis Class for Actors
Script Analysis Classes – Maggie Flanigan Studio
Another great aspect of this class is providing students with the ability to understand the art of storytelling. When approaching a part, understanding how a character contributes to the overall production will greatly help your collaboration with the director, designers, and fellow actors. It also helps tremendously when approaching auditions, and puts our actors in a position to speak more intelligently with casting directors, directors and producers during auditions as well as in rehearsals. Possessing a solid working knowledge of script analysis can have an enormously positive impact on any actor’s career.
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Film History Classes for Actors
Film History Classes – Maggie Flanigan Studio
You do not want to find yourself in an audition, a rehearsal or on a set, when a director is talking about the influences and ideas behind their work, and you have no idea who or what they are talking about. It’s embarrassing, and reveals an actor to be uninterested and uneducated about the very art form they claim to be pursuing. We want our students to be in the best position to be first-rate collaborators.
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Cold Reading Classes for Actors
Cold Reading Classes for Actors – Maggie Flanigan Studio
Over the ten-week course, students will work on film & tv scenes from comedy to serous drama, as well as monologue from plays. Another essential component of this NYC acting class is to be comfortable working with a reader. Whether an actor is self-taping, or is in the room with a casting director, they will have someone feeding them the other character’s lines. Knowing how to do the right homework on the other characters lines will make it possible to respond in the moment with a personal point of view. Most actors when they have a script in their hands can only act into their script, head down, with absolutely no connection to the other actors in the scene. It looks amateurish. Our NYC cold reading class will help you look like a professional.
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Combat for Stage and Film Class
Combat for Stage and Film Classes – Maggie Flanigan Studio
Over the course of our NYC combat class, students will learn how to throw punches, engage in hand-to-hand fighting, as well as handling knives and swords. Each class is videotaped so students can view the quality of their work, and see if it’s believable. The class will culminate in a one-minute choreographed fight sequence using both hand to hand, and weapons. Safety, responsibility, and awareness are the foundation of this important work.
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Learn About Acting Classes at Maggie Flanigan Studio
Are you interested in turning your dream of being a professional actor into a reality? Are you feeling disheartened in your ability to do so? You might believe that your trip to NYC was the biggest hurdle or you might have attempted to tackle a handful of random classes at different studios in the hope of patching together some skills for your resume. Are you suddenly realizing that you don’t have the abilities needed to go out and succeed?
At the Maggie Flanigan Studio, we’ve created the ideal environment for you to combine your talent with hard work and dedication. If you’re passionate about having a long and fruitful career, our faculty is here to help you reach your goal.
If you’re interested in learning more about our mission, contact us today to discuss our class and registration policies. To schedule your interview, give us a call today at (917) 794-3878.
“I was placed in the intense reigns of Charlie Sandlan. I became a better artist, actor, friend, sibling and daughter because of the studio. Even now, I crave the studio every day. What I learned is present in my work every day. I truly believe in everything they stand for.”
“Maggie taught me that I could control my work, my acting, and to throw all of the bullshit out that I had in my head about ‘what I should be doing’ and to just listen and respond honestly, in the moment. She gave me a craft. She is, quite simply put, THE BEST.”
“Maggie Flanigan taught me the true meaning of artistry, passion, and professionalism. I am certain that I continue to work as an actress because of my training with Maggie. At every audition and every performance, her guiding voice is with me. It is a gift beyond measure.”
“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.”
“Maggie helped me find my sense of truth, an actors greatest asset. Maggie is an expert at instilling that vital ingredient, which allows an actor’s potential to become limitless. My work will forever be rooted in the clarity and honesty she helped me develop.”
“After working for ten years, I did the 2 year program, and now feel that I have the tools I need to become the actor I’ve always dreamed of being. Maggie Flanigan instilled in me a clear sense of truth and a standard of perfection. I am a better actor because of this studio.”
“As an actor, the core of what you have to rely on is your sense of truth and humanity. Maggie allowed me to discover and embrace mine. Trusting my sense of humanity and truth has given me the ability to take risks in my work and my career decisions.”
“Maggie Flanigan introduced me to my own spirit and my own sense of Truth. Her passion for teaching and ability to communicate are rare gifts to any actor looking for a technique to set his or her talent free. Maggie’s voice has been the one constant guide in my career.”
“Maggie is passionate and disciplined. She teaches that these are essential parts of the actor’s journey. Acting happens between people. Meisner says it, and Maggie insists upon it. To this day, it is what I find most captivating to watch and most gratifying to practice.”
“Maggie’s teaching is unmatched. She finds a great balance in having you commit to the work specifically while allowing your own essence to color the role. To this day, both in theater and in film, her voice and teaching have continued to profoundly influence my work.”
“Maggie inspired me to love the craft of acting. She challenged me to find the truth in the moment and to bring to it the most simple, authentic part of myself. She put guts into my acting. Maggie’s ability to catch anything false or contrived in an actor is a real gift.”