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B.A. Vassar College. Amanda was part of the first cohort to certify in Miller Voice Method, and was also certified as an Advanced Breathwork Practitioner by the International Breathwork Foundation. She has trained in diverse approaches to voice and speech, including Knight-Thompson Speechwork, Fitzmaurice and Linklater voice work, Patsy Rodenburg, and Edith Skinner. She is currently pursuing certification as a meditation instructor with Kripalu.
Amanda has taught speech and accents in New York City for over 20 years. Her clients include award-winning stage and film actors, models, comedians, pop and opera singers, media personalities, corporate executives, and children. Additionally, she’s served on faculty of Freeman Studio, HB Studio, LIU, and The New School. She’s the author of the only book on American Accent acquisition designed specifically for native English speakers, and she was featured as a dialect expert on Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen. She is the founder of The Talk Shop, LLC (talkshopnyc.com).
“How does the way we speak reflect and affect who we are?” That question guides my approach to speech and dialect work. I’m interested in how the actor uses accent work to support and stimulate the broader process of creating a character. Acting in an accent brings up special challenges for the performer. There can be tension, self-consciousness, and fear. But accents can also be profoundly liberating keys to character. My background is varied, and I draw from disciplines of breath, voice, and mind training to meet each actor right where they are and help them find more ease and joy in their speech work.
“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.”