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Acting Coach

Annie, a Ph.D. student at Brown University, pursued her dream to become an actress in NYC, studying under Maggie Flanigan. Over 20 years, she has earned various accolades, including a Tony nomination. She has worked with experimental theater company Elevator Repair Service and appeared on screen. As a teacher, Annie emphasizes living truthfully under imaginary circumstances, encouraging students to bring themselves to the play, finding their truth in each character and situation while maintaining their humanity.


Annie was in the Ph.D.program at Brown University for English Literature. After receiving her Masters, she decided to follow her actual dream: to become an actress in N.Y.C. Victoria Hart, a Meisner master teacher at NYU, told her to study with Maggie Flanigan. Annie signed up for the two year program and never looked back.


Over her 20-year career, Annie has worked with innumerable collaborators, spanning vastly different artistic worlds. Some highlights:

As Alana in Jeremy O. Harris’ SLAVE PLAY on Broadway, she received a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. As The Cheerleader in Jenny Schwartz’s IOWA, She received a Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.

Since 2008, Annie has been a creator, performer and educator with the experimental theater company, Elevator Repair Service. She’s toured nationally & internationally in their productions of GATZ, EVERYONE’S FINE WITH VIRGINIA WOOLF and THE SOUND AND THE FURY.

Annie is also a Clubbed Thumb affiliated artist.

On screen, you can see her in Blue Jasmine, Orange is the New Black, The Knick, Mozart in the Jungle,The Good Fight, Severance and Hello Tomorrow.


When I became a teacher with She-Collective*, I stepped into my philosophy. It comes from mixing the deeply rooted work with Maggie and the wildly, genre-bending, NEW, “devised” characters I was lucky enough to play in my career. We are always “living truthfully under imaginary circumstances,” even if the world we are serving is out of this world. You must bring yourself to the play. Not vice versa. No matter how BIG the character, she is in you. No matter how bizarre the circumstance, you must find your truth in it. I lean in, and I listen. For the truth. I gently encourage my students to slow down, to work the process. Too fast too soon, and you will lose the specificity. You will lose yourself. And that’s what we want to see! Your humanity.


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“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.”

Marco Bettencourt Urbina

Jes Macallan

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.”

Marco Bettencourt Urbina

Leslie Bibb

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.”

Marco Bettencourt Urbina

Andrea Anders