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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.”
“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.”