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Annie-McNamara

ANNIE MCNAMARA

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.

Education

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.

Experience

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.

Philosophy

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.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

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