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Midori has studied with many, many teachers, including: Jerzy Grotowski, Joe Chaikin, Kristin Linklater, Bill Esper, Bobby Lewis, Earle Gister, Nikos Psacharopoulos, Jay Goldenberg, Merry Conway, Andrea Haring, and Kim Gillingham. She continues to study, a journey that she hopes will be lifelong.
As an actor, Midori has worked in film, TV, on Broadway, Off-Broadway, for Shakespeare in the Park, at the Kennedy Center, at the RSC, and in regional theater—with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Patrick Stewart, Angela Bassett, Bill Irwin, Keanu Reeves, Michael C. Hall, Liev Schrieber, Karen Allen, Del Close, Kim Cattrall, and Jennifer Anniston. Directors she has worked with include Morgan Freeman, George C. Wolfe, Lena Dunham, Barry Levenson, Peter Sellars, Nicholas Hytner, Austin Pendleton, James Lapine, Jerzy Grotowski, Joe Chaikin. Midori was made a Designated Linklater Teacher in 2019. In addition to the Maggie Flanigan Studio, she teaches voice for the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University, The Linklater Center in New York, and NYU Tisch at The Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute. She has also taught for Columbia University’s Social Impact Fellowship, Columbia University’s Obama Foundation Scholars, LAByrinth Theater’s Intensive Ensemble, Molloy/CAP21, New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, and the New York Film Academy, as well as coaching private clients in both acting and voice. Midori co-directed, co-produced, and co-edited T’an Bakhtale, a documentary about the Russian Roma, which received awards from the American Association of Anthropology and the Royal Anthropological Institute. She assisted Karen Allen in her directorial debut, A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud.
Your voice is you. There is no separation. What changes you, changes your voice, and vice versa. When we address the “you,” we address your voice. The Linklater voice work is a psychophysical work. We start with the body and always return to the body but are very interested in the psychological implications, the “why” behind your habits, patterns, and behavior. Seen from another perspective, the movement from inside to outside is permeable and flows in both directions. We examine habits and ask if there are behaviors that are no longer helpful to your growth, seeking to shift into new habits that might be more conducive to greater expansion and possibilities. Ultimately, we are searching for freedom, greater range for choices in working, and more fully knowing and inhabiting the infinite possibility that is you.
“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.”