About The Studio
Our Studio Philosophy
The Maggie Flanigan Studio was founded by Maggie in 2001 to fill what she saw as a substantial gap in American actor training. Our studio is rooted in the belief that a rigorous and inspiring conservatory-based training program should remain small, intimate, and nurturing while challenging students to meet the highest professional expectations. MFS started with Maggie’s reputation as the clearest and most definitive teacher of Sanford Meisner’s technique, the Meisner Technique, and has evolved over the last 15 years into the most respected professional actor training program in the United States.
Professional Training Includes Integrity
Lead now by Charlie Sandlan, the Maggie Flanigan Studio has assembled an exceptional faculty with the experience and integrity to carry Maggie’s vision and high standards to a new generation of aspiring artists. Our conservatory program has one goal: to produce a complete artist; actors who possess the skill, craft, and education necessary to work well into their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. We accomplish this with a curriculum that goes beyond the acting class. Movement, Voice & Speech, Theater History, Film History, Anatomy For Actors, Script Analysis, Film & TV, Monologue, Shakespeare, and Cold Reading develop actors who can compete with those graduating from the top MFA programs in the country. And our Business Class, led by Emmy-nominated producer (HBO documentary Casting By), casting director, and actor Kate Lacey prepare our actors for the professional expectations of the business.
Talented Actors Need Technique
Talent is important, but it is not nearly enough. To build a successful career, the best artists in all mediums have a solid technique that becomes second nature and serves as the floorboard for their talent. It’s this belief that has given the Maggie Flanigan Studio the reputation for producing well-trained, professional actors who can craft a role. Trained actors know how to create rich, organic, and experiential behavior, consistently. But equally important, our actors also possess a strong work ethic, an inviolate sense of truth, and a passion for the art of acting: qualities we believe to be essential for a successful and respected acting career.
About Maggie Flanigan
Artistic Director, Founder of the Studio
Maggie trained as an actor and teacher of the Meisner work with William Esper and quickly became one of the most revered teachers at his studio. At Rutgers University, she served with particular distinction on the faculty of the Professional Actor Training Program at Mason Gross School of the Arts for eighteen years. There, she co-taught the acting classes in the MFA Acting Program and worked with the University/Resident Theatre Association auditions. She also co-directed the NYC & L.A. industry showcases.
“Acting at its best is a creative, transformational art. Actors must work incredibly hard in order to master their acting instrument. I opened this studio determined to provide what was lacking in American actor training: a small, intimate, and nurturing home for serious actors to sharpen their skills and solidify their craft. The work at my studio is rooted in the technique of Sanford Meisner combined with my experience teaching the work for over thirty-five years. If you want to be taken seriously as an actor, dedicate yourself to mastering the craft.”
About Charlie Sandlan
Executive Director, Head of Acting
Charlie’s unique relationship with Maggie Flanigan began nearly twenty years ago. He received his MFA in acting from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School Of The Arts where Maggie and Bill Esper trained him in the Meisner technique. In 2005, after acting and teaching in LA, Charlie returned to NYC, deciding to commit himself to mastering the teaching of Meisner’s work. For the next decade at Maggie’s side, Charlie immersed himself in the art of teaching, mentored by the most respected Meisner teacher in the United States.
“I believe in the actor as artist. I am not interested in pop-culture superficiality. Art is about truth, and this must be the pursuit of any serious actor. It takes incredible courage to function from the human heart. Our goal is to train and nurture actors who value artistry, understand the importance of a developed body and voice, embrace work-ethic and self-discipline, and possess a desire to illuminate humanity in all its aspects. This requires craft. The job of the actor is to create behavior, and the Maggie Flanigan Studio believes the best actors do this organically and truthfully from genuine experience. We are a home for serious actors who want to play full out with themselves and seize the opportunity to live up to their fullest artistic potential.”