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October 5, 2016, New York, NY: The Maggie Flanigan Studio announces
the beginning of accepting applications and interviews for its
two-year Professional Actor Training Program for those interested in
pursuing a serious and substantial career in acting.

The Maggie Flanigan Studio (MFS) has built a reputation over the last
15 years as one of the top training programs for actors in the United
States. Twenty spots are available for the next First Year class
beginning on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017. The First Year acting class
will meet on Wednesdays from 6:00-9:00 pm and Saturdays 11:00-2:00 pm
from Jan. 4th thru July 29th, 2017. Acceptance is based on a personal
interview with Executive Director and Head of Acting, Charlie
Sandlan. (

MFS has created a comprehensive training program rooted in the
technique of Sandy Meisner, supplemented with classes to help develop
a complete artist. This requires a dedication to work ethic and
artistry. Executive Director and Head of Acting Charlie Sandlan says,
“Most actors in the United States today are lazy. They don’t train and
don’t take the craft of acting seriously. They are caught up in the
pop-culture superficiality of fame and celebrity. I’m not interested
in working with nor training actors that care about that junk. We care
about training artists who respect the art form.”

Sanford Meisner, who came out of the Group Theater of the 1930’s,
created his technique as a response to the disagreement he had with
Lee Strasberg’s approach to training actors, know as The Method- a
technique whereby actors used their personal life history to connect
emotionally to the material. Sandy believed that the imagination was a
far more creative and healthy place to work from, and his technique,
rooted in a simple repetition exercise, evolves over nine months into
an incredibly deep, sophisticated improvisational practice which
encompasses all the fundamentals of acting. Karen Chamberlain, MFS’s
senior acting teacher, says “Meisner’s first-year technique is
remarkable in how it grounds an actor in truth, and creates a very
sensitive, vulnerable, organic actor who can create the perfect
illusion of life. Consistently.”

Space is extremely limited in the January First Year class, and the
MFS is only seeking aspiring actors who have a desire to fully
understand the art form and possess the desire for hard work, and a
willingness to embrace the struggle of creativity. This must include
the courage to operate outside of your comfort zone, and risk failure.
That is when growth can happen. Sandlan says “The majority of actors
in the U.S. are lazy. They lack craft and are unwilling to put in the
hard work required of any serious professional, let alone artist. The
best actors are transformational and have mastered their craft. Few
are willing to put in the effort to make that possible.”

Actors who are interested in applying for the January First Year
acting class are encouraged to do so now. Spots are already being
filled. Contact the Studio with any questions about the two-year
acting program.

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