NEW YORK, March 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Accomplished professional actors looking to re-ground themselves in the fundamentals of the craft are encouraged to apply to the Master Class with Maggie Flanigan. The class will take place every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the prestigious Maggie Flanigan Studio (http://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/acting-classes/master-class-actors-917-789-1599/) classes start on April 5 and conclude on June 7. Over the 10 class sessions students will study major parts from the world's greatest playwrights. These scenes are discussed and agreed upon by the student and Maggie before being paired with another actor.
The Master Class is small, intimate and collaborative. Applicants will be chosen for the class by way of a personal interview with Maggie Flanigan, the studio's artistic director and master teacher. The class has been designed with the working actor in mind: The grind of auditions, rehearsals, performances, and frequently encountering "workmanlike" scripts and characters has a way of eroding one's passion for the art form. In addition, being pigeonholed into particular kinds of roles can stifle creativity and result in actors taking short cuts or "phoning it in." As such, the overarching purpose of the Master Class with Maggie Flanigan is to provide a reset button for actors who take their art seriously yet have lost touch with their passion.
Most issues that crop up in a professional actors' career, according to Flanigan, can be traced to the fundamentals. Letting the fundamentals slide results in a generalized approach to the craft and substandard characterization. However, it's not necessarily easy to self-diagnose and correct these deep-seated problems. The Master Class is effective precisely because it focuses on essential techniques like concentration, listening, personalization, and understanding beats and line intentions.
Each Master Class session is a collaborative process in which pairs of students work to isolate and purge their tendencies to generalize, under the watchful tutelage of Maggie Flanigan. Scenes will be carefully chosen in consultation with each actor, based largely on what the actor needs to regain focus and direction. A common refrain among former students is Flanigan's knack for pushing actors well outside of their comfort zone, while still engendering a positive, collaborative environment. Students can therefore expect to be challenged week in and week out as part of the Master Class.
The Master Class admission requirements include attendance at every class, a serious approach to the craft, and the willingness to hold oneself and one's peers to the highest standards. Students should make time for at least two rehearsals outside of class every week. In addition, all students should possess a strong, well-rounded technique and thorough understanding of the craft's fundamentals and vocabulary. Moreover, students will need to show a healthy interest in exploring the human condition, in being vulnerable and empathetic, and in being mutually supportive of their fellow classmates.
"Master Class with Maggie Flanigan rejuvenated my artistry," says Irene Rivera. "It just felt so good to work with somebody who spoke the same language as me, someone who respected the work as much as I did. It just lit me back on fire. I was ready to be back into the audition room because I have worked on the sides of myself that I forgot about, honestly. When she's giving another one, I plan on being right back in there."
Maggie Flanigan's own work is based upon the Meisner Technique, and the studio that carries her name is likewise founded on that technique. Maggie Flanigan Studio alumni include respected actors like Sam Rockwell, Leslie Bibb, Jeremy Davidson, Trevor Long and KaDee Strickland.
About Maggie Flanigan Studio
We are proud to be NYC's most respected professional actor training program. We welcome aspiring actors interested in going the distance with themselves; risk-takers who want to feel safe, nurtured, and yet pushed in a way they could have never imagined in order to fulfill their fullest artistic potential. Executive Director Charlie Sandlan and all of the faculty approach every day honored to be the caretakers of Maggie Flanigan's artistic vision.
Charlie Sandlan, Executive Director
Maggie Flanigan Studio
153 W 27th St #803
New York, New York 10001
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