Two Year Acting Prgram Stephen Martinez

The Maggie Flanigan Studio provides a two-year active program in New York based on the teaching of Sanford Meisner. In this video, Stephen discusses the Meisner technique and the two-year program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio.

Well, the actual definition of being an artist has always been the same, it’s about being creative and how you approach certain things. But what separates it different from coming to Maggie is the meaning you put behind the word. Being able to make choices and stick to them and create a behavior behind it. So being an artist, really letting yourself explore and pursue whatever you feel inside, as long as it’s truthful to your self, really makes it amazing. As an artist, I couldn’t see it any other way.

The Meisner technique has always been amazing because it’s the ability to actually do something in imaginary circumstance. So it’s not about just having inner life but channeling that life and really pushing your self in your limits and being okay with making your choices. The Meisner technique, in itself, is really been amazing to help me grow as an actor.

There’s so many components to being an actor, besides just creating an inner life and allowing yourself to be free and fluid. But with Maggie, I have movement and voice and all these other classes that helped me, helped the body create that channel so that my inner life can process and I can come to life and create that behavior.

Charlie is unbelievable and in the sense where he is firm and strong and will not take shit from anybody. But he’s also– He also gives you that space you need to make choices and come to life. He gets upset if you don’t put in the work. You’ll fall flat in your face. I’ve fallen flat on my face multiple times. But as long as I’m pushing my self and trying, he doesn’t get upset. It’s the people who are lazy that really get to him.

You can see that passion he create inside and gives to us. He always talks about having this bar and we have to always hit his bar because he’s never going to come down to us. For me it’s a challenge. Charlie himself is the only type of coach I would ever want in my corner to help push me and make me a better actor.

I get waves of chills and energy when I think of this place. It’s really family oriented. When I compare it to another schools, I really don’t. Maggie itself really sets the bar and you feel warm and you feel like everyone knows your name. Oh my God, in the first week, everyone knew my name. Anyone working in the front office, the teachers. I haven’t even met some of these teachers and they knew my name. I was just like, "Holy cow." It creates such a warm environment and it allows the actor to feel comfortable to pursue what they want to go for. There isn’t a time if I feel down, there’s twenty other actors who in this process get to know me to a level I don’t even know myself. They help bring you back up when you feel down.

There’s such an emotional connection that you build with this people that I know these are long lasting friendships and artists that I’m going to work with in the future. If the Meisner is not for you, them Meisner is not for you. But if it’s because you’re not willing to push yourself, than this isn’t the program for you. Because it is going to test you in so many aspects. If you’re not ready to give your all to becoming an actor, then now is not the right time.

With Charlie, he’s someone that knows behavior. If you couldn’t create the behavior, he’ll nitpick and get down to why you couldn’t create that behavior. What in your crafting was off that didn’t allow you to come to life. Then you work on that for the next time. It really sets it apart from other acting coaches.

Charlie talks about when you first get in. By the end of the year you’ll be able to emotionally step off a curb like that. Like come to life. I didn’t believe it until now. I can take anything personally and I can get upset, I can be sad, I can be happy and joyful. It’s such a big difference and I feel so open.

What made me choose Maggie is the welcoming that I got when I got here and the ability to work at some of the classes and observe them. You feel at home. I was an hour early, the studio wasn’t even open. They were like, "Just come in and have a seat. Charlie will be with you in a moment." Charlie met with me early, I sat down, I felt so connected with him.

I actually broke down and cried because I felt defeated from all this other training that I tried to do. I just knew this was home for me. Shop around, look around other studios. But, Maggie Flanigan studio is the only studio that really puts the actor first.

To learn more about the Meisner technique, visit the Maggie Flanigan studio website. Just schedule an interview for the two-year acting program and conservatory at the Maggie Flanigan studio. Call 917-789-1599.

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In this student interview, Stephen discusses the Meisner technique and the two-year program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio. The Two Year program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio is founded on the teachings of Sanford Meisner.

What did you think it meant to be an artist before training at Maggie Flanigan Studio?

The actual definition of being an artist is always the same. Being creative and how you approach certain things but what separates it different from coming to Maggie is the meaning you put behind the word. Being able to make choices and stick to them and create the behavior behind it. Being an artist is letting yourself explore and pursue whatever you feel inside, as long as it’s truthful to yourself. Really to me is amazing. As an artist, I couldn’t see it any other way.

Maggie Flanigan Studio
153 W 27th St #803
New York, New York 10001
+1 917-789-1599
www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/
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plus.google.com/100897218937179347163

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What has the Meisner technique done for you and what have you learned about the art of acting from it?

The Meisner Technique. I think it’s amazing in itself. The concept of Meisner and everything he wanted to get across to future artists was amazing. In the sense where inner life, like being able to come to life and not only come to life but channel that life through the act of actually doing something. Can you repeat that one?

Maggie Flanigan Studio
153 W 27th St #803
New York, New York 10001
+1 917-789-1599
www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/
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What has the Meisner technique done for you and what have you learned about it the art of acting?

The Meisner Technique is always amazing because it’s the ability to do something in imaginary circumstances. It’s not about just having an inner life but channeling that life and pushing yourself to your limits and being okay with making new choices. The Meisner Tech in itself is amazing to help me grow as an actor.

Maggie Flanigan Studio
153 W 27th St #803
New York, New York 10001
+1 917-789-1599
www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/
goo.gl/maps/oxqqExybwL32
plus.google.com/100897218937179347163

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How has Maggie Flanigan Studio changed your understanding about the actor as an artist?

There are many components to being an actor besides just creating inner life and allowing yourself to be free and fluid. At the Maggie Flanigan Studio, I have movement and voice and all these other classes that help me help the body to create that channel so that my inner life can process and I can come to life and create that behavior.

Maggie Flanigan Studio
153 W 27th St #803
New York, New York 10001
+1 917-789-1599
www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/
goo.gl/maps/oxqqExybwL32
plus.google.com/100897218937179347163

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How would you describe Charlie’s approach to teaching the Meisner Technique?

Charlie is unbelievable in the sense where he’s firm and stable and will not take sh** from anybody. He also gives you that space you need to make choices and come to life. He gets upset if you don’t put in the work. You’ll fall flat on your face. I’ve fallen flat on my face multiple times. But as long as I’m pushing myself and trying, he doesn’t get upset. It’s the people who are lazy that get to him. You can see that passion he creates inside and gives to us. Charlie talks about having a bar. We need to consistently work to reach this bar because he’s never going to lower this bar, his standards, to make it easy for us to reach.

For me, it’s a challenge. Charlie himself is the only type of coach I would ever want in my corner, to help push me and make me a better actor.

Maggie Flanigan Studio
153 W 27th St #803
New York, New York 10001
+1 917-789-1599
www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/
goo.gl/maps/oxqqExybwL32
plus.google.com/100897218937179347163

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