About Maggie Flanigan

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.

Founder of the Studio

About Charlie Sandlan

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.

Executive Director & Head of Acting


  • “Maggie Flanigan is uncompromising, her instincts as a teacher are razor sharp. She doesn’t miss a beat”

    Sam Rockwell

  • 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.”

    Stephen Adly Guirgis

  • “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.”

    Jes Macallan

  • “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.”

    Andrea Anders

  • “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.”

    Leslie Bibb

  • “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.”

    Mike Colter

  • “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.”

    Piper Perabo

  • “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.”

    KaDee Strickland

  • “Maggie Flanigan has the unique ability to get an actor to the essence of what is true in a moment. She creates a safe and caring environment in which to work.”

    Yul Vazquez

  • “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.”

    Jeremy Davidson

  • “Maggie is passionate and disciplined. She teaches that these are essential parts of the actor’s journey. Acting happens between people. Meisner says it, and Maggie insists upon it. To this day, it is what I find most captivating to watch and most gratifying to practice.”

    Susan Pourfar

  • “Maggie’s teaching is unmatched. She finds a great balance in having you commit to the work specifically while allowing your own essence to color the role. To this day, both in theatre and in film, her voice and teaching have continued to profoundly influence my work.”

    Tim Dekay

  • “Maggie inspired me to love the craft of acting. She challenged me to find the truth in the moment and to bring to it the most simple, authentic part of myself. She put guts into my acting. Maggie’s ability to catch anything false or contrived in an actor is a real gift.”

    Trevor Long

  • “Maggie Flanigan and Charlie Sandlan helped me tremendously to become the working actor I am today. I booked my first off-broadway play with Signature Theatre Co. I could not be more proud to call myself a student of the studio.”

    Reed Luplau

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