Maggie Flanigan has been teaching professional acting classes in New York City for over thirty years. She is the Artistic Director and Master Teacher of the Maggie Flanigan 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 and L.A. industry showcases.
As Maggie discovered what she considers to be the core of the Meisner work, she took time to document her unique findings. She is currently working on a manual based on her writings and extensive teaching experience.
It is widely acknowledged by actors familiar with Meisner and by professionals in the industry that Maggie understands and teaches the Meisner work more clearly and precisely than any practicing Meisner teacher today. In 2010, she won the NYC Back Stage Readers' Choice "Favorite Scene Study Teacher" and "Favorite Private Acting Coach" awards. Maggie shared "Favorite Acting Teacher" in NYC in both 2006 and 2008. She also won "Favorite Private Acting Coach" in NYC for 2008. She is included in the book, Acting Teachers of America. She participated in the author’s symposium as a panelist.
Maggie established the Maggie Flanigan Studio to offer smaller classes and to give individual attention to serious actors in a conservatory-based program. She has carefully chosen the faculty and designed the curriculum to parallel an MFA-based program. Over the past decade, the Studio has become a magnet for talented actors interested in the Meisner work.
Maggie was the leading actress of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s play The Little Flower of East Orange in a 2006 staged reading at the Public Theatre. She subsequently read the part again with Phillip Seymor Hoffman, Yul Vasquez and Stephen Adly Guirgis at the Drama Bookstore in 2009. Maggie also taught, coached, and directed at Bard College's LAB Intensive Summer Program in 2009.
Throughout her teaching career, Maggie has made an astonishing impact on two generations of talented acting students. Maggie is known and loved for her gift of clarity, her eye for truth, and her ability to inspire actors and to demand excellence from them. Maggie is a purist who sets the bar high.
Her former and current students include Sam Rockwell, Chris Massino, KaDee Strickland, Piper Perabo., Stephen Adlis Guirgis, Yul Vasquez, Leslie Bibb, Vanessa Aspillaga, Peter Scanovino, Dean Winters, Kohl Sudduth, Scott Winters, Calista Flockhart, Kristin Davis, Jeremy Davidson, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Scott Hudson.