Professional Business Program

Finishing a conservatory acting program is an incredible accomplishment.  The anticipation of actively pursuing a professional career can feel daunting and overwhelming.  How do I start?  What do I need to know?  How does the business work?  These questions and many others can sometimes cause actors a great deal of anxiety and worry.  Too often, actors finish their actor training and then are left on their own to navigate the business.  They spend 5-8 years figuring out what and who  they need to know and what they should be doing to move their careers forward, spending thousands of dollars in the process. We want our students to not only be well-trained actors.  We also want them to hit the ground running, fully educated on the business and armed with the tools needed to actually make a living with their art.

This sixteen-week course is another example of what makes the Maggie Flanigan Studio the most comprehensive professional actor-training program in the United States.  We believe that a serious actor ultimately needs to excel in two areas:  craft and business.  After spending two years focused on the Meisner Technique and the art of acting, it’s now time to learn about the business, including the expectations placed upon professional actors.  The first few years of an actor’s career are crucially important.  Most aspiring actors arrive in NYC and LA, get bad headshots, type up a hodge-podge resume of high school and college theater roles, some scene study classes, and start looking for auditions.  They are untrained, unprepared, and wonder why they can’t get work.  First impressions however, are incredibly important when meeting casting directors, agents, managers, etc. We created our Professional Business Program with the goal of reducing the years of struggle that most actors experience when pursuing their career.  The Maggie Flanigan Studio Professional Business Program provides the knowledge and insight most actors acquire over 5-8 years, in only 16 weeks.

We are passionate about sending out true professionals.   First impressions only happen once.  As you begin to pursue professional auditions, its important that you can walk into that room with confidence, not just in your artistry, but bolstered by the vast amount of information you have received from casting directors, working actors, playwrights, directors, producers, agents, photographers, and managers that we bring in to share their insights and expectations.  No one will take you seriously if you don’t take yourself seriously first.  The Maggie Flanigan Studio provides the artistic and business tools you need to make that a reality.

Our 16-week program provides the following:

Weeks 1-8:

* Professional Headshots

* A Personally Curated, Professional Website

* Professionally Edited Reel

*6 Classes With Casting Director and Producer Kate Lacey Kiley

* 8-Week On Camera Coaching

* 5 Classes With A Selection of NYC/LA Managers

* Workshop With A Social Media Consultant

* Workshop With SAG/AFTRA Tax Accountant

* Panel Discussion With Professional NYC Headshot Photographers

* 10 Q & A Nights with working Actors, Directors, Playwrights, and Producers

Weeks 9-16

* 8 Nights of Professional Auditions with NYC/LA Agents, Casting Directors, and Managers

 Weeks 9-16 are only available to students who have taken Voice, Movement, Cold Reading, Monologue, Film & TV, Theater History, and Script Analysis

Kathryn Lacey( Business 2: )

Kathryn Lacey studied with Kristin Linklater and graduated with a BFA in Acting from Emerson College. She began her casting career as legendary casting director Marion Dougherty’s intern at Warner Brothers Feature Film Casting. Upon Marion ‘s retirement a year later, Kathryn became assistant to Marcia Ross, head of Feature Film Casting for Walt Disney and Touchstone Pictures. She was eventually promoted to Manager of Feature Film Casting and oversaw the casting of the films The Kinky Boots Factory, Casanova, and Step Up. She also served as casting director for Stick It, starring Jeff Bridges. Lacey left Disney in order to refocus her energies toward acting, producing, and coaching actors. She recently produced the feature documentary Casting By, which is currently the definitive documentary on the role of the casting director and the casting process. She also is currently in preproduction for the independent feature film Beard’s Creek. As an actress, she has appeared in the television shows NCIS, Private Practice, Rizzoli & Isles, and the feature films College Roadtrip, Old Dogs, The Proposal, and more.


  • "Kate is real, raw and like every teacher at this studio, truly invested in the student."

    Rolando Chusan

  • "Kate’s one on one work on audition technique was immensely constructive. I grew leaps and bounds in this class. My confidence walking into the room will be much stronger after working with Kate."

    Charlie Westfal

  • "Kate knows practically everything there is to know about what’s going on in the Business on any given day. Her feedback is always tremendously helpful."

    Sean Kaufman