Six Week Meisner Summer Intensive

The Six Week Summer Intensive is an 18 class program that provides students the opportunity to get the beginning third of Meisner’s first year of Meisner technique training. Summer intensives are ubiquitous in NYC. What distinguishes the Maggie Flanigan Studio is our belief that a brief summer course can actually teach and provide something of value. A great deal can be gained with six weeks of hard, dedicated work. Our summer session approaches the class with the same high standards expected of our conservatory students. Twelve classes are dedicated to establishing a better understanding of the fundamentals, while also teaching our students the importance of simple, specific, and personal crafting. The last two weeks will be spent applying this work to scenes. Although six weeks is an incredibly short time, we will still challenge our students to discover the freedom and originality that comes from truly breaking free from the issues that plague untrained, hack actors: adjusting to the text, general crafting, waiting for cues, line readings, and an inability to listen or work in a free and spontaneous way.

It is important to understand, however, that one cannot become a fully trained actor and artist in six weeks. It is not possible. Those that say otherwise are either lying or incredibly misinformed. We approach our summer class dedicated to inspiring and teaching students the beauty of the art form and the importance of pursuing serious training. Our six-week summer intensive is a tremendous introduction for students contemplating a commitment to craft and artistry. Choosing the best professional actor training is the most important decision an aspiring actor can make. What is the Meisner technique? Is the program serious? Does the studio accept anyone that walks in the door? Do they have standards? Will I be in class with other students as committed as I am? Does the place feel like a factory? Are their teachers just frustrated actors? Our Summer Intensive will answer these questions. This is why many of our summer students continue on into the two-year program. These students get the chance to do the first third of the first year again, and often, their growth happens in a far deeper and more substantial way.

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Meisner Summer Intensive 2017 Maggie Flanigan (917) 789-1599

Who Should Consider the Six Week Meisner Summer Intensive?

The summer program was created to provide currently enrolled, or those who have completed their undergraduate degree with an understanding of the real professional training necessary to be a serious actor and artist. Most undergraduates understand they still don’t yet possess the craft and technique necessary. This ultimately requires 2-3 years of immersive training. In our Meisner Summer Intensive, the student-actor will come away knowing what professional actor training is, why the Meisner Technique is the healthiest, most creative way to train organic actors.

Summer Acting Program - The Meisner Summer Intensive Begins

Summer Acting Program – The Meisner Summer Intensive Begins

Summer Session is also a good refresher course for trained actors, or those looking to find something of value to do with their summer while pursuing their BA or BFA degrees at universities throughout the United States.

This class can also be complemented with Voice 1, Movement 1 and On-Camera to truly provide a comprehensive, well-rounded summer experience.

Charlie Sandlan( Executive Director, Head of Acting: )

Charlie's unique relationship with Maggie Flanigan began seventeen years ago. He received his MFA in Acting from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, where Maggie trained him in the Meisner technique. After working as an actor in both NYC and LA he has spent the last decade as Maggie's protege, immersed in the art of teaching, while being mentored by the top Meisner teacher in the United States. Having been chosen by Maggie to carry forward her four decades as the clearest and most accurate teacher of Sandy Meisner's work, she has ensured that her studio will continue operating at the uncompromising standards that have made MFS the epitome of professional actor training. Charlie teaches all First Year students and also teaches Second Year technique, Cold Reading, Monologue, Film/TV, and the Six-Week Summer Intensive classes. Charlie is also associate producer for the HBO documentary Casting By, which had its theatrical release November 1st, 2013 in New York City.


  • "I walked in a boy, left an artist. Thank you. This is not only an actor training, this was a life changing experience. I use this technique outside of acting. I can't express how grateful I am to have this curriculum under my belt."

    Pedro Morillo, Jr.

  • "Maggie Flanigan Studio is the real deal. Every class was a new revelation of what it is to be an actor, an artist, a human being. If you want to become an actor, this is the place to really learn how to act."

    Victoria Pence

  • "If you are serious about your dedication to acting, there is no better place to develop. Charlie Sandlan and the staff at Maggie Flanigan studio will empower you to take on any obstacle in your career."

    Seth Andrew Miller