What are the qualifications for an acting coach?

byActing Studio

cale-icon28-12-2019 82 view-icon

When seeking the right coach for the task at hand, there are qualifications to look for. Acting Coaches who work privately should be able to provide a list of references. Speak to a former client, or ask a studio where they have taught. Online you can look for real reviews from previous students.

karen chamberlain teaching at the maggie flanigan studio karen is an acting teacher and an acting coach

Meisner Acting Coach New York NY – Karen Chamberlain – (917) 789-1599

Reaching out to an acting school or institution is an excellent way to find a coach. With a long list of instructors, studios are well aware of the specific skills and experience teachers have. Another often forgotten qualification is how plugged in the coach is to the industry at large. Coaches are typically better connected that most with directors, producers, and casting agents. They can give great advice regarding auditions, but they might also be able to get you into the audition room using their connections. If they believe in you and your work ethic, they might be willing to make introductions to decision-makers. If the coach has worked with recognizable names and known actors, they are more likely to be excellent at what they do.

A coach is someone you end up working closely with, so consider their personality and communication style. Are they nurturing or demanding? The schedule plays a part as well. Do they hold sessions in the evening or during the day? This is a tough business. Best to study with someone who matches your temperament and suits your way of working.

Do all acting coaches teach the same techniques?

There are only a few accepted techniques recognized and taught by people in the industry. Method acting is the most impactful actor training method in the history of acting in the U.S. This technique was imported and adapted from a Russian actor/director Konstantin Stanislavski.

Three American actors/directors further developed the approach but focused on different aspects of it. Some derivative techniques focus on the actor’s emotional life; others train actors in truthful behavior and its connection to emotion. Still, others use memory and recollection of personal experiences to fuel the work. Find a coach with an approach that seems appropriate for how you like to work and go from there.

An acting coach should have experience teaching foundational techniques and skills but also have an area of expertise. Certain principles for great acting hold true across the board, but coaches have an instinct for more specific aspects of the craft. Find one that is qualified to teach the skills you need to grow. Perhaps you need coaching in comedy because you tend to be too dramatic, or maybe you rely on a script too much and work too much in your head. These are habits that can be corrected with the right coaching. If you are a Meisner student, it makes sense to find a Meisner trained coach. If you prefer Method acting, a coach with a background in that technique makes more sense. Just make sure they come highly recommended by people you trust.

Top Acting Coach in New York, NY


Acting Coaches New York, NY

Learn more about the private acting coaches, acting teachers and acting programs at the Maggie Flanigan Studio by visiting the website for the studio here:  https://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/new-york-ny Interested students should apply online and contact the studio with questions by calling (917) 789-1599.

Related Posts

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Two Year
Acting ProgramThe Meisner Technique

Starts Sept 15th
The Maggie Flanigan Studio has the best summer acting program in New York and the United States for serious actors who are interested in the Meisner Technique.
917-789-1599

*Call to Schedule an Interview

Recent Studio Reviews