Karen Chamberlain

First Year, Cold Reading, Monologue, Film & TV


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Karen Chamberlain holds an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University where she studied under Maggie Flanigan and William Esper. She was an Assistant Professor for The BFA Professional Actor Training Program at Mason Gross School of The Arts, Rutgers University, where she taught Voice and Acting and was the first On­Site Resident Director for The Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe, London.


Karen also taught first and second year Meisner Technique at The William Esper Studio for nine years. In addition to teaching at The Maggie Flanigan Studio, she currently teaches Acting at The Meisner Studio at NYU, Tisch School of The Arts.


The technique of Sanford Meisner, taught to me by Maggie Flanigan and William Esper, changed everything about the way I work as an actress and how I respond to the world as an artist. When I was invited to train as a teacher, I felt as if I had won the lottery! I consider it a privilege to pass this work on. My mission as a first year Meisner acting teacher is to empower students by awakening their authentic, truthful responses and to help them uncover what has real meaning for them.

Cold Reading for Actors

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A mastery of fundamentals and craft is where any serious actor must start.  How do you apply this to all aspects and demands of an actor’s professional career?  The Maggie Flanigan Studio produces well trained, professional actors who are grounded in the Meisner technique and have the capacity to audition under any circumstance, competing with actors coming out of the best MFA programs in the United States.

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Teaching Philosophy

I learned what it meant to be present in the moment. To really listen, to take in, to be happened to, to have a real experience in real time and I figured out what spontaneity meant. I didn’t know what it meant. That our talent is in our instincts, it’s in our impulses.