Lianna Nielsen

Studio Nutritionist


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Lianna obtained her BA in Literature and Art History from The George Washington University before graduating from the full-time conservatory program at the Atlantic Theater Company. She thereafter attended the Institute of Integrative Nutrition where she obtained her health coaching certificate, focusing on health and wellness within the acting community.


Lianna has since created a curriculum designed specifically for actors and artists to understand their individual nutrition needs, connect more fully to their creativity and enhance their performance. In addition to her class at Maggie Flanigan Studio, she also teaches at The Actor’s Green Room and works with private clients. Her most recent acting credits include the feature film ‘Hits’ which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ and commercials for Clinique, Organic Valley and Bed, Bath and Beyond.


I love to teach because I find it so exciting to empower people to listen to and understand their bodies. There’s nothing more rewarding than helping someone understand why they feel a certain way and then providing the tools to feel better. I love seeing how sometimes even the smallest health, lifestyle shifts can completely change their bodies and lives. I’m thrilled to be  working with the Maggie Flanigan Studio because they dedicate themselves to creating well-rounded actors who revere the craft. They understand how to use their bodies, how to listen to their creative voices and how to care for their instruments. The studio provides a wonderful environment that’s conducive to learning, exploration, and growth. They instill an impeccable work ethic and develop the kinds of actors who people enjoy working with.

The Importance of a Healthy Body

Any serious artist takes great care of their instrument.  For the actor that includes the entire human vessel; body, voice, and emotional temperament.  The Maggie Flanigan Studio believes in shedding the cliche of “the suffering artist”.  We are committed to offering our students the opportunities to become their healthiest and most creative selves.

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Teaching Philosophy

“The more you start to understand how to listen to your body and decipher your cravings, the more you really understand what you specifically need to be eating. That will support your performance and not only make you the happiest and healthiest but make you more connected to your creative voice and ultimately, more interesting to watch on stage or on screen.”