• Lawrence Ballard

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    Film & TV, Summer On-Camera

    Lawrence Ballard received a BA from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from Rutgers University where he trained with Maggie Flanigan and Bill Esper. Along with his film and TV credits he has extensive commercial, voice over, spokesperson and New York City acting experience.

  • Erin Cherry

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    Cold Reading, Monologue, Private Acting Coach - Emmy Award Winner

    Erin Cherry received her BA in Theatre from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her MFA in acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where she studied under Bill Esper and Maggie Flanigan. Cherry also has an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing the role of Brenda on the Emmy Award winning show After Forever (Amazon Prime).

Movement & Voice

Professional Actor Training Faculty (PATP)

  • Kate Lacey

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    Professional Business Program

    Kate Lacey-Kiley 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, Kate became assistant to Marcia Ross, head of Feature Film Casting for Walt Disney and Touchstone Pictures.

  • Nathan Winkelstein

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    Script Analysis

    Nathan Winkelstein has been Associate Producer with Red Bull Theater for three years, serving as Producing Director of The Revelation Reading Series, Education Director of Shakespeare in Schools and the Masterclass offerings.

  • Elliot B. Quick

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    Theater History, Playwriting

    Elliot is a theatre artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He received an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama, where he served as Production Dramaturg for 16 productions at the Yale Rep, YSD, and the Yale Cabaret.

  • Jeff Richardson

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    Film History

    Jeff received a BA in Film & Television from the University of Michigan, and an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University. He is a full-time staff member at New York University’s Department of Cinema Studies, where he has helped organize numerous international conferences and film screenings.

  • Bill Coelius

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    Head of Professional Business Program, Commercial Acting I & II

    Bill received a BA in Theater from Eastern Michigan University, earning all three union cards by graduation. His TV and Film credits include Criminal Minds, American Horror Story: Hotel, Modern Family, Parks and Rec, The Office, Desperate Housewives, and working with Ang Lee in Taking Woodstock. He has also booked fifty national commercials.

  • Laura Pensiero

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    Reiki for Actors I & II, Nutrition for Actors I

    Laura is a lifelong artist, compassionate teacher, and dedicated healer. In addition to being a certified Reiki Master, Breathwork Healer, and Institute for Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Laura holds a BFA in acting from NYU’s Tisch school of the arts. She is the owner and founder of Reiki for Actors.

Private Acting Coaches And Guest Teachers

  • Carly Zien

    Resident Intimacy Director

    Carly Zien is an actress, teacher, and intimacy coach based in New York City.  She graduated with an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama in 2014, and has worked extensively in film, television, commercials and theater ever since.  She privately coaches actors, works as an Intimacy Coordinator for schools around the city, and teaches acting at Heidi Marshall Studio.

  • Mask and Character Development Teacher

    Rich Rand began his professional career as a street performer on Fisherman’s Wharf and went on to tour Europe, performing for tens of thousands, with his troupe of lovable clowns.

  • Lenard Petit

    Chekhov & Clown

    Lenard Petit teaches Chekhov & Clown at the Maggie Flanigan Studio. Lenard is a stage director and actor who resides in New York City. He has been working in the theater for thirty years, collaborating with other artists.

  • Alyssa Ciccarello

    Voice & Speech

    Alyssa Ciccarello holds a BFA in Acting from the Experimental Theatre Wing, NYU Tisch. She teaches Voice & Speech classes at the studio and is a Designated Linklater Teacher. Alyssa has performed and created original work in New York, Barcelona, and Rome for both live theater and for film, and she currently collaborates with a range of performers and choreographers in New York and Europe.

  • Victor Villar-Hauser

    Private Acting Coach Los Angeles

    Victor Villar-Hauser is a private acting coach that came to NYC from London in 1995 to study with Maggie Flanigan. In addition to acting, he works extensively in voice-over, dramaturgy, and theater production.

  • Michael Pace

    Suzuki & Slow Tempo

    Michael Pace is a New York based actor, director, producer and teaching artist. Michael holds a BA from the University of Washington and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama where he was the recipient of the Oliver Thorndike Acting Award.

  • Louisa Proske

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    Louisa Proske is a director of classics, new plays, and opera, and an acting teacher at the studio. She holds a MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama, and a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University, UK. She trained with Kristin Linklater and Peter Francis James, and studied Shakespeare with leading scholars at Cambridge University.