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Published on Aug 4, 2016
http://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/t... The two year acting program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio prepares serious actors for long professional careers. This video is an interview with a student that completed the two year program.
In this video Claire Ganshert discusses her time at the studio in New York.
Q: Now that you have completed the two year program, how do you feel about starting your professional career?
I am excited. I am really excited. I feel like I can now pursue the career that I wanted to. When I first came in to the studio, I wouldn’t even call myself an artist, let alone an actor, because I did not feel comfortable pursuing this. I didn’t feel like I was allowed to or I tools. I did not know how to act. Now I feel fully equipped. I feel like I can reach back into the tool box for whatever I need and I can re-engage any part of the training at any point in time. Charlie was great about cultivation this discipline and work ethic and sincere deep, deep passion for this work on a very human, sensitive level. I am so grateful for that.
Q: What did you think that it meant to study as an actor before you came to the studio?
I knew it was an important part of the career. I knew that it would help me work consistently and deliver the same behavior every thing and to connect personally. I knew that was all part of it. I also knew that it was going to open up my instrument, which I think that I wasn’t ready for until I was ready, and that was not a moment before I came into the studio. It’s something I had to agree to when I started the training.
“O.K., I’m going to do this and I am going to do this full on.”
Q: Now that you have finished the two year program, how has your perspective on training changed?
Well,, it is still one of the most important things if one wants to be a professional actor, is training. I don’t see how the profession is done without it or rather I don’t know how I could pursue acting without the training that I got here at the studio. I feel comfortable with my crafting. I feel that my crafting is consistent. I know what tools I can use to get the behavior that I want. I can personally connect, I can take in and I live in a sensual way now, sensory in the world, connecting to others. Those are all important parts of the career. This is so much more than an acting program. It is a program that helped me to be a better human.
Q: What did you learn about yourself during the program that was a surprise or that changed you?
Both as a surprise and changed me very much. I didn’t even realize how much tension I was holding in my body and what it was holding me back from. How I protected myself by clenching my jaw or my neck and what happened actually in voice class when those areas of my body were released for the first time maybe in my entire life. From then on it was just a progression of release and opening up and actually being able to take in not only the critique and what was being said to me by Charlie or Karen or any of the other teachers, but also taking in what my scene partner might be doing or what might be happening in my scene circumstances. I was able to take in the work and all of that within.