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New York Summer Acting Programs - Angie Elliston - Maggie Flanigan Studio





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Published on Feb 15, 2019

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The New York summer acting programs at the Maggie Flanigan studio train professionals actors based on the acting technique that was created by Sanford Meisner. In this interview Angie Elliston discusses how Meisner training during the six week program was different than she expected.

Q: Angie, what did you think it meant to train as an actor before you started the six weeks summer intensive?

A: What did I think it meant to train as an actor? I suppose that I knew it had a lot to do with not just getting in tune with your emotions, but also it had things to do with movements and voice. I know it had a lot to do with a lot of other things. Sometimes I thought when I'm growing up, I would watch on TV how actors would train. It's just like looking at each other like marrying what you're doing and stuff and you got this cliche about it.

When I first got here, I really did not expect that it would be this way because I remember Charlie came in the first day and he didn't even tell us how it was going to be. He just started telling us that you're going to repeat what I'm saying, but you're going to change the plurals. He does like that first Meisner techniques which is the repetition. We were all just in shock. We were all amazed at how it worked so well. We learned how to hear, how to really pay attention to the other person.

We started realizing that in everyday life, these are things that we think we do, but we really don't. You also learn a lot about yourself and the behavior of other people. I guess I did not know much about acting mostly because of where I come from. Then, coming here I thought it would be more about movement and expression, but it was absolutely not. It's more about internal. When you work with what's inside, you start working with the outside. It just automatically it starts showing the outside and that's the acting process. I just had to say that it was very unexpected everything I've learned.

Q: What do you think training as an actor means now?

Angela: Training as an actor now, after everything that we've learned and just these six weeks, I've learned that training has a lot to do with the relationship you have with yourself and accepting your emotions and learning how to just dive into different types of-- I don't know how I could put this. I would just say like the relationship that you have with yourself and understanding how you work and accepting any type of emotions.

Charlie made an example like suppressing your feelings. I had that problem at the beginning with certain emotions. I learned to accept those emotions and told myself that it's okay for them to come because it's me. It's my emotions. I'm entitled to my feelings. That's something that he kept repeating along through the semester and through the summer. It stayed with me.

I learned that it's just more about the relationship you have with yourself and observing other people. People watching is really important, listening and just paying attention and just trying to see and read the other person. That's like a ride. He used this metaphor. It's always going to stay with me. Acting is like a water skier. The other person is the boat that guides you around the water and you were the water skier. You just flow wherever the boat goes- it takes you.

New York Summer Acting Programs - Angie Elliston - Maggie Flanigan Studio

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Admission to acting programs, including the six week summer intensive at the Maggie Flanigan studio is based on an interview with Charlie Sandlan. Students who are ready to commit to a professional actor training can learn more by visiting the studio website or by calling the studio during regular business hours at (917) 789-1599.

Maggie Flanigan Studio
153 W 27th St #803
New York, New York 10001
(917) 789-1599

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