Maggie Flanigan Studio, based in New York City, announced that Sara Fay George has joined their faculty to teach their movement classes for actors among others. Sara Fay had been trained at the William Esper Acting Studio and was an apprentice under Theo Morin to become a Williamson Technique teacher. She established The Holistic Method, a physical acting technique to allow students to connect with themselves confidently and evoke completely embodied storytelling.
Charlie Sandlan, Executive Director of the Maggie Flanigan Studio, says, “I am so thrilled to have had the opportunity to add Sara Fay George to our faculty. The Williamson Technique has been a core component of our conservatory program, and Sara Fay has dedicated herself to mastering Loyd’s work. Her energy and giving spirit has continued the high standards set by all our teachers.”
Sara Fay George also worked as Resident Movement Coach with “The Actors Space, Berlin,” The Fritz-Kirchoff Schule and she has been training actors across Europe and America since 2010. She is also Co-Artistic Director and Director of Education for The Box Collective, an international ensemble management by women and dedicated towards the development of new interdisciplinary work that challenges the conventional theater scene. The Box Collective has already produced in New York City, Berlin, the Hamptons, New Zealand, and throughout Italy. Their latest piece, “Hurricane Sleep,” was co-produced by IATI Theater and premiered in May 2019. And this summer, “Last Life: A Shakespeare Play,” written and directed by Sara Fay George, will be shown at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The movement class for actors at the Maggie Flanigan Studio is divided into Movement 1 and Movement 2. Movement training is required for actors because their entire body is the instrument of expression and they must train it, care for it, and master it. In Movement 1 class, which is the first level of movement training, the focus is on releasing the constrictions of the actor’s body in order to set free the actor’s emotional life. By using the basics of the Williamson Technique, the Movement 1 class serves as a physical guide to help actors begin to identify their own unique habits of tension and start to let go of extraneous physical behavior.
In the Movement 2 class, the focus is on the physical aspects of the process of the actors taking in or experiencing their surroundings through all five senses. With the second level of training on movement, the actor’s body is more receptive and has a more sensual level of experience, as the actors comprehend and participate in richer, deeper, and more personal contact with the ensemble.
By using blind work, animal essence, and “drunk work,” including expanded and continued improvisation with the open choreography, the actors are assisted into dramatically opening their senses. By exploring how it feels to be blind, the actors enter a state of imbalance and as a result are able to activate their other less dominant senses. Meanwhile, through the animal work, the actors are able to function instinctually by having access to a visceral and impulsive creative state. And in the drunk work, actors are able to experience what it’s like to function in a state of heightened sensual awareness with an extraordinary amount of permission.
Maggie Flanigan founded the studio in 2001. Prior to that, she had been a teacher at the New York City classroom of William Esper and for the MFA Acting Program at Rutgers University. And from 2006 to 2012, she collaborated with Charlie Sandlan to establish the reputation of the studio as the gold standard when it comes to professional actor training. This reputation was established through their various classes, including Business I and II classes, Anatomy for Actors, Film History, Script Analysis, and Theater History.
Those who would like to know more about the classes for actors at the Maggie Flanigan Studio, such as the movement class for actors NYC residents can attend, can visit their website, call them on the phone, or contact them via email.
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