We had the good fortune of connecting with Matthew Corozine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matthew, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I loved actors, and I myself was a “blocked” creative. Found actors were “in their head” and needed a way out. The Meisner Technique transformed my life and became my life work to give it back and help actors get out of their own way and re condition them from their brain patterns –to now work from impulse and instinct under imaginary circumstances. Started over 20 years ago, then one of my students booked a role in the original cast of WICKED on Broadway and that is where my studio really took off.
I had to channel my depression, anxiety and shame I felt in my 20’s into something creative–and subconsciously needed to create a family, a community–thus started my own company, Matthew Corozine Studio Theatre Inc.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We teach in the Meisner technique. The brain has developed patterns to protect you from future pain. Meisner work essentially tricks the brain out of their way so you can respond from your unique instincts and impulses, and conditions that in, building a muscle. We also teach you to find your voice (what things mean to you-your MEANING) and what you have to say as an artist and how you are showing up and WHO YOU ARE BEING in the world. we coach you to play the “character of you” I believe we all have built a story, a character of ourselves that helps us look good, avoid conflict and get what we think “we want” yet we are stuck, unhappy etc…
The world says fix yourself, self improve, don’t let them see you sweat, be better…MCS says let’s take your pain, your anxiety, your depression… so much talent under that- let’s get that in your work. Lets integrate all of you and what you have to say in this world into playing and creating character.. I think humans, learned to “split or divide” at a young age to fit in or be loved thus building a false story and self. We are big on going into your vulnerability and showing all sides of the human which is amazing… we all have good and bad in us-writers write about bad characters doing great things and good people doing horrible things. We have created tons of personal monologues that serve as a catalyst to do all of the above that I have said… it is great to get actors writing from their life the solo shows, books, careers that have been launched from truth telling in personal monologue exercises at MCS is extraordinary. Hey our past is a story, it is now imaginary circumstances and us as artists get to use that however we want-spin it into gold.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
well, New York City is now re-opening due to covid so I don’t think this question quite applies to now. but Central Park, the Hudson piers lots of beauty in New York City.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
love the Artist Way by Julia Camerion the late great Robert X. Modica who taught me the Meisner Technique back at Carnegie Hall Studios in the 1990s.
My MCS community of actors and team who coach me and don’t even know it.
all the actors I have trained and how it feels so good to give and grow.
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