Adjunct Faculty

Faculty at The Acting Studio - New York are selected not only for their command of their subject, but for the ability to inspire, motivate and develop our students.

Valeria Cossu - Body Percussion

Valeria Cossu (Body Percussion) After finishing her artistic studies in Rome, Madrid, and New York, Valeria began her professional career as a performer at the Opera Lirica in Italy dancing in prestigious productions. She went on to join several different international dance and theatre companies throughout her career, such as MAYUMANA, YLLANA, and KALEIDO. Valeria's versatility led her to grow into different roles onstage and off. She has worked in Europe as the assistant director for John Rando on THE WEDDING SINGER (Spain) and as associate director/choreographer on ECOPOLIS THE SHOW and GORMITI THE SHOW (Spain and Portugal). 

Upon moving to NYC, Valeria´s choreography has been seen in SER O NO CER...VANTES, RL'S 2011 CHOREOGRAPHERS' FESTIVAL and THE CHANUKAH MIRACLE SHOW. She worked as part of Salgado Productions with the Director/Choreographer Luis Salgado as assistant director/associate choreographer on CANDELA FUERZA Y PASION (Perú), DC-7 THE ROBERTO CLEMENTE STORY (Off-Broadway), ZAPATA THE MUSICAL (NYMF), AMIGO DUENDE A NEW MUSICAL (Museo del Barrio), SONG OF SOLOMON (Thespis Festival, Awarded Best Director ), ZUCOTTI PARK (Venus/Adonis Festival, Awarded Best Director). As a director, Valeria has directed both CAROLINA CHICKPEA and UNDER YOUR SKIN for Chelsea Repertory Company.

Grant Neale - Movement/Mime

Grant Neale (Movement/Mime) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Acting and Theatre from Siena Heights College and studied advanced technique under James Price at The Acting Studio. He has performed extensively throughout the country, including three years as member of NY's famed Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre and is currently a member of The Ridiculous Theatre, Nomad Theatrical and Chelsea Repertory Company. In addition, Grant has performed in London and Edinburgh and most recently performed in POLANSKI POLANSKI, a one-man play written by Saviana Stanescu and received wonderful reviews in NY for both acting and directing in THE FOOL'S LEAR by Randy Neale.

Maggie Surovell - Voice & Speech I, II

Maggie Surrovell (Voice&Speech) is an associate Fitzmaurice Voice Teacher and experienced Dialect Coach. Maggie has coached Off-Broadway theater productions at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cherry Lane Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Saint Anne’s Warehouse, P.S 122 and TBG Arts Center and several theatres on Theatre Row. Her regional credits include New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre Company and Fordham University. Maggie has taught voice and dialects in the graduate program at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Yale School of Drama Summer Program, Sarah Lawrence College, Wagner College and University of Georgia. Professionals clients at major corporations and law firms include American Express, Merrill Lynch, Omnicom, and Milbank Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She currently teaches voice and dialects at Circle in the Square, New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts, AcTeen, & with Rosky Legal Education.

Anne Phelan - Playwriting 1&2

Anne Phelan is a two-time Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow and former member of The Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Workshop. Anne has been a Guest Artist at The Juilliard School and in the Play Lab at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference.  In 2012, she workshopped The Benders as part of her second residency at the William Inge Theatre Festival.  A Trinity Rep Conservatory graduate, Anne’s plays have been produced in New York City, and throughout the US. Three ten-minute plays are published by Smith & Kraus.  Last year, she wrote two commissioned plays: Olmsted in Autumn for Open Source Gallery, and The Skull Beneath the Skin for Fool’s Progress Productions.  Anne continues to work on a new musical with composer/co-lyricist John Prestianni.

Victor Verhaeghe - Acting/Audition For The Camera, Singing For Actors, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory, Private coaching

Victor Verhaeghe (Acting/Audition for the Camera, Singing For Actors, 6-Wk Acting Conservatory, Private coaching) studied the Meisner Technique at the Acting Studio with Sanford Meisner protégé, James Price.  He began working steadily in Off-Off Broadway Theater through the 80’s and into the 90’s when he began to write and perform his own material.  He has written several plays, including his most recent play, THE DOORMEN, featured in the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival.  He has written and produced several short films and one feature film, THE DISILLUSIONMENT OF MIKE AND EVA, that very few people saw. Television and Film work includes upcoming work on the untitled Steven Spielberg Cold War Project and a recurring role in the upcoming HBO mini-series, CRIME, starring John Turturro.  Other recent work:  The recurring role of Damien Fleming in the HBO series BOARDWALK EMPIRE, starring Steve Buscemi, for three seasons; a featured role on the NBC Pilot, COERCION; guest starring roles on PERSON OF INTEREST,  BLUE BLOODS, THE GOOD WIFE, FRINGE, and several LAW & ORDERs.  He has also had featured roles on DAMAGES, BORED TO DEATH, UGLY BETTY, SEX AND THE CITY and SPIN CITY. Many theatrical productions as an actor, including the US Premiere of Lisa Tierney-Keough’s, FOUR LAST THINGS, at Royal Family Productions; PRATFALLS, at the Abingdon Theater with Ground Up Productions.  Also played Pale in BURN THIS and John in BABY WITH THE BATHWATER with Ground Up.  Off-Broadway, he starred in MAGIC HANDS FREDDY with Ralph Macchio at Soho Rep.  Many productions with Chelsea Rep over the years, most recently as Raulito in John Guare’s LANDSCAPE OF THE BODY, directed by John Grabowski.  Victor recently shot a television pilot he wrote called COP-DOC, which was produced for a 12 episode web series in 2008, as well as the recently shot short film, THE PARKER.  


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