Running the Show

Matthew Corozine is celebrating 18 Years of creating Matthew Corozine Studio Theatre Inc. (MCS) . He has a BA in Theatre Arts (concentration in Acting and Directing) from SUNY at New Paltz, and continued his training in the Meisner Technique with the late great, Robert X. Modica at Carnegie Hall Studios in NYC. He has appeared in many commercials, NYC theatre productions, national tours, and independent films.


Matthew was officially nominated for a 2015 and 2018 EXCELLENCE IN THEATRE EDUCATION TONY AWARD®. MCS recently expanded into MCS2 which launched our Resident Artists and  allows more classes in Acting, commercials, film and tv as well as a new bare bones performance space for readings and experimental works, showcases, art work and photography. MCS actors are currently represented on TV, Film. Broadway and Regionally.  Matthew and the studio staff teach in the Meisner Technique and produce students and former students original and published works.

In addition to coaching at MCS, Matthew has also taught acting at American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC) and acting and improvisation at SUNY Purchase. He has been a guest artist teaching master classes in Meisner at The King's College (NYC), Texarts (Austin, Texas), Hudson Valley Improv (NY), Actors Connection (NYC), The Network (NYC), Northwestern College (Iowa) and ongoing monthly Masterclasses with actors in Washington D.C. (MCS-DC). The actors that Matthew coaches are currently working on Broadway as well as television and film, both in New York City and Los Angeles.  

As a director, Matthew has directed for FRINGEnyc (THE BOYS UPSTAIRS and MISS KIM). Both shows extended their runs in NYC. He directed the NYC and LA premieres of  Susan E. Isaacs, based on her spiritual memoir, ANGRY CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD.  He guest directed at St. John’s University (Queens).  Matthew's favorite NYC directing experiences include: AND MISS REARDON DRINKS A LITTLE, THE BIG FUNK, THE SHADOW BOX, SPIKED HEELS, and CRIMES OF THE HEART. Matthew is looking forward to continuing to teach at MCS as well as to teach masterclasses in the Meisner Technique at universities and other acting companies.!

Matthew and MCS have proudly presented the NYC premier of Halley Feiffer’s  ITS JUST WEIRD NOW and Lia Romeo’s GREEN WHALES. In 2017 MCS produced such shows as FARCE THIS!, ALMOST MAINE and THE WAY WE GET BY; and so far in 2018: THE SHAPE OF THINGS, DOG SEES GOD, as well as collaborating with The Shrill Collective to produce DRY LAND and original piece called FIRSTS.

Matthew Corozine believes that you can create your own life. With this in mind (and heart), he has created the MATTHEW COROZINE STUDIO THEATRE (MCS); a New York City-based acting studio rooted in the Meisner Technique.  Since the year 2000, the Matthew Corozine Studio Theatre is part of a vision Matthew has for his artistic community – to be working artists and have a home to build their craft – with honor and integrity.


Check out Matt's teaching in MTV's "Made: Dream Bigger"​!



Ryan Tofil

Tuesday/Thursday Night

Ryan has trained and has been working with MCS since 2001. He has assisted on many MCS studio projects and shows and eventually started teaching the MCS’ Meisner method with Matthew in 2003. Former classes taught at MCS include a preteen class as well as a writer’s workshop. Ryan has also taught and directed preteens at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) and also teaches Special Education in the NYC public school system.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre at the New School University, with an additional focus on creative writing. Many of his poems and theatrical works have been work-shopped and performed at MCS. He co-wrote and performed in the critically acclaimed MISS KIM, THE PLAY which was produced through MCS and fringeNYC in 2010 and was reprised 2012 at 45th Theatre. This fall he will begin his Master’s in Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir at CUNY’s Graduate Center.


Ted Wold

Mon/Wed Day Class,
Mon/Wed Night CLass,

Saturday Class

Ted is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin as well as Duke University School of Law. He has been studying with Matthew Corozine at MCS since August, 2014. He moved to NYC from Dallas, TX where he studied Meisner with Terry Martin and taught a beginner's class. He performed at several theaters in DFW area and received two Leon Rabin Awards, (the Dallas version of the Tonys), as well as two Dallas/Fort Worth Critics Forum Awards, (given annually by the DFW critics for outstanding performances in the area).


Gina Kim

Producer's Workshop,


Gina was a student of MCS and co-wrote an autobiographical play, MISS KIM, inspired by a personal monologue assignment at MCS. MISS KIM premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2010 and she produced it again in 2012 at the 45th St. Theater. Gina has a passion for producing all forms of art and enjoys the challenge of new ideas. She is an advocate for organizations that fight against abuse and is currently an MA candidate for International Affairs with a Media concentration at The New School.


Kristina Cole

Commercial Workshop,

Producer, Director

Kristina Cole is a NY based actor who has been acting commercially and theatrically since age five. She has spent the last ten years successfully working within the rapidly changing commercial market, and is thrilled to be able to share all of the the trade secrets with the talented students of MCS. Her credits include: (Commercial) JustFab, Downy, Toyota, Crest, Comedy Central, Burlington Coat Factory,  Pandora, and Snickers. (TV) Billions, Sam&Cat, Parenthood, and Castle.

Chris Russell

Breaking into Film & Television Workshop


Chris Russell is an actor, screenwriter and director. Born and raised in New York City, Chris's continuously-growing resume includes over 50 films, commercials, and plays. When he's not working as an actor, Chris spends the majority of his time producing his own written content, completing three original feature-length screenplays and a variety of shorts. The two films he's directed, Doorman and Anna Robot, were accepted into several prestigious film festivals around the world. Chris has been studying under Matthew Corozine since April of 2016 and is committed to passing his knowledge of the business and passion for coaching actors onto the MCS community and beyond.


Twitter/Instagram: @chrisrussellnyc

Behind the Scenes

Brooke Jacob

Studio Administrator,

Creative Director

Brooke is an actress, writer and kid's acting teacher, but her biggest job is MOM to two wild little boys and a Shiba Inu. Brooke received a BFA in musical theatre from Ithaca College and was fortunate enough to learn the Meisner Technique from Matthew, who taught her for 5+ years. When not at the studio, Brooke is usually at the park with her children. She is the co-creator of 3 seasons of the online series Sitting on Babies and the short film "Snuggle Buddies".  Her children's acting company, Scamper Theatre Kids, is located in Washington Heights, NYC, and teaches students ages 2.5-13. 

IG @BrookeJacobHipp



Contact Brooke at admin@matthewcorozinestudio.com

Samuel Ladd

Program Director

Samuel Ladd has been a New York City resident since 2006 after an International Tour of West Side Story. His journey found him a home at MCS in 2014. The in-between years were filled with a stint aboard Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas performing WE WILL ROCK YOU, a swashbuckling turn in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE with Barrington Stage Co, various appearances dancing on boxes in boroughs far and wide, and, of course, 4,376,693 cheeseburgers served. In the never ending quest for truth and authenticity, he is beyond grateful to have found the magical family at MCS.


@thesamuelsituation on IG

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Lynda DeFuria

Media Coordinator

Matt Clemons

Writers Block Director

Credits include: Evil Lives Here (Actor, Discovery Investigation), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (choreographer, Netflix), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Assistant Director/ Assistant Choreographer), Wicked (1st National tour and Chicago company, ensemble), Aida (1st National Tour ensemble), and Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago (former company member). Matt is a summa cum laude graduate of Oklahoma City University with a degree in Dance Performance, and he holds a certificate from the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting. In 2016 Matt was a semifinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and his screenplays have placed as semi- and quarterfinalist in a variety of competitions, including: American Zoetrope, ScreenCraft Fellowship, ScreenCraft Comedy, Final Draft Big Break, WeScreenplay Diverse Voices, and the OutFest Screenwriting Lab. In 2017 Matt’s one-act plays, I ♥ Soccer Moms and I Hate You People, were produced by the Matthew Corozine Studio Theater.

Contact Matt at


Lynda DeFuria is a Jersey born, Vegas raised artist, teacher, and social media enthusiast currently residing in Harlem.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music. Lynda was most recently seen as the Female Swing on the KINKY BOOTS National Tour, and directed the World Premiere production of Megan Bussiere’s play,  A PERIOD PIECE.   As a songwriter, Lynda has released two albums of her original piano-driven pop/rock music (“Alive” & “Ticking Clocks”). She is a Co-Founder and the Social Media & Marketing Manager for the feminist philanthropic theatre company, The Shrill Collective. When she’s not singing or shrilling, she works as a teaching artist in NYC public schools. To-do list aficionado, pita chip lover, and proud Hufflepuff. 

Instagram: @LYNDAmonterr || www.LyndaDeFuria.com 


For Press & Media Inquiries, Class Photo or Video Clips, Student Bookings, or related, contact Lynda at: media@matthewcorozinestudio.com

Danielle Jordan

Studio Assistant

Danielle has enjoyed working on stage for years. Credits include - Broadway: Follies (starring Bernadette Peters), 1st National Tours: Cinderella, The Music Man, Regional: Carousel, The Music Man (Arena Stage), Oklahoma!, Kiss Me Kate (Paper Mill Playhouse), Ragtime, Peter Pan (Pioneer Theatre); Hairspray (Cape Playhouse), White Christmas (Denver Center), And Dog Sees God (MCS). Other favorites: Chicago, Santa Fe Opera and COW. She has performed on Cruise ships, theme parks, and in magic shows. Danielle is very grateful to call MCS her acting home. Having trained with Matthew, Ryan, and now Ted, Danielle has a keep eye and appreciation of all aspects of the Meisner Technique from many different viewpoints. 

Chelsea Stavis

Studio Assistant

Chelsea is so grateful to be assisting the incomparable Ted Wold at MCS. Mostly recently, Chelsea was the female swing for MCS's production of Dog Sees God. Some of Chelsea’s favorite credits include Heather Duke in Heathers at TUTS, Ruby in Bend in the Road directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein as part of NYMF, Annabel Glick in Lucky Stiff, and H2$ directed by Dan Knechtges.  Chelsea has long had a passion for developing new works, including the roles of Camille in Princesses the Musical with David Zippel, and Cat in The Adventures of Pinocchio written by Brian Hill and Neil Bartram. Chelsea recently completed her first feature film, One Life to Give, and has taken part in multiple webseries including Following the Leaders, Penny Power, and the Greenbacks. Much love to her MCS fam!

Marty Lawson

Technical Director

Marty has been working on stage, in television and in film for years. His credits include:

BROADWAY: How to Succeed in

Business...(Mr. Peterson), Promises Promises, Shrek the Musical, Cry Baby, The Times They Are A Changin, Movinʼ Out(Eddie).

TV: over 40 appearances including the Tonys, Emmys, Oscars, as well as roles on Blue Bloods, Law & Order SVU, the entire second season of Smash (Bombshell Cast) on NBC, The Sound of Music LIVE, Peter Pan LIVE.

FILM: Across the Universe, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Ted 2, The Minimalist.

DANCE COMPANY: Parsons Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and Battleworks. 2004 Princess Grace Award for Dance.

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