Faculty

Running the Show

Matthew Corozine is celebrating 20 Years of creating Matthew Corozine Studio Theatre Inc. (MCS). With a vision for an artistic community for artists to build their craft with honor and integrity, Matthew has become one of New York City’s leading Meisner based acting coaches. The space created by Corozine within his studio community, inspires and encourages students to get out of their way to build a meaningful life with art.

From acting careers on national television and Broadway to producing to writing original work for theatre and film to using their art as activism, Matthew’s students have taken the transformational MCS work to become leaders across all artistic platforms.

Matthew was officially nominated for a 2015 and 2018 EXCELLENCE IN THEATRE EDUCATION TONY AWARD®.  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. As an actor, he has appeared in commercials, NYC theatre productions, national tours, and independent films.

In addition to coaching at MCS, Matthew has coached on MTV's Emmy Award Winning "Made," 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 SoHo House New York, SAG-AFTRA, The King's College (NYC), Texarts (Austin, Texas), Hudson Valley Improv, Actors Connection, The Network (NYC), Northwestern College (Iowa) and currently teaches ongoing monthly Masterclasses with actors in Washington D.C. (MCS-DC). ​

Some of Matthew's favorite directing credits include FringeNYC (THE BOYS UPSTAIRS and MISS KIM) and the NYC and LA premieres Susan E. Isaac’s ANGRY CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, based on her spiritual memoir. Some of Matthew's favorite producing credits include the NYC premiere of Halley Feiffer’s ITS JUST WEIRD NOW and Lia Romeo’s GREEN WHALES, as well as MCS co-productions of ALMOST MAINE, THE WAY WE GET BY, DOG SEES GOD, and The Shrill Collective’s productions of DRY LAND, and the original piece, “FIRSTS.”​

Matthew Corozine currently resides in Hell’s Kitchen with his partner, Alain, and miniature pinscher and MCS mascot, Mimmo.  

matthew@matthewcorozinestudio.com

Instructors

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. He has a Master’s in Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir at CUNY’s Graduate Center. Many of his poems and theatrical works have been work-shopped and performed at MCS. Ryan 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.

RyanTofilMCS@gmail.com 

Isaac has taught acting at the University of the Arts, the New York Film Academy, Texas State University, and the Tony nominated Matthew Corozine Studio in NYC. He studied acting with a variety of wonderful teachers including master acting teacher Fred Kareman, Larry Silverberg, Terry Martin, and Matthew Corozine. He’s spent 15 years in New York City directing in Off Broadway venues including: HERE Arts Center, Joe’s Pub@The Public Theater, DR2, 59E59, and the Cherry Lane Theater. He has been awarded the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction twice and productions he has directed have been nominated for a Drama Desk Award, an Off Broadway Alliance award, 25 NYIT awards, and 11 Planet Connection Awards. NYC. He also performs regularly with the Ad Hoc Economy theatre company in the award winning show Butcher Holler Here We Come. Productions he has directed have toured all over the world including in the UK (London, Edinburgh) Hong Kong, Germany, Estonia, Canada, and Italy. 

Cooper Grodin is an actor, singer, musician, composer and and long time MCS’er! Born and raised in New York City, he received his Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Title role in Phantom Of The Opera National Tour, Les Miserables National Tour, The Bands Visit Lab directed by Hal Prince, Shakespeare In The Parks Into The Woods, Annie at Papermill Playhouse, Carbonell nominated Best Actor in the Carbonell winning Best Musical Sunday In The Park With George, Drama Desk Nominated The Golden Land, Henry Award winning Best Musical Oklahoma! at the Denver Performing Arts Center, ABC’s Deception. Cooper’s Original album “It’s The Little Things” is available on iTunes.

 

@CooperGrodinOfficial

Activism Engagement and Programming

Sierra Schnack

Head of Activist Engagement and Programming 

Originally from Quincy, Illinois, Sierra received her BFA from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts where she was part of the inaugural class of Musical Theatre - Dance emphasis majors. Post graduation Sierra worked regionally in the Chicagoland area, and is now a proud New Yorker, an activist, and member of Actor's Equity. When she isn't repeating in MCS' studios, Sierra enjoys water disaster movies, road trips, and discussing the Enneagram, of which she is a type 3.

 

Contact: activism@matthewcorozinestudio.com

 

IG: @sierraschnack 

Alexis Sims

Executive Editor/ Consultant

Activism and Related Programming

Alexis is a black, cis-female storyteller, editor, and challenger with an eye for detail and consistency. 

 

After graduating from the University of Michigan’s prestigious Musical Theatre program, she moved to New York City and continued her acting studies at the Matthew Corozine Studio under the tutelage of Artistic Director Matthew Corozine. 

 

Alexis is intimately familiar with studio culture and technique, and is happy to partner with MCS on its new activist programming – facilitating the creation of a sustainable, professional, and impactful presence dedicated to the actualized integration of BIPOC voices, perspectives, and stories. 

 

She has every hope that this work and collaboration will amplify the various marginalized BIPOC perspectives that exist, increase diverse readership, and spark dialogue within the MCS community. 

 

www.alexisjeanene.com 

IG: @AlexisJeanene 

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Matt Clemons

Studio Administrator

& Creative Director of The Writers' Block 

Credits include: Diabolical (Actor, Discovery Investigation), 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 quarter-, semi- , and finalist 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 jointly under the title Farce This! by the Matthew Corozine Studio Theater and featured all MCS actors.

For MCS admin, contact Matt at:

admin@MatthewCorozineStudio.com

For information on The Writers' Block, contact Matt at:

WritersBlock@MatthewCorozineStudio.com

IG: @mtclemons 

Madison Edwards

Studio Assistant

Madison Edwards is from Shreveport, LA, with a BFA in Acting from the University of Oklahoma. Assisting Matt in his classes, Madison hopes to learn firsthand how to organize and start his own studio one day. Madison is excited to be a larger part of the studio as well as a student. Putting his degree to work means the world to him, and seeing the breakthroughs people have in each class motivate him to not only play a bigger game and take risks in his own work, but to find material that challenges or relates to every single student being coached.

Melissa Mattos

Studio Assistant

Born and raised in Brazil, but based in Brooklyn, Melissa is a multi-faceted artist. Alumni of the Royal Academy of Dance, Melissa has an extensive dance career in and out of U.S. Melissa has also been producing and acting for 10 years, having Matthew Corozine as her current acting coach. With a vast musical theatre background, some of her favorite New York credits include Carla (In The Heights), Rent (Mimi), Cabaret (Helga), Eurydice (The Nasty Man), Urinetown (Dance Captain).

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