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 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). ​

As a director, Matthew has directed for 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. As a producer, he has produced 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 

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).

tedwold@sbcglobal.net

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

www.BrookeJacob.com

www.SittingOnBabies.com 

Contact Brooke at admin@matthewcorozinestudio.com

Matt Clemons

Studio Programs Director &

The 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

WritersBlock@MatthewCorozineStudio.com

Lynda DeFuria

Media Coordinator

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.

Andrew O'Shanick

Studio Assistant

Samuel Ladd Brinker

Studio Assistant/Programs Director

Andrew O’Shanick is an NYC-based actor/musician and has been seen in and around the hallowed halls of MCS since early 2017. He’s performed regionally with Huntington Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Flat Rock Playhouse, and Cape Playhouse, and he has appeared on screen in Pitch Perfect and The Office. His favorite moments in class are any time Lynda (Media Coordinator) screams, growls, blinks angrily, or flings her hair back.

Samuel Ladd Brinker first joined the MCS family in 2014 in Ryan’s class. After a brief stint away singing and dancing aboard RCCL’s Anthem of the Seas, he returned to the studio to Matt’s class and within a year was working in the office. Because Matthew Corozine has an uncanny gift, the training he has received at MCS has not only made him a better actor, but a better person.

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Matthew Corozine Studio Theatre

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