Faculty

Running the Show

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Matthew Corozine is celebrating over 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. His most recent credit is directing and acting in Messy Stars Productions' "Filling the Void".

 

In January 2022, Matthew became a published author with his book "If You Can Survive 7th Grade, You Can Be An Actor".

He is now one of New York City’s leading Meisner-based acting coaches, teaching and creating opportunities  for students to “get outta your head” in order to build a meaningful life with art.  Already with an established student base in NYC and Washington DC (in person) and internationally (via online coaching), MCS has expanded to Miami in September 2021 and currently has sold out classes there. Over the years, Matthew has coached actors and performers on Broadway, TV, Film, including  platinum-selling America’s Got Talent finalist, Jackie Evancho. Most recently, Matthew directed Nick Payne’s play “Constellations,” at MCS produced under the AEA mini contract. Also, Matthew directed the original show “Going Through Life With No Direction” at 54 Below (NYC), produced by Alicia Keys.

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 (NYC, Miami), The Standard (Miami), SAG-AFTRA (NYC), The King's College (NYC), Texarts (Austin, Texas), Hudson Valley Improv, Actors Connection (NYC), The Network (NYC), Northwestern College (Iowa), The Danish National School of Performing Arts (Denmark).

Some of Matthew's favorite directing credits include FringeNYC (THE BOYS UPSTAIRS and MISS KIM) the NYC and LA premieres Susan E. Isaac’s ANGRY CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, based on her spiritual memoir, and Terria Joseph's original one-woman show GOING THROUGH LIFE WITH NO DIRECTION (produced by Alicia Keys at 54 Below). 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 has recently published his first book: "If You Survived 7th Grade, You Can Be an Actor: Applying the Meisner Technique to Get Outta Your Head in Acting and in Life". He has held book signings at the Drama Book Shop and Soho House NYC and Miami.

Matthew Corozine currently resides in Miami and NYC with his partner, Alain, and miniature pinscher and MCS mascot, Mimmo.  

matthew@matthewcorozinestudio.com

Instagram: @matt.acting.coach
                   @mcstheatre

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Instructors

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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 

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Isaac 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, 29 NYIT awards, and 6 Planet Connection Awards. NYC Credits: Other Mozart (NYIT Outstanding Solo Performance), In Vestments (NYIT Outstanding Premier of a New Play), To Nineveh (NYIT Outstanding Production), Tar Baby (DR2, PS122), 52 Man Pick Up (Ars Nova, Edinburgh Fringe), AMP (NYIT Nominated for Outstanding Performance Art), I Used to Write on Walls, and Rusalka. He has taught acting at the University of the Arts, the New York Film Academy, and the Matthew Corozine Studio.

Peter Fanone

Peter Fanone is a classically trained professional actor with significant acting and teaching experience. He has studied and performed at some of the best classical training programs in the world, including the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, the Yale School of Drama, Georgetown University, and the American Conservatory Theater, where he received his MFA in Acting in 2018. As a professional actor, he has been in multiple professional Shakespeare productions, including Hamlet on A.C.T.’s LORT A Geary Stage, where he performed alongside Tony Award nominee John Douglas Thompson. As a teacher, Peter has taught actors of all backgrounds, from advanced students at the American Conservatory’s prestigious Young Conservatory program, to beginners and intermediate students at Downtown High School in San Francisco’s Mission District, to seminars for majors in Georgetown’s renowned Theatre and Performance Studies program.

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Randy Graff received the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her role in “City Of Angels,” as well as an Outer Critics, Drama Desk and Tony Award nomination for her work in “A Class Act.” She most recently starred opposite Billy Crystal in “Mr. Saturday Night.”


Ms. Graff has the distinction of creating the role of Fantine in the original Broadway production of “Les Misérables” for which she received a Helen Hayes Award nomination. Her work for playwright Neil Simon includes “Laughter On The 23rd Floor” on Broadway and “Hotel Suite” for the Roundabout Theater Company. Other Broadway starring roles include “Falsettos,” “High Society” and sharing the stage with Carol Burnett in ”Moon Over Buffalo.” She co- starred with Alfred Molina in the 2004 Broadway revival of “Fiddler On The Roof and received a Best Actress Drama
League nomination and Outer Critic’s Circle nomination. Her Off Broadway work includes Richard Greenberg’s “The Babylon Line” for Lincoln Center (Lucille Lortel Award for Best Featured Actress and Drama Desk nomination), Paula Vogel’s “The Long Christmas Ride Home” at the Vineyard Theater (Drama League nomination), “Motherhood Out Loud” for Primary Stages, “Do Re Mi” starring Nathan Lane for City Center Encores, “Damn Yankees” with Sean Hayes for Encores Summer Stars, and the original production of “A...My Name Is Alice” at the Village Gate.


She has performed from coast to coast in regional theaters including Hartford Stage, McCarter Theater, San Diego’s Old Globe where she portrayed legendary columnist Ann Landers as “The Lady With All The Answers” (a one woman show) and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., where she proudly portrayed the Countess in “A Little Night Music” for the renowned Sondheim festival in 2002. Ms. Graff has served on the Musical Theatre faculties at NYU Tisch/New Studio On Broadway and the Manhattan School of Music where she has taught “Acting Through Song” and “Audition Techniques.” She currently has her own studio in Manhattan where she continues to teach musical theatre students of all ages. Her teaching is rooted in Meisner technique, which she studied under the late, great Fred Kareman.


Ms. Graff holds an honorary doctorate in the Performing Arts from Wagner College.

Behind the Scenes

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Trevor Markanovic
Studio Administrator & 
Assistant to Mr. Corozine

Born and raised in northeast Ohio, Trevor fled to New York City to pursue a career in acting and writing. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from John Carroll University and has studied at MCS since July 2018. He is also an active member of the MCS Writers’ Block writing group through which he has completed several projects. Trevor is excited to give back to the studio that gave him his start in the world of acting. 

Melissa Mattos

Programs Director

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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).

programs@matthewcorozinestudio.com

Behind the Scenes

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Justin Schaffner is a New York native Actor, Singer, Dancer and Voiceover Artist who has trained at MCS for a few years now. Some of his most recent credits include Bobby in 'A Chorus Line', Male Swing/Mike Teavee and Augustus Gloop Understudy on the National Tour of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', Radames' Understudy in 'Aida', Dancer in 'Sway: A Dance Trilogy' starring the Chmerkovskiy Brothers and other dancers and celebrities from 'Dancing with the Stars' and much more.

 

@JustinWSchaffner

Leah Heffington

Leah Heffington is a singer/actor/ tapper/ musician based in NYC. While she’s been training & working in the industry since a young age, she’s only started training at MCS 2 years ago. Some of her recent roles include: Arlekina (Off-Broadway), Day Player (HBO’s “Love Life” starring Anna Kendrick), Day Player (HBO’s “Succession”), as well as a guest appearance at Rockwood Music Hall & principals on multiple commercials. 

In her down time she can be found training for a half marathon, playing piano, reading books on attachment theorem, or feasting with her Brit foodie-friends. 

@offcially_lgrace 

Leah Heffington
Studio Assistant

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Ali is from Scranton, PA. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in Strategic Communications and a minor in theatre. She discovered her love for the theatre after dancing for many years and hasn't looked back since. Favorite school roles include The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily Cardew), Leveling Up (Jeannie), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Schwartzy).

social@matthewcorozinestudio.com

Ali Basalyga
Social Media Manager

Daniel Kelsey

Originally hailing from the Metro Atlanta area, Daniel is currently a Brooklyn based actor and musician. After discovering his love for acting through grassroots community theater, Daniel made his way up from Georgia to seek training and pursue a career in the industry. He is a graduate of the William Esper Studio and has now been training with Matthew Corozine for about a year. Outside of the industry, Daniel is an avid cyclist, drummer, and photographer. 

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Daniel Kelsey
Studio Assistant