Faculty

Running the Show

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Photo credit: David Gazzo

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) 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".

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

matthew@matthewcorozinestudio.com

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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 

Cooper Grodin

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Born and raised in Brazil, Mariana Bravo started her career as a singer at the Brazilian Idols, following with Musical Theatre classes, a childhood passion. She moved to NYC in 2013 to further pursue her studies and career in the field. Some of her credits since then are Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof) and Kate Monster/Lucy The Slut (Avenue Q).

Mariana Bravo
Studio Assistant

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Conor is an actor/singer/musician (among many other hats) who holds a BFA in theatre from The Hartt School in Hartford, CT. He has been a proud member of the Matthew Corozine Studio since 2017.

Conor Hamill
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. Ali is excited to be part of this team and help spread the word about MCS! 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

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Luke Gilmore (he/him/his) is the Social Media Manager for the Matthew Corozine Studio. Luke is a senior Music Theatre student at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, OK. He is thrilled to use his performance and arts promotional experiences as the Social Media Manager for MCS! Luke currently resides in Oklahoma City, OK, and is originally from Parsons, KS.

social@matthewcorozinestudio.com

Luke Gilmore
Social Media Intern