Brian McManamon currently serves on the acting faculties of Syracuse University's Tepper Semester in New York City and the National Theater Institute (NTI) at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. He has taught and/or directed at the Juilliard School, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, New York University/Tisch School of the Arts, the MFA program at Columbia University, NYSF/Public Theater, Manhattanville College, Vassar College’s Powerhouse Apprentice Training Program in association with New York Stage and Film, CAP21 and Yale University’s Dwight-Edgewood Project. Brian also served as Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Academy at Stratford from 2015-2018.

Brian has studied with some of the most respected teachers of acting in America and abroad including Ron Van Lieu, Evan Yionoulis, Mark Wing-Davey, Austin Pendleton, Andrew Wade and the late John Barton. He has an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama and a BFA in acting from the School for Theater at Boston University. Brian is a proud member of the Actors Center Workshop Company and the National Alliance of Acting Teachers.

As an acting coach, Brian works with beginning and established clients for film, television and theater. He specializes in preparing actors for graduate school auditions. Each year his clients go on to attend the top graduate acting schools in the country. 


Giving Voice: an Interview-Based Acting and Voice Workshop with Brian McManamon and Louis Colaianni

This six-class workshop will be an exploration of character, addressing the responsibility required to authentically embody the characters we play and the centrality of storytelling to our work as theater artists. Following in the tradition of the interview-based work of Anna Deavere Smith, Evan Yionoulis, and others, each actor will conduct an interview with a person from the world outside the classroom. Using an audio recording of the conversation, a verbatim transcription will become the actor’s text and the person interviewed, her character.

Our focus will be on discovering how the portrayal of characters’ lives requires a generosity of self and rigorous care, whether characters are found in the real world or in the pages of a play. The six classes will be a unique opportunity for the actor to transform, to deepen her sense of empathy, to give breath and body to the lives of the real people who populate our communities and the world around us, and to listen at a time when listening is sorely needed.

FRIDAY mornings (10:00am-1:30pm)

6 weeks

Sept 20- Oct 25 


Registration deadline: Sept 9th. Workshop will take place in Manhattan and is limited to 12 participants.  

Shakespeare Scene Study Class

A rigorous and imaginative exploration of playing Shakespeare with a focus on the relationship between the structure of verse, the intellectual argument and releasing a characters thoughts and emotions through text. Particular attention will be paid to “making the word flesh” and deepening the actor’s personal attachment to the work.

MONDAY mornings (10:00am-1:30pm)

10 weeks

September 9th-November 11th


Registration deadline: August 31st. Class will take place in Manhattan and is limited to 12 students.

Previous scene study classes: Summer 2019: High Comedy, Spring 2019: Twenty-First Century American Playwrights, Spring 2019: Chekhov, Fall 2018: Shakespeare Scene Study & Twenty-First Century American Playwrights, Fall 2017: Shakespeare Scene Study & Twenty-First Century American Playwrights, Fall 2016: Twenty-First Century American Playwrights: Spring 2016: Chekhov; Fall 2015: Shakespeare and Twenty-First Century American Playwrights; Spring 2014: Tennessee Williams; Fall 2013: Twenty-First Century American Playwrights; Spring 2013: Ibsen, Strindberg and Albee; Fall 2012: O'Neill and Shepard; Spring 2012: Chekhov and Williams.

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As an acting coach, Brian works with beginning and established clients for film, television and theater. 

To contact Brian about private coaching, click here.


"Auditioning for MFA programs in acting can be, but does not need to be, an isolating and stressful process. Get the coaching and support you deserve to be well prepared and audition feeling confident in yourself and your work.   

Our one-on-one coaching sessions are tailored to suit your indivdual needs. In addition to working on the monologues required for the auditions, I also make myself available to help in each step of the application process including the choice of school that's right for you, the application, the personal statement, your recommendations and the interview. To ongoing coaching clients only, I also offer Mock Auditions where I replicate the experience you can expect to have at the schools you are auditioning for. I also host an MFA Grad Panel consisting of the most recent graduates of Yale, Juilliard, NYU, UCSD, Brown, Rutgers, ACT, USD, and others to learn about the programs first hand.

Having graduated from BFA (Boston University) and MFA (Yale School of Drama) schools in acting — I look forward to helping with your graduate school auditions!

Each year many of Brian's clients go on to attend the top graduate acting schools in the country. Click here for CLIENT TESTIMONIALS.

To contact Brian about graduate school coaching, click here.