“Gary is a fierce talent!”
– Jeremy Lacone
Writer, The Bone Collector

Montauk Art Theater 13th Summer! Apply now for THE SUMMER INTENSIVE 2019 “FLAGSHIP PROGRAM.”

The Montauk Art Theater trains actors in the technique devised by Konstantine Stanislavski’s System and Lee Strasberg’s “The Method”. 

This unique program provides beginners to advanced actors an opportunity to be seen by top industry professionals including casting directors, screenwriters, agents, producers, and directors.

Gary Swanson

Gary Swanson is a working actor, not a teacher wishing to be one. He is the last of the actors who studied and knew Lee Strasberg, the “Father Of The Method”. Gary worked with the maestro for the last 7 years of his life, both in Lee’s private classes and as a Life Time Member of The Actors Studio.

Strasberg infused his philosophy with the same standard of excellence that makes Gary a tour de force for the new actors or working professionals working toward a higher level of mastery and performance and rise as leaders in their profession.

Gary on the IMDb


We continue to create a better world by inviting true artists to do what Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg did for generations – they taught, gave back and passed the baton to those destined to break new ground for the future artists of the world.
Gary invites successful directors, producers, writers, actors, casting agents and musicians to participate to ensure this work will not be lost to our culture.


Gary’s students have been featured in:

  • The Wizard of Lies
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Desperate Housewives (TV series)
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 1 & 2
  • The Good Wife
  • The Bone Collector
  • The Nanny
  • Benny and June
  • My Big Fat Greek Life
  • Oy Vey! My Son is Gay
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Law & Order SVU
  • You Don’t Mess With The Zohan
  • Ugly Betty
  • Til Death
  • Boston Legal
  • The King of Queens
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Touched By An Angel
  • Murder She Wrote
  • The Breakfast Club

New York and Montauk classes are open to former and new students, as well as working professionals, who need to “risk” new growth in scene work and the classic exercises created by The Moscow Art Theater, which later moved forward by Lee Strasberg and The Actors Studio. We create a safe environment in order to grow by “failing”.

Inquire about applications, auditions, and interviews held in New York City and Montauk. We are filling the remaining 10 spaces for the 2019 Montauk Group Summer Program. The goal for each summer is to create a short film and showcase.

This year we will be working on an original screen project along with potential stage productions, with much of the work being filmed for potential future use.

Writers, Casting Agents, Directors, Producers, and Professional Artists will be invited to these exclusive events. One will be held in Montauk and the other in NYC.

Click HERE to learn more about Gary Swanson Art Theater Summer Intensive Program.


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