Acting Coach

Gary shares what to look for in an ACTING COACH.
From Stanislavsky to Strasberg to Swanson, Method Acting still lives in it’s purest form. The art of Brando, Pacino, DeNiro, Rourke, Hoffman, Sally Fields, Ellen Burstyn and Jimmy Dean survives in the way that these masters learned it, but is an art that must be passed down person to person. Gary has been doing that for decades.

Gary Swanson became a lifetime member of The Actors Studio in  1976

In 1994 Gary Swanson was asked by James Lipton, Paul Newman, Ellen Burstyn, Arthur Penn and the executive committee at the Actors Studio to be the first of four member-teachers to pilot the program now called the Actor’s Studio MFA program originally at the New School for Social Research and now at Pace University.Gary taught that program for three years and then returned to his acting career. He’s taught at the NYU summer program, Circle in the Square and currently moderates and leads sensory class at the Actor’s Studio. He learned this work training privately and at the Actor’s Studio with Lee Strasberg for eight years.His students have an extraordinary rate of success in the commercial arena. They are not actors who languish in class without commitment but instead, are driven to employ their learned skills to give back to audiences who hunger for this almost lost art: Method acting.New and experienced actors welcome to apply.

Master Class

Orange is the New Black, Wolf of Wall Street, Only Anna (Broadway),  My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Trooper, Retina, Nutty Professor, MARVEL Defenders, The Good Wife, and many more.Gary’s classes in Manhattan are divided into three categories – the weekly workshop, one-on-one coaching, and specialized training (includes summer programs).


A long-term development workshop, these Wednesday classes convene a small group of working actors for guided sensory exercises, scene work, and other related activities to stretch themselves and expand their possibilities as an actor. We take on challenging material and exercises in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Gary expects you to work outside of class, and coaches your progress as an actor within it.


Gary coaches many actors in a one-on-one setting including David Groh, Lanie Kazan, Mary Stuart Masterson, Patrick O’Neal, Paul Gleason and Tuesday Weld.


ACTORS – Coaching for film, television and basic acting techniques
ATTORNEYS – Acting and Writing of Opening and Closing Statements, Mediation, Jury Selection, Depositions
HEALTH CARE – Bedside Manner, Human Resources, Staff Interaction
CEO’S – Public Speaking, Leadership Skills, Office Interaction, Meetings
POLITICIANS – Public Speaking, Interaction with Electorate, Negotiations, Press Interviews
NEWS ANCHORS – On Camera work, Street Interviews, News Room Interaction
LAW ENFORCEMENT – Undercover, Precinct Interaction, Street Work and Public Interaction
PUBLIC SPEAKING –  The solutions to “the fear second only to death.”


RELATIONSHIPS – Exercises and acting techniques used to ease tensions and solve problems of office, friendship and love.
WORKER CONFLICTS – Problems of the work place and how to defuse and solve.
PERSONAL FEARS AND INSECURITIES – Acting exercises that clarify, expose and solve personal problems without the exposure of Psychotherapy.


FILM, TV and THEATER  – Help for directors, Producers, Writers and Musicians – Gary Swanson has 40 years of information as a working Actor/Writer/Producer/Director/Teacher.

For more information regarding classes on 54th St. Studio, private coaching and intensives please go to “contact us” and we will get you all the information you need to participate.