We’ve all had moments onstage when we got out of our own way and did something wonderful—when we were alive, free, fully connected and engaged, and in the moment. Yet often instead, we feel stuck, divided, unable to access our talent or to release what we know is inside us.

Acting is an extraordinary balancing act: We have to be both disciplined and spontaneous as we work; to be vulnerable in portraying a character yet confident in showing that vulnerability to an audience. We pursue our longing to be
onstage while struggling with fear and anxiety about auditioning and performing.

Based in New York City and led by actor Parlan McGaw, Meditation for Actors is a practical and powerful program that will help you free up your creative energy, release your gifts, and transform stage fright into confidence.

  1. Click here to learn about the Meditation for Actors program.

  2. Click here for Parlan’s bio.

  3. And watch the videos on this page to hear actors talk about the usefulness of meditation in their work.


with Parlan McGaw

Below: Watch Meditation for Actors participants talk about what meditation has meant for their acting.

Stanislavsky meditated. As did
Michael Chekhov. And so do Alan
Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Imperioli, Harvey Keitel . . .

There’s a reason.

The most important tool that actors have is their state of mind.

6-Week Class

Meditation for Actors: Connecting to Self and Character

Thursdays 2:30-4:30, Starts Nov.1

Michael Howard Studios, NYC

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Photo by Jane Stevens