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Thank you for your interest in Terry Knickerbocker Studio.

Terry Knickerbocker, Studio Director

I’m excited and honored that you’ve stopped by.

At Terry Knickerbocker Studio, you will join a community of confident, courageous, resilient, thriving actors empowered by a diverse group of like-minded artists and mentors. We work hard and play hard together. Our students strive to come to every class and rehearsal with passion, curiosity and joy and learn to embrace failure as a necessary and even exciting part of the journey towards mastery of their craft. Our devoted faculty are caring mentors who are enthusiastically devoted to nurturing and developing the fullest expression of your unique talents. It’s a process. It takes time. And it is often incredibly challenging. Ultimately, all this work and play together leads to a feeling of pride in what you’ve achieved and confidence that you are ready to embark on a successful acting career.

If this sounds like the kind of community you’d like to be a part of, we’d love to meet you and discover together if TKS could be the right fit for you. I hope you will connect with our admissions team to learn more about us and what training here could mean for you and the limitless horizons of your artistic future.

Our Values

Our values are the guiding force behind everything we do here. They are the DNA of the TK Studio culture.

What Our Students Say

TK Studio is an extraordinary place to train and grow as an actor. Terry’s personal and thorough...

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"Terry treated me (as he treats all of his students) like a serious person and a serious...

"I can’t imagine studying with anyone else...." I’ve been studying with Terry for nine years,...

"I left his class with a broader view of the world, a stronger understanding of our work and a...

"Everyone from staff to students is there for the shared love and passion for acting...." TK...

"I finally feel like I’m being equipped with what I need to pursue acting on a bigger level...." I...

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"Be prepared to work hard, and transform!" Besides a thorough, specific, all-encompassing, caring,...

"If you are serious about acting, then this studio is number one...." It can be intimidating...

All of the teachers at the Studio, as well as Terry, are beyond qualified to make sure you are...

"It was the most alive I’d ever felt in my life...." I would take the Two-Year Program all over...

"It keeps me fresh, adaptable, and curious about this crazy thing called life." This work is...

"....That, to me, is the mark of a truly great teacher. One who actually wants you to not need...

"....working with him and getting to know him has been one of the greatest joys of my life...."...

"I cannot stress enough how this studio has made me a better actor/thinker...." If you are a...

"The whole Studio has an aura of growth." The whole studio has an aura of growth. The plants, the...

"....this was one of the best learning experiences I’ve ever had...." Overall, I honestly feel...

"This is life-changing training...." This is life-changing training — both as an artist and human...

"I’ve never felt so connected to who I am, and who I am becoming...." I’ve never felt so connected...

"All of the teachers here are top notch, professional and immensely passionate and caring...." All...

"Terry and his team have not only made me a better actor, but, in doing so, have made me a better...

"....he has given me an artistic vocabulary from which to craft wherever I go...." Working with...

"My experience training with Terry has been a wake-up call of the heart...." I highly recommend...

"....he immediately honed in on me and innately understood something about me as a person...." One...

A Comprehensive Conservatory Program

Conservatory training has proven itself to be the surest way to give talented actors a reliable craft to do their very best work and launch them into the industry confident that they are well equipped.
Our Conservatory Program is a comprehensive two-year training program in which students dedicate themselves to a rich exploration of craft, self-discovery, community, and connection. As one of the best performing arts conservatories in New York, we simultaneously honor and follow the classic Meisner guiding principles and curriculum, and support an inclusive pedagogy that creates space for discourse and each unique student’s voice and particular style of learning.

If you are serious about a meaningful acting career, believe that a commitment to craft and excellence is what will make you stand out as an artist, and are seeking an inclusive and accessible home in which to learn the foundations of the art of acting, then TK Studio might just be the perfect artistic home for you.

Beyond the skillset you will leave with, when you join the TK Studio Conservatory, here’s what you can expect:

Conservatory Training

A deeply experienced and professional-level Meisner acting conservatory, which will save you time and money in comparison with a bachelor or masters program.

Creative Community

A deep sense of belonging within a cohort of dedicated artists who will become your friends, supporters, collaborators, colleagues, and peers, just as Boyd Holbrook, Ana Isabel, Brian Michael, and Julia Mayoraga did before you.

Exceptional Faculty

The expert and personal attention of all of your teachers, who have trained in a variety of specialties and bring unique, masterful perspectives to every learning opportunity.

Brave Space

A brave space, as safe as we can make it for play, healthy risk-taking, artistic exploration and self-discovery that will allow you to reconnect with the bold artist in you and draw upon the wild and expansive freedom of your artistic imagination

At TK Studio, we offer multiple tracks of our Conservatory training so you can
customize your training journey to meet your specific needs.

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Conservatory Programs

Terry Knickerbocker Studio’s flagship program is a five-semester-long professional acting Conservatory, centered around the Meisner technique.

High School Programs

Terry Knickerbocker Studio is proud to run both a Summer High School Acting Program and shorter Fall and Spring Acting Weekend Workshops for rising HS Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.

Intensive Programs

Our Intensive programs are offered every Spring, Fall, and Summer, over the course of six to nine weeks. The ACTING Intensive courses consist of the first 18 classes of the 128-class Meisner curriculum, and will form the basis of your mastery of the Meisner technique.

Special Topic Classes

We know that many actors have distinct interests in various techniques and tools, like Voice Acting classes, Shakespeare, Stage Combat, and many more. Like university conservatory programs, we offer a wide range of elective classes.