Terry Knickerbocker Studio is a premier acting school, located in NYC in the heart of Industry City, Brooklyn. Our belief in a holistic approach to actor training is the source of our unwavering commitment to nurturing the total actor: body, mind, and soul. We offer an affordable alternative to MFA programs, without sacrificing quality. By providing a conservatory setting, our world-class faculty rigorously trains the actor to succeed in a highly competitive industry. We seek students who are diverse, generous, curious, collaborative, open-hearted, spirited, uncompromising, and real. The work we do at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio exemplifies impeccable integrity, joyous practice, bold choices, and a lively sense of play.
Terry Knickerbocker spent over 30 years training and teaching with William Esper, one of the most respected protegés of Sanford Meisner. Terry is part of a direct lineage of Sandy Meisner and his brilliant approach to actor training. He is also a core faculty member and alumnus of the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
To provide our students with tools and a process for creating authentic, imaginative acting
To empower our students to embrace the full range of their unique humanity
To cultivate uncompromising standards of craftsmanship and artistry in our students
To support our students with the entrepreneurial skills needed to be a successful working actor
We strive to live these values in every way: they are in the DNA, fabric and culture of everything we do here at TK Studio.
We hold ourselves to the highest possible standards. We are obsessively devoted to quality. We will never settle for doing anything in a casual, sloppy way. We intend to be the very best at what we do, and we train actors who intend to be the very best at what they do.
Quite simply, our word is our bond. If we say it, we mean it. We keep our agreements. Period. And we fully expect our students and artistic family to do the same with us and each other.
Our faculty, staff, and students are here to facilitate the exploration and expansion of our knowledge of art and life, and specifically our understanding of the art and craft of acting. We teach tools and a process to achieve that. Every class, every rehearsal, every time we sit down to do our artistic homework, every moment in life offers us an opportunity to learn and to grow.
We are committed to creating a brave space in which people of all races, ages, national origins, religions, abilities and disabilities, sexual orientations, gender identities and socioeconomic statuses feel safe and encouraged to bring their fullest self to the craft of acting. Representation of diverse voices is a necessity to truthful storytelling in our art form, and we strive to cultivate and amplify these voices within our classrooms, staff, faculty, and online presence. We are committed to investigating our blindspots, working to dismantle white supremacist culture, and being an anti-racist institution.