Two Year Professional Acting Conservatory

Enrollment is Now Open for Fall 2020

Students are encouraged to enroll in Conservatory Essentials for comprehensive actor training. TK Studio’s flagship program, the two year program is an MFA alternative conservatory approach to actor training. Students train their entire instrument, voice, body, and mind to become the best artist they can be.

We strongly believe in the conservatory approach to actor training, which means that students are encouraged to train their entire instrument – body and voice – in addition to their acting classes. You will be competing with actors who went to Yale, Juilliard, and NYU – and conservatory training is the model that gives these actors their edge.

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TK Studio is an extraordinary place to train and grow as an actor. Terry’s personal and thorough approach to acting (based in Meisner) and the conservatory process is – in my opinion – the best you will find anywhere. And the Studio staff are wonderful as well. TK Studio is a truly special artistic home.

– Matt B.

Alumnus

“Terry’s laser focus and intuitive ability to find the truth in everyone’s work is incredibly rare…..”

 

The last two years of my life spent with Terry I have seen tremendous growth in my work as an actor and in my life as a human being. He is compassionate, caring and gentle while simultaneously demanding the absolute best from each and every actor, day in and day out. Terry’s laser focus and intuitive ability to find the truth in everyone’s work is incredibly rare. He extends his commitment to excellence to every corner of the studio from the design of the studio itself to the incredible faculty he surrounds himself with. My work in movement and voice as well are still so important to me and stretched me in ways I could never have imagined doing myself.

– Christopher C.

Alumunus

Best decision I’ve ever made! This studio is a very special place and Terry is the best teacher/coach I’ve ever been around. I can’t recommend working with him enough.

– Evan R.

Alumnus

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“….this is the place to sharpen your blade….”

 

If you’re interested in not only being a better actor but an actor that also strives for the highest quality of work, this is the place to sharpen your blade. The standards are high, the work is demanding, and if you can find an opportunity to study with Terry or any of the faculty here, you will leave satisfied and itching for more.

– Kevin K.

Alumnus

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“….I implore anyone seeking personal betterment to visit the Terry Knickerbocker Studio….”

 

One can only benefit from time spent at Terry Knickerbocker Studio; the faculty’s belief in craft, attention to detail, and passion in the pursuit of maximizing their student’s potential are on par with any institution I’ve ever encountered.

Terry is of a very rare breed, a master in his field, with the singular goal of making you a better actor. I trust him with my life and, actor or not, implore anyone seeking personal betterment to visit the Terry Knickerbocker Studio.

– Conor D.

Alumnus

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

 

I met Terry through a friend of mine and it has been the best decision I’ve ever made to attend his Two-Year Conservatory. Not only is this class opening up doors for me that I didn’t know were closed, but I’ve never experienced an acting class that provides the building blocks necessary to begin an extraordinary acting career. I finally feel like I’m being equipped with what I need to pursue acting on a bigger level, AND I’m only 4 months in. I feel freer, more honest, able to answer truthfully to my partner. This class also has helped me improve in my personal life as well. If you are the type of person that hides from the truth, this class is not for you. But if you are hungry for excellence and constant progress, then the Terry Knickerbocker Studio is definitely for you.

– Kezia B.

Alumnus

“Everyone from staff to students is there for the shared love and passion for acting….”

 

Terry Knickerbocker Studio is an excellent studio. I have pages of great things to say but most people don’t read that long so here are the bullet points. At TK Studio, you work closely and personally with Terry. He takes the time to get to know you and your work. He offers HONEST critiques of your work with advice to improve, and that, to me, is priceless. Terry invests his time with each of his students.

TK Studios is a bit off the grid in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, which for me allows more focus on the work and the craft than being in a studio in the busy city full of other acting studios that feel like desperation and competition. At TK Studios, you can relax. You work with your peers and you’re invested in their success because it is made clear everyone’s journey is their own. There isn’t any competition rather we learn from each other and are inspired by each other. The quality of students at TK Studios is also top notch. You will not run into lazy actors or someone not as enthused about the work as you are. Everyone from staff to students is there for the shared love and passion for acting. I would recommend TK Studios if you are passionate about acting, if you want to build your craft, try something new, or just keep your work fresh and honest.

– Victoria M.

Alumnus

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Awesome training. Terry and his select staff of awesome teachers are committed to the excellence of themselves and each student. They will teach you techniques to access and construct performances that are the best version of yourself for each and every role.
Do it. Just do it.

– Anthony G.

Alumnus

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“Terry creates a safe, fun, and experimental environment that allows us students to explore our different temperaments at great length….”

 

Terry Knickerbocker Studio is an AMAZING acting studio. It is helmed by the brilliant Terry himself who challenges, inspires, collaborates, but more importantly, builds relationships with his students. He always comes ready to teach with consistent, high intensity energy and pushes his students to bring this same readiness to each class (which will then carry over into our professional acting jobs). Terry creates a safe, fun, and experimental environment that allows us students to explore our different temperaments at great length. I am so grateful to be at the Studio currently and train under the master teacher that is Terry.

Also, Terry has surrounded himself with an amazing team of other teachers like Kana Sato, Nate Flower, Matthew Dudley, and more! The supplemental voice and movement classes, as well as other electives, are just as challenging and inspiring!!

If you’re looking for a place to start, continue, or strengthen your training, GO TO TERRY KNICKERBOCKER STUDIO! If you’re not ready for the full commitment of a 2-Year program, try out the 6-Week Summer Intensive to see if this is the right training for you. I have a feeling it will be.

– Michael TJ W.

Alumnus

“….there’s still not a day that goes by where I don’t think about this studio…”

 

Years later, there’s still not a day that goes by where I don’t think about this studio. Absolutely life-changing. I not only became a better actor, but I became a better person.

– Julian J.

Alumnus

“It was the most alive I’d ever felt in my life….”

 

I came to the Terry Knickerbocker Studio at the ripe age of 19. I had no idea what I was in for, but I am glad I came. I could never find any other words to describe my experience there other than riveting. It was the most alive I’d ever felt in my life. I’ll use a few words that wont even do it justice, but I’d say: satisfying, brilliant, healing, extraordinary and self-discovery. Not only did the Studio help me TREMENDOUSLY as an actor, but it helped me be my best self in my daily life. All of the mentors/teachers/staff at the Studio go above and beyond to make sure you are safe and doing your best work. I would take the Two-Year Program all over again if I could. I really found myself here and my artistic home and friends that I know will last a life time and training that will better my work as an actor. I could go on and on about the Studio but I suggest getting up and going there yourself to see what its really about. Or even picking up the phone. You will not regret it I promise. I am forever grateful for TK Studio.

– Daniela G.

Alumnus

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“….this work is both the most difficult thing that I’ve ever done and also the most fun….”

 

In January, I started training as an actor at Terry Knickerbocker Studio in Brooklyn. I took a leap of faith, moved to New York, and enrolled in this full-time program. My teacher Terry Knickerbocker asked me if I wanted to come do this work with him, to learn about myself, and to transform. With COVID-19, the experience has been different than I expected, we transitioned the learning onto Zoom, but the work and my excitement for it are as alive as ever.

This work is teaching me what it means to “behave truthfully”, which is hard in a world that thrusts so many social norms and conditioning upon you. It becomes harder in a time like this when many of us disconnect from how we feel because feeling would be too painful. I came to this work because I wanted to explore what it meant to be more available to myself and to un-peel more layers of the onion that is me.

I’m also becoming a child again in rekindling my imagination, something that I wish I could have played with more as a child. The imaginary world is alive. It keeps me fresh, adaptable, and curious about this crazy thing called life.

The friends that I’ve caught up with during COVID have asked me how things are with classes online and how my transition has been. My answer is that this work is both the most difficult thing that I’ve ever done and also the most fun. It’s the most fun that I’ve ever had, and it’s really rich and deep. Terry has been teaching this work for 35 years. He’s committed, all-in, and he loves teaching Meisner. It’s his purpose.

If there’s any part of you that is interested and wants to know more, this is a great opportunity to dive in and learn more. It’s life-changing work (even if you don’t want to be a working actor) that you’ll never forget. It’s showing me how to be truthful and, most importantly of all, free.

Chris Y.

Conservatory Student

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“It is some of the hardest and most worthwhile work you will ever do….”

 

Terry Knickerbocker Studio has absolutely changed my life as an actor and artist. I feel confident I have honed my craft under his teaching. All of the teachers at the Studio, as well as Terry, are beyond qualified to make sure you are nurtured and excel to the very best of your abilities. The space is thoughtfully designed to help you feel at home every time you walk in. It is some of the hardest and most worthwhile work you will ever do.

– Laura O.

Alumnus

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“If you are serious about acting, then this studio is number one….”

 

If only it was easy to articulate why this studio deserves 5 stars!! My experience here was life-changing to say the least. If you are serious about acting, then this studio is number one. Terry, the staff and the students thrive here, exemplifying excellence at it’s best. It can be intimidating choosing to train professionally as an actor, especially with many studio options in NYC, but Terry’s studio is like no other, helping each individual reach their full potential by creating a safe space to do so. Terry’s attention to detail, his undivided attention and love for his work are what sets this studio apart from the others. There is so much passion in, not only Terry’s teaching, but in all the staff there. Because of this passion, I was influenced immensely to be the best actor I can be. I was influenced to love, work hard and enjoy the process. The teachers, the staff, and the students care about you and your potential. I was pushed to take risks and to let go just like everyone else here. I am a better actor because of this training here, and an even better empathetic human. I am eternally grateful for this beautiful experience.

– Deonna D.

Alumnus

“TKS molds individuals, not cookie cutters….”

 

Terry Knickerbocker Studio is my artistic home. Terry and his faculty are incredible — working with them has changed me as an actor and as a person in all of the best ways. TKS molds individuals, not cookie cutters — I trust Terry and his faculty one hundred percent. While the Studio itself is a wonderful, open space, the online community that’s been cultivated during this difficult time is not to be dismissed. I have made immense progress doing this work online, as I would in the Studio. If you’re ready to be the best actor you can be, there’s no need to wait for the literal doors to open — there is work to be done at TKS now on Zoom, and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a life-changer!

– Kim F.

3rd Year Student

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“Do not miss out on an opportunity to study here. It will change your life…..”

 

When you study at Terry Knickerbocker Studio – growth is inevitable.

Training with Terry is the best decision I have ever made for my art, my career, and my life. I leave every class feeling inspired and motivated. The work Terry pulls out of each of his students is breathtaking. In all my years training, I have never worked with someone who is as compassionate and dedicated as Terry. I attribute all of my career success to his masterful teaching and generous guidance.

I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to study at Terry Knickerbocker Studio and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to be the best actor they can be. Do not miss out on an opportunity to study here. It will change your life.

– Spencer N.

Alumnus

“Be prepared to work hard, and transform!”

 

Besides a thorough, specific, all-encompassing, caring, & passionate training in the craft of acting, my time at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio has given me self-empowerment, a way of working and breaking through my own blocks, and a commitment to pursuing my work always with love and joy. Terry and his INCREDIBLE staff and faculty have “taught me how to fish,” so to speak, so that I can always keep improving and moving forward for myself. At the Studio, I learned how to seek inside of myself and inside of a script to create an authentic, personal, dynamic performance. But I have also learned how to recognize and move through the road blocks I put in my way, and that has changed my life, not just in my acting. It was not a cake walk, and I would not have wanted it to be. Be prepared to work hard, and transform! I can’t imagine a better place to have gone on this journey – the environment, the people, the literal beautiful rooms, and the passion that permeates the Studio are unmatched, in my opinion. Forever a TK ambassador!!

– Emma W.

Alumnus

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“All of the teachers here are top notch, professional and immensely passionate and caring….”

 

Truly, I cannot recommend training at this studio enough. Studying with Terry has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only is Terry filled with knowledge and wisdom about acting and the industry, but he is also incredibly perceptive, kind, and overflowing with truth and empathy. This program has changed my life and has helped prepare me to be the best actor I can be. All of the teachers here are top notch, professional and immensely passionate and caring. The Studio itself is beautiful, clean and very welcoming. I am forever grateful that I was able to study here.

– Erin B.

Alumnus

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“My experience training with Terry has been a wake-up call of the heart….”

 

I highly recommend this teacher, this studio and this path if you aspire to be a true artist. My experience training with Terry has been a wake-up call of the heart. Terry encourages you to be who you are…unhinged and in raw form. He stands by the individual, cultivating a spirit and work ethic inside that is invaluable in artistry and every aspect of life itself. If you are reading this and are considering this path, you are already on it. This is where you come for the truth.

– Aaron H.

Alumnus

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“I cannot stress enough how this studio has made me a better actor/thinker….”

 

If you are a holistically-minded actor and committed to being an artist, then this studio is the best place to train. The faculty is wise and commits themselves outright to the blossoming of each student and the ensemble as a whole. This is not a studio to simply plow through the different level courses. Each student is invited to explore the difficult and delightful aspects of their work, and the teachers demonstrate great respect, patience, and joy in the work.

I cannot stress enough how this studio has made me a better actor/thinker. The work permeates life, serving both the student and the studio as a whole.

– Henry W.

Alumnus

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“I’ve never felt so connected to who I am, and who I am becoming….”

 

The growth and profound self-exploration experienced through taking this journey with Terry is unparalleled; I’ve never felt so connected to who I am, and who I am becoming. It has opened my eyes, mind, and heart to the deepest aspects of my persona, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have found TKS. Not only is the work challenging and highly rewarding, the space created is a safe haven, which allows an openness to experiences that are free of judgement. The keen awareness that Terry and the faculty have of each student’s essence allows you to flourish both as an artist and human. If you’re looking for a comprehensive training that explores all facets of who you are mentally, emotionally, physically and even spiritually, you’ve come to the right place. This studio is everything.

– Lucia S.

Alumnus

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