Metropolitan Acting School was founded by Actor / Comedian Gregory Korostishevsky (SAG – AFTRA), one of today’s most known American/Russian stand-up comedian and actor in the United States, who is instantly recognizable from Orange is the New Black as Red’s husband Dimitri, many TV shows, numerous television commercials and stand-up comedy performances.
Gregory Korostishevsky noted “I’ve been teaching acting for more than 20 years in public schools and universities around the New York Metropolitan area. A long time ago I had a dream to open my own acting school so I could teach young people and adults the art of acting, based upon my 30 years of experience as a professional actor.”
Gregory Korostishevsky’s belief is that like any art form you have to learn from the teacher you trust, and it should be a teacher who inspires you. Its best to learn from someone who does professional work, who is currently working in the acting profession.
“My basic training was in Russia (the former Soviet Union) where I studied the Stanislavsky system, the father of Strasberg and Stella Adler’s methods in America.”
In America there is 3 major theories of acting, Strasberg, Stella Adler and Meisner. All of these take come from the Stanislavsky system.
When I emigrated to the United States I learned that the Stanislavsky system was not enough for me to become a professional actor. So I went to study the Meisner technique with one of the greatest acting teachers of America, Mr. Robert X. Modica who taught acting at Carnegie Hall at the time .
I studied with him for more than 3 years. During this time I felt I was getting more and more confident on stage and in front of the camera, I fell in love with the Meisner Technique and when I began to to teach acting in schools and colleges I always infused my teaching with Meisner exercises.
“My students loved that technique because its the fastest way to really experience true acting. Great acting always comes from the heart, instinct, and intuition. It comes from the real truth which can not be expressed in everyday life because of its consequences. Only on stage or in front of the camera you do experience true living and behaving without the fear of the consequences. You can afford to be brave, bold and vulnerable. You can express your true feelings which you cannot have in real life that’s why I love acting.”