Throughout his career, Michael has led many actors through the challenges they face in their work. Their successes speak for the care and attention that goes into their coaching. His approach to the craft is recognized by other industry professionals as well. Here's what a few of his actors and colleagues have to say:
"I can safely say that I have never met anyone quite like Michael Luggio. His approach to acting and teaching is incredibly invigorating. He breaks down all barriers so you are left with the simplest and most honest performance possible. His classes are built around making the safest environment for his actors in order for them to discover, learn, and rid themselves of fear. It becomes a platform where anything is possible. Michael has helped me more than anyone I have ever met. He continues to bring it back to the craft and makes you feel safe and confident as you make your way out into the industry. Michael continues to guide me through the process on each project I'm on and reminds me of being in the moment."
- Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Actor : NBC's Emerald City and Dracula, Faster, Going the Distance, The Raven, World Without End, Mr. Selfridge, Despite The Falling Snow, The Great Fire, The Secret River. The Haunting.
"I would like to personally thank Michael for his guidance and all of his patience and understanding of my process. It has been and is truly an exceptional experience, he has helped me find my way."
- Giles Matthey, Actor : True Blood, The Good Wife, Jobs , 24: Live Another Day, Once Upon a Time
"Thank you, Michael, for your persistence of encouragement, guidance, and for teaching me to believe in myself as an actor with confidence. Michael is always there for me when I need him."
- Hanna Ware, Actor: Boss, Shame, Cop Out Old Boy, Betrayal, and Hitman: Agent 47
"I came to Michael crippled by fear; trapped within myself and unable to move forward, I was petrified of upsetting the precarious status quo of success I had stumbled into. Michael encouraged me to take that first critical step into the unknown, which freed me to tap into my potential. Michael makes you look at your work with fresh eyes: each encounter is new, each moment drips with possibility. You won't know what hit you, and your acting will never be the same. Because of Michael's innate skill as a teacher, I now know that what I bring to the table is enough. I have found my confidence, I trust myself, and that -- as an actor -- is invaluable. Michael truly cares about the actor and their craft."
- Abigail Hawk, Actor: Blue Bloods
"Michael is as inspiring as a teacher as he is as an actor. He demands of his acting students what he demands of himself: unflinching honesty, imagination, and commitment in their work. His insights into each student's needs as an actor, as well as his ability to guide them towards overcoming blocks and developing creatively, make him a tough, compassionate, and truly wonderful teacher. I wish there were more like him."
— Alison McBryde, Casting Director: Ali, Heat, Armageddon, The Insider, Coyote Ugly, and Pearl Harbor.
"It is always such a pleasure to see the wonderful work (Michael) is doing with his actors. Michael understands what it takes to succeed in this business: Not only does he train the actors within their craft but he really cares for his students and teaches them about the professional aspects of working. His students truly have a step above the rest."
- Judy Henderson, Casting Director: Homeland
"I've sat in on a lot of different acting classes in my day and have witnessed teachers talk about pretending. Not for me! I was so pleased to sit in on Michael's coaching sessions and watch him guide his actors to a place of reality. It was fascinating to watch a veteran Coach, Teacher, and Director of acting bring his actors to a place where they can explore real human behavior. And to know Michael is putting actors out there, trained from a real place, excites me as a fellow Actor/ Director. It was a pleasure to see you doing your work, Michael. Thank you for letting me join in; I can't wait to see what's to come! I continuously call upon Michael for his guidance and inspiration while acting or directing."
— Brian Goodman, Director/Writer/Actor: The Last Castle, Blow, Annapolis, The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift, What doesn't Kill You, and Rizzoli & Isles