michael Luggio 

photo courtesy of Victoria Cohen

photo courtesy of Victoria Cohen

Michael began his acting career in 1989 on the Off-Broadway stages of New York City. He then continued his work in film and television, appearing in the Law & Order series, The Handler, The Practice, New York Undercover and others. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to work with some of the industry's most prominent actors and directors who were instrumental in shaping his acting, and now his work as a coach.  Michael's friendship with Sydney Pollack was particularly influential on his philosophy towards teaching the actor: "Always respect the process and guide them with authenticity".

Michael believes that the strongest foundation for an actor is built with character development. By learning to utilize the actor's emotions, experiences, and their senses within each character they play, each performance will be an honest one. 

He continues to mentor and coach many of the industry's most respected actors on location, one-on-one, as well as in his classes. He works with both domestic and international actors, helping them achieve work and exposure. Students come from around the world to learn, discover, and sharpen their craft. 

Michael taught acting and directed plays both in New York and Los Angeles at the Third Street Theatre, the Theatre for the New City, La Mama, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Actors Playhouse, Center Stage Theatre, the Professional Method Actors Studio, The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

Michael has been appointed to serve on the Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominating Committee. He is a member of N.A.S.T. (National Association of Schools of Theatre), as well as a volunteer Teacher & Lecturer for W!SE. (Working in support of Education) in the New York City Charter School Programs. He currently serves as a board member for the L.E.S. Festival at the Theater for the New City.