Anthony Meindl

Anthony Meindl started AMAW 26 years ago in his apartment with 6 students and the desire to help actors understand a more modern and simpler approach to the work.

He now has the largest scene study studio in Los Angeles and locations in 10 other cities around the world: New York, London, Vancouver, Toronto, Atlanta, Sydney, Chicago, Copenhagen and Cape Town. He has been the guest acting teacher for directing at David Lynch’s Master of Filmmaking Program, and has guest lectured at the prestigious Moscow Arts Theatre, The National Theatre School of Ireland, The Actors Centre London, The Danish National School of Performing Arts and others. He has been an inspirational speaker, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Jim Carrey, Jack Kornfield, and Tom Shadyac.

As a filmmaker, Anthony has received a number of awards and acclaim. His latest feature film, Where We Go From Here sold to HULU. It premiered at Outfest, won the “Best Screenplay” award at Q-Films Long Beach, and the “Jury Award” at NYC’s East Village Queer Film Festival. He is the author of five books, including best-sellers, At Left Brain Turn Right and Book the F*cking Job and his latest book Unstuck was released in 2021.

He has been a passionate advocate in helping actors everywhere understand their worth and advocate for themselves and their own creativity. He has broken myths around the business and what often holds actors back. His mission has always been to help marginalised people and Artists of Color and Trans, Non-Binary, and Queer-identifying actors who often have had little access to training and opportunities in the business. His studio has offered a Trans-Non-Binary Scholarship since 2019 and last year launched its first BIPOC/Global Majority Scholarship. His films tackle social causes ranging from gun violence to climate justice and the climate crisis to LGBTQ rights.