Parlan McGaw

New York acting meditation teacher

Parlan McGaw (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) has acted with the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Old Globe Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, and other theatres in New York and regionally, and he made his film debut in Todd Haynes’s Poison. With master acting teacher Michael Howard he codirected two weeklong retreats for actors at Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont, and he has taught the tools of Heart of Acting to actors at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Villanova University, the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio, Shantigar Retreat Center, the InterDependence Project, and at the Michael Howard Studios in weekend programs, on-going classes, and in their summer conservatory.


“Parlan McGaw’s leadership in meditation practice (he and I codirected two retreats for actors) is extraordinarily useful in strengthening core elements of the actor’s craft: concentration, awareness, relaxation.”

—Michael Howard
Actor, Director, Teacher
Founder, Michael Howard Studios








Photo by Jane Stevens

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