Anthony Meindl

Anthony Paul Meindl (born January 14, 1968) is an American director, screenwriter, stage and film actor, author and founder and artistic director of Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop, (otherwise known as AMAW) in Los Angeles. The workshop has since expanded to locations in Atlanta, Chicago, London, Sydney, New York City,[1] Toronto, Cape Town, Santa Fe, Copenhagen and Vancouver.

Anthony Meindl
Anthony Paul Meindl

(1968-01-14) January 14, 1968 (age 54)

Early careerEdit

In the 1990s, Meindl starred in Hard Hat Harry, a show aimed at introducing children to trucks, cars, construction equipment, and other vehicles.

He moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1997 where he was featured in many commercials for products and companies including Diet Coke, Philips Electronics, Bank of America, Nissan, Michelob Lite, Sears, Acura, Del Taco, Mervyns, and Behr Paint.[2]

He has also appeared in Off-Broadway stage productions of Titus Andronicus, Merrily We Roll Along,[3] and the LA Weekly Award-nominated Cabaret.

He is openly gay.[4] His feature film credits are almost exclusively gay-related, including the 1997 drama David Searching, the 1998 drama Minor Details, and the 2000 comedy/drama Get Your Stuff. In 2005, he was in the 2005 mystery comedy Death of a Saleswoman. He also appeared in a 1998 episode The Truth About Will & Dogs[5] on Will & Grace.


Year Title Role Notes
1994 All My Children (TV Series) Waiter TV Series, 1 episode: "Episode dated 20 January 1994"
1995 Hard Hat Harry[6] Hard Hat Harry (credited as Anthony Paul) Childrens TV Series, 2 episodes: "Real Life Fire Trucks For Kids" and "All About... Trucks"
1997 David Searching Diner Waiter Independent film
1998 Will & Grace Cute Guy (credited as Anthony Paul Meindl) TV Series, 1 episode: "The Truth About Will and Dogs"
1999 Any Day Now Waiter TV Series, 1 episode: "Say Something"
Behind the Life of Chris Gaines Ryan Duffy TV Movie
Family Law Scott Kaplan TV Series, 1 episode: "The Fourth Trimester"
2000 Get Your Stuff Eric Independent Film
2006 Death of a Saleswoman Ethan Capperlog Independent Film
2011 Birds of a Feather[7] Mark Daniels Independent Film/TV Movie
2018 Sum of Us [8] Tony (self) Feature Film
2019 Where We Go from Here[9] Ricky Feature Film

Acting CoachEdit

He has coached and worked with Shailene Woodley, Chace Crawford, Cory Monteith, Olivia Holt, Ian Harding, Larissa Oleynik,[10] Lorenza Izzo, Logan Paul, Camila Cabello, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Lucy Fry, Phoebe Dynevor, Pom Klementeiff, Sara Sampaio, and Ming XI.

Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop claims to be different than any other acting studio because of "Tony's Philosophy" focusing on trusting that you are enough and have something to contribute as you.

The "In The Moment" Podcast about acting, art, and life has interviews with casting directors, actors, and industry professionals.[11]


Meindl's first feature screenplay, The Wonder Girls, was the Grand Prize Winning Feature Screenplay in the Slamdance Film Festival Screenplay Competition in 2007.[12] He was nominated for Best Director for the LA Weekly Awards two years in a row for Best Comedy (Swimming In The Shallows),[13] and Best Drama (Dogs Barking).[14] The casts for both shows (members of MetaTheatre Company, his acting studio) were also nominated for Best Ensemble in a Comedy and Best Ensemble in a Drama.

His first short, Ready? OK!, played in over a dozen International Film Festivals, winning numerous "Best of" Awards and premiered on MTV's LOGO Network in 2009 as part of their "Click List: Best In Short Film Series." It won the 2008 Planet Out Scion Viewer’s Choice Short Film Awards.[15]

The first feature film he directed, Birds of A Feather (2011) won him Best Director awards at the 2012 Downtown LA Film Festival and the 2013 Golden Door Film Festival and the Spirit of the Festival Award at the 2012 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival.[16] The film features Academy Award winner, Olympia Dukakis, Bruce Vilanch and Trevor Donovan.

Meindl wrote and directed Where We Go From Here (2019) depicting issues of immigration, gun violence, and love in the modern world. It premiered at Outfest[17] in 2018 and was acquired by Hulu.

In 2019, Meindl directed the short Is This You, Too?, which stars and was written by Barbara Howlin.[18]


Anthony Meindl is the author of five books: the best-selling creativity book At Left Brain Turn Right,[19] a spiritual self-help book Alphabet Soup For Grown-Ups,[20] Book the F#©king Job![21] and Book the F#©king Job for Teens[22] and his memoir which was released Fall 2020, You Knew When You Were 2[23].

He is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post,[24] The Daily Love, and Backstage.


  1. ^ Boriosi, Marc S (7 October 2013). "Anthony Meindl – Acting His Sage". The Levity Ball. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  2. ^ Anthony Meindl's Actor's Workshop
  3. ^ Morris, Steven Leigh (June 7, 2000). "The Good Doctor Sang". LA Weekly. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-25. Retrieved 2012-12-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Will & Grace" The Truth About Will and Dogs (TV Episode 1998) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-03-30
  6. ^ Hard Hat Harry (TV Series 1995–1996) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-03-30
  7. ^ Meindl, Anthony (2011-01-01), Birds of a Feather (Comedy), Lindsay Frame, Anthony Meindl, Danielle Hoover, Lindsay Hollister, Intrepid Entertainment, META Films, retrieved 2021-03-30
  8. ^ Meindl, Anthony, Sum of Us (Documentary, Comedy, Drama, News), Jessica Jade Barry, Verity Branco, Sabrina Campbell, Kathryn Cherasaro, Meta Films / Intrepid Entertainment, retrieved 2021-03-30
  9. ^ Meindl, Anthony (2019-11-30), Where We Go from Here (Drama), Justine Wachsberger, Raphael Desprez, Camille De Pazzis, Nicolas Berger-Vachon, Meta Films / Intrepid Entertainment, retrieved 2021-03-30
  10. ^ "Larisa Oleynik". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  11. ^ "In The Moment: Acting, Art and Life". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  12. ^ "Slamdance Screenplay Announces Winners!". Slamdance. Archived from the original on October 24, 2007.
  13. ^ Morris, Steven Leigh (February 17, 2005). "The 26th Annual LA Weekly Theater Awards". LA Weekly. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  14. ^ "The 25th Annual LA Weekly Theater Award Nominees". LA Weekly. February 12, 2004. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  15. ^ Melloy, Kilian (November 19, 2008). "Four Gay Short Films on One New DVD Release". Edge Publications. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  16. ^ "23rd Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival AWARDS Announced!!!". Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation. June 1, 2012. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  17. ^ "Where We Go From Here". Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  18. ^ "IMDB". Archived from the original on 2021-10-17.
  19. ^ "At Left Brain Turn Right: An Uncommon Path to Shutting Up Your Inner Critic, Giving Fear the Finger & Having an Amazing Life!". Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  20. ^ "Alphabet Soup for Grown-Ups: 26 Ways to Not Worry (Really!), Be Happy (Truly!), and Get over Yourself (Finally!)". Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  21. ^ Book the Fucking Job!: A Guide for Actors. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  22. ^ "BOOK THE JOB! (For Teens): A Guide for Actors". Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  23. ^ You Knew when You Were 2. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  24. ^ "Anthony Meindl | HuffPost". Retrieved 2021-03-30.

External linksEdit

Anthony Meindl at IMDb