Anthony Meindl

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Anthony Meindl
Anthony Paul Meindl

(1968-01-14) January 14, 1968 (age 51)

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


In the 1990s, Meindl played a character who was a genie named "Hard Hat Harry" in a number of video cassettes and DVDs aimed at introducing children to trucks, cars, construction vehicles, and others (usually using the name "Anthony Paul").

He worked and lived in New York in the early 1990s and moved to Los Angeles in 1997. He has been 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 non-Broadway stage productions of Titus Andronicus, Merrily We Roll Along,[3] and the LA Weekly Award-nominated Cabaret.

He is openly gay.[4] His film credits are almost exclusively gay-related, including the 1997 gay-themed drama David Searching, the 1998 gay-themed drama Minor Details, and the 2000 gay-themed comedy/drama Get Your Stuff. His latest film role was in the 2005 mystery comedy Death of a Saleswoman. He also appeared in a 1998 episode of Will & Grace.


He has coached and worked with Shailene Woodley, Ashley Greene, Agnes Bruckner, Nick Robinson, Chace Crawford, Cory Monteith, Dania Ramirez, Sasha Alexander, Chris Owen, Stevie Lynn Jones, Dree Hemingway, Michael Lomenda, JC Chasez, China Chow, Brock Kelly, Judith Hill, Samantha Mumba, Rocco DiSpirito, Olivia Holt, Ian Harding, Alexandra Daddario, Edy Ganem, Trevor Donovan, Daniel Cudmore, Charlie Bewley, Ashton Holmes, Larissa Oleynik, Lorenza Izzo, Carmen Electra, Allison Miller, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Lucy Fry, Josh Zuckerman, Sadie Calvano, Joe Garvey, Taryn Southern, Ryan Rottman, Chaz Bono, Jill Wagner, Joe Slaughter, Mark Hapka, Matt Dallas, Brad Rowe, and Quddus Phillippe.

Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop is different than any other acting studio because of Tony's Philosophy. Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop adult acting classes as well as youth acting classes and offer free audits every Tuesday at 6pm.

The AMAW blog offers its visitors inspiration as well as tips and tricks for the acting industry.


Meindl's first feature screenplay, The Wonder Girls, was the Grand Prize Winning Feature Screenplay in the Slamdance Film Festival Screenplay Competition in 2007.[5] He was nominated for Best Director for the LA Weekly Awards two years in a row for Best Comedy (Swimming In The Shallows)[6] and Best Drama (Dogs Barking).[7] 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.[8]

Meindl's first feature film, 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.[9] The film features Academy Award winner, Olympia Dukakis, Bruce Vilanch and Trevor Donovan.


Anthony Meindl is the author of the best-selling creativity book At Left Brain Turn Right, and Alphabet Soup For Grown-Up. His most recent book is an acting guide called Book the F#©king Job!.

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


  1. ^ Boriosi, Marc S. "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.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Slamdance Screenplay Announces Winners!". Slamdance. Archived from the original on October 24, 2007.
  6. ^ Morris, Steven Leigh (February 17, 2005). "The 26th Annual LA Weekly Theater Awards". LA Weekly. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  7. ^ "The 25th Annual LA Weekly Theater Award Nominees". LA Weekly. February 12, 2004. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  8. ^ Melloy, Kilian (November 19, 2008). "Four Gay Short Films on One New DVD Release". Edge Publications. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  9. ^ "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.

External links[edit]

Anthony Meindl on IMDb