The Whole Artist (Legendary Actor and Coach, Michael Kostroff)

The Whole Artist with Courtney Rioux

The Whole Artist with Courtney Rioux is a weekly podcast dedicated to inspiring artists to live their best life. Right now. You don’t have to wait.  This week, Courtney sits down with actor and coach, Michael Kostroff, for a wide ranging interview. They discuss changing your mindset when it comes to auditioning, Michael’s classic TV role on The Wire, the need for civil discourse, and so much more!

The aim of The Whole Artist with Courtney Rioux is to not just make you a better actor, but to help you live a more fulfilled life.

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Formerly the world’s worst auditioner, Michael Kostroff is now an established working actor best known for his five seasons as gang attorney Maury Levy on HBO’s legendary series, The Wire, and for his dozens of other television appearances, including roles on Billions, The Blacklist, Law & Order: SVU,  Luke Cage, The Deuce, Elementary, The Good Wife, Damages, Blue Bloods, Banshee, and opposite Robert De Niro in HBO Films’ Wizard of Lies.

He understudied the Tony Award-winning role of Max Bialystock on the first national tour of The Producers, originated the role of “Thénardier” for the 25th Anniversary U.S. Tour of Les Misérables, and stood by on Broadway in The Nance. Regional engagements have taken him to Goodspeed, Paper Mill, Flat Rock, Theatre Aspen, Musical Theatre West, Olney Theatre, and more.

A former advice columnist for Backstage (2006-2012), Kostroff is also a director, audition coach, and frequent guest instructor at colleges, universities, and drama schools. He’s the author of Letters from BackstageAnswers from “The Working Actor,  and Audition Psych 101.

Meanwhile . . . he continues to audition.

Michael’s Books on Amazon:

Audition Psych 101
Letters from Backstage: The Adventures of a Touring Stage Actor
Answers from “The Working Actor”

Find Michael On The Internet:

Audition Psych 101 Website (
Audition Psych 101 on Twitter (
Michael Kostroff on Twitter (


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