Florence Young

Florence Young

Assistant Professor
  • Film & Television

Florence is a professional actor whose TV credits include roles in "True Detective," "Hap and Leonard," "Salem," and "Claws." As a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, Florence has had the opportunity to participate in ongoing training and workshops and to learn from many veteran actors. Her training is rooted in Method Acting but also strongly influenced by Meisner and more physical approaches such as Mask and Clown work. In 2012 she founded The NOLA Actors Lab in New Orleans and was voted Louisiana’s top acting coach by Backstage Magazine in 2015. 

As an independent filmmaker, Florence finds all aspects of storytelling compelling -- from driving a grip truck, designing a set, to working on a camera team. She continues her creative practice as an actor and filmmaker by auditioning for professional television and film projects regularly, and coaching working actors. As a member of Filmshop, she maintains her connection to a filmmaking community and continues to develop personal film projects.

Areas of Expertise


Education, Licensure & Certifications

The New School
MFA; Acting

The University of New Orleans
MFA; Film Production

Marymount Manhattan College
BFA; Acting



KOOL (Writer, Director)
Picture's Up Film Festival, 2023
FilmShop Exhibition, 2020, curated by Thelma Adams
Crescent City Film Festival, 2020
From NOLA with Love, 2020 (via New Orleans Film Festival)
New Orleans Film Festival, 2019
Burbank International Film Festival, 2019

Stage Four (Writer, Director)
Innovate UNO - Best Graduate Film, 2017

Backstage Magazine
Reader’s Choice, 2015, Best Acting Coach in New Orleans

Screenwriting Competitions:
Nantucket Film Festival / Showtime Tony Cox Award, 2nd Place, 2008 (Red Tide Bloom, feature)
BlueCat, Top 20, 2008 (Red Tide Bloom, feature)
Slamdance Film Festival, Quarterfinalist, 2008 (Red Tide Bloom, feature)


Actors Studio, Lifetime Member
Filmshop, Member

College of Arts & Media

CU Denver

Arts Building

1150 10th Street

Suite 177

Denver, CO 80204


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