Anthony Grasso,

Actor/ Instructor / Photographer

Formerly the founder & artistic director of Breakthrough Studios. BTS was one of the leading acting & networking studios in NYC for a over a decade.

Anthony has helped thousands of actors achieve unprecedented success during his time at BTS through his on-camera acting workshops, networking industry seminars and with his headshot photography. Because of his  upbringing in NY and his passion in the arts, he has been described him as having the spirit of a soldier and the heart of a poet. 

Growing up as a native New Yorker, his acting career spans over 25 years of professional experience as an actor, director, and teacher in Film, Television and Theatre.  

He has starred in numerous independent feature films notably , Gun Hill Road ( Released 2011 -*Sundance ),  Billy’s Cult - Released in 2013 and The Pigeon Egg Strategy (*Sundance - shot in Hong Kong). 

Some of his primetime television credits include: CBS, WALL STREET PROJECT pilot with Jon Cusack, CBS, UNFORGETTABLE, NBC, LAW & ORDER, LAW & ORDER: CI, NBC, THE BLACK DONNELLEY’S, HBO SEX & THE CITY, & ABC NYPD BLUE . Anthony has also been seen in a variety of commercials both regionally and nationally. Most notably THE AMEX Campaign directed by film director M. Night Shamalayan. 

He studied at legendary The Actors Studio, with Frank Corsaro, Ellen Burstyn, Lee Grant, Estelle Parsons, Christopher Walken, and with the late Arthur Penn. He also studied Meisner with Kevin O’Connor (Neighborhood Playhouse) and most recently, completed several master classes with the renowned Larry Moss. He also went abroad to continue his studies at The British Academy of Dramatic Arts in Oxford, England with John Barton, David Leveaux, Fiona Shaw, Debra Warner, and Jane Lapataire.

Anthony's teaching career started back in 1998. His sixteen years of teaching experience include faculty on Film and Television studio at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Paper Mill Playhouse , New York Film Academy and Breakthrough Studio - School for Drama.

He is currently on the faculty at The New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts and continues to teach his popular private Film & TV classes.  Anthony being a Method and Meisner trained actor himself, his teaching philosophy is integrating contemporary acting techniques from Sanford Meisner, and Lee Strasberg and transitioning these essential skills for TV and Film.  Visit Instructor page for his private class information.

His Photography career began with earning a BFA degree from SVA. Combining his artistic background with over two decades an actor / teacher and Founder of BTS, together these components and have guided him to shoot professional headshots for actors.

Over the 10 years running Breakthrough Studios, through his seminars & classes, he gained extensive knowledge of the acting community and fully understands the essence of a marketable headshot, in relation to the business. His warm and charismatic personality creates that essential actor/ photographer chemistry that produces the best and most natural you.

Having direct referrals from other actors, agents and managers, Anthony has become one of the leading Headshot Photographers in NYC. Visit his portfolio in Headshot Gallery in the Photography page.

Anthony currently lives in NY with his wife, actress Diane Harrington, and their daughter.