Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Sonia Sanchez set for “Arts and Social Justice” symposium on Broadway, June 15th.

Art and Social Justice postcard frontNew York, NY– May 19, 2016: The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and The Harold Clurman Lecture Series will present Ta-Nehisi Coates, Toni Morrison and Sonia Sanchez in conversation at the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway on June 15, 2016 at 7PM. Coates, author of #1 New York Times bestseller “Between the World and Me,” novelist and Nobel prize-winner Toni Morrison, and poet and legendary social activist Sonia Sanchez will discuss arts and social justice. The event will raise funds for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Following the discussion, all three artists will be presented with the Marlon Brando Award for excellence in the arts and commitment to social engagement. The Ambassador Theatre is located on 219 West 49th Street.
General Admission $25:

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NEA Awards $18,000 to Stella Adler Studio for Rikers Island Project

As part of the National Endowment for the Arts funding for local arts projects and partnerships, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting has been awarded an Art Works award of $18,000 to support their work with inmates at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields. More info:

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Spend Your Summer Training at Adler!

Interviews and auditions are underway for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s world-class summer training programs. Courses include the Summer Conservatory, Shakespeare Intensive, Chekhov Intensive, Physical Theatre Intensive, Musical Theatre Intensive, Actor Warrior Intensive and the Summer Teen Conservatory. Please call the studio for more information on how to apply today!  212-689-0087. More Info at:

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Annie Chang (’10) in “Shades of Blue” on NBC


Annie Chang (Class of 2010) plays FBI agent Molly Chen in the new NBC series “Shades of Blue.” More information at:

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Studio Closed Today, Jan. 18th for Martin Luther King Day

Happy Martin Luther King Day! The studio will be closed today, January 18th, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 19th at 10:00am. Learn more about Dr. King at:

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Studio Closed for Holiday Season, Dec 19 – Jan 3.

The studio will be closed for the holiday season from Saturday, December 19 through Sunday, January 3, 2016. The studio office will reopen on Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 10am. Happy Holidays!!

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The Healing Project

Since January 2014, the Stella Adler Outreach Division has provided free training and classes to people incarcerated at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. I have seen a number of different projects rehearse and unfold, and recently had the pleasure of observing our most recent work. The Healing Project was presented on Wednesday, November 18 and I wanted to share some of the experience as I found it deeply gratifying.

I found myself with a mixture of emotions on the eve of the performance: gratitude on the one hand; aching hope on the other. I felt grateful first of all to the magnificent women, all 15 of them, who participated in the Healing Project, for their generosity, courage and willingness to faithfully make theater with us, theater to heal. I felt grateful to Joanne Edelmann for her leadership and deep love for and dedication to her students; grateful to Calaine Schafer for her boundless generosity, enormous talent and endless playfulness; grateful to Tommy Demenkoff without whom we wouldn’t be at Rikers. Tommy’s courage and wisdom have made a lifetime of dreams come true. And grateful to Suzy PetchEam whose love for our students whether they’re at Rikers, Phoenix House, a South Bronx Middle School, or the Stella Adler Studio’s home base in Manhattan is deep and true. The love each of these teachers and brave actor warriors have for our students reminds me of Shakespeare’s Juliet when she says, “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, / My love as deep. The more I give to thee, / The more I have, for both are infinite.” Finally I felt grateful to Commissioner Joseph Ponte, for his vision and healing efforts to exercise humanity at Rikers, to Deputy Commissioner Winette Saunders for her endless appetite to make a better world, and to the wonderful Corrections Officers we encounter on a daily basis, Officer Boyd, Perez, Gonzalez and Williams.

So gratitude was a big part of what I felt during the last days of rehearsal. But I also felt a hope that aches inside of me in a way I need to ache. My hope is that the glorious women we worked with will see themselves as I see them–as truly glorious–and by seeing themselves that way, will heal. I’ve told them that they are glorious. Joanne and Calaine have told them, as have Tommy and Suzy. Beyond telling them, we’ve given them the opportunity to experience their own magnificence, their beauty, their own eternal and god given validity as human beings. And yet I know–as I’ve told the women myself–how difficult it is to fully and totally internalize the affirmation of self that theater affords its practitioners. As an ever grateful recovering drug addict, I know how difficult it is to turn your life around, become whole and heal. But that’s why we bring theater to Rikers. Not to discover the next generation of American actors but to empower worthy women with voice, with self-worth, with a clear and accurate understanding of who they are so they can take possession of their lives and live fully.

The Healing Project, the title for the piece, came from a conversation that spontaneously emerged between the staff and faculty in response to the massacre at Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC on July 18, 2015. We felt helpless and hopeless as the news came out about the shooting and we wondered what we as an arts organization might contribute to a world replete with so much violence and hatred. We were deeply inspired by the incredible faith and capacity for forgiveness of the parishioners of Emmanuel A.M.E. when they confronted Dylann Storm Roof, the perpetrator of the crime. Tommy Demenkoff and I discussed how we might at another time end up serving someone like Dylann with acting training and how complicated these issues truly are. We began discussing the capacity of the arts to engender deep human understanding and forgiveness. Tommy and Suzy came back to the Stella Adler Studio that fall with the concept of devoting the work of the Stella Adler Outreach Division in 2015-2016 to the work and spirit of healing, hence the Healing Project.

For me, this most recent experience had the effect of engendering healing, not only for the participants, but for us all. I hope my effort to describe this experience and the efforts of the brave participating women engender some healing and understanding for you too.



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2016 Audition Tour heads to Chicago, San Francisco, London and more.

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York and Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles have announced the 2016 Audition Tour. Prospective applicants may audition for programs including the 3-Year Conservatory, Evening Conservatory, Musical Theatre Conservatory, Summer Conservatory, Shakespeare Intensive, Chekhov Intensive, Physical Theatre Intensive, Musical Theatre Intensive, and Teen Summer Conservatory. Through the audition tour, the studio is seeking to connect with the most gifted, ambitious young actors who have an appetite for rigorous training and an interest in studying acting in New York or Los Angeles.

The tour will begin in February making stops in Chicago (Feb 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency) and San Francisco (Feb 13-14 at ACT) before heading to the Southeastern Theatre Conference (Greensboro, NC: March 3-6) and New England Theatre Conference (Boston, MA: March 12-14). In addition, the studio will be in attendance this year at several KCACTF College Festivals throughout the country. Auditions can also be scheduled by appointment at the Stella Adler Studio in New York and Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles each week.

The studio will once again be traveling overseas to London, England to hold auditions at the Actors Centre from March 18-20. This year, the studio is also adding an audition tour stop to Sydney, Australia in late April 2016.

For information visit the Audition Tour Page:
Scheduling an audition: Call 212-689-0087 or email Ryan Chittaphong at

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Josh Segarra (’08) and faculty Andrea Burns star on Broadway in “On Your Feet”

On Your Feet Broadway

Happy Opening Night to alum Josh Segarra (Class of 2008) and faculty Andrea Burns who star in “On Your Feet” on Broadway

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Kate Mulgrew participates in latest Rikers Island Project

Kate Mulgrew

Since January 2014 the Stella Adler Outreach Division has provided free theater programs at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. Board member and alum Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black)  has joined the cast of the latest rehearsal project.

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