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Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend

November 26, 2014

The studio wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! Studios and offices will be closed beginning Wednesday, November 26th at 6:30pm and will reopen on Monday, December 1st at 9:00am.

Harold Clurman Lab Theatre Announces its 2015 Season

November 21, 2014

The Harold Clurman Lab Theater, the bi-coastal professional wing of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Art of Acting Studio, is proud to announce its 2015 season: Great Falls by Lee Blessing, directed by Don K. Williams, will open January 22, 2015 in Los Angeles; Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, directed by Tom Oppenheim, will open on February 5, 2015 in New York; Macbeth by William Shakespeare, directed by Don K. Williams, will open in May 2015 in Los Angeles; a new play to be developed by the Harold Clurman Playwrights Division will open in July 2015 in New York; and Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, directed by Tom Oppenheim, will open in September 2015 in New York.

All shows will offer a “pay what you can” ticket structure in an effort to make theater-going accessible to patrons of all income levels. The 2015 season will also be supplemented with several free events presented by the studio’s Harold Clurman Playwrights Division including readings of brand new plays by emerging writers.

Artistic Director Tom Oppenheim said, “The studio aims to bring art right down to the street and offer it indiscriminately, that is to say, affordably, to the world. The Harold Clurman Lab Theater – on both coasts – is proud to announce our season and offer a ticket model that will encourage audience members to not only come to the theater but participate in vital community conversations.”

The Lab Theater’s most recent work in Los Angeles includes the Ovation-Recommended and Ovation-Nominated run of Lebensraum by Israel Horovitz, and Ovation-nominated run of Long Way Go Down by Zayd Dohrn.  In New York, the Harold Clurman Lab Theater recently presented the Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award winning one-man show Mercy Killers by Michael Milligan and the off-Broadway production of Israel Horovitz’s Lebensraum.

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2015 Audition Tour Announcement

November 20, 2014

(New York, NY & Los Angeles, CA) The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York and Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles have announced the 2015 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 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency) and San Francisco (Feb 6-8 at the La Meridian) before heading to the Southeastern Theatre Conference (Chattanooga, TN: March 5-7) and New England Theatre Conference (Boston, MA: March 14-16). 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 13-15. On Thursday, March 12th, the studio will hold a FREE workshop in London from 3pm-5pm. RSVP for the workshop by emailing This year, the studio is also adding an audition tour stop to Sydney, Australia in August 2015.

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

Founded in 1949, the Stella Adler Studio occupies a unique place in the history of both theater and actor training in the United States. Rooted in the spirit of Stella Adler, and the insight that growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous, students are challenged on every level by world-class faculty and by a mission to nurture theater artists so that they value humanity, their own and others, as their first priority, while bringing art and education to the community.

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting/Art of Acting Studio is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Ben Horner (’05) on Broadway in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

November 1, 2014

Ben Horner (Class of 2005) can be seen on Broadway in the original cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliot. More info can be found at

ABOUT BEN HORNER: Broadway: War HorseMacbeth. Off-Broadway: An Octoroon (Soho Rep), The Gods Are Pounding My HeadZomboid (Ontological-Hysteric Theatre), Bingo with the Indians, seating ARRANGEMENTS, Smoke and Mirrors (The Flea Theatre), Mustard (La MaMa E.T.C.) Other Theatre: Romeo and Juliet (Yale Repertory Theatre), Macbeth (Wachovia Playhouse), As You Like It, The Tempest (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), Macbeth (Smith Street Stage), Macbeth, A Streetcar Named Desire, Bones in the Basket (Yale School of Drama). Film: Deliver Us From Evil. Television: “Person of Interest.” Founding Member: Good Belly. Education: BFA NYU (Stella Adler Studio/Experimental Theatre Wing); MFA Yale School of Drama.

Douglas Widick (’12) in “Blank! The Musical” at New World Stages

October 28, 2014

Douglas Widick (Class of 2012) is opening Blank! The Musical at New World Stages on Nov 17th with Previews starting on Nov 1st. Blank! is a musical improv show that uses the audiences suggestions via a live Smartphone App to create a new musical every single night. Douglas will also be joining the UCB Theater’s Maude Night house Sketch Teams. You can catch him performing with North Coast Hip Hop Improv (People’s Improv Theater), The Made Up Musical (Magnet Theater), The Dead Dads Club (UCB Theater), and Happy Karaoke Fun Time! (Davenport Theater).

On Being and Serving the Next Generation…

October 20, 2014

I have found myself listening avidly to a radio program on NPR called On Being, moderated by Krista Tippett. The show consists of 50 minute interviews with leaders from religious and spiritual disciplines but also artists, scientists, philosophers and so on. The way it’s described on the On Being website is as follows: “On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?”

A number of the programs I’ve enjoyed most are with civil rights leaders, most especially, Grace Lee Boggs, John Lewis and Vincent Harding. I find myself deeply inspired by these programs and, more to the point, by the civil rights movement itself. One of the things that impresses me about the three people I mentioned is that they speak about the movement, not as a thing of the past, but as an ongoing struggle. Grace Lee Boggs, still alive at the age of 99, talks unabashedly of the revolution. She talks about “revolution as evolution”. She and the others live in close proximity within themselves and in their communities to atrocity, injustice, oppression and perhaps particularly in the case of Grace Lee Boggs, to a keen awareness of environmental injustice and impending disaster. While they live so closely to these negative forces in society they are not by any means negative people. On the contrary they are supremely positive; one might say radically hopeful people. They are fighters for justice; one might say spiritual warriors of peace and reconciliation.

One of the most lived questions of my life is: what does it mean to be the Stella Adler Studio today? Another way to put this is what anchors the Stella Adler Center for the Arts as an institution in the world? What is our foundational, fundamental truth? To what are we rooted? What are our deepest convictions without which we wouldn’t be ourselves? Or, in actor terms, what is our super objective?

The answer is always something about life, about existence, about humanity. Institutions aren’t about themselves but about big life issues beyond themselves. Stella stated this with respect to actors: “You serve the playwright, who serves God, who serves the Universe, who tells these babies out there what’s wrong with the world.”

I find the means for a response to the question “what does it mean to be the Stella Adler Studio today?” in the civil rights movement as I’ve come to understand it particularly in the work and words of Grace Lee Boggs. Boggs is, as I mentioned, a 99 year old, Chinese-American, teacher, philosopher, writer and primarily a political activist.

Listen to Grace Lee Boggs: “Historians of the black experience have a crucial role to play in helping blacks and everyone in this country develop a common understanding of the important role that the black struggle for human rights has played through the years not only to advance blacks but to humanize this country”. The word humanize is defined as “to make humane, kind, or gentle” and humane as “characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, especially for the suffering or distressed”.

The civil rights movement, then, is a model not only for fairness, equality, and justice, but is also a model for deepening our humanity. The issue of creating an environment that values humanity is at the core of our work at the studio. For me, exploring the civil rights movement has been very helpful in finding a deeper expression of our mission, of our value of humanity and how it is expressed through the great and ancient arts of acting and theater.

In educational terms, what I’ve learned of the study of the civil rights movement and its continuing echoes today is that chief among the oppressive forces of the world today is corporate greed and commercialism. Our students live between two competing phenomenon: the theater, in its depth, perhaps the oldest art form, with an objective to elevate and uplift, to activate and engage humanity and its commercial expression, the industry, Hollywood. I would like to suggest that we have to prepare them to make a living but we have to train and educate them to make a life. Making a living is merely one element of making a life.

I hope as an exercise, you might be encouraged to think with me about how these ideals might help us realize our work as actors, how it might help us realize the studio’s mission and how it might help us serve our whole community and our audiences better, more holistically, with greater understanding and passion.

If you’d like to hear Grace Lee Boggs on On Being click here:

I’d love to hear your thoughts…

Kate Szekely (’12) in The Hive’s “Peer Gynt!”

October 15, 2014

Kate Szekely (Class of 2012) is featured in the newly re-imagined production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic “Peer Gynt!” at the The Hive NYC. The production is directed by Oded Be’eri and will run from October 17th – November 15th.

Lilly Englert (’13) in PUNK ROCK at MCC Theater.

October 3, 2014


Lilly Englert (Class of 2013) joins the cast of MCC Theater’s production of Punk Rock by Simon Stephens. The show begins performances October 29 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre under the direction of Trip Cullman.