Studio Announces “Embracing Compassion Week” March 20-24

New York, NY – The Stella Adler Studio of Acting has announced Embracing Compassion Week (March 20 – 24), which will include several events and performances at the Studio and coincides with the Studio’s participation in the Embracing Compassion – Lives of the Dalai Lama exhibition, an international project honoring sacred Tibetan art and the 14 incarnations of the Dalai Lama. A series of thangkas, paintings used by Tibetan Buddhists in their meditations, commissioned by His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama, is currently touring the U.S. The artworks will be presented to him on March 20 and reproductions will be on display at the Studio, as well as at other sites all over the world, throughout the week.

The week will also include performances from artists from across the globe. The Studio will host a jazz concert with the Ned Otter Jazz Quartet on Monday, March 20, as part of the David Oppenheim Concert Series, as well as a concert by German pianist and composer Leon Gurvitch on March 21 and a reading by current poet-in- residence Yusef Komunyakaa and concert by Japanese pianist Noriko Kamo on March 23. All events are free and open to the public. “Theater is an ancient art form devoted to telling stories that reflect humanity to itself, and an actor’s job is to imagine being in the shoes of another person. No matter how much an actor disagrees with their character’s choices, they must find a non-judgmental way of giving life to them,” said Tom Oppenheim, Artistic Director, Stella Adler Studio of Acting. “The muscle this exercises for actor and audience alike is the muscle of compassion—that is, the capacity to feel the pain of or to suffer with another or others. This particular aspect of Stella’s technique is deeply sensitizing.”

The Studio’s participation in this project aligns with its mission of creating an environment that nurtures theater artists and audiences who value humanity, their own and others, as their first priority, while bringing art and education to the greater community. This mission is based on the insight that growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous.

From its roots in the Yiddish Theatre tradition, brought to New York City by Jacob Adler and carried forward by Stella, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting has always strived to create a space where artists and audiences are called to deeply investigate and nurture their shared humanity. The practice of compassion that plays such a central role in the life and work of the Dalai Lama is also therefore at the heart of the theater and at the core of the mission of the Stella Adler Studio.


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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, Self-Generated Theatre 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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STUDIO CLOSED FEB 20TH: President’s Day

Due to the National Holiday, the studio will not be open during the day on Monday, February 20th. The studio will be open tonight for all workshop classes and public performances.

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Coral Peña (’15) stars in “24: Legacy” on Fox!

Coral Peña (Class of 2015) stars in the new hit Fox series “24: Legacy” as Mariana Stiles, which premiered this week!

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Studio Closed Over Holiday Break

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting will be closed for the Holiday Season from Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 through Monday, January 2nd, 2017. The studio will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd at 10:00am.

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WNYC is Media Partner for Cultural Center Events

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is pleased to announce that WNYC is a media partner of the 2016-2017 cultural center events season. This season participating artists include award-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, great American jazz pianist Harold Mabern, poet/novelist Idra Novey, playwright Beto O’Byrne and the students of the Stella Adler Outreach Division. For more information on upcoming events please click here. For more information about WNYC please click here.

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Outreach Division Receives Grant from Prestigious Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation

New York, NY – The Stella Adler Studio of Acting has been awarded $150,000 by the prestigious Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation to create the Bob Hope Scholars Program at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. The funds will support the creation of scholarships for 50 students a year over the next three years to study with Adler Youth and Summer Shakespeare, two programs under the Studio’s Outreach Division.

“Bob Hope, legendary comedian, entertainer, humanitarian and American patriot, immigrated to America from England in the early 1900s, where he passed through Ellis Island with his mother and five brothers to join his father in Cleveland. From these humble beginnings, with a lot of hard work and perseverance, in the ‘Land of Opportunity,’ his ‘American Dream’ grew into becoming a reality.” said Tony Montalto, Executive Director, Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation. “This grant is in keeping with Bob and Dolores’ legacy in the ‘hope’ that it may inspire youth of today from similar backgrounds to experience the joys of the theater, now and beyond.”

“We are so honored and grateful to receive the support of the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation,” said Tom Oppenheim, Artistic Director, Stella Adler Studio of Acting. “This grant will allow us to continue to provide ambitious, talented youth in under-served communities with the opportunity to study the craft of theater and bring arts to the greater community.”

The Stella Adler Outreach Division has served nearly 5,000 people since its inception in 2004. Outreach currently reaches 1,500 students through 12 different programs, including Adler Youth and Summer Shakespeare. Adler Youth, an after-school program for high school students living at or below the poverty line, is a rigorous two-year program that mirrors the standards of the Studio’s professional conservatory programming. The students study the craft of acting, including classes in technique, voice/speech, physical acting, improvisation and Shakespeare. The curriculum includes a semester of each of the following: poetry and movement, great contemporary playwrights, Shakespeare scene study and the rehearsal and performance of a Shakespeare play.

Summer Shakespeare, a five-week intensive program for inner-city teens living at or below the poverty level, offers classes in voice and speech, physical acting, improvisation and scene study. The program culminates each year in an abbreviated performance by the students of a Shakespeare classic such as Romeo and Juliet or Julius Caesar.

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting was founded in 1949 on the principle that growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous. The mission of the Studio is to create an environment that nurtures theater artists and audiences so that they value humanity, their own and others, as their first priority while providing art and education to the greater community. The Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s Outreach Division works with numerous under-served populations including inner-city students, drug and rehabilitation centers and inmates on Rikers Island.

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Katherine Waterston (’02) in new JK Rowling Film “Fantastic Beasts”

Be sure to catch alum Katherine Waterston (Class of 2002) as Tina Goldstein in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them now playing worldwide!

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STUDIO CLOSED: Thanksgiving Holiday

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday starting Wednesday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 27. During this time, the studio will not be available for rehearsals and no classes are in session. The studio will reopen on Monday, November 28th at 8:30am.

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Robert De Niro Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

Congratulations to alumnus Mr. Robert De Niro on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016!

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