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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Emma Kaye (’10) stars in Huntington’s “Bedroom Farce”

Emma Kaye (Class of 2010) stars in the Huntington Theatre Company production of Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn now running through December 11th! Congratulations, Emma!

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Election 2016

Dear friends,

Since president elect Donald Trump announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015, I’ve been inspired to think a great deal about the human impulse to demonize, to view and depict someone as “other”.

As a theater artist at the end of a contentious election season, a possibility opens up – to think about functions of the theater, and about the possibilities of human discourse and interaction in relationship to the theater; to consider the potentials of humanity that the theater might nurture.

For me, as a concerned citizen, and the Artistic Director of the Stella Adler Studio, it’s impossible not to think about our mission. Our mission, based on the insight that growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous, 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 bringing art and education to the community. Since Donald Trump announced his candidacy the part of the mission that speaks most vividly to me is “their own and others.” In that simple phrase I hear and engage a prayer, perhaps the primordial prayer of all theater artists: how can I/we help; how can I/we serve? May this play be a bridge, may we embrace the other.

As members of the Stella Adler Studio community, as members of the theater community, as members of the family of women, of men, let us dedicate ourselves to nurturing humanity, our own and others, with ever renewed passion.



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