Fall Session Workshops Announced

The schedule for the 2015 Fall Part-time Workshop sessions has been released. Due to overwhelming feedback from students, the studio has extended all workshops from 8 weeks to 10 weeks! Classes offered include Acting Technique, Scene Study, On-Camera Technique, Film and TV, Monologue Work, and much more. Interviews and enrollment have begun. Classes commence the week of September 14th. To view a full listing of classes, http://www.stellaadler.com/classes/workshops.

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Jake Winn (’13) stars in new Kander musical KID VICTORY at Signature Theatre


Alum Jake Winn​ (Class of 2013) currently stars in the the new John Kander and Greg Pierce musical “Kid Victory” at the Signature Theatre​. Read his BroadwayWorld.com​ blog about his experience here: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/BWW-Blog-Jake-Winn-of-Signatures-KID-VICTORY-And-We-Made-Them-All-Up-20150301


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Adler’s Director of Outreach to moderate National Webinar for TCG

Theatre Communations Group will be presenting a national webinar entitled “Models of Activist Theatre” which will be a discussion focused on how actors, teaching artists, education/outreach directors & community organizations identify a need in their community, develop an approach to addressing this need and implement a response through theatre. The webinar will take place Thursday, February 26, 2015, 4:00pm-5:30pm Eastern Time.

The webinar will be moderated by Tommy Demenkoff, Director of Outreach at Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the speakers will include: Louise Chalfant, Director of Education, Guthrie Theater; Elaine Hall, Founder/Creative Director, The Miracle Project; Diane Luby Lane, Founder, Executive Director, Get Lit; Mark Lutwak, Director of Education, Cincinnati Playhouse; Christopher Moses, Director of Education/Associate Artistic Director, Alliance Theatre; Amy Singer, Senior Vice President & Director, Public/Private Partnerships & Business Development, Phoenix House; Sabra Williams, Director of Outreach & The Prison Project, The Actors’ Gang. The main topics that will be covered on the call are the ways in which theatres and community service organizations have worked together to identify a shared need in their community for activism, how they have responded to this need through theatre, as well as how they have measured the impact of their work. Listeners on the call will be able to send in their questions via a webchat screen during the webinar so questions can be answered to the group.

Please RSVP by filling out a registration form HERE by Monday, February 23rd. Limited to the first 100 registrations.


We hope you can join the webinar! If you have any questions, please let us know.

Theatre Communications Group
520 Eighth Ave, 24th Floor
NY, NY 10018
212-609-5900 x 214

Webinar Description:

Models of Activist Theatre Webinar
for Actors, Teaching Artists, Education/Outreach Directors & Community Organizations
The purpose of this teleconference is to learn about some of the pathways theatre organizations are journeying to build community partnerships through their education and outreach endeavors to address a shared need in their community for activism. We will examine the efforts of a sampling of theatre organizations that use arts education as a framework to create the conditions necessary for the expression of communities of people where, for some, theatre has never happened before. Listeners on the call will also gain a sense of how teaching artists and actors take on the daunting task of implementing and creating a theatre education experience as a response to issues occurring within communities.

Key Areas of Exploration:
· As Theatricians: What makes us respond? How do we identify needs? What steps do we take to serve communities as artists?

· As Community Partners: What are the things being learned? What are the ways theatre illuminates your mission? Who feels the impact of the new levels of self-expression that are achieved through theatre education?

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Huffington Post Features Outreach Division “Teatro de Vieques” Program in Puerto Rico

Huffington Post Arts and Culture
February 3rd, 2015: (Video) Stella Adler Studio Builds a Community of Theater for the Young People of Vieques
“The award winning Outreach Division of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, returned to Vieques, Puerto Rico, bringing a fourth consecutive session of Free Actor Training to over 30 underserved high school students at the non-profit Reach for Success.”

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Adam Gerber (’07) in THE WHIPPING MAN at George Street Playhouse


Former faculty member and alum Adam Gerber (Class of 2007) plays Caleb in The Whipping Man at the George Street Playhouse, running from January 20 – February 15, 2015.

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Winter Weather: Classes cancelled Monday AND Tuesdsay.

Winter Weather UPDATE: Due to severe weather, all evening classes are cancelled tonight, Monday, January 26th and all classes are cancelled Tuesday, January 27th. The studio has closed at 4:00pm Monday. Stay safe!

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Brittany Leven (’13) featured in NBC’s “Constantine”

Brittany Leven
Alum Brittany Leven (Class of 2013) heading to set to shoot a principal role for an episode of NBC‘s new series, Constantine. Check out her episode on Friday, January 23rd at 8pm ET.

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Dear friends,

Since September the Stella Adler Outreach Division has been working with a group of women at Rose M. Singer Center at Rikers Island Correctional Center. On December 3, 2014 we saw “Our Circle” the culminating performance of the project. What an amazing and impactful experience we all had. I’m still aglow with the love generated not only by the women who performed so gallantly and beautifully, but also by the deeply diverse and wonderfully engaged community that collected around them. I write this note to the whole community in an effort to affirm the event and the community. I write in the hope that we who came together can stay together, that we can do what we did again and again, and that by doing so, we can make a palpable contribution to a troubled world in desperate need of the very medicine that was produced in such large dosages this week.

The substance of that medicine was love. The substance of that love was communication, respect, reverence and an unflagging belief in humanity. The vessel for that communication, respect, reverence and humanity was the great art of theater. Theater feeds on humanity the way flowers feed on earth, sun and water. It craves, needs, and grows by way of humanity. It in turn produces the conditions for growing humanity. That’s why it belongs in jails and prisons. That’s why it belongs in low income neighborhoods and schools. Like great religions, theater has redemptive power to uplift. Like great religions, theater produces and nurtures community.

The community that gathered at Rikers was so diverse, so inclusive, so representative: women inmate performers, women inmate audience members, NYU fourth year students from the Stella Adler Studio, administrators from Rikers, faculty members and administrators of the Stella Adler Studio, board members of the Stella Adler Studio, Corrections Officers, friends  and colleagues from the theater, a reporter from the AP, a widely and wildly diverse group of people. I emphasize the diversity because as different as we were at the beginning of the performance we all came together as one by the end. Theater levels, bridges, brings people together. I personally feel transformed by the experience; feel closer to my students at Rikers but also closer to my own students and administrators who were there, just because they were there. I also feel closer to the administrators’ of Rikers who I think of not only as important partners but good colleagues and friends. And speaking of friends, I feel like I made a bunch of new friends who are not only friends but sisters and brothers in arms in the important work of uplifting humanity. I wish more of you could have been a part of it with us.

Given all of the above I’m inclined to propose that we all think of what happened on December 3rd at Rikers not as a one-time event but as a wonderful beginning which lays the tracks for a social movement that values humanity more than anything (or at least an important part of such a social movement). Let’s all join arms, widen Our Circle and continue the work. For our part, that is, from the point of view of the Stella Adler Studio, I can promise,  is that , we will go back to Rikers and broaden our work. While we reach out to more women, we will reach out to work with the men too. And while we do that we will go upstate and expand our work to include prisons . I would love the opportunity to work with the administrators to discuss ways for theater to play perhaps a deeper role in the process of rehabilitation. . Let’s make Rikers a model to the nation in terms of integrating the arts as a means to open up the minds and hearts of inmates.

Meanwhile what thoughts do you have? How would you like to participate in this work? How can we keep creating meaning and making deeper connections? Please reach out and share your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you, I look forward to our future work and I look forward to making a meaningful, positive difference together.


Tom Oppenheim

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American Theatre Magazine Cover Features Stella Adler Rikers Island Project

American Theatre 2015 January Cover

American Theatre 2015 January Cover
The studio is honored and humbled that American Theatre Magazine chose to feature the Stella Adler Rikers Island Project on the cover of their January 2015 cover. Read more about this program in the American Theatre article “14 Theatrical Plans to Change the World”: http://www.americantheatre.org/2014/12/11/14-theatrical-plans-to-change-the-world/ 

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Closed for the Holiday Season

The studio wishes everyone a Happy Holiday Season! Studios and offices will be closed beginning Saturday, December 20th and will reopen on Monday, January 5th, 2015 at 10:00am.

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