Health & Safety

It’s our civic responsibility.

The Stella Adler Center for the Arts, like hundreds of educational institutions, mandates that our students are fully vaccinated from COVID-19, including the Booster shot when eligible. Accommodations are offered for religious and health reasons. Non-vaccinated individuals may still participate in online courses. Though it is no longer mandatory, the studio also encourages proper mask wearing inside the facility.

Studio Outlook on COVID-19

The policy that has successfully guided us through the pandemic has prioritized providing the safest possible environment according to CDC guidelines and other best practices while allowing students, faculty, staff and the public to engage in person and, when possible, maskless activity.

  • The studio continues to require all in-person students, faculty and administration be vaccinated against COVID-19 including the Booster shot when eligible.
  • While regular testing for COVID-19 is no longer required, the studio enthusiastically encourages the community to test of their volition. Free COVID-testing is available in dozens of locations across New York City. Those who have health insurance may qualify for free home test kits through their insurer.
  • We monitor local infection rates on a regular basis and policies are constantly shifting to keep the community safe and artistically robust.
  • For NYU Tisch students, please refer to the NYU Policies and procedures for COVID-19-related matters.

Actions you will take…

• Get Vaccinated: Proof of an individual’s vaccination status must be submitted to the studio before a one can participate in any in-person courses. Please visit NYC’s Department of Health Vaccine Information page at

• Mask-Optional: Though no longer mandatory, the studio encourages those who feel the need to wear a mask. Students in performances may perform maskless. While the studio is now mask-optional, faculty members have the right to request that their classes wear masks as they see fit.

Actions the studio has taken…

PPE: Masks are available for students/staff if needed.

• Hygiene: Signs throughout the studio spaces promote frequent and proper hand washing. Hand sanitizer stations are offered throughout the space.

• HVAC Ionization Filters: The studio has made a significant upgrade to the HVAC system which includes: larger Merv-13 filters which catch 43% of all airborne particles, Bipolar Ionization Air Cleaners which work to neutralize virus particles in the air, and rebalancing to ensure maximum airflow in each studio.

• Remote Access Learning: All classrooms are equipped with video suites which allow remote learning and in-person learning to continue hand-in-hand in the case of a student’s absence due to COVID.

• Operational Activity: The studio has a contingency policy at the ready in the event of an escalated outbreak. This includes both protocol and equipment to successfully offer and deliver remote classes if needed.

• Communication: The studio’s COVID-19 team meets regularly and as needed to discuss updates and protocols. If any changes need to be made, based on new circumstances or NY State mandate changes, we will then send out all changes and updates to the community at large, via email. 

Welcoming back audiences…

• Safety Protocol: The health and safety of the community is a top priority. We ask all audience members to review the following safety protocol in advance. Please note: these requirements will be strictly enforced in the interest of the health and safety of all. We reserve the right to deny admission to patrons who are not in compliance with COVID safety protocol.

• Vaccine Verification: All audience members must present verification of vaccination (CDC card, copy of card, or Excelsior pass) in advance AND at the entrance to the facility.

• Feeling sick: If you are feeling sick, please stay at home. Your thoughtfulness will help to stop the community spread.

• Masks: Though face masks are no longer mandatory, patrons are encouraged to wear masks in the theaters. Masks are available at the front desk, if needed.

• Reserved Audience Members Only: There will be absolutely no walk-up sales or last minute reservations for non-students.

• No Food or Drinks: Please leave food and drinks at home.

• Inside the facility: There are hand sanitizer stations in common areas throughout the facility. The studio has also recently upgraded its HVAC system for maximum air flow. Routine surface cleaning is practiced multiple times per day.