Studio Launches AAPI Artists Initiative

In honor of the rich tapestry of faculty and student heritage and coinciding with Asian Pacific Heritage Month, we are proud to announce the founding of The Stella Adler Studio’s Asian American Pacific Islander Artists (AAPI) Initiative. The AAPI Artists Initiative will be a home for students, alumni and faculty, in which to hold space for the exploration and celebration of AAPI artistry.  Continuing the spirit of the Asian American Theater Movement of the 1960’s, which fought to combat the practice of yellowface and create a canon of Asian American plays, the AAPI Artists Initiative will advocate for AAPI representation in arts and education, as well as nurture new works by AAPI voices.

The idea for the AAPI Initiative began with a conversation between Artistic Director Tom Oppenheim and faculty member Suzi Takahashi after the studio’s community conversation following the tragedy of the Atlanta Massacre on March 16, 2021. Both agreed that a program dedicated to the personal and artistic empowerment of the next generation of AAPI artists is a strong extension of the studio’s core value that growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous. Programming for the initiative will include the creation of a 5-week summer immersion program to be launched in the summer of 2022. During the year, the institute will offer guest speakers, workshops, career development and performance opportunities that aim to bridge our community to the professional world of AAPI theater in NYC.

Faculty member Suzi Takahashi will serve as the AAPI Artists Initiative’s Director. Ryan Chittaphong, Kimiye Corwin, and Suzy Petcheam will serve as faculty advisors, alongside a group of student and alumnae representatives.

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LA Virtual Open House this June

Interested in training at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s sister school in Los Angeles the Art of Acting Studio? Attend our upcoming Virtual Open House running nightly from June 8-10, 2021. Take free classes and hear from current students and faculty over Zoom. This open house will be catered towards actors interested in the LA Professional Conservatory program.

Attend as much or as little as your schedule permits. Can only join us for one or two evenings? No problem. Want to attend all three evenings for the full Conservatory experience? Happy to have you with us!

  • Studio Overview & Discussion – Hear from Artistic Director Tom Oppenheim (grandson of Stella Adler) as he discusses the history, mission and core beliefs of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and Art of Acting Studio. Faculty and staff will also discuss the studio’s various programming.
  • Free Workshops – Get a taste of the studio’s world-class training with free workshops each night. Classes available will include acting technique, on-camera, and scene work!
  • Student Q & A – Meet with current conservatory students who can answer your questions about studying at the Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles.

RSVP to the Virtual Open House Here

SCHEDULE:

The times are in Pacific Time (LA) and will be on Zoom.

  • Tuesday, June 8th (6-9pm PT) – To kick off the open house, the first event will be “Meet the Studio” a discussion with Tom Oppenheim and the staff. Following that event will be a special Master Class with Jane Fleiss on the Acting Technique developed by Stella Adler
  • Wednesday, June 9th (6-8pm PT) – This evening will feature two workshops: Improvisation and Monologue Coaching led by conservatory faculty.
  • Thursday, June 10th (6-7:30pm PT) – The final evening will be a Question and Answer session with current conservatory students and faculty. Ask them anything!

Reserve Your Spot: This event is FREE (no cost)! Due to limited space each night, reservations are required. Students must be at least 18 years of age and absolutely proficient in the English language in order to participate. RSVP using form below or by Clicking Here.

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National Jazz Museum in Harlem, TNT Groove International and Stella Adler Center for the Arts Present “Jazz and Jazz Adjacent” with Fred Johnson and Andy Reiss

New York, NY – April 23, 2021:   The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, TNT Groove International and the Stella Adler Center for the Arts are partnering to present “Jazz and Jazz Adjacent”, a concert featuring Fred Johnson and Andy Reiss which also celebrates their latest collaboration, DUO. The concert will be live streamed on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7pm EST and is free with no advance registration required in the interest of removing as many barriers as possible to participation.

Frederick “Fred” Johnson’s specializes in vocal jazz interpretation and improvisation and has performed, recorded and opened for some of the greatest of America’s Jazz and R&B Icons including Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Cedar Walton, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Zawinul, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Richard Elliot, Patti LaBelle. His music is rooted in the ancient vocal practices of melodic narrative and has been nurtured by masters of the West African oral traditions and nourished by his lifetime study and performance of jazz.

Guitarist Andre “Andy” Reiss is a Grammy award winning musician and six time Grammy nominee. He has played on hundreds of records with artists including Miranda Lambert, John Oates, Amy Grant, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and Leon Russell. He also has recorded with many jazz greats, including Pete Christlieb, Beegee Adair, Benny Golson, and as a member of “Bad Rhythm“, an exciting jazz trio with drummer Danny Coots and pianist Brian Holland.

The concert will be broadcast in real time by way of the following links:

Youtube Stream Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0SysDnsCHY

Facebook Live Link: https://facebook.com/1914496905367515

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Rachel Eliza Griffiths, poet-in-residence, is nominated for an NAACP Image Award!

Congratulations, Rachel Eliza! Check out Rachel Eliza’s nomination here and her latest work here. Look for Rachel Eliza’s novel PROMISE next year (Random House, 2022).

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Virtual Open House – Feb 9-11


Interested in training at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (NY) or Art of Acting Studio (LA)? Attend our upcoming Virtual Open House running nightly from February 9-11, 2021. Take free classes and hear from current students and faculty over Zoom. This open house will be catered towards actors interested in the Professional Conservatory programs or Summer Intensives.

Attend as much or as little as your schedule permits. Can only join us for one or two evenings? No problem. Want to attend all four evenings for the full Conservatory experience? Happy to have you with us!

  • Studio Overview & Discussion – Hear from Artistic Director Tom Oppenheim (grandson of Stella Adler) as he discusses the history, mission and core beliefs of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and Art of Acting Studio. Faculty and staff will also discuss the studio’s various programming.
  • Free Workshops – Get a taste of the studio’s world-class training with free workshops each night. Classes available will include acting technique, on-camera, and scene work!
  • Student Q & A – Meet with current conservatory students who can answer your questions about studying at the Stella Adler Studio in New York or Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles.

RSVP to the Virtual Open House Here

SCHEDULE:

The times are in Eastern Standard Time and will be on Zoom.

  • Tuesday, February 9th (7-10pm) – To kick off the open house, the first event will be “Meet the Studio” a discussion with Tom Oppenheim and the staff. Following that event will be a special Master Class with Ron Burrus on the Acting Technique developed by Stella Adler
  • Wednesday, February 10th (7-9pm) – This evening will feature two workshops: On-Camera Acting and Monologue Coaching led by conservatory faculty.
  • Thursday, February 11th (7-9pm) – The final evening will be a Question and Answer session with current conservatory students and faculty. Ask them anything! Perhaps we will also do a virtual facility tour if time permits!

Reserve Your Spot: This event is FREE (no cost)! Due to limited space each night, reservations are required. RSVP using form below or by Clicking Here.

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2021 Diversity Scholarships Announcement

A central tenet of Tom Oppenheim’s Artistic Directorship has been to make the studio’s work accessible to all, to diversify access to Stella Adler’s work. Under Oppenheim’s leadership, the studio has given nearly $1,000,000 in scholarships for BIPOC students in an informal application process. In an effort to make that work more transparent and visible, the studio has created a formal application process for future scholarships.

The studio is delighted to announce the 2021 application process for diversity scholarships for the 3-Year Conservatory, Evening Conservatory and LA Conservatory for matriculation in Fall 2020 in NYC or LA. These scholarships will cover up to the full tuition cost for the first year of training. The scholarships are one of several efforts to support the studio’s priority to develop a student body that reflects the society in which it exists.

Students also interested in the shorter term 10-Week Summer Conservatory can also apply for the Diversity Scholarship.

Deadline to Apply: Monday, January 25th, 2021

More information at http://ail.fux.mybluehost.me/stellaadler/classes/admissions/diversity/

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The Company Tour Plays on… Virtually

The studio is pleased to announce that The Company Tour will continue to serve New Yorkers with a free classical play during the pandemic. The Company Tour has reached over 7,000 New Yorkers and collaborated with over 50 community organizations including schools, community, cultural, rehabilitation and senior centers in all five boroughs since 2013. This year, the free, 60-minute, bare-bones production will be offered online here. The Company Tour focuses on reaching under-served communities and invites partners to make use of all of the resources online and to consider a virtual class or workshop.

When we realized, due to the pandemic, we would no longer be able to travel as a group out into our community we tasked ourselves with using technology to reach out once again this year. Because, as the old adage goes, “The show must GO ON”! The result is our virtual production of William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, produced entirely for teleconferencing with a cast participating from around the globe. This live production was recorded and is available for streaming into your in-person or virtual classroom, home, community center, or even smartphone. In addition, we are also conducting workshops and Q&A’s in real time, safely connecting us once again with audiences we have been serving proudly for the last EIGHT years!

We are excited to reach a broader audience in the virtual world and to continue serving our community at this time.

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15 Years of Arts Justice: Celebration on Oct 22

The Stella Adler Arts Justice Division (formerly known as the Outreach Division) serves hundreds of New Yorkers every year in free programs in dozens of locations across the five boroughs. But it all started 15 years ago with a small group of high school students in what was then a fledgling program: Adler Youth. The mandate of the Arts Justice Division is to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline; Adler Youth does its part by serving young people statistically most likely to be justice-involved or those who are impacted by poverty.

Since its inception in 2005, Arts Justice programs have reached over 5,000 people. Of those, Adler Youth has served nearly 500 teens in a free, two-year, after-school program. In addition several graduates have gone on to receive merit and need based scholarships to Conservatory programs.

The young people we’ve met in Adler Youth are nothing short of extraordinary. They have gone on to do amazing things, among them win scholarships to colleges like CUNY, SUNY, New York University, Georgetown and Juilliard; study and volunteer abroad; create, write, produce original work; start families; take a stand as activists and organizers and so much more.

Please join us in celebrating this important milestone! Stay tuned  in the coming weeks as we share memories and voices from students and alumni.


Virtual Celebration: 15 Years of Arts Justice Looking Back and Looking Forward – October 22nd
Stella Adler Studio of Acting presents 15 Years of Arts Justice Looking Back and Looking Forward a virtual celebration highlighting the history of the Arts Justice Division (formerly called Outreach Division) at the Stella Adler Center.

Thursday, October 22 at 3:30pm EST on Zoom

With Sonia Sanchez (Board Member and Poet Laurete), Tom Oppenheim (Artistic Director), Kevin Bott (Director of Arts Justice), Nina Capelli (Director of Cultural Programming), Melissa Mickens (Director of Adler Youth), Suzy PetchEam (Director of Arts Justice Field Programs), Joanne Edelmann (Lead Teacher for women at Rikers Island), Alex Anderson (Director of Ritual 4 Return) Anette Burwell (Director of Social Work for Ritual 4 Return), Anita Dashiell-Sparks (Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion), Fred Johnson (Resident Artist)

Email ryan@stellaadler.com for Zoom Link to this free event.

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Sonia Sanchez’s Poem Featured in ‘Lovecraft Country’

Board Member Sonia Sanchez’s gripping poem “Catch the Fire” was featured in this past week’s episode of the HBO series Lovecraft Country. Sanchez’s poem was also set to music beautifully composed as a requiem by the show’s soundtrack composer Laura Karpman.

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Diversity Scholarships Annoucement

A central tenet of Tom Oppenheim’s Artistic Directorship has been to make the studio’s work accessible to all, to diversify access to Stella Adler’s work. Under Oppenheim’s leadership, the studio has given nearly $1,000,000 in scholarships for BIPOC students in an informal application process. In an effort to make that work more transparent and visible, the studio has created a formal application process for future scholarships.

The studio is therefore delighted to publicly announce the application process for diversity scholarships for the 3-Year Conservatory or Evening Conservatory for matriculation in Fall 2020 in NYC. These scholarships will cover up to the full tuition cost for the first year of training. The scholarships are one of several efforts to support the studio’s priority to develop a student body that reflects the society in which it exists.

Deadline to Apply: Monday, August 3rd, 2020

More information at http://ail.fux.mybluehost.me/stellaadler/classes/admissions/diversity/

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