Curious Humans

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and its West coast branch the Art of Acting studio is delighted to announce the development of the new Curious Human Series, four-week sessions for non-actors or beginners who are interested in acting and the arts.

Said Artistic Director Tom Oppenheim, “I have been deeply inspired by the transition to online actor-training. New online programs have already brought talented actors from around the world into the virtual classroom with master-level faculty with meaningful results. In addition to these rigorous programs, I’m pleased to announce the Curious Human series. My family devoted their lives to the theater but they were led by a higher purpose. The Adlers were deeply devoted to life-long education. They used the theater to cultivate an engaged and awakened citizenry. Curious Humans workshops are for people who revere theater art, education, spiritual and artistic growth. It is my great joy to open this spirit and training for curious humans everywhere.”

How to Apply
New applicants should first submit an online application here. Once we receive your application we will contact you to schedule your entrance interview appointment.

July Courses

4 Weeks, 4 Classes  |   Mondays
July 13–August 3, 20207:00–9:00 PM EDT (4:00–6:00 PM PDT)
Tuition: $160
Instructor: Alithea Phillips

This is a course for those who want to use their speaking voice in more compelling and dynamic ways, geared toward women in leadership positions in business, politics, law, education or those who aspire to be! You will be guided through vocal warm-ups (that can be done daily) and communication exercises that will give you verbal and vocal confidence! This course will lay out a process for lasting change in how you express ideas and opinions.

with Fred Johnson and David Deblinger
4 Weeks, 4 Classes  |  Tuesdays
July 14–August 4, 2020  |  7:00–9:00 PM EDT (4:00–6:00 PM PDT)
Tuition: $160

This virtual workshop engages participants in a sacred and playful, ritual process filled with theater based activities that will ease stress, provoke laughter and build community. Exercises are designed to ground students, strengthening their ability to both relax and concentrate. The work will forge new connections, eliciting story and music, and affirming for each student their own unique voice. Fred Johnson is a world renowned jazz vocalist and spiritual healer who has facilitated workshops alongside Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson and Jack Canfield and has sung all over the world opening for Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin and touring with Chick Corea among many others. David Deblinger is an award winning actor, writer, director, as well as an acting teacher. He is the co-founder of Labyrinth Theater Company and founder of Ensemble Force.

August Courses

4 Weeks, 4 Classes  |  Wednesdays
Tuition: $160
August 5–26, 2020  |  7:00–9:00 PM EDT (4:00–6:00 PM PDT)
Instructor: Caitlyn McCain

“Growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous”. This ideal sits at the core of this Fundamentals of Acting course. Why does the art of acting speak to you? What is the job description of an actor? What does it mean to breathe life into words that are not your own? And what is it to recreate the human experience and how does your humanity filter through a character? This is the process we will investigate in this 4 week course. Let’s grow.

4 Weeks, 4 Classes  |  Tuesdays
August 4–25, 2020  |  7:00–9:00 PM EDT (4:00–6:00 PM PDT)
Instructor: Julie Congress

Embark on a linguistic journey through the imagination of the Bard of Democracy. Each session begins with a thorough warmup to provide your voice with its optimal freedom and get your muscles of speech ready to chew into the free verse. Communicating aloud, we will breathe life into Whitman’s views of self and equality. Through his poetry, we will share and debate the democracy of today’s complex American landscape and dream towards the future.

4 Weeks, 4 Classes |  Thursdays
August 6–27, 2020  |  7:00–9:00 PM EDT (4:00–6:00 PM PDT)
Tuition: $160
Instructor: Joanne Edelmann

This workshop demystifies the idea that poetry is for the well educated elite. Poetry is for all of us. The workshop connects the images of poetry to the body. Joanne Edelmann explores how the poem feels and affects our physicality. She asks the question; “where did you go when you read the poem and how was your body moved/effected?”
WATCH VIDEO: Joanne Edelmann Discusses “Poetry is a Physical Art Form”

Please email Johnny Yoder at with any questions or expressions of interest.