Center for Poetry, Poetic Drama and the Spoken Word
The purpose of The Harold Clurman Center for Poetry, Poetic Drama and the Spoken Word is to explore the relationship between the actor and dramatic language, to celebrate dramatic and poetic language as a necessary but perhaps under-appreciated aspect of the actor’s art and craft, and to open channels of communication between poets, playwrights, actors, directors, voice specialists and critics in order to better understand issues of written and spoken language and the relationship between them. The Board of Advisors for this Center is Literary Critic Harold Bloom, Poet John Ashbery, Poet Grace Schulman, Voice Experts Cicely Berry, Andrew Wade and Deborah Hecht.
“In the true spirit of Harold Clurman, for which it was named, the poetry reading series at the Stella Adler Conservatory is marvelous for its inter-cultural daring. The audiences are exciting for their mix of young actors, writers, and dedicated readers. To appear there is to be fully aware of stage presence in reciting poetry and of the poetry in stage presence. At one reading, I picked up a wax rose from a stage set and presented it to one of the poets. It was wax, not real, but for me symbolic of the unity of theater and poetry. The two arts are inextricably joined.”
– Grace Schulman, Poet
Poet in Residence
Award Winning Writer Idra Novey is the Stella Adler Studio’s Poet-in-Residence for 2017-2018
Idra Novey is the author of the novel Ways to Disappear, winner of the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, the Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and a finalist for the L.A. Times First Fiction Award. She is also a translator from Spanish and Portuguese, most recently of Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages and she’s written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and New York Magazine.
Previous Poet-in-Residence Artists include:
Yusef Komunyakaa, 2016-2017
Sonia Sanchez, 2015-2016
The Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series
The Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series, created in 1997, brings great poets to the Studio to read their work and, if interested, discuss their artistic process. Poetry readings are free and open to the public.
Participating Artists Include:
Carol Muske Dukes
Anne Marie Macari