Studio Launches In-Progress Programs via Remote Video Platforms; Announces Summer Program Start Date July 6

New York, NY: On Monday the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and its West coast branch the Art of Acting studio launched in-progress conservatory programs via remote video learning software. Studio leadership spent the last week training faculty on remote video platforms. The studio also announced that its summer programs will begin on July 6, 2020.

Said Artistic Director Tom Oppenheim, “Despite the challenges all around us, I am deeply encouraged about the meaningful work that faculty and students are engaged in via video instruction. I’m further encouraged when I reckon what it means to be an actor, a theater artist. I also draw inspiration from our ancestors, and most especially from Harold Clurman. Right now artists are confronted with the limitations of a global pandemic, but they still have something to say. At this moment video conferencing is the window, the doorway, the corridor through which theater artists and students can make their art.”

The studio also announced plans for summer programs to begin on Monday, July 6, 2020. Summer programs were previously scheduled to begin on June 1. The delayed start date is offered in an effort to offer actors a chance to pursue their summer training plans while observing the important social distancing measures advised by the authorities. Details are available on the studio’s website. Visit for New York programs. Visit for Los Angeles programs.

The Summer Conservatory, previously a 10-week, 22 hour per week program starting on June 1, will now be a 6 Week program, with 32 hour per week total hours, running from July 6 – August 14, 2020. The total class hours under the revised model will be 192 (previously 220), and therefore the tuition will be adjusted to $3300 (from $3800). Details follow.

Summer Conservatory
Dates: July 6 – August 14, 2020
Tuition: $3300

6 weeks, 32 hours per week
Weekly classes/hours per class:
Scene Study, 6 hours
Acting Technique, 6 hours
Improvisation, 2 hours
Voice and Speech, 4 hours
Movement Techniques, 3 hours
Shakespeare, 3 hours
Ensemble, 3 hours
Acting for Film and Television, 4 hours
Practicum, 1 hour

Here are other changes being made to the summer programming:
1. The Chekhov Intensive, Black Arts Intensive, Film & Television Acting Intensive and all summer Teen Programs will continue as scheduled, to begin July 6.
2. The Musical Theater Intensive will be delayed until July 6th and will run through August 14th, 2020.
3. The Self-Generated Theater Intensive will be delayed until July 6th and will run through August 7th, 2020.
4. The Shakespeare Intensive has been postponed until the summer of 2021. It will not be conducted in 2020.

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UPDATE: On-site Activities Suspended at Stella Adler Center

Out of an abundance of caution the Stella Adler Center is joining a number of New York City cultural institutions in a temporary suspension of programming while the authorities work to contain the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19. Classes slated for Thursday, March 12-Sunday, March 15 are cancelled and the facility will be closed. The week of March 16-22 is Spring Break and the facility will not be open to the public. In this interim period, staff is working diligently to transition classes to a temporary online video platform. The week of March 23-27 classes and rehearsals will be given via online video platform. After that we will make decisions based on the council of authorities. Please check here for the latest updates or contact us at
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Staying Healthy at the Stella Adler Center

Dear Community Members,

The studio takes everyone’s health seriously. We wanted to reach out now with respect to the Coronavirus. While chances of getting the virus are low, we believe that keeping informed and taking precautions are a good idea right now.


If you are seeking more information, here are three sources:

CDC guidelines on prevention:  

New York City Department of Health: 

World Health Organization: 


The CDC provides thorough guidelines, some of which are included here:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

I want to emphasize hand washing with some frequency. As an additional measure, the studio will provide more hand sanitizer throughout the facility.  We will also clean high touch surfaces like doorknobs and faucet handles with special care and increased frequency.

If the need to communicate further on this arises, we will be in touch. In the meantime, please stay calm and take care.


Tom Oppenheim
Artistic Director

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Rachel Eliza Griffiths Named New Poet in Residence

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series are pleased to announce that Rachel Eliza Griffiths will be the 2020 poet-in-residence. This year marks the sixth year of the program. Rachel Eliza Griffiths will join past residents Sonia Sanchez, Yusef Komunyakaa, Idra Novey, Gregory Pardlo and Grace Schulman in a public reading on Monday, March 9, 2020. More details coming soon!

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Jane Levy (’10) Stars in ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ on NBC

Jane Levy (Class of 2010) stars in the new NBC musical comedy series ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ premiering Tuesday, January 6th, 2020! More information on the show can be found at

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Gianluigi Calvani (’17) makes television debut in ‘The New Pope’ on HBO

Gianluigi Calvani (Class of 2017) will be making his television debut in HBO’s hit series ‘The New Pope’ premiering January 10th, 2020.

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Elena Rusconi (’14) in Michael Bay’s ‘6 Underground’ on Netflix

Elena Rusconi (Class of 2014) plays Arianna in Michael Bay’s new film 6 Underground on Netflix starting today!

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Lauren Patten stars in ‘Jagged Little Pill’ on Broadway!

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Christie Brooke (’19) stars in ‘Midway’

Christie Brooke (Summer Conservatory ECO Class of 2019) stars as Ruth McClusky in the film ‘Midway’ opening in theaters tomorrow!

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