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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Jenna Bosco (’11) in NBC’s New Amsterdam

Catch Jenna Bosco (Class of 2011) in her network television debut as Paramedic Herrera on NBC’s ‘New Amsterdam’ this season!

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Playbill Visits Studio’s Brand New Downtown Home

New York, NY – The renowned acting conservatory, founded by Stella Adler, has swapped its historic 27th Street home for a sleek new space near Wall Street in the midst of rebranding itself as a center for social justice and the humanities in New York City. Playbill recently visited the studio’s new space at 65 Broadway. Check out this great photo essay from their visit:

The studio celebrates a new home in its 70th anniversary year. Be a part of this milestone year by making a gift today. Donors of $1000+ will be thanked on the Guardians of Humanity wall in the main reception area. Donors of any size will make a valuable contribution to the studio’s programming in its anniversary year. All contributors will receive an invitation to the grand re-opening event this fall. Click here to make a one time donation or click here to make a monthly recurring gift. Donations are 100% tax-deductible. Please join us as we celebrate the chance to serve the next generation of artists and audiences in the studio’s new space. Thank you so much for your many contributions to the studio. We couldn’t do it without you!
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Theodora Miranne (’14) stars in ‘Gemini Man’

Catch Theodora Miranne (Class of 2014) in ‘Gemini Man’ opening in theaters nationwide today!

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Nicole Kang (’15) plays Mary Hamilton in BATWOMAN

Nicole Kang (Class of 2015) plays Mary Hamilton in the CW’s BATWOMAN, which premiered October 6th. Be sure to tune in!

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Remembering My Mother – Ellen Adler

Dear friends,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your generous responses to my mother’s death. I use the word “death” because she would have had it so. She always made big fun of what she thought of as an American predilection to use the euphemism “passed” for the word “death”. “He passed” she’d say with a scornful grin, “can you believe that we live in a country that won’t use the word death?” My mother was a realist without a sentimental bone in her body.

She died on Friday, September 20 at 2:15pm and your kind responses came almost immediately. Texts, voicemails, emails, notes, fuit, flowers, hugs – all of it so comforting. Many of you came to the funeral which was deeply appreciated and which my mother would have loved. She would have loved the service itself which was fun and funny, laced with irony and laughs (something she valued deeply) thanks in large part to Jimmy, Betsy and Nina, and she would have loved that so many of you were there. I saw her every week, sometimes more than once a week for the years before she died and she never failed to ask me each and every time how things were at the Studio. She cared deeply about this place. Your presence raised her, long enough for Sara and me to say a proper goodbye. Thank you, all.

Nina said in her beautiful eulogy that “even in the worst of loss you can make or do something beautiful.” Of course she’s right. In that spirit here’s what we plan: a public memorial for Ellen in late January. Details of this are still forming but it will be a one night event to include things my mother loved: Painting! Classical music! Show tunes! Theater! Humor! That kind of thing. Artists and friends, laughter and beauty…

We also plan a new program – one I’m so excited about – the Ellen Adler Art Gallery. This will be located on the 2ndfloor in the alcove between the front desk and the Broadway hallway, opposite the Adler family historical timeline.

The purpose of the Ellen Adler Art Gallery will be to bring the visual arts, painting, sculpture, and design into the core of the, Stella Adler Arts Center for the Arts, to act as a living, breathing reminder to both students and members of the surrounding community of the vital relationship between theater arts and the plastic arts. Therefore both set and costume design will be a key element in the galley’s exhibitions. The gallery will also exhibit the work of young artists. These exhibits will be seasonal and will occur when the work can spill over into studios that will be open in between terms. A third element of interest will be rotating historical surveys of artistic movements that organically connect to work covered by the curriculum in scene study and character classes and the HCLAB and MAD. These will be illustrated in timelines, photos, video presentations and reproductions.  

I’ve had wonderful conversations with colleagues about how this new division of activity will fit into our overall galaxy of activities and find myself so eager and enthusiastic. Somehow it clarifies so much for me. It pulls together cultural efforts we’ve activated, connects the many residency programs we’ve created, even sharpens the vision of an actor Stella contributed: actor as ever evolving, culturally connected, socially engaged individual.

Again, dear friends, thank you for your kind thoughts and wishes and for your generous outpouring of love.


Tom Oppenheim
Artistic Director

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Karl Green (’19) in ‘runboyrun’ at New York Theatre Workshop

Karl Green (Class of 2019) stars in “runboyrun” by Mfoniso Udofia at New York Theatre Workshop currently running through October 13th! Photo by Joan Marcus.

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Remembering Ellen Adler (1927-2019)

Ellen Adler (January 31, 1927- September 20, 2019) was an American painter. Daughter of Horace Eliascheff and renowned acting teacher Stella Adler, Ellen grew up in the heart of the theater world. When her mother was acting, or when her stepfather Harold Clurman was directing, Ellen spent her early days in rehearsal, her evenings in Broadway backstage dressing rooms. Ellen is the lone child pictured in an iconic photo of the Group Theater taken at one of their summer retreats in upstate New York.

After studying Russian Literature at Bard College, Ellen moved to Paris where she was at home in the upper echelons of the music, literary and philosophy worlds. Through her partner, composer and conductor Renee Leibowtiz, she met Arnold Schoeberg, the highly influential composer and conductor who developed the twelve-tone technique. Ellen was cast as the speaker in the 1950 recording of Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte and in his Pierrot Lunaire. She was known as the most successful interpreter of his Sprechgesang technique for voice. During this time she knew many of the 20th Century’s most illustrious artists and thinkers including Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Simone de Beauvoir, Alberto Giacaometti, William Faulkner and Marlon Brando, who would be her life-long friend.

In New York in 1957 Ellen married clarinetist David Oppenheim. Aaron Copeland gave the bride away. Ellen and David had two children Sara (1958) and Thomas (1959). Ellen was known for her beauty and charm and for hosting dinner parties for their friends like Leonard Bernstein, Terry Southern, Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

From her home in Eastern Long Island Ellen later developed herself as a painter. Her contemporaries included Jane Freilecher and Larry Rivers. Her work was featured at FAR, Benson, Haber Theodore galleries and others and is featured in Five Realists (Hirschel & Adler Galleries, 1980).

Ellen was called on throughout her life to give testimony to her first-hand experiences of both the Yiddish Theater of her grandparents and the contemporary theater of her mother. She was a guest at Long Wharf Theater, Bay Street Theater, the National Yiddish Book Center; she spoke on select occasions about her long relationship with Marlon Brando, including with the author of the only authorized biography Brando’s Smile (Norton, 2014).

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Alex Esola (’14) stars in film “After the Wedding”

Alex Esola (Class of 2014) stars in the film ‘After the Wedding’ which also features Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore and Billy Crudup, currently playing in select cinemas.

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Stella Adler’s Work Featured in Dramatics Magazine

Dramatic’s Magazine (the International Thespian Society’s monthly publication) recently released an in-depth article on the Acting Technique Stella Adler developed under the guidance of Constantin Stanislavski. The article was written by Tatum Hunter and features interviews with the studio’s Artistic Director Tom Oppenheim as well as Master Teacher Ron Burrus. Check out the article here:

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