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.

Fall Courses

4 Weeks, 4 Classes
Tuition: $160

“Growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous”. This ideal sits at the core of Fundamentals of Acting. New to acting? Curious about the artform? 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 for beginner actors. Let’s grow.

Option 1:
October 7-28, 2020  |  Wednesdays
7:00 PM–9:00 PM (EDT) / 4:00–6:00 PM (PDT)  |  Instructor: Caitlyn McCain

The Radical Ritual Tradition in Western Theater: Tapping Theater’s Roots for Contemporary Healing & Transformation
Instructor: Kevin Bott & Alex Anderson
4 Weeks, 4 Classes
Tuition: $200
Mondays, November 9 – November 30th, 2020
7:00pm – 9:00pm EST / 4:00pm – 6:00pm PST
In this 4-week course, students will explore the roots, traditions, and contemporary implications of ritual and rites of passage throughout the history of Western Theater.  The class will begin with a historical survey of ritual traditions spanning from the Dionysion celebrations of Ancient Greece to the avant-garde contributions of Brecht, Artaud, Grotowski, Brook, and others  throughout the 20th century. We will then look at the resurgence of ritual experimentation in the 21st century, including within applied and community-based settings like prisons, elder care facilities, schools, and more. Throughout the course, students will be imagining and attempting to invent new theatrical applications for ritual in the context of the present historical moment. These may include wholly new theatrical forms and/or new individual commitments for the modern artist.

“It’s Greek to me..” Shakespeare for the Curious Human
Instructor: Steve Maurice Jones
4 Weeks, 4 Classes
Tuition: $160
Mondays, October 26 – November 16, 2020
7:30pm – 9:30pm EST / 4:30pm – 6:30pm PST
Never read a Shakespeare play? Great. Never seen a Shakespeare play? Even better. Don’t know Macbeth from Mercutio? Who really does!? [title of course] will be a fun and bold introduction to the wonderful world of Shakespeare. Students will explore various forms of Shakespearean text and language and learn to crack its code. Exercises and scene work will be used to provide tools of action and understanding to dust off Shakespeare and bring it to life in the 21st century.

The Art of Going Beyond: Creative Transcendence
Instructors: David Deblinger, Frederick Johnson
4 Weeks, 4 Classes
Tuition: $200
Tuesdays,  November 4 – November 24, 2020
7:00pm – 9:00pm EST / 4:00pm – 6:00pm PST
A creative communion of stress reduction.  This virtual workshop series engages participants in a sacred yet 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 as well as sang all over the world opening for Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin and toured with Chick Corea and many others.

Empowering Your Speaking Voice for Leaders
Instructor: Alithea Phillips
6 Weeks, 6 Classes
Tuition: $240
Mondays, October 21 – November 23, 2020
7:00pm – 9:00pm EST / 4:00pm – 6:00pm PST
This is a course for those who want to use their speaking voice in more compelling and dynamic ways, geared toward those in leadership positions in business, politics or those who would like to be! You will be guided in full 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 expresses your ideas and opinions

Walt Whitman & The Dream of Democracy
Instructor: Julie Congress
4 Weeks, 4 Classes
Tuition: $160
Sundays, November 1 – November 22, 2020
6:00pm – 8:00pm EST / 3:00pm – 5:00pm PST
Embark on a linguistic journey through the imagination of the Bard of Democracy. Each session begins with a thorough warm up 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 equality, freedom, and identity. Through his words, we will share and debate the complex American landscape of today.

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