Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Dear friends,

In a letter from the studio dated May 31, 2020 with the subject line “In Solidarity and Community”, we made a promise “not to rest until we multiply our energies to utilize theater and education to combat systemic racism.” We wrote that with full recognition that it will take work, lots of work. We are ready to do that work.

To this end we are proud to announce the engagement of Anita Dashiell-Sparks as Artistic Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Stella Adler Center for the Arts. This appointment will begin immediately.

I met Ms. Dashiell-Sparks back in 2010 when we were building the Art of Acting Studio (AOA) in Los Angeles. J. Steven White, who taught Anita at New York University’s Graduate Acting program, introduced us when I asked him for recommendations for the best teachers in Los Angeles. Anita is indeed the best.

Anita is the best not only because she’s a compelling, dynamic, charismatic teacher and director, which she absolutely is. What makes her so wonderful is her gigantic heart and her rich, ever-expanding mind. It is her heart and mind, her curiosity, her deep engagement with life, with ideas, with theater as a vehicle for art and justice, that captivated me and made me wish to collaborate with her. She emanates the mission of the Studio, was and is a living, breathing example of a person whose growth as an artist is at one with her growth as a person.

But life steered Anita in another direction to the University of Southern California where she serves as Associate Professor of Theater Practice in Acting and Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

And yet we stayed in touch throughout the years. We met last spring in LA to discuss the possibility of Anita teaching movement at AOA. Three hours later we had a plan of how Anita could contribute and share her experience as an artist, educator, EDI practitioner, and community outreach advocate to enrich the center’s  community. Anita will indeed become an Artistic Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, a post that will involve engagement on both coasts and work with students, faculty and staff.

In the weeks ahead of us, Ms. Dashiell-Sparks and the administration of both the Stella Adler Studio and the Art of Acting Studio will meet. Anita will help us map out a robust program that focuses on theater and racial justice and I’m eager to take this journey too. We will reach back out to the community with a specific plan and look forward to engaging all staff, faculty and students in this work.

Twenty five years ago when I became the Artistic Director of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting I relinquished dogmatism with a question: “what does it mean to be the Stella Adler Adler Studio today”? It’s a question I ask myself everyday. I asked this question on May 25, 2020. I ask this question with a prayer. I ask this question as a prayer. I pray for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting to be forever dynamic, radically new and ever self-renewing and always to serve humanity…

I am so pleased to welcome Anita Dashiell-Sparks in her new position and I look forward to introducing her to you.

Most sincerely,


Tom Oppenheim
Artistic Director

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COVID-19 Update: The Studio is mission driven to provide an environment that values humanity above all else. In these pandemic times, that means taking the best of advice of local authorities toward community health and safety. Los Angeles County continues to shelter-in and the studio has decided to move all summer programs to Zoom. Online summer programs allow us to offer actors a chance to train with world-class faculty while observing important social distancing measures.

Courses that are now offered online can be taken no matter where you are in the world. Here is a list of courses now being offered online:

  1. Summer Conservatory
  2. Film & Television Intensive

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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 https://stellaadler.com/classes/summer/ for New York programs. Visit https://www.artofactingstudio.com/classes/summer-programs/ 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 Art of Acting Studio

Out of an abundance of caution the Art of Acting Studio is joining a number of 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 classes@stellaadler.com.

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Staying Healthy at Art of Acting Studio

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:

Los Angeles County 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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October 28, 2019

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: http://www.playbill.com/article/look-inside-stella-adler-studios-brand-new-downtown-home

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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HCLAB opens King Lear 7/18/2019!

Starring AoA’s very own H. Richard Greene and directed by Nike Doukas!

King Lear runs July 18 – August 3rd, 2019. Tickets available here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1013907

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Turn of the Screw Ovation Recommended!

The Harold Clurman Lab Theater is proud to announce that its latest production in LA, The Turn of the Screw, was Ovation Recommended. That measn it scored in the top 95% in Production Score during its run! Congratulations to the cast and crew.

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HCLAB Presents “Turn of the Screw”

Turn of the Screw

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the story by Henry James
Directed by Don K. Williams

Henry James’ classic ghost story tells the tale of a young governess just before the
turn of the last century who is tasked with the care of two rather peculiar children at a
country estate in England. The governess comes to believe the children are possessed
by the previous groundskeeper and governess who have since died. Sean Spann and
Emily Sulzberger play 10 roles in Jeffrey Hatcher’s brilliant adaptation. Presented
by the Harold Clurman Laboratory Theatre Company.

DATES: September 29 – October 31

TIMES: Opens – Saturday 9/29 at 8pm
Regular – Sunday 9/30 at 7pm; Friday 10/5, Saturday 10/6, Monday 10/8 and
Friday 10/12 at 8pm; Saturday 10/13 at 7pm; Saturday 10/20 at 8pm; Sunday 10/21
at 7pm; Saturday 10/27 at 8pm; Sunday 10/28 at 7pm; Wednesday 10/31 at 8pm

ADMISSION: $20 in advance | All seats Pay What You Can 30 minutes prior to curtain.

TICKET INFO: Purchase online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/999287 or call (323) 601-5310.

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Application for the Professional Conservatory & Summer Programs Extended!

The application deadline for the Professional Conservatory and Summer Programs has been extended to April 15th, 2018!  Apply online here!


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