Actors Studio

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Actors Studio

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Category: Movies & TV

Founded in 1016.

Countries: United States (92%), (3%), Russia (1%)

Main connections: Elia Kazan, Lee Strasberg, Cheryl Crawford

Linked to: Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, The New School

 

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1545

This it did at the Malin Studios at 1545 Broadway, room 610 add something


1697

In April of that year, a move to the CBS Building at 1697 Broadway, near 53rd Street, established some semblance of stability; the Studio would not move again until the summer of 1952 add something


1930

The approach was originally developed by the Group Theatre in the 1930s based on the innovations of Constantin Stanislavski add something

 

Robert Lewis (actor) - The Actors Studio was an attempt to recapture the close ensemble nature of the Group, and to evolve and refine the methods first explored by the Group in the 1930s

 

Robert Lewis (director) - The Actors Studio was an attempt to recapture the close ensemble nature of the Group, and to evolve and refine the methods first explored by the Group in the 1930s


1940

Joan Copeland - She began her career during the mid 1940s, appearing in theatre in New York City , where, shortly thereafter, she would become one of the very first members admitted to the newly formed Actors Studio


1947

Joshua Shelley - A member of The Actors Studio from its inception in 1947, Shelley worked frequently on stage, both on and off Broadway, during his Hollywood exile

 

Joan McCracken - By 1947, McCracken was studying acting with Bobby Lewis, Group Theatre alumnus and soon-to-be Actors Studio co-founder

 

Jocelyn Brando - Even before that, however, in the fall of 1947, both Jocelyn and Marlon would become two of the first fifty or so members of New York's newly formed Actors Studio, Jocelyn studying with Elia Kazan, Marlon with Robert Lewis

 

Lee Strasberg - In 1947, Elia Kazan, Robert Lewis, and Cheryl Crawford, members of the Group Theatre, started the Actors Studio as a non-profit workshop for professional and aspiring actors to concentrate on their craft away from the pressures of the commercial theatre

 

Mildred Dunnock - In 1947, Dunnock became a founding member of the Actors Studio

 

John Forsythe - In 1947, Forsythe joined the initial class of the soon-to-be prestigious Actors Studio, where he met other promising young actors including Marlon Brando and Julie Harris

 

Steven Hill - In 1947, Hill joined such other actors as Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, and Julie Harris, as one of the 50 fortunate applicants to be accepted by the newly created Actors Studio

 

Robert Lewis (director) - In 1947, Lewis co-founded The Actors Studio, a professional actors' workshop, with former Group members, director Elia Kazan and producer Cheryl Crawford

 

Robert Lewis (actor) - In 1947, Lewis co-founded The Actors Studio, a professional actors' workshop, with former Group members, director Elia Kazan and producer Cheryl Crawford

 

Elia Kazan - In 1947, he founded the Actors Studio, a non-profit workshop, with actors Robert Lewis and Cheryl Crawford.

 

Nehemiah Persoff - In 1947, he was accepted into the Actors Studio and eventually began appearing in films and as an actor in 1948

 

Jennifer Howard - In September, 1947, Howard became one of the founding members of the Actors Studio

 

William Prince (actor) - It was there, in 1947, that Prince became one of the founding members of The Actors Studio

 

Edward Binns - One of the first members of New York's newly formed Actors Studio, Binns studied with Elia Kazan, starting in the fall of 1947

 

Sanford Meisner - The Actors Studio was founded in 1947 by two ex-Group Theatre actors – the successful directors, Elia Kazan and Robert Lewis

 

It was founded October 5, 1947, by Elia Kazan, Cheryl Crawford, Robert Lewis and Anna Sokolow, who provided training for actors who were members add something


1948

Anne Bancroft - Bancroft graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx in 1948, and attended HB Studio, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Actors Studio, and the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women at the University of California, Los Angeles

 

Phyllis Love - Following her graduation in 1948 from Pittsburgh's Carnegie Institute of Technology , Love made her way to New York, where, in short order, she would gain entry into the recently formed Actors Studio

 

Martin Balsam - In early 1948, he was selected by Elia Kazan to be a member in the recently formed Actors Studio

 

Kim Hunter - In the interim, however, back in 1948, she had already joined with 'Streetcar' co-stars Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, and 47 others, to become one of the very first members accepted by the newly created Actors Studio

 

David Wayne - It was in 1948 as well that Wayne became one of those fortunate 50 applicants granted membership in New York's newly formed Actors Studio

 

Alex Nicol - Shortly thereafter, he was admitted to The Actors Studio, where he worked with Elia_Kazan; this led to a role in the Studio's 1948 production of "Sundown Beach", staged by Kazan

 

Phyllis Love - "Love attended what became Carnegie Mellon U. and studied at the Actors Studio in New York, beginning in 1948


1949

Lois Nettleton - A life member of The Actors Studio, Nettleton made her Broadway debut in the 1949 production of Dalton Trumbo's play, "The Biggest Thief in Town" using the name "Lydia Scott


1950

Robert F. Simon - A life member of The Actors Studio, Simon appeared in films and on television between 1950 and 1985, having mastered the genre of westerns, drama, and comedy

 

Allan Miller - He has coached Meryl Streep, Geraldine Page, Barbra Streisand, and hundreds of the leading actors at The Actors Studio since Lee Strasberg took him under his wing in the 1950s

 

Ron Leibman - Leibman was a member of the Compass Players in the late 1950s, and was admitted to the Actors Studio shortly thereafter


1951

Nancy Marchand - A life member of The Actors Studio, Marchand made her Broadway debut in "The Taming of the Shrew" in 1951

 

Elia Kazan - In 1951, after introducing and directing one of the Actors Studio's brightest young talents, Marlon Brando, in the stage version, he went on to cast him in film version of the play, $A_Streetcar_Named_Desire (A_Streetcar_Named_Desire_(1951_film)), which made Brando a star and won 4 Oscars, being nominated for 12.

 

Lee Strasberg - In 1951, he became director of the non-profit Actors Studio, in New York City, considered "the nation's most prestigious acting school"


1952

Curt Conway - A member of the Group Theatre, and later the Actors Studio, Conway went on to found his own acting school, the Theatre Studio, in 1952

 

William Smithers - In 1952, he was accepted as a life member of The Actors Studio


1953

Pnina Gary - From 1953 through 1957 Gary studied acting in New York, in the private schools of Herbert Berghof and Lee Strasberg, and took lessons in the Actors Studio

 

Lee Remick - Remick attended the Swaboda School of Dance, The Hewitt School and studied acting at Barnard College and the Actors Studio, making her Broadway theatre debut in 1953 with "Be Your Age"

 

Bradford Dillman - Studying with the Actors Studio, he spent several seasons apprenticing with the Sharon, Connecticut Playhouse before making his professional acting debut in "The Scarecrow" in 1953


1954

This arrangement would persist throughout the 1954-1955 theatrical season, even as the Studio was acquiring and renovating its current venue add something

 

Leo Penn - A life member of The Actors Studio, Penn won the Theatre World Award in 1954 for his performance in the play "The Girl on the Via Flaminia"

 

Carroll Baker - Her first marriage, to furrier Louie Ritter, ended in 1954 before she enrolled in the Actors Studio

 

From that point, the old Theatre Guild rehearsal rooms on the top floor of the ANTA Theatre became home, as they would remain until October 1954, at which point theatre renovations reduced the Studio to simply renting space twice a week add something


1955

Before settling in its current location in 1955, the Studio moved regularly over an eight-year period: In January 1948, it was a dance studio on East 59th Street add something

 

In 1955 it moved to its current location in the former Seventh Associate Presbyterian Church, built in 1859 add something

 

Patricia Bosworth - After receiving her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1955, she became a member of the Actors Studio in Manhattan, and found work as a model and actress

 

Henry Silva - By 1955, Silva felt ready to audition for the Actors Studio

 

Jerry Orbach - Orbach left Northwestern before his senior year and moved to New York City in 1955 to pursue acting and to study at the Actors Studio, where one of his instructors was the studio's founder, Lee Strasberg

 

Marilyn Monroe - In March 1955, Monroe met with Cheryl Crawford, one of the founders of the Actors Studio, and convinced her to introduce her to Lee Strasberg, who interviewed her the following day and agreed to accept her as a student


1957

Madeleine Sherwood - She became a member of the Actors Studio in 1957 working with Lee Strasberg and is now a life member of the Studio


1960

Charles Robinson (actor) - He has been performing since the 1960s, is a member of the Actors Studio, and is considered by Playwright Lyle Kessler to be "one of the great American Actors

 

Patricia Neal - It should be noted that, concurrent with those high-profile projects, came a plethora of relatively routine television assignments; two, however, do stand out - a 1960 episode of Play of the Week featuring an Actors Studio-dominated cast presenting a double bill of Strindberg, as well as a British production, aired in 1959, of Clifford Odets' Clash by Night, which, almost by default, ended up co-starring one of the first generation of Actors Studio members, Nehemiah Persoff

 

Patrizia von Brandenstein - She started with the off-Broadway scene of 1960s New York at the Actors Studio and La MaMa as a seamstress, prop maker and scene painter

 

Martin Sherman - Upon graduating in 1960, he moved to New York City where he joined the Actors Studio to study under the legendary director Harold Clurman


1965

Diane Varsi - At some point thereafter, she made her way to New York long enough to successfully audition for the Actors Studio, which she would attend at least briefly in 1965

 

Christopher Jones (actor) - Jones went on to study at Strasberg's Actors Studio, and despite personal friction between Lee and himself, "Chris" went on to marry Susan in 1965


1966

Lee Strasberg - In 1966, Strasberg established "'Actors Studio West"' in Los Angeles


1968

Trish Van Devere - A life member of The Actors Studio, Van Devere played the original Meredith Lord on "One Life to Live" in 1968, as well as the lead in the 1972 film "One is a Lonely Number", for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe award


1970

Raymond St. Jacques - A life member of The Actors Studio, St. Jacques was known for playing the roles of Coffin Ed in the 1970 blaxploitation classic "Cotton Comes to Harlem", "The Green Berets", he had an early role in "The Pawnbroker", the street preacher in "They Live", the investigator Baxter in "The Invaders" episode The Vise , and a two year stint as Judge Clayton C. Thomas on the syndicated TV show "Superior Court" from 1988 to 1989


1975

Dinah Manoff - In 1975, at age 17, Manoff was accepted into the Actors Studio


1976

Alec Baldwin - From 1976 to 1979, he attended George Washington University, afterwards transferring to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied acting with Elaine Aiken and Geoffrey Horne at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and, later still, being accepted as a member of the Actors Studio


1978

Cotter Smith - He began his acting career in New York in 1978, studying with Stella Adler and at the Actors Studio


1980

Tony Burton - A life member of The Actors Studio, Burton numbers among his many credits a co-starring role on the 1980s CBS comedy-drama "Frank's Place" and parts in films such as "Hook", and "The Toy"

 

William Greaves - In 1980, Greaves was honored alongside Robert De Niro, Jane Fonda, Marlon Brando, Arthur Penn, Sally Field, Rod Steiger, Al Pacino, Shelley Winters, Dustin Hoffman, Estelle Parsons, and Ellen Burstyn with the the Actors Studio in New York's first ever Dusa Award


1982

Marlo Thomas - After "That Girl", eager to expand her horizons, Thomas attended the Actors Studio, where she would study with Lee Strasberg until his death in 1982, and subsequently with Strasberg's disciple Sandra Seacat

 

Marc Bogaerts - From 1982 to 1993 he resided in New York, where he danced as an honorary guest performer with Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown and Laura Dean, taught at the Actors Studio in New York and initiated numerous artistic social projects raising awareness about abortion, drugs and genocide


1984

New York: WW Norton & Co Inc, 1984 add something


1988

Lisa Eichhorn - Eichhorn was invited to be a Life Member of the Actors Studio in 1988

 

Frank Corsaro - In 1988, he became the head of the Actors Studio


1994

The television program "Inside the Actors Studio" first aired in 1994 on the Bravo cable television network add something

 

Inside the Actors Studio - The program began as a televised craft seminar for students of the Actors Studio Drama School, originally a joint venture of the Actors Studio and New School University in 1994, with Paul Newman, a former Actors Studio president as its first guest, and soon became Bravo's flagship program

 

From September 1994 through May 2005, the Studio collaborated with The New School in the education of masters-level theatre students at the "'Actors Studio Drama School"' add something


1998

Harvey Keitel - Stated on "Inside the Actors Studio", 1998 with his sister, Renee, and brother, Jerry


2000

Taxi Driver - Also in 2000, De Niro mentioned interest in bringing back the character in conversation with Actors Studio host James Lipton


2002

Sissy Spacek - Stated on "Inside the Actors Studio", 2002


2003

Estelle Parsons - She served as the Artistic Director of the Actors Studio for five years, ending in 2003


2004

Lee Grant - From 2004-2007, Carlin Glynn, Stephen Lang, and Grant served as co-artistic directors for the Actors Studio


2005

Beginning with the twelfth season in the fall of 2005, "Inside the Actors Studio" is taped at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace's New York City campus add something

 

Inside the Actors Studio - In May 2005, the contract between the Actors Studio and New School University was not renewed


2006

After ending its contact with the New School, the Actor's Studio established The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in 2006 add something

 

Bruno Kirby - In 2006, less than six months before his death, Kirby was invited to be a member of Actors Studio

 

Seamus Dever - A lifetime member of the Actors Studio, Dever married Juliana Dever on May 27, 2006


2007

Alec Baldwin - Stated on "Inside the Actors Studio", 2007


2008

Juliet Landau - Landau is a member of The Actors Studio and as recently as of 2008 was being mentored by Mike Medavoy


2012

Inside the Actors Studio - Although a charter member of the Actors Studio, Brando flatly refused; speaking in a 2012 interview, it was the only such categorical rejection Lipton could recall:

 

Michael Cristofer - His most recent work for the theater, "The Whore and Mr. Moore", is in workshop at the Actors Studio where he is a member, and will premiere as part of Dorset Theatre Festival's 2012 summer season in Dorset, VT. Other plays include "Pop", "Tabarja" and "Eyes Wide Open"


2017

Johnny Whitworth - He became a lifetime member of the prestigious Actors Studio in 2017

 

Martin Landau - He continued to perform in film and television, and headed the Hollywood branch of the Actors Studio until his death in July 2017


2018

As of May 2018, the studio's co-presidents are Ellen Burstyn, Alec Baldwin and Al Pacino add something