THE LEE STRASBERG CREATIVE CENTER was started by Anna Strasberg in 1977 to develop outreach programming for inner-city youth. Since then, it has evolved into a not-for-profit branch of the Institute that responds to a growing demand for community involvement and international collaborations, including the preservation of archival materials and the maintenance and growth of our extensive library. At the corner of our plan for growth and outreach, The Lee Strasberg Creative Center is committed to seeking out opportunities to engage with the greater community, contribute extensively to the direction of the American Theater, and extend the reach of Lee Strasberg’s work on acting and his philosophy on actor training. The Creative Center currently supports an extensive scholarship program that fosters artistic development for over 20 students a year. These scholarships include The Johnny Depp Scholarship, The Eleonora Duse Scholarship and the Vincent D’Onofrio Award. Additional programming supported by the center includes The Lee Strasberg Directing Fellowship, The Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission, The Group at Strasberg (in house production company based in West Hollywood), various cultural exchanges, theatrical productions, and workshops and lectures held in New York, West Hollywood and around the world.
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The Lee Strasberg Creative Center supports the various scholarship opportunities at the Institute. These scholarships provide much needed financial assistance to talented individuals from around the world who wish to explore the work of Lee Strasberg. The Scholarship Program includes the Johnny Depp Scholarship for Domestic Students, The Eleonora Duse Scholarship for International Students and the Vincent D’Onofrio Award. The Creative Center also supports scholarships for kids and teens from New York’s low-income communities who are interested in studying in our Young Actors program. For more information or to apply click here.
The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute along with The Lee Straberg Creative Center sent a company of actors and designers to the International Theatre Schools Festival in Warsaw, Poland. Invited to represent the United States at this International theatre showcase (the festival productions from China, Italy, Spain, South Korea, Iran, Sweden, Greece, among others), the Institute sent a production of the critically acclaimed Actors Studio drama A Hatful of Rain. Directed by Johanna McKeon, this production showcased the raw emotional talents of our current students and alumni who each demonstrated the incredible force of Lee Strasberg’s Method Acting work for an international audience.
THE CLIFFORD ODETS ENSEMBLE PLAY COMMISSION
The Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission is an annual program that helps emerging playwrights develop a new play for a pre-selected ensemble of Strasberg students. The program culminates in a fully produced production in one of our two theatre spaces and is supported by the Institute’s resources and a full artistic team. This program plays at the end of our Fall semester each year.
The Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission seeks to expand on the lineage of the Group Theatre, the great work of director and pioneer in actor training Lee Strasberg, and playwright Clifford Odets whose plays for this storied ensemble transformed the American Theatre. Through the commission, The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and The Lee Strasberg Creative Center seeks to partner talented emerging playwrights, directors and Method trained actors and encourage the synergy of great acting with the development of new works. This commission will provide an incubating space for the development of true ensemble plays in New York City, and develop the next generation of collaborating artists. The Commission thanks the Clifford Odets Estate and Walt Odets for their generous consent to this partnership.
LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS
The Lee Strasberg Creative Center supports the continuous development of our faculty, students and alumni through workshops and lectures at both US campuses and at international events around the world. The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute is committed to bringing the work of Lee Strasberg to performing arts communities around the world, and to inviting professors, scholars and practitioners from abroad to the Institute to expand the understanding of the actors work and grow the knowledge and understanding of our students and faculty.
Recent events include our 150th Anniversary Celebration of Stanislavsky, The 80th anniversary of the Group Theatre, as well as Workshops with Anna Strasberg in Italy and Warsaw and workshops with Sergei Tschersakki (Head of the Acting Studio) from St Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy in Russia.
The Lee Strasberg Creative Center is a 501 (c) 3 dedicated to strengthening Lee Strasberg’s legacy through the development of outreach programs, the preservation of archival materials, the incubation of young artists and the fostering of a community of alumni and professionals devoted to Lee Strasberg’s work. All donations to The Lee Strasberg Creative Center are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.