How To Apply
NOTE: You can now fill out all of our application forms online, print, sign and send via postal mail along with your application package to the appropriate campus.
Deadlines are “in-office” deadlines not postmark deadlines. Failure to meet the deadlines will cause significant delays in processing your application and may exclude your application from consideration for the session you are applying to.
|LSTFI Brochure||Application Form||Credit Card Authorization|
|2014-2015 Two Year Conservatory (Certificate Program) Application Form|
|New York Information||West Hollywood Information|
|New York Instructions for Affidavit||West Hollywood Instructions for Affidavit|
|New York Affidavit Form||West Hollywood Affidavit Form|
The Strasberg experience may begin at any time. The Institute provides the freedom and flexibility for students to enroll in classes starting in any of four sessions year round. All sessions last 12 weeks, except for the Summer session in New York which is 10 weeks long, but with more class hours per week (18-20 hours/week instead of the regular 16 hours, or 24-26 hours/week instead of the regular 22 hours of class).
International student applicants will be required to obtain a student visa for Strasberg program offerings unless otherwise specified. Please submit your complete application package to the specific institute you wish to attend (either New York or West Hollywood) at least 9 weeks in advance of the start date for the session that you wish to attend, but no later than the application deadline. International applicants (except Canadian citizens) must make sure to follow these application deadlines. The New York institute will not accept application packages after the set deadline, even if the package is postmarked on or before the application deadline. All application packages must arrive to the Admissions Office on or before the set deadline. All application packages are to be sent via postal mail only. We highly recommend using a postal method which requires a tracking number. It is the applicants responsibility to track their own application packages to make sure of prompt delivery by the application deadline.
Applicants MUST send their application package to the school location that they are interested in attending. The New York and West Hollywood schools process and admit their own student body separately. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that his/her application package is sent to the correct school location.
At the Strasberg Institute, we are looking for serious actors with the talent and courage to be the best in the world.
Every student must submit an application form. The form is to be filled out completely and must indicate what program you are interested in applying to. All applicants regardless of experience will be considered and no audition is required.
The application form must be submitted via postal mail to the attention of the Admissions Department, along with the following items:
For Two Year Conservatory (Certificate Program) applicants, please refer to the Two Year Conservatory (Certificate Program) Application form (2014 Academic Year)
(Your application will not be reviewed for admissions consideration until all of these items are received exactly as described below)
- A $50 non-refundable Application Fee payable to The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute by money order or certified check (US bank), credit card, and personal check (US applicants only).
- One Photo for identification purposes only (passport size preferred).
- An Essay no less than 125 words and no more than 250 words typed (Two Year Conservatory applicants must write 750 to 1000 words) describing your goals in the field of acting and why you wish to study at the Institute.
- A Résumé/CV of any prior training and/or experience (experience not mandatory) typed. If you do not have any prior training or experience in acting, please include previous employment and education history, regardless of field.
- Two Letters of Reference may be from a previous/current employer, co-workers, artistic professionals, teachers or academic advisors. One can be a personal reference (not family members or significant others), but at least one must be professional. Both letters must be typed in English, signed, dated, and contain contact information. Professional letters must be issued on letterhead.
- Verification of Previous Studies college/university transcripts (if applicable) or copy of high school diploma (or its equivalent). Training certificates, if applicable, are accepted in addition to the above. All submitted documentation must be in English or accompanied by an official, notarized English translation if issued in another language.
- Non-U.S. Citizens MUST provide documentation describing the source of the sufficient funds you will have available to cover for tuition and living expenses (calculated US $2,000 per month) while you are a student at the Institute. (If the financial statement is in a name other than your own, the person whose name appears on the account must submit an affidavit of support and bank account information). Original bank letters, bank statements, and affidavits of support must be accompanied by an official English translation and include the USD equivalent of available funds issued by the bank or financial center.
- English Language Testing Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers: TOEFL Exam minimum requirements for international admissions consideration: 85 (Internet-based). All non-native English speaking applicants are required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) results, issued within the past two years. [TOEFL School Code: New York campus: 3753 | West Hollywood campus: 3615]
- Health Insurance card photocopy must be included for verification. If you do not have student health insurance, health insurance through your family, government or through your employer, we very strongly advise that you obtain health insurance should you be admitted to The Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.
What if I am not a U.S. Citizen?
The New York campus requires accepted students to obtain the F-1 visa, while the West Hollywood campus requires accepted students to obtain the M-1 visa.
Non-U.S. Citizens MUST provide documentation describing the source of the sufficient funds you will have available to cover for tuition and living expenses (calculated US $2,000 per month) while you are a student at the Institute. (If the financial statement is in a name other than your own, the person whose name appears on the account must submit an affidavit of support and bank account information). Original bank letters, bank statements, and affidavits of support must be accompanied by an official English translation and include the USD equivalent of available funds issued by the bank or financial center.
Students who are not U.S. Citizens or Green Card holders must obtain a SEVIS form I-20 issued by Strasberg and appropriate student visa. Certain other non-immigrant visas also permit study (Example: O-1, H-1, E-1). If you are unsure, contact the International Student Advisor. The process below is for those international students applying for an I-20 issued by the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. See the points below to ensure a smooth application process:
- Due to strict immigration policies, we strongly advise that all completed international application packages be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the program start date of any session to ensure admissions consideration for your session of choice.
- A student visa issued by the U.S. Department of State is required to study at the Institute, and a commitment to a Full-Time program of 22 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks is required. See the description of Film and Acting Programs for New York and Los Angeles for more details. The New York campus requires accepted students to obtain an F-1 Academic student visa, while the West Hollywood campus requires accepted students to obtain an M-1 Vocational student visa.
- All applicants must provide a bank statement indicating that there are sufficient funds available to cover living expenses while studying in the U.S. in order for the Institute to issue a SEVIS Form I-20.
- International students may not work while studying in the U.S.
Our staff will assist admitted students through each step needed to apply for the student visa.
Reapplication Policy – Acceptance to the Institute is valid for one year from the issue date. Students unable to attend the session for which they applied should immediately notify the Admissions Office. After the one-year period has expired, students who wish to attend must reapply and pay the non-refundable application fee.
The Institute does not discriminate in its admissions on the basis of national origin, ethnic background, race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, or religion.
How do I make a payment to the Institute?
Payments may be made payable to The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute by money order, certified bank check, and personal check drawn on U.S. banks ONLY.
Other methods of payment accepted include international wire transfer and credit card. For wire transfers, please make sure the student’s name is on the transfer request. Students are responsible for paying all international, New York and Los Angeles bank fees. Credit card payment will NOT be accepted over the phone.
No international checks or money orders will be accepted.
For payment by credit card, applicants are required to use our credit card authorization form.
The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute is grateful for our Veterans’ support, sacrifice, and dedication to our country. LSTFI is approved for the Non-College Degree Professional Acting Program under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. For information regarding how to use your benefits for study, please contact the Veterans Affairs Department at [email protected] at the New York campus and [email protected] at the West Hollywood campus.
* The New York campus is currently authorized by VA to accept applications for the Two Year Conservatory (Certificate Program) only. The One-Year Conservatory and Two-Year Conservatory programs at the West Hollywood campus are authorized by the VA for enrollment and benefit use. Please make sure to submit a Certificate of Eligibility with your application package.