The natural evolution of the joint efforts of Harold Clurman, Cheryl Crawford, and Lee Strasberg’s The Group Theater, The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute® is the only school in the world that teaches Lee Strasberg’s work in its consummate form and represents the culmination of Lee Strasberg’s development as a director, teacher, and pioneer in acting training. Celebrating over 45 years of unparalleled actor training, LSTFI has nurtured the creative and professional development of multiple luminaries in the arts and entertainment industries and looks forward to ushering in new generations of unparalleled talent and technique.


The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film® Institute is dedicated to the ideals, values, and vision of Lee Strasberg’s innovative work known throughout the world as The Lee Strasberg Method. Through actor training, outreach, and the preservation of archival materials, LSTFI works to further the legacy of Lee Strasberg and maintain his place as a seminal figure in the great American theater tradition.


The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute® is fully accredited with the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and operates in full compliance with New York State legislature. Both the New York and West Hollywood campuses are authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute® is also approved for the Non-College Degree Professional Acting Program under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.