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2017 CLIFFORD ODETS ENSEMBLE PLAY COMMISSION ARTISTS ANNOUNCED

Lucy Thurber receives The Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission for The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute® Jenna Worsham receives the Lee Strasberg Directing Fellowship NEW YORK, APRIL 7 - The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute (LSTFI) with The Lee Strasberg Creative Center in collaboration with NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Undergraduate Department of Drama will present a new work by playwright, Lucy Thurber, this year’s recipient of The Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission, May...

RECENT ALUMNI CREATING THEIR OWN WORK

Many alumni from The Actor’s Studio and LSTFI have moved on to make incredible careers for themselves in the entertainment industry. Behind every success story, there is a unique trajectory. For many, this path has included writing, directing and the creation of original work. For example, Chazz Palminteri, lifetime member of the Actor’s Studio, kickstarted his career with a one-man show he wrote and starred in called The Bronx Play in 1989 which he would...

Alumni-Packed Production of Fool for Love!

On March 17th an alumni-packed production of Fool for Love, directed by Shaun Peknic, will  open and  run through Saturday. For a play filled with highly complex relationships, beautiful language and passion, Shaun Peknic, an experienced and incredible theatre maker, has assembled quite the team. For a little insight on the process of this production, I spoke to Erica Pappas, who plays May in this production. Erica Pappas is a recent graduate of the NYU Strasberg program....

Rafael Beato wins ACE Award for his lead performance as “Rafa” in Repertorio Español’s production of “La Cancion”

A recent Alum of LSTFI, Rafael Beato has hit the ground running. Since he left the program in 2014 he has taken on several film and theatre projects; however, his recent role as "Rafa" in Repertorio Español's production of "La Cancion” has earned him an ACE Award for Best Actor in a Musical at the 2017 award ceremony. A very talented actor from the Dominican Republic, Rafael is a hard worker who is determined to...

Strasberg Talks with Vincent D’Onofrio

This week the incredible Vincent D’Onofrio, actor and frequent guest teacher at LSTFI came and spoke to current students and alumni. This talk was part of a series called Strasberg Talks. “Strasberg Talks is a forum for both Strasberg students, alumni, and invited audiences to interact with Strasberg trained actors. These special events connect the Strasberg community of accomplished actors, directors and writers who share a bond of training and artistic integrity. The roots of the Strasberg...

INGRID JEAN-BAPTISTE, FOUNDER OF CFF, WINS AUDIENCE AWARD

Ingrid Jean-Baptiste, LSTFI Alum and co-founder of the Chelsea Film Festival, was awarded the Audience Award for The Trophies of the French People Living Abroad by Le Petit Journal. This distinguished award recognizes her hard work and dedication to the promotion of independent film. In an interview on French Culture, she explains that films have the power to “make the world a better place” and “impacts society.” Ingrid recognizes the responsibility as an artist to...

An Exciting Check In With NYU Strasberg Alum Mike Turner!

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T) at Harvard University has announced their cast of The Night of the Iguana which includes, NYU Strasberg Alum, Mike Turner. As well as the incredible James Earl Jones, Dana Delany, Bill Heck,  Amanda Plummer and more. Mike Turner will be playing the role of Pedro, a young employee of the Costa Verde. Turner has  performed in multiple productions at the Institute including, Party Animals and Red Light Winter directed by...

John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons at the Public Theater

LSTFI alum John Leguizamo’s one-man show Latin History for Morons will make it’s Off-Broadway debut at The Public Theater. This will be the third time he performs at the Public Theatre since 1987.  This masterminds latest creation will be directed by Tony Taccone and is a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Latin History for Morons made it’s world premiere in California in 2016 with two successful runs at the La Jolla Playhouse and Peet’s Theatre at...