How To Apply

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.

Applying to The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute

Completing the application and submitting your supporting materials is the first step for admissions consideration to The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Please follow the list below in order to ensure a completed application.

All applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Applicants under 18 can apply to our Young Actors program.

NOTE: Only Hard Copies of the application and supporting documents will be accepted.

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1. Completed application form

a. General Application Form

Download The General Application Form

b. Two Year Conservatory (Certificate Program) Application Form

Download The TYCP Application form

2. A $75 non-refundable Application Fee

Applicants must submit a $75 non-refundable application fee payable to The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute by money order or certified check (US bank), credit card, and personal check (US bank only).

Download The Credit Card Authorization

3. One Identification Photo

This photo is used for identification purposes only (passport size preferred).


4. Personal Statement

Applicants must submit an essay describing his/her goals in the field of acting and why he/she wishes to study at the institute. (Between 125 and 250 words. Two Year Conservatory applicants must write 750-1000 words)


5. A Résumé/CV

Applicants must submit a typed resume/CV of any prior training and/or experience. If you do not have any prior training or experience in acting, please include previous employment and education history, regardless of field. Experience is not mandatory for application.


6. Two Letters of Reference

Reference letters 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.


7. Verification of Previous Studies

Applicants must submit 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.


8. Proof of Health Insurance (recommended)

The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute also recommends applicants submit a photocopy of his or her Health Insurance card/document. 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.

Additional Requirements for Non U.S Citizens

1. Proof of Sufficient Funds

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.

Download The Instructions for AffidavitDownload The Affidavit Form


Students applying from countries where English is not the primary language must submit their scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or its equivalent. For the TOEFL, The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute requires a minimum score of 85 (Internet-based) for international admissions consideration. All scores must have been issued within the past two years. [TOEFL School Code: New York campus: 3753 | West Hollywood campus: 3615]

Additional Requirements for Applicants Using Veteran’s Benefits

1. Transcripts from ALL previous study

Applicants using Veteran’s Benefits (Ch. 33 Post 9-11 Benefits or other VA Benefits) must submit transcripts from ALL previous study for review. Please complete the attached form listing all previous study to ensure the Institute receives all transcripts.

Download The Prior Training List

2. Certificate of Eligibility

Please include a copy of your COE (award letter) and DD-214

The Admissions Interview

Once we’ve received your completed application, we will schedule an interview with the applicant via email. The interview is not an audition, but rather an opportunity for the Admissions staff to speak directly with the applicant about the program and the applicant’s interests. Please be punctual or your interview will be rescheduled. Interviews are conducted in person or via skype.

The Admissions Decision

The Admissions committee will decide whether to accept or decline the applicant. The applicant will be informed of such decision via email only. If you have been declined admission, you may re-apply for admissions consideration after one year from the date of your initial admissions request.


Accepted students will be emailed their Acceptance letter, acceptable methods to remit tuition and fees payment, as well as important instructions and guidelines for the next steps to take for enrollment and registration.

Obtaining Visas (Non U.S Citizens only)

Accepted International Students for the 1 Year Conservatory Program, the 2 Year Conservatory Program and the Full-time 12 Week (22 hours) Program will need an F-1 Student Visa to enter the U.S. The first step is the issuance of the Form I-20 (Certificate for Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Students). In order to be issued the Form I-20 by The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, prospective students must make a required commitment to a Full-Time program of 22 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks and complete and submit the Application for I-20.


Certain other dependent non-immigrant visas also permit full-time study. If you are on a dependent visa and are unsure if it permits study, contact the Office of Admissions at


The Fall, Spring, and Winter 2-4 week intensive programs do not require an F-1 study visa. All other program offerings, including the Summer Intensive programs, require the F-1 visa. Applicants are to consult their local U.S. Embassy to learn if a tourist visa is needed to attend the intensive programs.


Our staff will assist admitted students through each step needed to apply for the F-1 student visa.


Note: F-1 Visa students may not work while studying in the United States. Any violation of this requirement will result in automatic dismissal from the Institute.