Alumni News

Liana Sonenclar: A Five Star Review

Actress/Playwright/Strasberg Alumna Liana Sonenclar is at it again with the latest addition to her body of work. Five Star D-A-D tells the story of a father coming in terms with his own demons as he connects with an unlikely companion, his Uber driver, on the drive to his daughter’s book launch. This character driven road trip will be featured as part of the Andromeda’s Sister Gala, an arts and advocacy gala organized by an arts...

The Bittersweet Road to Sweetbitter

The life of an actor was never in the cards for Strasberg alumna Erica Pappas. Only considering acting as a hobby, teenage Erica applied to New York University on a whim after life threw a wrench into her plans. When NYU sent her an acceptance letter, Erica realized what she needed to do. “Cool, it's a sign. I'm doing this now." Between a lead role opposite Lucille Lortel nominee Will Pullen in Daniel Talbott’s NICK...

Alumni Spotlight: Max Weinstein

This past January, NYU Tisch at Strasberg alumnus Max Weinstein traveled to Shanghai to appear as Greg in a Baayork Lee-directed production of A Chorus Line.  This international triumph has been a long time coming for Weinstein, who reprised his role after appearing as Greg in a regional production in Connecticut.  The show’s Chinese premiere was an immense success overall and for Weinstein himself, as he carves a place for himself in the entertainment industry. ...

Liana Sonenclar Writes Her Own Story

Before This New Year, an original play by Liana Sonenclar, has been on the fast track for success.  Sonenclar’s play found its roots at Tisch, where a small reading featuring several Strasberg students turned into a reading at the Ivy Theatre Company’s 24 Hours of Women festival.  That snowballed into being presented at Out of the Box Theatrics’ Building the Box series and a reading at the Dramatists Guild Foundation.  This past November, Before This...

Alumni Spotlight: Dan Shaked

Since leaving Strasberg, alumnus Dan Shaked has had an illustrious career on stage and screen. Shaked has been featured in works such as How to Follow Strangers with Ilana Glazer, NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura, and Shonda Rhimes’s Body of Proof. In dealing with the trials and tribulations of the entertainment industry, Shaked cites his training at Strasberg as the foundation for his work. “Practicing method work in class for 4 hours at a time...

Alumni Spotlight: Rebecca Knox

Born to Colombian and German parents, Rebecca Knox was born and raised in New York and immersed in the arts from a young age.  After her grandmother began taking her to the opera and the theatre, she found herself diving into the world of singing, dancing, and acting.  After hearing about method acting her whole life, she began studying at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.  “My mother studied with Lee in the 70s,”...

Carla Stickler: Defying Gravity

Strasberg alumna Carla Stickler has certainly made a name for herself since her time as a student behind the red doors. Stickler is widely acclaimed for her work as a teacher, a singer and an actress. This being said, she is perhaps most well known for taking over the role of Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked. “There was something truly magical about getting to perform her here in New York for all my...

Strasberg Alumnus Adam Bakri Starring Opposite Keira Knightly

Palestinian actor Adam Bakri has enjoyed extraordinary success both on stage and screen since his time at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. His feature film debut was as the titular character in 2013’s Oscar-nominated Omar, which saw him as a war-torn lover & baker in the West Bank. Following a string of other successes, Bakri is now starring in Official Secrets as Yasar Gun. Adam Bakri’s A-List co-stars in Official Secrets include Keira Knightley,...

Brave Bryn Carter Soars to New Heights

“I was fortunate to be in a really open, loving group 1C,” actress Bryn Carter says of her first year as a student at Tisch at Strasberg.  “We still use #1CLove when we interact on social media.”  Carter credits much of her time at Strasberg to her success in the professional world.  Most recently, Carter was featured as Sebastian in The Flea’s SCRAPS.  Playwright and Shonda Rhimes mentee Geraldine Inoa found her artistic voice in...

Method Viennoise

“The movie felt like a sick baby to me – a beautiful, inspiring, sick little baby that needed help,” Sabrina Worsch says of her work on Loslassen (Letting Go).  After being approached by director Götz Raimund to play the role of Stella, Worsch also took on an additional role as the film’s co-producer.  Letting Go went through a tumultuous production process, but it is now enjoying a great deal of success.  After jumping over every...