The Actor’s Studio was established in 1947, in New York city.  Lee Strasberg became Artistic Director in 1951, until his death in 1982.  The West Coast branch was started in 1967, and Kristen Shaw’s coach Patrick Strong, was Lee Strasberg’s Teaching Assistant for the Los Angeles branch, for many years.

Kristen studied Strasberg Method on a weekly basis with Patrick in Los Angeles, for 13 years.

The Actor’s Studio was founded on this vision – To create a home for Actors where the emphasis is placed on the process by which the Actor attains the results, rather than a pre-determination of results in an attempt to give a certain “performance”.

Well known Strasberg Method Actors include Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Sally Field, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, and many others.

The recently departed James Gandolfini and Philip Seymour Hoffman were actors working with a Strasberg based method.

Currently we see the Method being used by many of our great television and film Actors, including Claire Danes, Bobby Canavale, Armie Hammer, Ray Liotta, Scarlett Johansson, James Spader, Ray Romano, Uma Thurman, Angelina Jolie.

There is a writing/directing component to Strasberg Method, as seen in the brilliant writer/directors Mike Nichols and Chandra Wilson.  It is apparent in the way they capture real moments and behavior, and are brave in allowing their actors to do the unexpected.

A full history and information on The Actor’s Studio is available on their official website: http://theactorsstudio.org

Recommended Reading

A Dream of Passion: The Development of the Method
Lee Strasberg

The Lee Strasberg Notes
Lola Cohen and Martin Sheen

Strasberg at the Actors’ Studio: Tape-Recorded Sessions
Robert H. Hethmon and Burgess Meredith

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