Actors Studio

The Actors Studio is a school on 9th Avenue in NY, founded in 1947 by Cheryl Crawford, Robert Lewis and Elia Kazan (CIA front American Committee for Cultural Freedom). It originated in the Group Theatre NY with Elia Kazan, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, Will Greer (partner of Harry Hay).

The Group Theatre developed techniques of realistic acting (method acting) developed by Russian Konstantin Stanislavsky, who directed The Blue Bird of symbolist Maurice Maeterlinck at his Moscow Art Theatre in 1908.

Stella Adler lived with Linda Carroll, the mother of Courtney Love.

Lee Strasberg (director from 1951) was the father of Susan Strasberg played in Roger Corman's The Trip with Bruce Dern and Dennis Hopper, linked to the LSD dissociation research of MK Ultra.

It collaborates with The New School of the Colonna's. Presidents of the Actors Studio are Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin and Ellen Burstyn.


- Ben Gazzara (The New School, worked with John Cassavetes)
- Bruce Dern
- Common (program Hip Hop)
- Bradley Cooper (jesuit)
- Celeste Holm
- Cloris Leachman (EST training of Werner Erhard)
- Dustin Hoffman (Pasadena Playhouse)
- Eli Wallach (CCNY, Baby Doll of Elia Kazan)
- Elia Kazan
- Ellen Burstyn
- Frank Perry (nephew of Katy Perry)
- Gene Wilder
- Harvey Keitel
- Henry Silva (The Manchurian Candidate with Frank Sinatra)
- Jack Nicholson
- James Baldwin (Civil Rights Movement, book with Margaret Mead)
- James Dean
- Jane Fonda
- Jerry Orbach (Knight of Columbus)
- Joanne Woodward (EST training of Werner Erhard)
- Karen Black
- Kim Hunter
- Lee Grant (Lyova Rosenthal, Valley of the Dolls with Sharon Tate)
- Lee Strasberg (The New School)
- Marlon Brando
- Marlyn Monroe
- Martin Landau
- Montgomery Clift
- Nancy Stephens (wife of Rick Rosenthal)
- Norman Mailer
- Paul Newman
- Robert de Niro
- Robert Duvall
- Robert Reed (ABC show The Brady Bunch)
- Rod Steiger
- Shelly Winters (The New School)
- Sidney Poitier
- Stephen Lang
- Steve McQueen
- Sydney Pollack
- Tennessee Williams (CCF, Pasadena Playhouse)
- Walter Matthau (The New School)


New York