The birth of The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute was the natural evolution of efforts that began in 1931 with the formation of the Group Theatre. Co-founded by Harold Clurman, Cheryl Crawford and Lee Strasberg, the Group was dedicated to creating socially conscious theater and formulating a cohesive system of training for the actor.
The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute represents the culmination of Lee’s development as a director, teacher, and pioneer in actor training. As a result, The Institute teaches what Lee Strasberg considered to be a comprehensive approach to solving the actor’s fundamental problems.
Today, The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute celebrates almost 50 years of actor training and is the only school that teaches Lee Strasberg’s work in its complete and purest form. Faculty conducting classes have been selected for their comprehensive knowledge of Lee Strasberg’s work and their ability to apply it to the problems of the actor. The curriculum, designed by Lee, provides the actor with opportunities to pursue his or her work systematically and to gain firsthand knowledge of the fundamental concepts of the Lee Strasberg Method Acting Technique. Through class work, seminars, exercises, scene work, and discussions, students are encouraged to develop of their art and themselves.
The goal of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute is to provide students with a craft that will help them create a reality wherein they will respond truthfully in imaginary circumstances, regardless of the style or form of material being used. Actors learn to express powerful emotions and are encouraged to leave behind conventional, superficial, and clichéd expressions in search of their own unique artistic voices. The Lee Strasberg Method Acting Technique trains actors to use their physical, mental, and emotional humanity in the creation of the play’s characters and stresses the way in which personal experience can fire the actor’s imagination. This is the spark that turns an accomplished technician into an inspired artist and what makes The Lee Strasberg Method Acting Technique a vital technique for actor training.