Workshop Information

Stella Adler: Imagination, Given Circumstance and Actions

Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting
Presented by Samuel Wood

A leading force in the training of American actors, Stella Adler - who famously split from the Stanislavski-based teaching methods of her Group Theatre colleague, Lee Strasberg - focused her training of actors based on her personal work with Stanislavski. Adler’s powerful gift to American theatre training was and is her insistence on not playing emotion but discovering an emotional response within the text (circumstance and action) and givens of character (gesture and voice). Considering that many actors who have shaped what you have come to understand as powerful acting - Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Candice Bergen, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Warren Beatty, Teri Garr, and Harvey Keitel – studied with Adler, this workshop explores the very activities and inquiry points associated with their process that, now, can become part of yours. Instructor, Sam Wood, brings his unique and in-demand skills as professional acting coach and director to activate your engagement with the Adler Technique.