AD: Theater Makers Online Courses | Stella Adler Studio

AD: Theater Makers Online Courses | Stella Adler Studio

CATEGORY: Classes/Schools

Stella Adler Studio of Acting
New York, NY 10006


Ryan Chittaphong

Job Details


Stella Adler Studio’s “Theatre Makers” courses are designed for a range of artists with interests beyond acting. These classes include theoretical, practical and academic areas of investigation. Whether you are an actor who wants to expand your knowledge of the art, a director who wants to grow and learn new technology, or a writer who is interested in writing for specific voices, our current offerings have what you are looking for and will continue to grow. For more info visit:

Here are the Fall Online Courses currently offered:

Effective Grant Writing for Artists, Writers, and Performer Groups
4 Weeks, 4 Classes  |  Instructor: James Scruggs
October 12 – November 2  |  Mondays
7:00pm – 9:00pm (EDT) / 4:00pm – 6:00pm (PDT)
Tuition: $160
This four week course will provide you with tools to create a compelling grant or residency opportunity application. A successful application is a concise, potent narrative about who you are, what is the project you are proposing to do, why are you best suited to do this, why is now the right time, and how do you propose to make this happen. In this workshop you will write succinct, uncomplicated drafts of grant application components to tell the story of your project. You will be guided in the execution of your project description, artist statement, budget and work sample selection.  The workshop will conclude with a simulation of what occurs behind the curtain; we will use your submissions to conduct a simulated grant application selection process.

CASTING: A Look from Both Sides of the Table
4 Weeks, 4 Classes  |  Instructor: Melissa Maxwell
November 3 – December 1 (skips week of Thanksgiving)  |  Tuesdays
7:00pm – 9:00pm (EST) / 4:00pm – 6:00pm (PST)
Tuition: $160
This 4-week workshop is designed to give students a comprehensive, inside glance into the world of casting. Students will be given a sense of the history of casting—what it used to be like and how it has evolved over the years. Students will hear first-hand a director’s viewpoint and approach, what transpires behind the table, and how casting decisions are often ultimately made. Discussion will focus in part on the use of modern technology, and students will be given some tips and pointers on ways to utilize that technology and what they can do to stay competitive.

Director/Designer: Discovering the Visual World of the Play
4 Weeks, 4 Classes  |  Instructor: John Gould Rubin
October 19 – November 9 | Mondays
7:00pm - 9:00pm (EST) / 4:00pm - 6:00pm (PST)
Tuition: $200
This class will focus on collaboration in the theater. Each week the class will have read a play and there will be a casting director, designer, dramaturge, producer or other collaborator  visit. The first portion of the class will be dedicated to John and the collaborator working through their ideas for an imagined production and then the students will discuss their ideas for the production with the visiting collaborator. How to let your ideas be influenced by your collaborators’ ideas is the theme of the class and the focus of these conversations.

Playwriting at the Intersection: Race, Queer Identity and Gender
4 Weeks, 8 Classes  |  Instructor: Abe Zapata Jr.
November 10 – December 10 (Skips Thanksgiving Week) |  Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:00 –11:00 PM (EST)  / 6:00 – 8:00 PM (PST)
Tuition: $320
A new short form playwriting workshop exploring the ever changing world of Theater and performance with an emphasis on understanding how those worlds intersect with race, Queer identity, and gender. By the end of the course students will receive a crash course in theory and challenging play writing from minds such as bell hooks, Judith Butler, Lynn Nottage, and Luis Alfaro. The course will end with students presenting their written work in a Zoom Webinar.  The workshop is meant to be a place for BIPOC and Queer playwrights to explore their writing, allies are welcome.

New applicants should first submit an online application at: Once we receive your application we will contact you to schedule your entrance interview appointment.


October 12, 2020 -