Stella Adler – Los Angeles is a World renowned acting school located in the heart of Hollywood, California. Stella Adler-Los Angeles offers extensive training for the serious actor in theatre, film, and television. The Stella Adler Technique grew out of Miss Adler’s personal work with Konstantin Stanislavski, the father of modern acting. This technique (or method of acting) has been studied by many of the world’s most notable actors, directors, and writers including Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, Holland Taylor, Gary Ross, Eric Stoltz and Mark Ruffalo, just to name a few.
Our 3 guests on this episode of ActorsE Chat are faculty members at Stella Adler Academy LA. They include:
John Jack Rodgers
John Jack Rodgers is the executive director of Stella Adler Los Angeles. Stella Adler – Los Angeles has formed a new professional theatre company called the Stella Adler Los Angeles Theatre Collective. The theatre company is comprised of Stella Adler Los Angeles alumni.
“The Collective is the fruition of the training. But more than that, it is a coming together of Stella Adler’s twenty-five years of West Coast history. For Stella, it has always been about ‘the work’ of acting in great plays,” said Stella Adler Los Angeles Theatre Collective Artistic Director John Jack Rodgers. “With the Stella Adler Los Angeles Theatre Collective members, we wanted to also give an opportunity for our advanced students to be able to work with the company. Together we hope to bring theatre to life in the heart of Hollywood by working on plays of importance through actors, writers and directors who value, honor and continue the lineage that reaches to the next generation of actors currently studying at Stella Adler Los Angeles.”
A partial list of Stella Adler Los Angeles Theatre Collective members include: Charlene Amoia, Sean Astin, Clifton Collins, Jr., Carly Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Milton Justice, Laura Leyva, Timothy McNeil, Rick Peters, John Jack Rodgers, Mark Ruffalo, Holland Taylor, Gary Ross, Christopher Thornton, Hillary Weaver and Matthew Weaver.
Academy Award winner Milton Justice began his theatre career on Broadway, producing the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Vieux Carre. Off Broadway he produced Jack Heifner’s Vanities, which became the longest running play in off-Broadway history and co-starred Kathy Bates. His Off Broadway credits also include Das Luscitania Songspiel written by and starring Sigourney Weaver and Christopher Durang – selected as one of the 10 best plays of the year by the New York Times. Milton began as a student of Stella Adler’s in the late seventies. In 1988, she appointed him to teach at her Los Angeles Conservatory. His other teaching assignments have included four years as a Lecturer at Yale, five years at New York University and for a year he was the Dean of the Institute of Creative Arts in Seoul, Korea. Most recently he spent a year as guest lecturer at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand, and currently divides his teaching assignments between Yale University and Stella Adler-Los Angeles. His most recent producing effort, Losing Chase, marked Kevin Bacon”s directorial debut, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and won a Golden Globe Award for Helen Mirren. For his work in film and television he has received an Academy Award, an Emmy Award and five Golden Globe nominations. His theatre work has earned him eight Los Angeles Theatre Critics” Awards, two GLAAD nominations and two New York Drama Desk nominations.’
Mr. McNeil has appeared in over 30 films and television shows. His film credits include Forrest Gump, Contact, Speedway, Jundy, Starship Troopers, Small Souled Men, Poodle Springs, Wicked, and Spark, among others. Television credits include Joan of Arcadia, LAX, ER, House, M.D., Angel, Las Vegas, Seinfeld, Fresh Prince, Martial Law, Star Trek Voyager and others. Mr. McNeil has performed in over 40 plays, including Waiting for Godot, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Hamlet, Three Sisters, The Seagull, Crane Ms. Margaret, The Straight Bozo, Blue Streak, Misalliance, A Private View, Glengarry Glenross, Lambies, Virgin Vampires from Venus, Marriage of Bette and Boo, Me and My Friend, and Good to name a few. In addition, he has written and produced over 12 plays, including Crane Ms. Margaret, Supernova, Lambies, The Straight Bozo, Small Days, Blue Streak, Freddie’s Dead, Le Blimp Sur La Lune, and Wreath among others. Mr. McNeil has also directed many plays including the award winning The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Beach Play, and Volatilizing the Esthers. He has been a member of Stella Adler Faculty since 1999, teaching Technique and Scene Study.
Thank you Announcer / Voice Actor Jordan Farelli.
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