video below of youth who have overcome disabilities,
gang violence and homelessness through the program
New York, NY-
The Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s Outreach Division
will perform Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” on August 6th
after a free five-week intensive for underprivileged New
York City youth. The 22 students chosen for the program
learn the same acting technique that helped cultivate the
talents of Stella Adler alumni like Robert De Niro and
Marlon Brando. This performance serves as a milestone
project of the program, which has helped students gain
confidence, avoid common urban influences
like gangs and drugs, and provide a sense of community that
will continue long
after the program.
a time when city schools are suffering from a lack of
resources and cannot provide an adequate education, the
Stella Adler Studio provides low-income teens with
high-level training and access to a long revered cultural
institution, in a safe haven to escape daily struggles
Since the program’s inception two years ago, Stella Adler
has helped over 2,000 kids through the Outreach Division and
received over 6,000 applications.
see the strong impact of the program where students speak
in their own words watch this exclusive video here:
comes from a very troubled community in the South Bronx.
He admits that if not for the Outreach Division, he
might be getting high and causing trouble like so many
of his peers.
paralyzed from the waist down when she was 8 years old.
She thought she would never walk again. Over the years
she has begun to rehabilitate herself physically and
emotionally. Outreach has been an empowering experience
for her, giving her the physical confidence she has
lacked for so many years.
has lived intermittently in foster homes and homeless
shelters for the past few years. Currently living in a
shelter, he describes how with no family to speak of, he
comes home and studies Shakespeare on his cot at night.
Darnell has described Outreach as his only real family.
who moved from the Dominican Republic only three
years ago and has always struggled with her English,
recently performed in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer
Night’s Dream. She talks about how studying
Shakespeare and performing on stage has dramatically
improved her English skills and eliminated her accent,
giving her confidence to excel in school.
The performances will be
held at the Stella Adler Studio, 31 West 27th
Street on August 6 at noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. The 3pm show
is followed by a Q and A.
Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased on SmartTix.com