Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Stella Adler Studio of Acting Receives $150,000 Grant

New York, NY – August 15, 2017: The Stella Adler Studio of Acting has been awarded a $150,000 Grant for Arts and Arts Education by The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. The grant, given to organizations committed to making the arts a solid and significant part of the education process, will be distributed over three years. The grant will support the Studio’s Outreach Division program of acting and theater classes with inmates at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility, which gives inmates the opportunity to train as a working ensemble of actors and writers, learning and practicing voice and speech, movement, and acting techniques. Each training session concludes with a showing of created work for an invited audience. Inmates are also introduced to dramatic literature and poetry to encourage them to explore characters and make clear choices in their own writing and acting.

“We are so honored and grateful to receive the support of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation,” said Tom Oppenheim, Artistic Director, Stella Adler Studio of Acting. “Providing world-class theater education that uplifts and empowers our students is the basis of our work and we’re very pleased to be able to continue our programming through this generous grant.”

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting was founded in 1949 on the principle that growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous. The mission of the Studio is to create an environment that nurtures theater artists and audiences so that they value humanity, their own and others, as their first priority while providing art and education to the greater community. The Stella Adler Studio of Acting's Outreach Division works with numerous underserved populations including inner-city students, drug and rehabilitation centers and inmates on Rikers Island.

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