Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Anna Strasberg, founded The Creative Center, the nonprofit branch of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute®, in 1977 to develop outreach programming for inner-city youth. It has since evolved to respond to include the development of outreach programs, preservation of archival materials, incubation of young artists, and fostering an unparalleled community of alumni and professionals trained in the Lee Strasberg Method Acting.


The Lee Strasberg Creative Center is committed to developing creative and professional opportunities to engage with the global arts community, contribute extensively to the direction of the American theatre, and extend the reach of The Lee Strasberg Method.


The Creative Center supports an extensive scholarship program, The Lee Strasberg Directing Fellowship, The Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission, The Group at Strasberg in West Hollywood, various cultural exchanges, theatrical productions, and workshops and lectures held in New York, West Hollywood, and internationally.

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The Lee Strasberg Creative Center supports all scholarships to The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, the only acting school in the world that teaches Lee Strasberg Method Acting in its consummate form. These scholarships provide financial assistance to talented domestic and international individuals who wish to explore the work of Lee Strasberg.


The Scholarship Program includes the Johnny Depp Scholarship for Domestic Students, The Eleonora Duse Scholarship for International Students, and the Vincent D’Onofrio Award for current students, both Domestic and International.

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The Creative Center also supports scholarships for kids and teens from New York’s low-income communities who are interested in studying in our Young Actors at Strasberg Summer or year-long programs.


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The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute students bring their talents to the International Theatre Schools Festival in a production of Adam Rapp’s Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Red Light Winter, directed by Laura Savia Featuring current LSTFI students, Sean Borderes, Shannon Spangler, and Mike Turner.


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The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute has regularly represented the United States at the International Theatre Schools Festival in Warsaw, Poland alongside leading acting conservatories worldwide, including representatives from China, Italy, Spain, South Korea, Iran, Sweden, and Greece.


The Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission and Directing Fellowship is an annual program that supports emerging playwrights to develop a new play for a pre-selected ensemble of LSTFI students and partners them with emerging directors. The program culminates in a full production in one of our two theatre spaces and is supported by LSTFI’s resources and a full artistic team. This program plays at the end of the Fall session each year.


Clifford Odets, for whom The Commission is named, transformed the American theatre with The Group Theatre and Lee Strasberg. Through the commission, The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and The Lee Strasberg Creative Center partner talented emerging playwrights, directors and Method trained actors, creating an incubator for the development of true ensemble plays in New York City and developing the next generation of collaborating artists.


The Commission thanks the Clifford Odets Estate and Walt Odets for their generous consent to this partnership.


The Lee Strasberg Creative Center supports the continuous development of our faculty, students, and alumni through workshops and lectures at both US campuses and internationally. The Creative Center and LSTFI is committed to supporting The Lee Strasberg Method professors, scholars, and practitioners internationally to bring The Lee Strasberg Method™ to performing arts communities around the world.


Recent events include the 150th Anniversary Celebration of Stanislavsky, 80th anniversary of the Group Theatre, Workshops with Anna Strasberg in Italy and Warsaw, Workshops with Sergei Tschersakki (Head of the Acting Studio) from St Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy in Russia, and a regular lecture series featuring prominent alumni called StrasbergTALKS.