Membership in The Actors Studio is
for life and free of charge. To become a member the actor must pass both a preliminary
audition and a final audition. On the West Coast the preliminary auditions are
judged by a panel of three judges who are all seasoned members of the Studio.
The final auditions are judged by the West Coast Executive Board and Advisory
Committee Members. What follows is the audition information sheet as received
from The Actors Studio West in West Hollywood:
1 BLOCK SOUTH OF SUNSET BLVD.
1 BLOCK WEST OF SWEETZER
PARKING IN THE LOT OR ON SIDE STREETS.
The Actors Studio Inc.
8341 DELONGPRE AVE/ WEST HOLLYWOOD CA 90069-2601
PHONE (323) 654-7125 FAX (323) 654-8266
THE ACTORS STUDIO in West Hollywood is the West Coast branch
of THE ACTORS STUDIO in New York. Neither is a school for beginners. We are a
theatre workshop for professional actors, and any trained actor over 18 can apply
for an audition. NO DUES OR TUITION ARE CHARGED. Actors are admitted on the basis
of talent, and not the ability to pay, however, previous training is essential.
Although we are not primarily a showcase workshop, over the years we have done
many projects for the public, principally cast with Studio Members.
PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS are held every month, except during the
Summer hiatus and holiday periods. It is necessary to pass a preliminary before
going on to the FINAL AUDITIONS which are currently held two times a year.
You need to present a 5 minute scene with a partner, choosing
contemporary material from the 1930s to the present. The scene can be from a play,
novel, short story, etc., and should be published and not written by yourself.
It can be a double audition for you and your partner, or a single audition with
your partner helping you. Choose a role that you feel shows you to your best advantage,
and one that is close to you in age, range and experience, and find the event
or sub-text in the scene.
WHEN TO REGISTER: Due to the recent excessive demands for auditions
we have had to initiate new policies for requesting a Preliminary Audition. You
are now required to submit the following information: A cover letter requesting
a Preliminary Audition and explaining why you would like to audition for membership,
along with a photo and resume (with your phone number included) and two self addressed
stamped letter size envelopes. Address your package to the Audition Committee
at the address indicated above. Once we receive your information, please be aware
that there is a substantial waiting period. When we get to your name we will contact
you approximately 3-6 weeks ahead of time to register you for an audition.
ON THE AUDITION DAY please arrive 1/2 hour earlier than your
scheduled time. The Stage Manager will put up a simple set, and any hand props
you use you should bring yourself. Don't break your concentration by announcing
your scene...the judges already have this information. Also pictures & resumes
are not necessary. You must notify us ahead of time if you will be using any prop
guns or knives in your scene or if there will be any smoking in the scene. You
will be required to use the prop guns and knives that we provide.
THE RESULTS: You will be informed of the results by mail within
a week after your audition. If you have passed to the FINAL AUDITIONS, you will
be required to repeat the same scene.
If the judges feel you have picked the wrong material, you will
get a callback to do another preliminary audition.
FINAL AUDITIONS: You will be called as soon as a date is set
for the Finals, and we try to give the actors a months notice to prepare their
FINAL RESULTS: You will be notified by mail. If you have passed
to Membership, you can then work at the Studio here or in New York.
Thank you for your interest in the Studio, and we wish one
and all the very best of luck.
The Actors Studio,
8341 DeLongpre Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90060-2601
323-654-7125 FAX 323-654-8266
Policy at the New York location
may vary. I will post any variations when I receive a response from the Actors
Studio in New York. In the meantime, you can write or call them at the following
The Actors Studio
432 West 44th Street
New York, New York 10036
"The Studio is a place where whatever problems actors have as actors can be
worked on, can be solved. Among ourselves, we sometimes say this is a place where
you can fall flat on your face." -- Lee Strasberg
"The Studio is the first halting place for people who have fully grasped the
idea that a man's whole life consists of his own creative work, that so far as
he is concerned this creative work exists only in the theatre, and that it is
in the theatre alone that his life finds its full expression." -- Konstantin