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Hedy Sontag

Hedy Sontag was born in Poland and came to New York City at age eight. She studied ballet and art and graduated from the High School of Music and Art. She went on to study at Parson’s School where she majored in Fine Art and Design and also studied fashion and illustration. She continued in music, singing and recording with Bob Crewe for whom she recorded 3 records with her singing group.  Hedy studied acting with Lee Strasberg, Frank Corsaro, Allan Miller and Milton Katselas and performed plays at Ellen Steward’s Café La Mama ETC where she also worked on Grotowski with Franz Marijnan. She worked on plays by Leonard Melfi, Sam Shepherd and Murry Mednick. She toured with Tom O’Horgan’s  (Hair) troupe through Europe. Performed in Ed Bullins “Electronic” at Wyn Handman’s American Place Theatre. Joe Papp’s Theatre “Are You Lookin’” by Murray Mednick and “The Hawk” Worked on Broadway with Maxmillian Shell on “A Patriot for Me” by John Osborne and understudied Salome Jens. In Stock and Regional Theatre, worked on “Three Penny Opera” by Brecht & Kurt Weille. Was directed in New Hampshire by Ed Setrakian Play by Scott Ellman at Museum of Modern Art. Became a member of Actors Studio. Started teaching at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in 1975. Film work includes “Doc” directed by Frank Perry with Faye Dunaway. Started directing in New York City off Broadway and also in Los Angeles. Is a member of Playwright/Directors Unit at The Actors Studio with Mark Rydell and Lyle Kessler.   Member of the Directors Unit with Lou Antonio. Worked in Paris on Shakespeare, Chekhov and many American plays for 5 years at Studio V05F. Worked in Japan for 10 years going for several weeks per year and working with Yoko Narahashi, Hedy Sontag is a senior faculty member at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute and still learning.

Winter 202111/1 Update: Online

The Lee Strasberg Institute announces that Winter 2021 term classes will begin with fully online instruction, per State & Local guidance.

Click here for Winter online classes in New York City. | Click here for Winter online classes for Los Angeles.

The Institute is also offering new short-term online only classes. See Online Acting

Please note that the State of California color-coded reopening system does not permit any in-person instruction until the County is at least in the red tier (25% capacity). Los Angeles remains in purple.