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Lola Cohen

Lola Cohen trained with Lee Strasberg during the last five years of his life and has taught Method Acting for thirty-six years at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York, Los Angeles and in private classes. Lola is an NYU Tisch School of the Arts/Strasberg Institute Faculty member. After Lee’s passing, Lola continued her training with Method actress/teacher Kim Stanley and the acclaimed director and Eugene O’Neill expert, Jose Quintero. She has trained and directed multitudes of actors in scenes and plays during her career in the theater. As a member of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Review, Lola made her film debut in Renaldo and Clara in 1975. Lola’s directorial theater credits include, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Woodstock Youth Theater; Jean Genet’s, The Maids at the Strasberg Institute and Lewis John Carlino’s, Snowangel while Artist-in-Residence at SUNY-Ulster. Lola is also an Associate Adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School where for the last twenty years she has taught her class “Communication Skills for Attorneys”. Lola’s first book, The Lee Strasberg Notes was published by Routledge in 2010, done in close cooperation with the Institute and the Strasberg family and is in multiple printings. Lola’s second book, The Method Acting Exercises Handbook was published in 2017 and is translated into Russian, Polish and Chinese. Lola has lectured at Pratt Institute, The National Film School of Denmark, The Stanislavski Museum/Moscow and has taught Master Classes at The American University in Washington, D.C. from where she was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.  Lola was designated a Fulbright Specialist Scholar in 2017 and taught at the Russian State Institute for the Performing Arts, (RISPA) in Saint Petersburg. She has conducted additional Master Classes internationally at Beijing Film Academy, CH; Les Ateliers Professionnels De l’Acteur, Paris, FR; Accademia 09, Milan, IT; Act One For All, Lisbon, PO; Rose Bruford College, UK; Tell to Joy Theater, Copenhagen, DK; and the Chekhov International Theater School, Melikhovo, RU where she directed The Seagull and served on the faculty.