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Robert Ellermann

Robert Ellermann was influenced by Lee Strasberg, Robert Lewis, Kim Stanley, Frank Corsaro and David Garfield. In addition, he studied directing with Jack O’Brien, Adrian Hall, Michael Kahn and Gerald Freedman. Robert worked with the teachers directly certified by Mikhail Chekhov to teach Chekhov’s work: Deidre Hurst du Prey, Felicity Mason and Beatrice Straight. In addition, Robert had the honor of knowing the last surviving original member of the Moscow Art Theatre’s seminal First Studio – Vera Soloviova. Madame Soloviova was one of Stanislavsky’s earliest students (1908) and the peer, acting partner and friend of Richard Boleslavsky. Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Mikhail Chekhov and Maria Ouspenskaya. Robert was able to discuss the work of Stanislavsky, Vakhtangov, Sulerzhitsky and Mikhail Chekhov with Madame Soloviova. Robert has exhaustively researched the work and influence of Stanislavsky in the US and Soviet/Russian theatres over the last 40 years. In the former Soviet Union, the leading Stanislavsky scholar humourously referred to him as “the American Stanislavsky fanatic”. In 1983, he was invited by Robert Lewis to serve as co-director of the Robert Lewis Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles. In 1986, Robert, along with a dozen other theatre artists, formed the Cactus Theatre Company based on the principles of the Group Theatre and the First Studio of the Moscow Art Theatre. In 1988, Cactus was invited to perform at the International Stanislavsky Conference in Paris and in 1990 Robert was invited by the Moscow Art Theatre to observe classes and rehearsals in the leading Russian theatres and schools. Robert has taught private classes in New York, Los Angeles, Tucson and Houston. He is currently at work on a book about the relationship between Lee Strasberg and Konstantin Stanislavsky. With the Cactus Theatre, Robert directed the plays of Clifford Odets, Tennessee Williams, David Rabe and Horton Foote, among others. At the Institute, Robert presented a production of Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” after an intensive six month rehearsal process. Robert teaches Method Acting, Working with the Director, Stanislavsky to Strasberg, The History of the Method Acting in Film, Strasberg and Scene Analysis.

Winter HolidayClosed until January 3

The Lee Strasberg Institute will be closed until January 3, 2022. Have a wonderful Winter Holiday!