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About – LA Campus



Choosing the right acting training program can steer the future of your acting career. The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute is renowned for teaching Method Acting in its purest form. The teachings and legacy of Lee Strasberg’s Method are maintained by his widow, Anna Strasberg (Creative Director and Co-Founder), and his son, David Lee Strasberg (Creative Director and CEO at the Los Angeles campus).

The Los Angeles campus was founded in 1969 as the home for Lee Strasberg’s private class when he came to work with his students in Hollywood. The original location was on Hollywood Boulevard at the historic intersection of Hollywood and Highland a few steps from Mr. Strasberg’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1972, the Institute moved into its current studio space. A former bank, the campus is a two-story building containing 19,456 square feet, and now houses two workshop theatres (30 seat black box and 99 seat main stage), Theatre Lounge and a newly upgraded Soundstage for on-camera classes on its ground floor. The second floor boasts multiple studio spaces (acting and a dance studio) and a screening room. The new building on Santa Monica Boulevard serves as the Hollywood home for Method Acting on the West Coast. The campus is overseen by Lee’s son, David Lee Strasberg. It offers a rigorous education in Method Acting that transitions from stage to screen. The Los Angeles school offers the only degree program offered specifically in Lee Strasberg’s work— a two year Associate degree program. Part time and shorter full time programs are also available, as are invite-only Lab classes for more alumni, advanced students and working actors.

Visit Our Los Angeles Campus in West Hollywood

The Los Angeles campus is centrally located in the city of West Hollywood, the cultural and geographical heart of Los Angeles. Surrounded by film and television studios, independent production companies and casting offices, the Los Angeles campus places students at the center of the entertainment capital of the world. You can find the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute’s LA campus right next to the main intersection of Fairfax Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard or just less than 2 miles away from the Sunset Strip. What better place to learn the craft of acting, than the film and television capital of Los Angeles. Discover things to do in West Hollywood.

Get directions to the LA campus at 7936 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046 or contact the Institute by calling (323) 650-777.

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Acting Opportunities

Training at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Los Angeles provides you with a variety of acting opportunities, both in class, at the Institute, and around Los Angeles. From new student mid-term scene performances to Conservatory culminations, to staged readings, collaborations with productions, to the plethora of student film opportunities from local film schools, the possibilities are extensive and in your control. 

Why The Method™?

When Lee Strasberg defined what is popularly known as Method Acting he used a simple declarative sentence:

“Method Acting is what all actors have always done whenever they acted well.”

The Method trains actors to use their imagination, senses and emotions to conceive of characters with unique and original behavior, creating performances grounded in the human truth of the moment.

As the only school in the world that teaches Lee Strasberg’s work in its consummate form, The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute is the home for all actors seeking to delve into Lee Strasberg Method Acting and its tradition of training some of the world’s most brilliant and truthful actors.

With a variety of program lengths from 2 Weeks to 2 Years, and even a degree program, find the acting program that’s right for you and apply.