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Larry Alton Scholarship – NYC CAMPUS



In tribute to our distinguished playwriting/screenwriting teacher, Larry Alton, his family has created a scholarship in his name at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.  The course of study will have an emphasis on playwriting and screenwriting and will also include classes in Method Acting, voice and movement.  

The Larry Alton scholarship awards a non-matriculated (have never attended LSTFI) aspiring student a 12-week full-time program (22 hours per week) at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. The first scholarship will be awarded for the Fall 2020.

Candidates should be passionate about studying Lee Strasberg Method Acting™ and have a desire to study the disciplines of playwriting and/or screenwriting.  To be considered, they must submit the completed application and required supplemental materials. Completed applications, including all supplemental information, must be postmarked by the application due date.

Larry Alton (Screenwriting, Television Series Writing, Playwriting) began his working life as a book editor and ad copywriter. He was a founding co-editor of the Harrison Street Review in Kansas City in the early 1970’s and an early member in the Art Research Center, an art collective. In the mid ‘70’s he moved to Los Angeles where he apprenticed in film production. After six years of learning to write screenplays, he co-developed the first HBO film production, a 1983 adaptation of a novel by Simone de Beauvoir, The Blood of Others, starting Jodie Foster. He also acted in amateur theater and began to write stage works. He taught screenwriting at the University of Missouri and was the editor of the New Letters Book Reviewer, a co-publication between New Letters and The New Times. Alton then moved to New York City in the early ‘90’s where he wrote, edited and conducted private writing workshops. Alton had a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Missouri and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society. In 1998, he was invited to develop the Dramatic Writing workshop at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, where he continued to teach until his death in August 2019. 

Scholarship applications can be sent to [email protected]. Please scan and email ALL required documents.


  • 18 years or older by the start of the Fall semester of the current year
  • US or International student 
  • Be a New York applicant for the Fall 2020, Winter 2021 or Spring 2021 term
  • Have completed high school or the equivalent with a 2.5 GPA (75/100) or higher


Please submit:

  • One completed scholarship application including writing sample of essay, short story or play (maximum 2,000 words) 
  • Copy of your latest academic transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation, no more than six months old from a professional or teacher who can speak about your work
  • One passport-size photo, for identification purposes only
  • Resume/Headshot
  • Copy of valid passport (for non-US Citizens)

Non-native English speakers must submit:

  • TOEFL exam results with a score of 85 or higher (taken within two years of application deadline)


  • April 1st: Opening date for accepting applications
  • June  1st of the current year: Application deadline; all materials must be postmarked by this date
  • June/July: Finalist Interviews for the Fall 2020 start date. Only finalists will be interviewed (in person or via Skype)
  • October 31: Finalist Interviews for the Winter 2021 start date.
  • January 31: Finalist Interviews for the Spring 2021 start date.


  • Any incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • Applications may only be submitted by mail.  No emailed submissions will be considered. 
  • The application deadlines are strict- do not apply earlier or later or the application will not be considered. 
  • If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you will not be considered.
  • Application materials will not be returned.
  • After we receive your completed application, you will receive a confirmation receipt email.
  • Housing and books/materials are not included with the scholarship.  The winning candidate will need to make their own housing arrangements.
  • There is no audition. If you are selected as a finalist, there is an interview that can be completed via Skype or in-person.
  • The scholarship application is the only application you need to complete; you do not need to submit the standard application for admission to the school.