At the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute this summer, I helped teach 11 kids the basics of Lee Strasberg’s method acting and general theatre skills. I was with the children all day and was a Teacher’s Assistant to the teachers who gave up their summer to teach at the Institute, despite being free of the usual NYU and Conservatory program students that they teach year-round.
This year is the last year possible for me to go to Strasberg, where I’ve been going for 11 years now. I’ve watched many a student rehearse for college auditions, read scenes better than I’d ever seen, and generally been inspired by so many of those people who were older than me and are now off doing great things for the American theatre. It was not only adorable, but incredibly nostalgic and also quite amazing to see these kids exactly where I started off at LSTFI: I was only 7 years old and taking the exact same classes they were taking in the same two week extension. Although many people don’t agree with Lee Strasberg’s methods and I wouldn’t dare to argue that they are far superior to any others, the one thing I know for sure is that the people teaching at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute have the power to inspire and keep that inspiration flowing inside of a person. Before I go off to college myself, I’m so grateful that I got the opportunity to be one of those people this year.