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Stella Adler
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Stella Adler was born in New York City in 1901. She began her life on the stage at the age of five in a production of Broken Hearts that starred her father, Jacob Adler. She later studied at the American Laboratory Theater under Richard Boleslavsky and Maria Ouspenskaya, former members of the famed Moscow Art Theater. In 1934, she met Konstantin Stanislavsky in Paris and studied with him. She was a founding member of the Group Theater and began to give acting classes for the other members of the Group, including Sanford Meisner, Elia Kazan, and Robert Lewis, who went on... Read More

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Stella Adler on America's Master Playwrights
Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, Clifford Odets, William Saroyan, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee
Written by Stella Adler
Edited by Barry Paris


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $16.95

Stella Adler was one of the most influential acting teachers of all time, a legendary force of nature whose generations of students include Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Anthony Quinn, Diana Ross, Robert De Niro, Warren Beatty, Annette Benning, and Mark Ruffalo.

This long-awaited companion to her book on the master European playwrights... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

Stella Adler on Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov

Written by Stella Adler
Edited by Barry Paris


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2011
Price: $13.99

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Stella Adler on Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov

Written by Stella Adler
Edited by Barry Paris


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $18.00

In her long-awaited book, the legendary acting teacher Stella Adler gives us her extraordinary insights into the work of Henrik Ibsen ("The creation of the modern theater took a genius like Ibsen. . .Miller and Odets, Inge and O'Neill, Williams and Shaw, swallowed the whole of him"), August Strindberg ("He understood... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Stella Adler on America's Master Playwrights
Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, Clifford Odets, William Saroyan, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee
Written by Stella Adler
Edited by Barry Paris


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $27.95

“Don’t use your conscious past. Use your creative imagination to create a past that belongs to your character. I don’t want you to be stuck with your own life. It’s too little.”

“You must get beneath the words before you can say them. The text must be in you. It is your... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Stella Adler on America's Master Playwrights
Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, Clifford Odets, William Saroyan, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee
Written by Stella Adler
Edited by Barry Paris


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $15.99

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Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.
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