Applying to Strasberg
Completing the application and submitting your supporting materials is the first step for you or your child to attend Young Actors at Strasberg. The application can be downloaded here:
New York Application West Hollywood Apply Online
Please use this form and not the form for our adult student programs. The New York campus only accepts hard copies of the application and supporting materials to be mailed to us at the address listed on to the top of the application. The West Hollywood campus application should be submitted online. (Please note, you must create an account to submit the online application).
The below requirements apply to the New York campus only. West Hollywood requirements are: $75 application fee and photo. After the application is received, the applicant will interview with the Program director via phone, Skype, or in-person.
For our Grade 2 through 6 applicants, we require:
- The application
- One photo: for identification purposes only, passport size preferred but not required.
- One letter of reference that speaks to the student’s character: May be from teachers, coaches, artistic professionals, academic advisors or anyone who knows the applicant from a position of authority or instruction. Can be a personal reference (family members are not preferred). Letters should be typed in English, signed, dated, and contain contact information. Letters cannot be more than six (6) months old. Professional letters should be issued on letterhead. All letters should be submitted in original hard copy.
- $75 non-refundable application fee: payable to The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute by money order or certified check (US bank), credit card, and personal check (US applicants only).
If your child is entering Grade 7 or older, he or she must also submit:
- A second letter of reference: May be from teachers, coaches, artistic professionals, academic advisors or anyone who knows the applicant from a position of authority or instruction. Can be a personal reference (family members are not preferred). Letters should be typed in English, signed, dated, and contain contact information. Letters cannot be more than six (6) months old. Professional letters should be issued on letterhead. All letters should be submitted in original hard copy.
- An essay (no less than 125 words and no more than 250 words typed) describing your goals in the field of acting and why you wish to study at the Institute.
- Verification of previous studies: Recorded by whatever method your primary education institution employs each semester/quarter (i.e. report card, progress reports, mid-term grades, or partial transcripts) from middle school and/or high school studies. All submitted documentation must be in English or accompanied by an official, notarized English translation if issued in another language.
Student entering Grade 7 or above may submit:
- Résumé/CV: Consist of any prior training and/or experience (experience not mandatory) typed. If you do not have any prior training or experience in acting, then please include current and past education and extra-curricular involvement history, regardless of field.
We highly recommend all students submit:
- Health Insurance card photocopy: If you do not have student health insurance, health insurance through your family, government or through your employer, we very strongly advise that you obtain health insurance should you be admitted to The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.
International students applying for our summer programs should:
- Provide documentation describing the source of the sufficient funds you will have available to cover for tuition and living expenses (calculated US $2,000 per month) while you are a student at the Institute. (If the financial statement is in a name other than your own, the person whose name appears on the account must submit an Affidavit of support and bank account information). Original bank letters, bank statements, and affidavits of support must be accompanied by an official English translation and include the USD equivalent of available funds issued by the bank or financial center.
We accept applications on a rolling basis, but completed applications must be submitted two weeks prior to the first day of a semester’s classes to be considered for that semester.
Once we’ve received your completed application, we will schedule an interview with the student via email. The interview is not an audition, but rather an opportunity for the Young Actors staff to talk directly with the student about the program and the student’s interests. Please be punctual or your interview will be rescheduled.
The Admissions committee will decide whether to accept, decline, or wait list the student. If your child is accepted and wants to attend the program, a non-refundable registration fee of $150 is required to hold the spot in the class. If your child is wait listed for a specific semester that means he or she is accepted to the program, but the class level is currently full. If a position opens, the first student on the wait list will receive the spot.
By applying to Young Actors, you are agreeing to all terms and regulations of the program including, but not limited to, the following:
1. Students may not start class on the first day if tuition has not been paid in full.
2. There is no refund for the Young Actors Program registration fee.
3. Tuition cannot be refunded after classes begin.