Stella Adler-Los Angeles Outreach Program
In 1995, the residential streets of Hollywood offered far less glitz and glamour
than what most people expect from the town of perpetual red-carpet events. Amidst
ominous sidewalks and steel-barred business fronts, unengaged neighborhood kids
lived, but rarely played. Barren neighborhood parks were full of everything but
the presence and laughter of children.
Concerned with this enduring lack of safe and enriching activities for
youth within the neighborhood, the Stella Adler Academy staff launched
its most meaningful initiative. Armed only with milk, cookies, and children’s
plays, staff opened the theatre doors and welcomed local residents inside
for free afternoon shows. This was the birth of our community outreach
Sixteen years later, a revitalized Hollywood corridor thrives due to strategic
planning, increased safety, and the community’s collective will.
Today, large and small businesses, waves of tourists and colorful cultural
attractions provide the new pulse and standard for this section of Los
Angeles. Yet, with this revitalization and renewed energy, the residents’ need
for social engagement and genuine human connection still persists. Meeting
those needs often require resources; resources that are often scarce for
the multiple Title I schools and working families in our area. The impact
of government budget cuts to education and public agencies is woefully
evident, as schools and libraries eliminate arts teachers and reduce free
and affordable family programming.
To do our part to fill this void, the Stella Adler Academy – Los
Angeles Community Outreach Program exists to share our artistic, facility,
and service resources with the people and non-profit organizations of this
city. We strive to be a community partner through our plays, drama workshops,
artist residencies, and professional development programs for teachers.
Through gracious grants from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community
Foundation, Target Stores, Pepsi Co., and with the support of individual
donors, the Stella Adler Academy – Los Angeles continues its commitment
to our community’s youth, families, and senior adults.
In a city with over 9 million inhabitants, reality influences our goals, but does not shackle our service.
So, what are we doing?
Providing Arts Access for Students and Adults
Equal access is at the core of our mission. We provide free tickets to students
who might not otherwise be able to attend live performances. Additionally,
we provide direct neighborhood arts programming to under-served populations.
Our faculty and trained students take workshops and residencies directly
to apartment recreation rooms, libraries, and other convenient public meeting
- 1,400 free student tickets distributed in 2010
- Since 1995, our programs
have reached over 20,000 students from dozens of Los Angeles-area schools
and non-profit organizations
- 4 current neighborhood programs running
in Los Angeles that target senior adults, at-risk youth, economically-challenged
neighborhoods, and Title I schools
Current workshops and residencies include:
Those free afternoon performances back in 1995 have expanded to 2 fully-staged
annual productions that serve 1,400 area-elementary students from Los Angeles
Unified School District and private schools. Still free, students and teachers
travel by foot or bus to fill our seats with young first-time theatre-goers.
Past productions include: Big Friendly Giant, Hans Christian Andersen’s
Nightingale, and Wiley
and the Hairy Man.
In 2006, our outreach team began using the arts as a tool to communicate
through socio-cultural barriers and to make experiential connections in
academic or community settings. Each week, our after-school programs, residencies
and workshops engage nearly 100 youth and senior adults.
Improvisation and Theatre Games
Mask-making & Commedia dell’arte
Theatre for Social Change
Poetry & Spoken Word
Past and Current Residency & Workshop Partners:
Aviva Family and Children's Services
Hollywood Community Housing Corporation
Housing Corporation of America
Selma Avenue Elementary School
Young Storytellers Foundation
Why do we do it?
It's Simple. Social ACTivism.
A spirit of social responsibility fuels the community outreach program.
Our late foundress, Stella Adler, believed that a man or woman could only
grow as an artist as he or she grew as a human being. The artist’s
place is among humanity. And, our training encourages the student to explore
both self and society.
Which leads us to HOW we do it…
Through Social ACTivism, our adult acting students earn tuition credit
by participating in outreach activities and children’s shows. Students
are then able to afford great theatre training in our school while simultaneously
practicing artistic social responsibility. And, this responsibility is
taken seriously by everyone on our team. Social ACTivism students train
with faculty and commit to regular service hours before earning a single
tuition credit. Periodic reviews are conducted to maintain the integrity
of our relationships with external partners.
How can you help?
Our number of partnerships and active programs grows each school year.
This growth would be impossible without grant support and individual donors.
Join our team! Make a donation today. Recommend a non-profit organization
or school with an underserved population. Connect your business with our
school to make in-kind donations or services.
Contact Rochelle Rossman for more information.
Call (323) 465-4466
or, email email@example.com
Visit our Sponsor page
more ways to help.
Where does your tax-exempt donation go?
A 2011 donation of $25 will purchase 2 cans of paint for a theatre production
A 2011 donation of $50 will cover pen & paper supplies for an 8-week
creative writing residency
A 2011 donation of $100 will provide 15 at-risk
youth with 2 theatre mask-making sessions
A 2011 donation of $1,000 will
completely cover royalties for the Fall children’s
and rest assured a 2011 donation of $1,001 or more will go to good use,