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The Neighborhood Playhouse is an actor training school in New York City, generally associated with the Meisner technique of Sanford Meisner. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Nickname: Big Apple; City that never Sleeps; Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Manhattan Queens Brooklyn Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... The Meisner Technique has influenced some of the most popular stage and screen actors of our time. ... Sanford Meisner (born August 31, 1905 in New York City, died February 2, 1997 in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California) was an actor and a teacher of acting. ...


Neighborhood Playhouse had originally been founded as an off-Broadway theatre by philanthropists Alice and Irene Lewisohn in 1915, but closed in 1927. The following year, it re-opened as the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre with the addition of Rita Wallach Morgenthau. Meisner would join the faculty in 1935 from the Group Theatre. He used his study of Russian theatre and acting innovator, Konstantin Stanislavski's System to develop his own technique, as an alternative to Lee Strasberg's Method acting. Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... Irene Lewisohn (1892 - 1944) was an American philanthropist. ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Group Theatre was a left-wing theater collective, formed in New York in 1931 by Harold Clurman, Cheryl Crawford and Lee Strasberg. ... A portrait of Konstantin Stanislavski by Valentin Serov. ... The Stanislavski System is an approach to acting developed by Konstantin Stanislavski, a Russian actor, director, and theatre administrator at the Moscow Art Theatre (founded 1897). ... January 20, 1978: Lee Strasberg talks about his craft during a two-week seminar in Germany. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The Executive Director of the Playhouse, Harold G. Baldridge, a graduate of the school himself, has been head of the school for 25 years.


The school offers a two-year certificate program, with admission to the second year dependent upon unanimous approval of the faculty. Additionally, shorter workshops for professional and youth actors are also available.


Famous alumni

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Neighborhood Playhouse (243 words)
There are many opportunities to support Neighborhood Playhouse and enhance our ability to continue bringing quality drama to the community.
Neighborhood Playhouse is a 501(c)3 organization, which means your donation may be tax-deductible.
Neighborhood Playhouse also offers attractive advertising oppor-tunities in our playbills.
JWA - Anna Sokolow - Madly in Love with Dancing (311 words)
Recognizing her promise, they sent her to continue her training at the Neighborhood Playhouse, one of the first important "Off-Broadway" theaters, then housed at the Henry Street Settlement House.
At the Neighborhood Playhouse, Sokolow studied with such important early modern dance figures as Blanche Talmud and Bird Larson; she also took classes in pantomime, diction, and voice.
When the Playhouse left the Henry Street Settlement House in 1928 and opened a fully professional School of the Theatre, Sokolow was given a full scholarship and invited to join the school's Junior Festival Players.
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