1st Edition

The Lee Strasberg Notes

Edited By Lola Cohen Copyright 2010
    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Lee Strasberg Notes reproduces the original teachings of a unique voice in actor training, for the very first time. It is a stunning document in the history and ongoing practice of Strasberg’s Method.

    Compiled and edited by Lola Cohen, the book is based on unpublished transcripts of Strasberg’s own classes on acting, directing and Shakespeare. It recreates his theoretical approach, as well as the practical exercises used by his students, and brilliantly conveys his approach and personality.

    The book features Strasberg’s teachings on:

    • Training and exercises

    • Characters and scenes

    • Directing and the Method

    • Shakespeare and Stanislavski

    • The theater, acting and actors.

    Including a Preface by Anna Strasberg and a Foreword by Martin Sheen, this illuminating book brings the reader closer to Strasberg’s own methods than any other, making it a phenomenal resource for students, actors, and directors.

    1. Preface: about black men: don't believe the hype
    2. chapter 1: plantation patriarchy
    3. chapter 2: gangsta culture: a piece of the action
    4. chapter 3: schooling black men
    5. chapter 4: don't make me hurt you: black male violence
    6. chapter 5: it's a dick thing: beyond sexual acting out
    7. chapter 6: from angry boys to angry me
    8. chapter 7: waiting for daddy to come home
    9. chapter 8: doing the love do
    10. chapter 9: healing the hurt
    11. chapter 10: the coolness of being real


    Lola Cohen has taught acting for over twenty years at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Acting Program. As an actor she made her film debut in Renaldo and Clara in 1975, directed by Bob Dylan. She was SUNY - Ulster Artist in Residence in 2009.

    "For the actor, The Lee Strasberg Notes are an indispensable companion." –Johnny Depp

    "I always think upon Lee Strasberg with warmth, and reviewing his wisdom is a pleasure." –Francis Ford Coppola

    "Reading The Lee Strasberg Notes re-kindled the first rush of excitement I felt about the possibilities of Acting. If you are an Actor—buy it." –Ralph Fiennes