Lola Cohen awarded a U.S. Fulbright Specialist designation!

We are pleased to announce that Lola Cohen, the author of The Method Acting Exercises Handbook and The Lee Strasberg Notes, has been awarded a U.S. Fulbright Specialist designation and has been selected to teach a Method Acting Master Class at The Russian State Institute of Performing Arts (RSIPA) in St. Petersburg!

The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute is thrilled to announce that senior acting teacher Lola Cohen has been awarded a U.S. Fulbright Specialist designation and has been selected to teach a Method Acting Master Class at The Russian State Institute of Performing Arts (RSIPA) in St. Petersburg, August, 2017. Established in 1779, RSIPA is the oldest state theater academic institution in Russia.

Lola studied with Lee Strasberg for the last five years of his life and has taught Method Acting at LSTFI for 31 years and internationally. She is the Editor of The Lee Strasberg Notes (Routledge, 2010) and authored The Method Acting Exercises Handbook (Routledge 2017).

Lee Strasberg is highly regarded in Russia having been a keynote speaker at the Stanislavski Centennial Celebration in Moscow,1963. The purpose of the Master Class is to bring ‘Strasberg back to Russia’ and create a cross / cultural theatrical bond between US and Russian actors revealing how Stanislavski’s “System” has further evolved through Lee Strasberg’s work.

Congratulations to Lola for this wonderful achievement!

Read more on The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute site about Lola Cohen's outstanding achievement.

Lola Cohen began her life in the Theater by studying acting with Lee Strasberg during the last 5 years of his life (1977 to 1982) at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles. After Lee’s death, Lola continued her training with the enigmatic Kim Stanley, who developed her own brand of training including her invaluable Need Exercise. Lola, then trained with Jose Quintero and was introduced to Sanford Meisner’s work by David Proval. At that time, Lola began and still continues her acting teaching career – in which she has taught thousands of actors and directors from all over the world at the Strasberg Institute in NY and LA, in Master and private classes, lectures and presentations.

Since 1996, Lola teaches in the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Drama at the Strasberg Institute. Lola is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School since 1999 continuing to teach the “Relaxation, Concentration and Communication Skills for Attorneys” Class she created.

Lola’s Master Classes include: The American University, Washington, D.C.; Academia 09, Milan, Italy; TELLTOJOYTHEATER at the Chekhov International Theater School, Melikhovo, Russia and in Copenhagen, Denmark. Lola has lectured or given classes at The Russian Center for Science and Culture in Copenhagen, The National Film School of Denmark & The Danish Film Institute, the Holberg Film / Theatre School in Copenhagen and The Theatre High School Rødkilde in Mon, Denmark, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY – for Planning and Architecture Students – and for professional Architects at MASS Design Group, Boston, MA.

As a member of Bob Dylan’s,Rolling Thunder Review, Lola made her film debut inRenaldo and Clarain 1975 and in 2009 played Judge Kaplan in Rik Cordero’s,Inside a Change,which won best film at HBO’s Latino International Film Festival in 2010. Lola contributed to and appeared in the American Masters documentary,There but for Fortune,about folk singer and political activist, Phil Ochs, was a source for and consulted on Liz Garbus’, Marilyn Monroe Documentary, Love Marilynand consulted on and will appear in a Kim Stanley documentary,The Needs of Kim Stanleycurrently in production. See the following links:

Lola’s directorial credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dreamfor the Woodstock Youth Theater; Jean Genet’s, The Maids at the Strasberg Institute; Lewis John Carlino’sSnowangelwhile 2009 Artist-in-Residence at SUNY-Ulster and at the Strasberg Institute; and, Anton Chekhov’sThe Seagull(a Work in Progress), Melikhovo, Russia. 

Read more about Lola here

Lola’s book,The Lee Strasberg Notes, done in close cooperation with the Institute and the Strasberg family, was published by Routledge in 2011 and is in reprints.

Books by Lola Cohen

  • The Method Acting Exercises Handbook

    1st Edition

    By Lola Cohen

    The Method Acting Exercises Handbook is a concise and practical guide to the acting exercises originally devised by Lee Strasberg, one of the Method's foremost practitioners. The Method trains the imagination, concentration, senses and emotions to ‘re-create’ – not ‘imitate’ – logical, believable…

    Paperback – 2016-12-15

  • The Lee Strasberg Notes

    1st Edition

    Edited by Lola Cohen

    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’…

    Paperback – 2010-01-20