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The Stanislavsky Academy (Stanislavsky Academy of Dramatic Arts), founded in 1987, is a non-profit 501 (C)(3) institution that strives to emulate the high standards and principles of teaching arid cultivating the classical arts as envisioned by the Stanislavsky System of Acting.

The main goal of The Academy is, through the nurturing of artistic talent, to build an individual into a complete person with dignity, strong moral and ethical values, good taste, discipline and the utmost professionalism. Whether or not an individual becomes a professional artist, his involvement in the arts will leave a permanent mark on his soul for the rest of his life. It will also benefit the People around him, as well as our society as a whole.

This philosophy and spirit of thinking springs from the mind of Konstantin Stanislavsky, the legendary Russian stage director, who revolutionized the world of theater during the beginning of the 20th century. He created an acting/directing technique based on an actor’s individuality. The idea at the core of the Stanislavsky system is that an actor/artist, being the center of any production, must become a distinguished person before he has the right to influence the hearts and minds of an audience. Every actor and director has heard of and studied this system, which has become the central force determining almost every performance we see on stage or screen, and remains to this day the only comprehensive theory of acting we posses Lee Strasberg, fascinated by Stanislavsky, developed one of the system’s aspects (emotional memory) into what he called “The Method”. Stella Adler went to Europe to study with Stanislavsky personally.

Larisa Eryomina Wain, the Founder and Artistic Director of the Stanislavsky Academy, received her training at the world famous Moscow Art Theater Institute where she studied the Method in its original form with actors and directors who worked with Stanislavsky. As an internationally known actress, Larisa has appeared in numerous critically acclaimed stage, film and television productions both domestically and around the world. After moving to the United States in 1979, Ms. Eryomina earned her Masters of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Southern California and her teaching career began to flourish. Bringing together a unique blend classical. Stanislavsky System training and her contemporary American experience, she has established herself among today’s most respected, knowledgeable and sought after acting instructors. The incentive to open the Academy came from her students at UCLA, where she successfully taught the Method for many years.

Perhaps because of her international reputation or the high esteem she is regarded with by her colleagues, many exceptionally talented and even renowned classical artists who have recently immigrated to the United States, have sought out Ms. Eryomina, seeking her guidance and assistance in helping them find ways to express and share their artistic talents in their newly adopted country.

As a result, The Stanislavsky Academy is able to bring together a very unique group of individual giants of the art world, including musicians, visual artists, stage and film performers and directors, and others who strongly share our belief in the aesthetic upbringing of youth through art. The Academy also strives to support these distinguished artists and their projects by helping them to expose their art through stage productions, concerts, art exhibits, and film, providing guidance and advocacy services to immigrant artists.

After having previously relied primarily on self sufficiency along with sporadic gifts, grants or sponsorships, the current abundance of worthy projects in conjunction with extremely limited resources has created the necessity of requiring the Stanislavsky Academy to commit its energies to aggressively seeking out generous patrons who can contribute to help realize the goals necessary to fulfill our mission.

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Last modified: 11/17/06