Stella Adler Quotes

Stella Adler (February 10, 1901 – December 21, 1992) was an American actress and acting teacher. She founded the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City and Los Angeles with longtime protégée, actress Joanne Linville, who continues to teach Adler's technique. Her grandson Tom Oppenheim now runs the school in New York City, which has produced alumni such as Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Elaine Stritch, Kate Mulgrew, Kipp Hamilton, and Jenny Lumet.

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Stella Adler


Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.

Stella Adler


You cannot afford to confine your studies to the classroom. The universe and all of history is your classroom.

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The ideas of the great playwrights are almost always larger than the experiences of even the best actors.

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The best author is a dead author, because he's out of your way and you own the play. Take what he has given you and use it for what you need.

Stella Adler


When you stand on the stage you must have a sense that you are addressing the whole world, and that what you say is so important the whole world must listen.

Stella Adler


It's not enough to have talent. You have to have a talent for your talent.

Stella Adler


The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind.

Stella Adler


I would live in a communist country providing I was the Queen.

Stella Adler


Growth as an actor and as a human being are synonymous.

Stella Adler


The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.

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You have to get beyond your own precious inner experiences.

Stella Adler


Tell yourself that the world is outside, that it's not to be hidden from you, that you are going to thrust yourself forward and be relaxed in the world. You have chosen a field where you're going to be hurt to the blood. But to retreat from the pain is death

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Acting requires a creative and compassionate attitude. It must aim to lift life up to a higher level of meaning and not tear it down or demean it. The actor's search is a generous quest for that larger meaning. That's why acting is never to be done passively.

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The actor cannot afford to look only to his own life for all his material nor pull strictly from his own experience to find his acting choices and feelings.

Stella Adler


“A junkie is someone who uses their body to tell society that something is wrong.”

Stella Adler