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The New American Studio Ensemble & Acting Studios:

"a dynamic ensemble of highly committed artists." Back Stage

The New American Studio Ensemble are advanced professional working actors who participate in a weekly Studio. The Studios are not limited to the actor’s work in the theatre. We also seek to interpret the actors’ challenge on film and in television. The Studios are inspired by the teachings of Stanislavsky.

Studio Ensemble Benefits:
**** Membership to a community of vibrant, working actors in theatre, TV and film.
**** Collaboration on the production of new and classic plays.
**** Industry scene showcases.
**** Weekly acting studios which focus on scene study and technique.
**** The benefit of a shared dialogue between motivated and experienced actors who strive for fulfilling and long-lasting acting careers.

The New American Theatre is in residence at the Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles. Our Saturday Studio is held at the Odyssey


Studio Ensemble Membership includes participating in a weekly Studio:
Saturday Studio (Scene Study and Technique) with New American Theatre Artistic Director Jack Stehlin
When: (Saturdays 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Location: Odyssey Theatre

About the Studio:
Ensemble members participate in a weekly ongoing scene study and technique Studio. Jack Stehlin's Studio concentrates on the secret of the craft of acting - which is how to free your innate creativity and allow the beauty of who you are already to help make it possible to tell the story of your character. The freedom of acting comes from discipline, playfullness, and the practice of how to develop a relationship with the character in a story that's worth telling.

Steeped in the tradition of Stanislavsky and Jack Stehlin's own New American Actor technique, his studio focuses on acting technique, voice, speech, movement and text throught scene study, monologue work, and the reading of classic and new plays. The Studio focuses on the craft of storytelling for the actor.

Actors who participate in the New American Studio Ensemble Saturday Studio are professional actors who work in theatre, film and television. The Studio is designed to further all aspects of the the art of acting, and members seek to create an atmosphere of collaboration towards the development of a common working language.

The actors in the studio perform scenes from plays, but Stehlin's acting technique can be applied to acting on film, television or on stage.

Actors in the Saturday Studio are also members of the New American Studio Ensemble, and have the opportunity to perform onstage.

Jack Stehlin

If you're a fan of the theatre, perhaps you've seen Jack on the stages in New York, Los Angeles, regionally and abroad. A graduate of the acclaimed Juilliard School, Jack has been entertaining audiences in both modern plays and the classics, comedy and drama - garnering awards and critical acclaim. Jack also serves as founding artistic director of The New American Theatre.

Some theatre credits include: New York/Regional; Salome with Al Pacino; nine productions at NYC's Public Theatre including Richard II, Henry V, Casanova, Henry IV, Part I, Julius Caesar. New American Theatre: More Lies About Jerzy (director, David Trainer), Julius Caesar, Harm's Way (LA /NYC), Midsummer Night's Dream, Titus Redux (Not Man Apart co-production/Kirk Douglas Theatre/RadarLA,). Odyssey/New American Theatre (Circus Theatricals) co-productions: Taming of the Shrew, Misanthrope, Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, Tartuffe, True West, Scapin.

You may know Jack best from his longtime role as DEA Captain Roy Till on Showtime's Weeds, or from one of his many guest-starring roles on countless hit TV series such as NCIS-Los Angeles, Dark Blue, Without a Trace, Monk, NCIS, Love Bites, ER, NYPD Blue, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, JAG and The Practice. Recent films include Wilde Salome, starring/directed by Al Pacino.

Click here to see the list of our past productions

How to Join the Studio Ensemble:
Membership is by audition/interview only. During the audition/interview process, potential members choose the Studio(s) they’re interested in. After the audition / Interview process is completed, the artistic director will recommend the Studio we feel will be best suited for each new member.

More information:
While each member does their Studio work in a main Studio, all members are encouraged to attend both Studios if they desire, for no additional membership fee.

What to Prepare for Your Audition:
Please prepare a 2 minute (or less) monologue. Check our our FAQ page for more details and tips.

For a monthly fee of $175, actors belong to an award-winning theatre company, AND participate in a weekly professional acting studio. If you are interested in joining The New American Studio Ensemble, you are required to audition / interview. Auditions are usually held by appointment on Saturday afternoons as well as other designated times throughout the week. Potential members can audit a Studio for $25. There is a maximum of two auditors per week. Auditors must reserve their seat and pay in advance by emailing

Frequently Asked Questions:

To Audition, email Managing Director Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin or phone 310-701-0788.

Mailing Address:
The New American Theatre
PO BOX 586
Culver City, CA 90232



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