The Ron Van Lieu Teaching Fellowship is awarded annually to one exceptional professional actor to support their transition from performing to teaching.

Ron Van Lieu’s contribution to the profession and the art form through his innate understanding of human behavior is unparalleled. He has been the inspirational guide for a half century of exceptional theatre artists. He has played an instrumental role in shaping The Actors Center and its Teacher Development Program, sharing his insights, mentorship, and sacred tenets of the craft with future generations of teachers. The recipient of the Ron Van Lieu Teaching Fellowship receives full scholarship to the Teacher Development Program.

The 2017 application deadline has passed.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This fellowship is intended to support professional actors who are transitioning from performing to teaching. Applicants should demonstrate exceptional artistry and craftsmanship, as well as a dedicated interest in teaching. Open to actors at any stage of transition to teaching, including in preparation to teach, through their first 3 years of full-time teaching.

Teachers of all disciplines of actor training, including voice, movement, and technique are eligible to apply. Applicant must be available to attend Teacher Development Program in Los Angeles, June 5-16, 2017.

Application Materials

Teaching Resume

Acting Resume

Written Statement

1-2 pages about your own teaching and approach to the craft, as well as why you wish to attend the Teacher Development Program.

2 Letters of Recommendation

Letters should be submitted directly by recommender to

About Ron Van Lieu

Since 2004 Ron Van Lieu has served as the Lloyd Richards Professor Adjunct of Acting at Yale School of Drama. He served as Chair of the Acting program from 2004 through June 2014.

Ron trained at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. His acting credits include major regional theaters, leading roles off-Broadway, New York Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, and a member of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s acting company. His directing credits include productions at Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, Syracuse Stage, the Greer Garson Theater in Santa Fe, and over 50 productions at the NYU Graduate Acting Program. For 29 years he was a Master Teacher of Acting at the New York University Tisch Graduate Acting Program. For many years he served as Chair of the NYU program where he also founded and headed Studio Tisch, a developmental workshop for graduates of the acting program. In 1993 he was awarded the New York University Distinguished Teaching Medal, the university’s highest award given in recognition of outstanding achievement in classroom teaching.

In addition to his university work, Ron is a founding faculty member of both The Shakespeare Lab at the New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater where he headed the actor training for 10 years, as well as The Actors Center in New York where continues to teach both professional actors as well as teachers of acting. Students who have trained with Ron over the past 35 years have won every major award in the field of theater and acting including the Pulitzer Prize, the Academy Award, Tonys, Drama Desk Awards, Golden Globes, Emmys, Obies, etc. Ron serves on the Advisory Council of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers.

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