Three New Fellowships for Acting Teachers

As part of our continuing effort to support the highest standards of excellence in actor training, we are thrilled to announce three new fellowships to be awarded to support exceptional individuals in their professional development and continued growth in the craft of teaching acting.

Each of the fellowships provide full scholarship to our two week Teacher Development Program, held June 5-16 in Los Angeles, as well as one year membership in the National Alliance of Acting Teachers.

The professional development fellowships are named after three of the program’s initial faculty—Lloyd Richards, Earle Gister, and Ron Van Lieu—master teachers who have influenced generations of artists and global citizens with their artistic integrity and craftsmanship. We honor their extraordinary contributions to the field.

The application deadline for all three fellowships is April 10, 2017. Complete fellowship eligibility and application guidelines are available at

The Lloyd Richards Teaching Fellowship is awarded annually to one exceptional acting teacher or professional actor to support diversity in actor training. Named after legendary acting teacher, director, producer and nurturer of playwrights, Lloyd Richards, revered among those whom he mentored during his extraordinary career.

The Earle Gister Teaching Fellowship is awarded annually to support the advancement of one exceptional acting teacher at an early stage of their career. A nationally recognized figure in the field, Earle Gister played a seminal role in numerous training programs and national arts institutions. Legions of actors in theatres across the country, in every part of the entertainment field in Los Angeles and New York trace their careers to their time with Earle.

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.