Toshi Shioya, a renowned Japanese filmmaker and actor, oversees The Actors Clinic, and will work on two international productions, Hikobae and Is It Already Dusk?
Hikobae is the school's first project and tells the story of the medical staff that risked their lives in Soma City, Fukushima, after the earthquake in Japan March 11.
Is It Already Dusk? was conceived by Stella Adler Studio of Acting master movement instructor Joan Evans. The production is based on the life of Takashi Tanemori, who was eight-years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Tanemori lived on the streets of post-war Japan before immigrating to the U.S. at age 18. He spent much of his life seeking revenge against America until a spiritual awakening allowed him to convert his revenge into forgiveness.
Shioya also plans to stream live, interactive classes over the internet with Japanese students and master acting technique teacher Ron Burrus, who works at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting New York City.
This partnership brings the Stella Adler Studio of Acting to a fourth country. Stella Adler Studio also has partnerships in India, the Philippines and Mexico. The New York studio has trained legendary artists such as Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Benicio del Toro, Warren Beatty and Salma Hayek, among many others. This past year Stella Adler Studio of Acting celebrated its 65th anniversary, and its flagship school in New York City trains more than 500 actors every year. For more information on the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, visit www.stellaadler.com.