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Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

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Formation  1928
Region served  United States
Undergraduate tuition and fees  15,800 USD (2015)
Phone  +1 212-688-3770
Type  Drama school
Acceptance rate  64.3% (2014)
Founded  1928
Graduation rate  66.4% (2014)
Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

Headquarters  340 East 54th StreetNew York City
Address  340 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022, USA
Founders  Sanford Meisner, Irene Lewisohn, Alice Lewisohn
Notable alumni  Diane Keaton, Gregory Peck, Eli Wallach, Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton
Similar  American Academy of Dramat, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, New York Conservatory for Drama, American Musical and Dram, Union Theological Seminary

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The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre is a full-time professional conservatory for actors located at 340 East 54th Street in New York City, and is known as the home of the Meisner technique.


Pamela moller kareman executive director the neighborhood playhouse school of the theatre


Neighborhood Playhouse had originally been founded as an off-Broadway theatre by philanthropists Alice Lewisohn and Irene Lewisohn in 1915, but closed in 1927. The following year, it re-opened as the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre with the addition of Rita Wallach Morgenthau. Sanford Meisner joined the faculty in 1935 from the Group Theatre. Meisner used his study of Russian theatre and acting innovator, Konstantin Stanislavski's System to develop his own technique, as an alternative to Lee Strasberg's Method acting.

The Executive Director Emeritus of the Playhouse, Harold G. Baldridge, a graduate of the school himself, had been head of the school for 32 years. Pamela Moller Kareman serves as the current Executive Director, also a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.

The school offers a Two Year Certificate Program, with admission to the second year dependent upon unanimous approval of the faculty. There is also a Six Week Summer Intensive.

The Neighborhood Playhouse also offers Playhouse Juniors, a popular Saturday training program for children in grades 1–12. Children attend a fixed curriculum of singing, acting and dancing classes in a non-competitive environment.

Playwright Horton Foote met actor Robert Duvall at Neighborhood Playhouse when Duvall starred in a 1957 production of Foote's play, The Midnight Caller. Foote recommended Duvall to play the part of Boo Radley in the 1962 film, To Kill a Mockingbird.


Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre Wikipedia