The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute is world-famous as the place to learn Method Acting. Some of the greatest actors on film studied there such as Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Julie Harris, Paul Newman and Al Pacino.
At the institute, Lee Strasberg was a respected and beloved teacher whom the actors nicknamed Yoda for his wisdom, humor, and stature.
It’s easy to see the comparisons between Yoda and Strasberg when he would tell his students: “Don’t plan. Be.”
So when reading her best-selling memoir Official Book Club Selection, we were excited to learn that comedian and actress Kathy Griffin mentioned the affectionate Jedi Master nickname in her book.
Strasberg would come to the Institute, too. We called him Yoda (his looks had a little something to do with it.)