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Workshop med Lola Cohen

Cohen trained with Lee Strasberg during the last five years of his life and has taught acting for 26 years at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York City, Los Angeles, and in private classes. After Lee’s death, Lola continued her training with Kim Stanley and Jose Quintero.

She coached Chris Rock, trained Tony-Award-nominee Kelli O’Hara, and has taught and directed hundreds of actors in scenes and plays during her career in the theater. As a member of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Review, Lola made her film debut in “Renaldo and Clara” in 1975, and in 2009 played Judge Kaplan in Rik Cordero’s “Inside a Change,” which won best film in HBO’s Latino International Film Festival. Lola’s directorial credits include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for the Woodstock Youth Theater; Jean Genet’s “The Maids” at the Strasberg Institute, and Lewis John Carlino’s “Snowangel” while she was the 2009 Artist-in-Residence at SUNY-Ulster.

Lola contributed to and appeared in the American Masters documentary, “There but for Fortune,” about folk singer and political activist, Phil Ochs. Lola was a source for and consulted on Liz Garbus’ Marilyn Monroe Documentary, “Love Marilyn,” and has consulted on and will appear in a Kim Stanley documentary “The Needs of Kim Stanley,” currently in production. Lola is also an adjunct associate professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, where for the last thirteen years she has taught her class “Relaxation, Concentration and Communication Skills for Attorneys”.

Lola has also taught Master Classes at American University and NYC’s Pratt Institute. In 2010,

Lola Cohen compiled and edited The Lee Strasberg Notes, which were published by Routledge Publishing House. The book is based on unpublished transcripts of Strasberg’s own classes on acting, directing and Shakespeare. The Lee Strasberg Notesrecreates his theoretical approach, as well as the practical exercises used by his students, and brilliantly conveys his approach and personality. For the very first time, The Lee Strasberg Notes reproduces the original teachings of a unique voice in actor training. The book is a stunning document on the history and ongoing practice of Strasberg’s Method.

Lola Cohen lives in Woodstock, NY and continues to teach at the Strasberg Institute in NYC.

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