How To Apply

The Strasberg experience may begin at any time. The Institute provides the freedom and flexibility for students to enroll in classes starting in any of four sessions year round.

Applying to The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute

Completing the application is the first step for enrollment into The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in West Hollywood. The application process is completed online. If you need to submit a paper application for any reason, please contact to obtain a copy of the application form.

All applicants must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent and be 18 years of age or older. Applicants still in high school can apply to our Young Actors program.

*Applicants must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent. Students who have not received their high school diploma or equivalent may still be accepted into the Institute, but will be considered special students and are not candidates for a certificate. Special students who subsequently complete high school or pass the G.E.D. or nationally recognized equivalent, may move into a certificate program. (Note: No credit obtained as a special student will count toward certificate completion.)

To enroll in a 6-Day Method Acting Intensive Workshop, no interview is required. The application may also be completed online.

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1. Completed application form

Apply Online Here

The online application is available for the following West Hollywood programs: 12-Week (Part-Time or Full-Time), One-Year Conservatory, Two-Year Conservatory and 2-Week Intensive Workshops. All required documents listed below will be uploaded into the online admissions portal.

2. A $75 non-refundable Application Fee

Applicants must submit a $75 non-refundable application fee with their online application payable by credit or debit card.

3. One Identification Photo

This photo is used for identification purposes only (passport size preferred).


4. Verification of Previous Studies

All applicants must have completed a minimum of a high school diploma or its equivalent. Copies of high school diploma, G.E.D, university transcripts or degree are acceptable. All documents must be in English or accompanied by an official English translation.

Applicants using Veteran benefits must submit copies of all transcripts from all prior training for evaluation.


5. Proof of Health Insurance (recommended)

The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute also recommends applicants submit a photocopy of his or her Health Insurance card/document. If you do not have student health insurance, health insurance through your family, government or through your employer, we very strongly advise that you obtain health insurance should you be admitted to The Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

Additional Requirements for Non U.S Citizens

1. Proof of Sufficient Funds

Non-U.S. Citizens MUST provide documentation describing the source of the sufficient funds you will have available to cover for tuition and living expenses (calculated US $2,000 per month) while you are a student at the Institute. (If the financial statement is in a name other than your own, the person whose name appears on the account must submit an affidavit of support and bank account information). Original bank letters, bank statements, and affidavits of support must be accompanied by an official English translation and include the USD equivalent of available funds issued by the bank or financial center.

Download The Instructions for AffidavitDownload The Affidavit Form


Students applying from countries where English is not the primary language must submit their scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute requires a minimum score of 85 (Internet-based) for international admissions consideration. All scores must have been issued within the past two years. [TOEFL School Code: New York campus: 3753 | West Hollywood campus: 3615]

Additional Requirements for Applicants Using Veteran’s Benefits

1. Transcripts from ALL previous study

Applicants using Veteran’s Benefits (Ch. 33 Post 9-11 Benefits or other VA Benefits) must submit transcripts from ALL previous study for review. Please complete the attached form listing all previous study to ensure the Institute receives all transcripts.

Download The Prior Training List

2. Certificate of Eligibility

Please include a copy of your COE (award letter) and DD-214

The Admissions Interview

Once the application has been submitted, Admissions will schedule an interview via phone, Skype or in-person prior to making an admission decision. The interview is not an audition, but an opportunity for the Admissions staff to speak directly with the applicant. All applicants regardless of experience will be considered; however please be advised that applying to the Institute does not guarantee admission.

The Admissions Decision

The Admissions committee will decide whether to accept or decline the applicant. The applicant will be informed of such decision via email or postal mail. If you have been declined admission, you may re-apply for admissions consideration after one year from the date of your initial admissions request.


Accepted students will be emailed their Acceptance letter, acceptable methods to remit tuition and fees payment, as well as important instructions and guidelines for the next steps to take for enrollment and registration.

Obtaining Visas (Non U.S Citizens only)

Once a non-U.S students is accepted, and his tuition is paid in full, he or she must obtain a SEVIS form I-20 issued by the Strasberg Institute and appropriate student visa if they are not U.S. Citizens or Green Card holders. Certain other non-immigrant visas also permit study (Example: O-1, H-1, E-1). If you are unsure, contact the International Student Advisor at


In order to be issued the the SEVIS Form I-20 by The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, you must have been accepted into the Institute and commit to and pay for a minimum of 12-Weeks Full-Time.


Our staff will provide admitted students the steps needed to apply for the M-1 Vocational student visa.


Note: M-1 Visa students may not work while studying in the United States. Any violation of this regulation will result in automatic dismissal from the Institute and termination of your student status.


Have you paid your tuition and fees? Learn how to receive your Form I-20 HERE.