No place on earth can boast the acting pedigree of the Actors Studio in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. From its beginning, founded by legendary director Elia Kazan and others, the Actors Studio developed the technique called "method acting." The studio employs teachings of theatre academic Konstantin Stanislavski, who promoted complete assimilation and development within roles. Under the visionary leadership of Lee Strasberg, the Actors Studio served as the training ground for some of film’s greatest actors and actresses, including Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ellen Burstyn, Kevin Spacey and countless others. Some of the greatest characters in cinematic history — Michael Corleone, Travis Bickle, Kaiser Soze — have been developed here. Following the death of Strasberg, Pacino, Keitel and Burstyn took the reins to the Studio, ensuring that its impeccable credentials and rigorous traditions are upheld for generations to come.