Our History

In 2021-22, The Actors Center celebrated its 25th Anniversary. The commonwealth of artists who have contributed to advancing the craft of acting with us over the past quarter century is nothing short of extraordinary.

The Actors Center was founded by J. Michael Miller in 1996. Michael was a national leader in actor training who had co-founded NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1966 and led its theatre programs for 30 years. When he retired from NYU and created The Actors Center, his vision was an institution that would enable actors to cultivate a lifelong pursuit of artistic discovery and mastery of craft, supporting them in sharing with audiences in a deep and generous way.

As Michael put it, “I see The Actors Center as an agent for cultural renewal by the artists themselves. Give them the opportunity to do their work, and the rest of us will grow and prosper.”

In addition to the Resident Company that we are most known for today, The Actors Center previously operated one of the preeminent acting studios in New York from 1996 until 2007, as well as a teacher development program, hosting national conferences, artist residencies, summer and conservatory programs, a publication on acting and actor training, and partnering in the launch and development of the esteemed Fox Foundation Actor Fellowships, now overseen by the TCG.

SEE FULL LIST OF 25 YEARS OF ARTISTS AT THE ACTORS CENTER