Which Adler Nyu Teacher Are You?

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Which Adler Nyu Teacher Are You?

So you studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, eh? Betcha wanna know which of the NYU teachers you are, don't you? Well, EVERYONE who worked there from 2015 to 2019 is on here, so you've come to the right place. Take the quiz. It is the work.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A student comes to you for advice. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Tough love, baby.

    • B. 

      I give them great advice, because I'm the best at giving advice. That's why they came to me in the first place.

    • C. 

      Sit quietly and listen, then offer my wisdom once they've gotten it all out.

    • D. 

      I'll definitely help them through whatever they need, but I'm not terribly comfortable. Wouldn't they rather go elsewhere for this?

  • 2. 
    Somebody just did a scene in class and it was way better than you expected it to be. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Gush about how proud I am of them. They deserve it!

    • B. 

      Play with the scene until class is over.

    • C. 

      Trash it anyway. Don't want 'em getting complacent.

    • D. 

      Offer them my sincere congratulations, but tell them how surprised I am that they actually did well.

  • 3. 
    Uh-oh, somebody in your voice and speech class did a crappy job for the second week in a row. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Ask them about their childhood.

    • B. 

      If they still seem passionate about the work, then I'll help them find a new practice plan! Otherwise, I'll just move on to somebody who's actually focused.

    • C. 

      Berate them. Nothing else is working, but I don't want to give up on them.

    • D. 

      Tell them flat-out that I'm disappointed in them.

  • 4. 
    How do you start your class?
    • A. 

      Let's play a game!

    • B. 

      Either talking about poetry for fifteen minutes or an intense workout.

    • C. 

      Gently. Suddenly, everyone is happily doing the work, with no clue how they got there.

    • D. 

      General disdain without a definite target.

  • 5. 
    Somebody is having trouble figuring out your directions. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Tease them until they figure it out.

    • B. 

      Talk about trees and hope they catch on.

    • C. 

      Give them a really weird exercise that I learned in the mountains of Switzerland.

    • D. 

      No clue! Maybe have them try it again, but faster? I'm kinda winging it at this point.

  • 6. 
    Somebody asks for your advice on how to navigate the business side of things. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Set up a meeting with them and then tell them everything that I know.

    • B. 

      Simultaneously answer their questions and promote my own brand to them. We're all doing what we gotta do.

    • C. 

      I wasn't expecting anyone to reach out to me about anything, but I'm honored and I'll do my best to help.

    • D. 

      Tell them to sleep their way to the top, 'cause that's showbiz, baby.

  • 7. 
    You're a mythical beast. A guardian of the craft. Do you agree?
    • A. 

      Oh, of course not. Keep telling people that, though.

    • B. 

      Yes. The work works.

  • 8. 
    A student's scene is going up, but they're not even off book.
    • A. 

      Let them suffer.

    • B. 

      Stop the scene, shame 'em, and make 'em take a seat.

  • 9. 
    A student burst into tears right after going up in your class.
    • A. 

      Then we will cry together.

    • B. 

      I'm gonna get down on their level and we'll get through this as a family.

  • 10. 
    Someone just put up truly awful work in your class.
    • A. 

      Do I like them? I'm gonna tear 'em to pieces if I don't.

    • B. 

      Oh, let's GO.

  • 11. 
    It's time to cast scenes. How do you decide who plays who?
    • A. 

      I read their energy. 

    • B. 

      I look at them and I KNOW.

  • 12. 
    You run a theatre company! How do you talk about it with students?
    • A. 

      I pretty much just don't.

    • B. 

      Their parents are rich, maybe they'll donate.

  • 13. 
    Your class is messing up the easy game you gave them. How do you handle it?
    • A. 

      Oh, I'm absolutely gonna make fun of them for it.

    • B. 

      I'll help them out, but I'm hurt that they're not really trying...

  • 14. 
    You learn from a colleague that your students don't like the way that you run your class. What do you change?
    • A. 

      I change nothing. I don't care whether they like it or not.

    • B. 

      Double down on everything I'm doing! They just don't understand how important it is.

  • 15. 
    A student is slacking off in your class. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Call them out in front of everyone.

    • B. 

      Pull them aside after class.

  • 16. 
    Your students all chipped in to give you a gift! How do you respond?
    • A. 

      I nod in quiet appreciation and offer a smile, then I tell all the other teachers how much it really warmed my heart.

    • B. 

      Oh! That's so sweet! I'd love for one of them to take a picture of all of us with it!

  • 17. 
    All of them are absolute legends, but who's your personal favorite voice and speech teacher?
    • A. 

      Christa!

    • B. 

      Jonathan!

    • C. 

      Joby!

    • D. 

      Alithea!

  • 18. 
    Which of the miscellaneous Adler classes was your favorite?
    • A. 

      Angela's verse and text! Invaluable!

    • B. 

      J. Steven White's stage combat, forever and always.

    • C. 

      Noel's improv, you fucking idiot!

    • D. 

      John Gould Rubin's self-producing class. I'm gonna need it.

  • 19. 
    Which technique teacher would you kill to have again?
    • A. 

      Antonio. I didn't appreciate it until it was gone.

    • B. 

      Betsy, obviously. The queen.

    • C. 

      Ron Burrus. I could take that class a million times and never get it all.

    • D. 

      Mike!! Always Mike!!

  • 20. 
    You're putting up another scene! Whose class are you taking it to?
    • A. 

      Paul's. Wreck me.

    • B. 

      Alice's! The perfect environment to dig into the scene.

    • C. 

      David's! It's a safe space to do really challenging stuff.

    • D. 

      Jimmy's. I will do anything for that genius.

  • 21. 
    It's time to MOVE. Where you going?!
    • A. 

      Joanne's freshman class. I'm counting on it being an ideo day.

    • B. 

      Bill's class! Let's play!

    • C. 

      Elena. We love the mask here.

    • D. 

      Joan's class! Fix my broken body.

  • 22. 
    What would you definitely say to a student? Check all that apply.
    • A. 

      "You should be ashamed. I didn't like this at all. This was embarrassing."

    • B. 

      "Right... Right... Okay, let's play!"

    • C. 

      "I'm... Confused."

    • D. 

      "Great, so that's exactly what you shouldn't do! But now you know for next time!"

    • E. 

      "Trust yourself, trust the work. You know what to do."

    • F. 

      "See, you have to play him like he has a big dick."

    • G. 

      "Her? No, that was God-awful. Don't tell her I said that, obviously."

    • H. 

      "Okay! Yes! That's so fun! Let's try it again!"

    • I. 

      "Do you even want this?"

    • J. 

      "Yes... Yes. The work... is good. Yes."

    • K. 

      "You fucking kids, you're not even fucking trying."

    • L. 

      "Alright, motherfuckers, let's go again."

    • M. 

      "You must believe it before you can be it. Ready? Begin."

    • N. 

      "That wasn't working for me. Last place for you. Now, can anyone tell him what he did wrong?"

    • O. 

      "What? Oh, uh- yes. Sure. Good. Yes."

    • P. 

      "Hello, everyone. I hope you're really enjoying your Friday. Let's get into the work."

    • Q. 

      "That's okay. Crying is fine. Let's work through it together. I'm here for you. Tell me everything you need."

    • R. 

      "Mmm."

    • S. 

      "Hi, everybody! We have a special guest today, so don't fuck up. It'll be great, he's a great guy."

    • T. 

      "You just gotta go out there and make it happen! You have rich friends, ask them for money!!"

    • U. 

      "Oh, hello! I love seeing your smiling faces. What a good group."

    • V. 

      "Okay so just go NUTS okay just go absolutely NUTS and it'll be GREAT let's GO"

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