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At a Glance
Scope and Contents
Mostly printed materials including printed ephemera, with tape recordings of interviews, classes and talks.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Michael Howard, 2019.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
History / Biographical Note
Michael Howard (born Robert Horowitz in New York City in 1923) is an actor, director, master teacher, and founder of Michael Howard Studios.
In the fall of 1942, as a scholarship student, Michael Howard studied at The Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner. After World War II, (where he served with the 101st airborne as a paratrooper ) he began to pursue his acting career and joined Equity in 1947. He began studying with Lee Strasberg, and then in 1950, along with many of his generation's most influential performers, he became a member of the Actor's Studio.
Michael recognized that both of these major teachers made a unique and significant contribution, articulating particular truths about acting. He vigorously pursued his artistic growth, and as a natural extension of his pleasure in theatrical form and the ensemble, Michael began to direct as well as act. Then, when Sidney Lumet asked Michael to replace him at the High School of Performing Arts, Michael's teaching career began in earnest. Soon after, a group of his friends who were meeting regularly to practice their craft asked Michael to lead their sessions. That was 1953-the beginning of The Michael Howard Studios. Most important in its development, has been Michael's ability to surround himself with other artists of the highest caliber to complete the faculty.
Michael Howard Studios has changed forms and locations several times since then. And yet Michael's core belief that there cannot be one way to act-that all actors must develop their own method-has not changed. Michael's classes, as well as the Studio at large, encompass many schools of thought: the influence of the great teachers mentioned above as well as techniques developed by great teachers from around the world.