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Michael Howard papers, 1940 to 2019

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#2000
Bib ID 14399890 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Howard, Michael, 1923-2019
Title Michael Howard papers, 1940 to 2019
Physical Description 34 Linear Feet (25 Record Storage Cartons; 1 small box; 2 flat boxes )
Language(s) English .
Access

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Material is unprocessed. Please contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Arrangement

Description

Scope and Contents

Mostly printed materials including printed ephemera, with tape recordings of interviews, classes and talks.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Material is unprocessed. Please contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Subject Headings

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Acting -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Performing arts -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Content Description

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.