Sheana Ochoa, author of Stella! Mother of Modern Acting, at 4 p.m. E.D.T. on June 25, 2015. Follow #LitChat on Twitter, or login directly to our dedicated channel at Ochoa

Stella! Mother of Modern Acting, by Sheana Ochoa, is the first biography of actor and acting coach Stella Adler, chronicling her journey from the Yiddish Theatre on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to starring on Broadway and in Hollywood to revolutionizing modern day acting. From her Depression-era plays with the Group Theatre to her covert freedom fighting work leading to the rescue of hundreds of Jewish refugees during the 40s, Stella used her talent and notoriety as tools for change.

Stella’s life story is as much an account of the sociopolitical milieu of the 20th century as it is of the evolution of contemporary acting. Always “on stage,” Stella’s magnetism also served as the costume she donned in order to reconcile a deep sense of not belonging in the world.

Stella!Art was forever her savior. Through her emphasis on the actor, not merely as an interpreter, but as an artist whoimagines and creates, her teachings continue to capture audiences on stages and screens around the world.

Who was Stella? How was she so instrumental in igniting the talent of such actors as Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Shelley Winters, Benicio Del Toro? What made her devote her life to the craft of acting?

Sheana Ochoa received a Masters in Professional Writing at the University of Southern California. She has published widely in such outlets as Salon, and the Los Angeles Review of Book’s affiliate, The Levantine Review.

Ochoa inaugurated the One-Act Play festival at the Stella Adler Academy where she directed her one-act play, The Masterpiece. In 2012, she became a founding member of  Freedom Theater West, co-producing their premier production. 

Sheana is the author of  Stella! Mother of Modern Acting, the first biography on legendary actor and acting teacher Stella Adler. She is presently mounting “Harold and Stella: Love Letters.”

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