Stonestreet Studios

Stonestreet Studios is the home of the Stonestreet Film and Acting Conservatory. Stonestreet Studios is also a filmed entertainment production company.

Mission: Teach the art and craft of screen acting, empower the actor to create work, and integrate the actor into the industry. Stonestreet is a conservatory where CHARACTER is KING. The Stonestreet technical approach is for actors to create character. Training that does not empahasize character misses the whole point of why audiences relish what actors do. And it is character that is not only important for the stage, but especially important for the screen. The primary driving philosophy of the Stonestreet Acting Conservatory is that the craft of screen acting is different, indeed, significantly different, than stage acting. Screen acting is a different artform than theater, and the screen deserves equivalent respect to theater as a venue for the actor to develop a special craft, a craft that is both extremely difficult, challenging, not to mention magical and mysterious. We believe that film acting is an artform, a craft, all onto itself, not some minor adjustment to stagecraft! Are we an "on camera" acting conservatory? NO! We are a film acting conservatory with cameras. Why "screen"? There is "stage acting" and there is "screen acting." And there are many types of screens, from 100 foot arena screens to iPods and YouTube screens. What are the adjustments from stage, and what are the differences between the variety of screens? We do not simply provide students with professional casting directors who "teach" "on-camera" acting. We believe such an approach is a disservice to students as well as derogatory to the special craft of film acting. Screen acting is not just some minor adjunct to stage acting that is conferred upon or taught to students by casting directors and agents. Screen acting is surprisingly difficult, fresh, new and different...more different than pundits of theater training are generally willing to admit. At Stonestreet, we recognize that film acting is a craft. Read on for further clarification. In addition, unlike other "on-camera" conservatories, we are not dominated by just ONE technique. We at Stonestreet make it a fundamental requirement of our faculty for them to be trained, understand and respect the great variety of technical training that exists. And if a student's training is weak, we introduce him or her to the new and various techniques. If his or her training is very strong and limited to one technique, we open their eyes to others, and assist in adapting their technique to the demands of film.

Attention 2019 Stonestreeters, please join us this afternoon for the End of the Year Celebration! 🥳
05/10/2019

Attention 2019 Stonestreeters, please join us this afternoon for the End of the Year Celebration! 🥳

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05/10/2019

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Stonestreet actor and alum Megan Tomei stars in this great new web series called Mosaic.  Check out the link below and B...
05/09/2019
Mosaic Home

Stonestreet actor and alum Megan Tomei stars in this great new web series called Mosaic. Check out the link below and BINGE watch... because you will want to. Congrats to Megan.

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05/08/2019

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Support Stonestreet alumn Jessica Sharples in the making of this short film.  Click the link - the description will make...
05/08/2019
JEN, 28: Consent isn't always black and white.

Support Stonestreet alumn Jessica Sharples in the making of this short film. Click the link - the description will make you want to support the project. Bravo to Jessica for producing this film.

A survivor comes to understand her perpetrator's viewpoint; as the perpetrator understands her's. | Check out 'JEN, 28: Consent isn't always black and white.' on Indiegogo.

05/07/2019
Man Down

Stonestreet actors Carolina de'Castiglioni and Cartier Lee deliver comedic timing and full characters, and notwithstanding the extreme circumstances, they take each moment seriously - the hallmark of great comedy. The film was written by Carolina. Got to love them. Cinematography, edtiing and special effects by Athena Boutari. Bravo to all.

05/07/2019

Stonestreet actors Carolina de'Castiglioni and Cartier Lee deliver comedic timing and full characters, and notwithstanding the extreme circumstances, they take each moentn seriously. The film was written by Carolina. Got to love them. Cinematography, edtiing and special effects by Athena Boutari. Bravo to all.

05/07/2019
Fat Pig

Stonestreet actor Cartier Leee delivers a lively performance in this monologue. Cinematography by Pati Amoroso. Edited by Athena Boutari.

05/07/2019

Stonestreet actor Cartier Leee delivers a lively performance in this monologue. Cinematography by Pati Amoroso. Edited by Athena Boutari.

Stonestreeter, Nelson Avidon is directing a terrific new play in the Downtown Urban Arts Festival called IN THE PALACE O...
05/06/2019

Stonestreeter, Nelson Avidon is directing a terrific new play in the Downtown Urban Arts Festival called IN THE PALACE OF THE PLANET KING,
by Edwin Rivera-Arias. Three diverse strangers find themselves in a prison cell, and they don’t know how they got there.
A great short play with a great cast:
Kevin Bernard/ Willie C. Carpenter/ Francisco Solorzano
One performance only in the DUAF:
Thursday May 9th at 8pm (preceded by a short play called Raghead). The whole evening is about 95 minutes.
At the wonderful WILD PROJECT THEATRE at 195 East 3rd St. (between A and 😎.
Thursday, May 9 at 8pm - RAGHEAD and IN THE PALACE OF THE PLANET KING
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/downtown-urban-arts-festival-theater-tickets-58310772089
Tickets are $20./ Comps to Industry and AEA members

Big THANK YOU to Jim Kempner Fine Art  for their amazing support on our new Pilot “PregNOT.” The gallery is just aro...
05/03/2019
The Madness of Art | What's so funny about the ART world?

Big THANK YOU to Jim Kempner Fine Art for their amazing support on our new Pilot “PregNOT.” The gallery is just around the corner from Stonestreet on the Northwest corner of 23rd Street and 10th Ave! It’s worth a walk and visit to reflect on oneself, one’s work and CHECK OUT THEIR Webseries “THE MADNESS of ART” short, fun, smart and HILARIOUS!

Miami, here we come! The Miami Art Fairs feature very important pieces by the most important artists of the second half of the 20th century… it’s muy importante! But when Jim runs into arch nemesis …

Martin Drop & Veronica Velezin their last scene in the new pilot, PregNOT! DP Jenny Chan, Director Alyssa Rallo Bennettt...
05/02/2019

Martin Drop & Veronica Velezin their last scene in the new pilot, PregNOT! DP Jenny Chan, Director Alyssa Rallo Bennettt, Sound Ethan Gustavson, AC / Gaffer Wes Ottem, Screenwriter Gary O. Bennettt, AD/PD Carley Guida, Art Anna Kendall

Actors Connor Vasile and Erin Frances Speirs in their final scene in together in PregNOT.  DP Jenny Chan, Director Alyss...
05/02/2019

Actors Connor Vasile and Erin Frances Speirs in their final scene in together in PregNOT. DP Jenny Chan, Director Alyssa Rallo Bennett, Sound Ethan Gustavson, AC / Gaffer Wes Ottem, Screenwriter Gary O. Bennett, AD/PD Carley Guida, Art Anna Kendall

To all our Stonestreeter producer/content creators, past and present, these are three awesome conferences at Cinepolis o...
04/30/2019
bigapplefilmfestival | Conference

To all our Stonestreeter producer/content creators, past and present, these are three awesome conferences at Cinepolis on 23rd Street to be present and mix at. See who’s on the panels!

Lesley L. Coffin - HBO
Sydney Foos - Killer Films
Josh Folan - Producer
Loretta Harms - Filmmaker
Jacob Kreuger - Screenwriter "The Matthew Shepard Story"
Matt Levin - Endeavor Content
Alyssa Rallo Bennett - Filmmaker, Studio CoFounder, Stonestreet Studios

https://www.bigapplefilmfestival.com/conference

Big Apple Film and Screenwriting Conference, running in conjunction with the Big Apple Film Festival, provides an opportunity for filmmakers and screenwriters to receive valuable information from industry professionals through a series of panel discussions, as well as an opportunity for attendees to...

Stonestreet’s Pilot Premiere Manhattan Film Festival - Cinema Village Theater this TUESDAY 3:30pm our new pilot, Leadi...
04/29/2019

Stonestreet’s Pilot Premiere Manhattan Film Festival - Cinema Village Theater this TUESDAY 3:30pm our new pilot, Leading Story, featuring Caitlin Cohn, Genai Cavender , Zane Nicholas Haney, Joe Holt, Ryan Homchick, Kathy McCafferty, Caroline Turner and special appearance by Maddie Moore, Sriram Kanneganti, Kevin Kendrick, Ethan Gustavson & Lydia Snapper - hope everyone can come and join the screening, red carpet and fun! Ticket link: http://www.independentfeatures.com/view-screening/1373

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Stonestreet’s Pilot Premiere Manhattan Film Festival - Cinema Village Theater this TUESDAY 3:30pm our new pilot Leadin...
04/29/2019

Stonestreet’s Pilot Premiere Manhattan Film Festival - Cinema Village Theater this TUESDAY 3:30pm our new pilot Leading Story featuring Caitlin Cohn, Genai Corbin, Zane Harvey, Joe Holt, Ryan Homchick, Kathy McCafferty, Caroline Turner and special appearance by Maddie Moore, Ram Kanneganti, Kevin Kendrick, Ethan Gustavson & Lydia Snapper - hope everyone can come and join the screening, red carpet and fun! Ticket link: https://www.manhattanff.com/films-1/2019/4/30/leading-story?rq=Leading%20story

The fantastic “ladies” @Sami petrucci @laurlland & director @alyssarallobennett #manhattanfilmfestival in The Plans ...
04/27/2019

The fantastic “ladies” @Sami petrucci @laurlland & director @alyssarallobennett #manhattanfilmfestival in The Plans They Are Developin’ - they played so well on screen along with the eccentric @heymalcolmmills - the audience enjoyed you all - lots of laughs and such an appreciative audience to music @danrufolo, story @garybennett, and sound @ethan.gustavson

04/26/2019
False Equivalence

Stonestreet actors Helene Henry and Michelle Lau deliver dazzling performances deeply grounded and fraught with passion in a film they co-wrote. Astounding work. Cinematography by Nico Alvo. Edited by Athena Boutari.

04/26/2019

Stonestreet actors Helene Henry and Michelle Lau deliver dazzling performances deeply grounded and fraught with passion in a film they co-wrote. Astounding work. Cinematography by Nico Alvo. Edited by Athena Boutari.

04/26/2019
Time to Wrap Up

Stonestreet actors Sebastian Delascasas and Paola Malo deliver grounded and heartfelt performances in a short film written by them. Short but gripping. Cinematography by Pati Amoroso. Edited by Athena Boutari.

04/26/2019

Stonestreet actors Sebastian Delascasas and Paola Malo deliver grounded and heartfelt performances in a short film written by them. Short but gripping. Cinematography by Pati Amoroso. Edited by Athena Boutari.

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04/24/2019

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Our hip, moody short The Plans They Are Developin'  is premiering at Manhattan Film Festival this Friday, April 26th at ...
04/23/2019
The Plans They Are Developin'

Our hip, moody short The Plans They Are Developin' is premiering at Manhattan Film Festival this Friday, April 26th at 9:00 PM at Cinema Village!

Featured Stonestreeters: Laura Holland, Alex Malcolm Mills, Sami Petrucci Special thanks to our wonderful crew: Producers/Director Alyssa Rallo Bennett Writer Gary O. Bennett Coordinator Lydia Snapper DP Pati Amoroso and Nico Alvo, Sound Ethan Gustavson, Composer Dan Rufolo

Link to tickets: https://www.manhattanff.com/films-1/the-plans-they-are-developin

Directed by Alyssa Rallo Bennett $12

04/20/2019
The Right Moment

Stonestreet actors Helene Henry and Hendrik Riemens deliver performances with perfection, an ode to all those lovers who are close but have yet to have.... that right moment. Helene and Hendrik are superb. And they both got off book the morning of the shoot.
Cinematography by Nico Alvo. Edited with class by Athena Boutari.

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04/18/2019

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Great day on set of "PregNot" with actors Connor Vasile Benjamin Scott Heller Martin Drop  DP Jenny Chan, AC Wes Ottem, ...
04/18/2019

Great day on set of "PregNot" with actors Connor Vasile Benjamin Scott Heller Martin Drop DP Jenny Chan, AC Wes Ottem, Sound Ethan Gustavson director, Alyssa Rallo Bennett AD/PD Carley Guida, Art Dept Anna Kendall, Gaffer Mike Murano - thank you all!

04/18/2019
Denial

Stonestreet actors Jillian Sun and Casey Landman have an innate instinct for playing subtext, silences that are fraught, things left unsaid, words that are about to come but just can't seem to. Watch how they inhabit these characters fully, and let one moment feed the next. And to top it all off, Jillian and Casey wrote the wonderful script. Stonestreet actors become better writers - and when they become better writers, they become better actors. Dazzling work. The gorgeous cinematography by Athena Boutari who also edited the film. Bravo to all.

Fantastic shoot at Jim Kempner Fine Art with actors Veronica Velez & Martin Drop, DP Jenny Chan, AC Wes Maria, Sound Eth...
04/18/2019

Fantastic shoot at Jim Kempner Fine Art with actors Veronica Velez & Martin Drop, DP Jenny Chan, AC Wes Maria, Sound Ethan Gustavson, director, Alyssa R. Bennett, AD/PD Carley Guida, Art Dept Anna Kendall, Gaffer Mike Murano - thank you all!

On set with actors Martin Drop Veronica Velez Director Alyssa Rallo BennettDirector of Photography Jenny ChanAD / PD Car...
04/17/2019

On set with actors Martin Drop Veronica Velez
Director Alyssa Rallo Bennett
Director of Photography Jenny Chan
AD / PD Carley Guida
AC Wes Maria
Art Director Anna Kendall

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04/15/2019

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04/15/2019
The Breakthrough

Stonestreet actors Bree Fleck and Susan Dorf deliver characters that are specific, grounded, and they let each moment feed the next AND are fraught with comic timing. Bree and Susan also wrote the script. If you want to cast actors who are real pros and always deliver, give Bree and Susan a call. ALWAYS !!! Cinematography by Nico Alvo. Editing by Athena Boutari.

04/15/2019

Stonestreet actors Bree Fleck and Susan Dorf deliver characters that are specific, grounded, and they let each moment feed the next AND are fraught with comic timing. Bree and Susan also wrote the script. If you want to cast actors who are real pros and always deliver, give Bree and Susan a call. ALWAYS !!! Cinematography by Nico Alvo. Editing by Athena Boutari.

Stonestreeter Jana Miley is performing in a Farewell to New York show at 54/below on April 25th. The token "pie girl" at...
04/11/2019
Jana Miley to Take the Stage at Feinstein's/54 Below

Stonestreeter Jana Miley is performing in a Farewell to New York show at 54/below on April 25th. The token "pie girl" at Waitress on Broadway, makes her Feinstein's/54 Below debut in her farewell show before making the big move to Los Angeles.
Tickets here: https://54below.com/events/jana-miley/

https://www.broadwayworld.com/cabaret/article/Jana-Miley-to-Take-the-Stage-at-Feinsteins54-Below-20190410

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Jana Miley at 11:30pm on Thursday, April 25th, 2019. The token 'pie girl' at Waitress on Broadway, makes her Feinstein's/54 Below debut in her farewell show before making the big move to Los Angeles. A reflection on starting her career in New Yo...

04/10/2019
Let's Talk My Guy

Stonestreet actors John Morgenstern and Will Pigott deliver complicated frat boys (that sounds like an oxymoron, but these guys make it work) in this film John wrote. John and Will give it 150%. Directed by Geoffray Barbier. Cinematography by Nico Alvo. Edited by Athena Boutari.

04/10/2019

Stonestreet actors John Morgenstern and Will Pigott deliver complicated frat boys (that sounds like an oxymoron, but these guys make it work) in this film John wrote. John and Will give it 150%. Directed by Geoffray Barbier. Cinematography by Nico Alvo. Edited by Athena Boutari.

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04/08/2019

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Congrats to Stonestreeter Elizabeth Cappuccino who joins the cast of in neXT 🥳🤩https://deadline.com/2019/03/zoeys-...
04/05/2019
‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Casts Carmen Cusack; Elizabeth Cappuccino Joins ‘neXT’

Congrats to Stonestreeter Elizabeth Cappuccino who joins the cast of in neXT 🥳🤩
https://deadline.com/2019/03/zoeys-extraordinary-playlist-casts-carmen-cusack-elizabeth-cappuccino-next-1202580591/

Carmen Cusack (Sorry for Your Loss) has been cast as a series regular opposite Jane Levy in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, NBC’s musical dramedy pilot from Jake in Progress creator Aust…

Stonestreeters  Alex Malcolm Mills, Alexandria Churchill, Sami Petrucci, Gil Zabarsky, John Early, have finished this aw...
04/05/2019
VR Food

Stonestreeters Alex Malcolm Mills, Alexandria Churchill, Sami Petrucci, Gil Zabarsky, John Early, have finished this awesome short film. Now all they need is a little funding for festival submissions and some post work. Help them out. The film will get into festivals. No doubt about it !!!

This comedy of nightmares satirizes our modern appetite for power through delusion and artifice. VR Food aims to make horror beautiful with mystery, unsettling atmospheres, and arthouse aesthetics.

Last chance to get free tickets for Stonestreet's Micro Movies Premiers! Link to ticket: https://tischdrama-adf-stonestr...
04/04/2019

Last chance to get free tickets for Stonestreet's Micro Movies Premiers! Link to ticket: https://tischdrama-adf-stonestreet2.eventbrite.com/
' Time to Wrap Up' Featuring: Sebastian Delascasas and Paola Malo Directed by: Alex Berg Written by: Sebastian Delascasas, Paola Malo

Last chance to get free tickets for Stonestreet's Micro Movies Premiers! Link to ticket: https://tischdrama-adf-stonestr...
04/04/2019

Last chance to get free tickets for Stonestreet's Micro Movies Premiers! Link to ticket: https://tischdrama-adf-stonestreet2.eventbrite.com/
'The Test' Featuring: Allie Donnelly and Omar Sebali Written and directed by: Joe Holt Cinematography: Alex Berg Assistant Director: Ayana Parker Morrison Editor: Andrea Ortega

Last chance to get free tickets for Stonestreet's Micro Movies Premiers! Link to ticket: https://tischdrama-adf-stonestr...
04/04/2019

Last chance to get free tickets for Stonestreet's Micro Movies Premiers! Link to ticket: https://tischdrama-adf-stonestreet2.eventbrite.com/
'Wake Up Call' Featuring: Elizabeth Katz and Megan McGonigle Directed by: Gary O. Bennett Written by: Elizabeth Katz and Megan McGonigle Cinematography: Wylie Rush AD/Editor: Athena Boutari

Last chance to get free tickets for Stonestreet's Micro Movies Premiers! Link to ticket: https://tischdrama-adf-stonestr...
04/04/2019

Last chance to get free tickets for Stonestreet's Micro Movies Premiers! Link to ticket: https://tischdrama-adf-stonestreet2.eventbrite.com/
'Nature Planet' Featuring: Alexandra Kattan and Joe Murphy Directed by: Kate Baggott Written by: Alex Kattan and Joe Murphy Cinematography: Pati Amoroso AD/Editor: Athena Boutari

Last chance to get free tickets to see our environmental pilot 'Blue Gold' Featuring: Andrea Perez​, Elaine Valdez, Ev...
04/04/2019

Last chance to get free tickets to see our environmental pilot 'Blue Gold' Featuring: Andrea Perez​, Elaine Valdez, Evan Cohen​, Jane West Merrow, Jared Micah Svoboda​, Mallory Dowd, Megan Tomei, Nawaf Nooruddin​, Paula Espinoza and Will Keith​ Directed by: Harry Winer Written by: Sheri Davenport Edited by: Pati Amoroso​ Music by: Ethan Gustavson​ Link to tickets here: https://tischdrama-adf-stonestreet2.eventbrite.com/

Last chance to get free tickets to the Pre-Festival Sneak-Peak of 'The Plans' They Are Developing'  Featuring Sami Petru...
04/04/2019

Last chance to get free tickets to the Pre-Festival Sneak-Peak of 'The Plans' They Are Developing' Featuring Sami Petrucci, Laura Holland and Alex Malcolm Mills Directed by: Alyssa Rallo Bennett Written by: Gary O. Bennett Cinematography: Nico Alvo Edited: by Pati Amoroso Post Production Sound & Mix: Ethan Gustavson
Link to tickets: https://tischdrama-adf-stonestreet2.eventbrite.com/

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48 West 21st Street
New York, NY
10010

General information

Alyssa Rallo Bennett - Artistic Director Gary O. Bennett - Executive Director Kate Bagoott - Managing Director Nico Alvo - Facility Director Gabriel Frye-Behar - Instructor, Director, Director of Photography Ellen Parks - Instructor, Casting Director Ted Sluberksi - Instructor, Acting Coach Vance Barber - Instructor, Acting Coach Andy Roth - Voice Coach and Casting Director Jennifer McCabe - Instructor and Director Zach Galligan - Instructor, Acting Coach Stonestreet pioneered the craft and teaching of screen and film acting when other acting schools and pundits said there was no such thing as a craft of "film acting." Others claim to have started earlier, but it was Stonestreet that elevated film acting to an artform, to think of it as a unique artform, and tried to understand it as a craft, rather than some simple adjustment from stage acting. Stonestreet is an acting conservatory that does not instruct in just ONE acting technique. We respect all backgrounds, all training, and we have instructors and working professionals that do NOT decry any technique. We are an OPEN acting school, the primary focus of which is the art and craft of screen and film acting. Stonestreet also pioneered the concept of "actor empowerment" in film. Stonestreet does not believe actors should wait around for filmmakers, casting directors, agents and producers to "discover" them, or cast them. At Stonestreet, we empower actors by helping them make their own films, and we give them the tools and the contacts to do just that.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 18:30
Tuesday 09:30 - 18:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 18:30
Thursday 09:30 - 18:30
Friday 09:30 - 18:30

Telephone

(212) 691-4868

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