Modern Acting pp 189-215 | Cite as

The Actors’ Laboratory in Hollywood

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Screen Industries and Performance book series (PSSIP)


Chapter 10 provides a unique look at the Actors’ Lab (1941–1950), which was the creative home for several former members of the Group Theatre and for a number of actors affiliated with New Deal theatre companies, local drama schools, and the studios. Roman “Bud” Bohnen, who was especially active in the Group Theatre after it reorganized in 1937, guided the Lab until his death in 1949, an event triggered by the blacklisting of Bohnen and Lab members Rose Hobart, J. Edward Bromberg, and Will Lee. The chapter elaborates on the Lab’s vision of a modern, conscious approach to acting. It describes the Lab’s acting program, and analyzes the implications of the politics that led to the Lab’s and Modern acting’s erasure from acting history.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Theatre and FilmBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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