The Yiddish Book Center's

Wexler Oral History Project

A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

Stella Adler's First Theater Memory and Her Capacity to Identify Strongly With Others

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Tom Oppenheim, grandson of Yiddish theatre actors Jacob and Sara Adler, Artistic Director and President of Stella Adler Studio of Acting, tells the story of Stella's first theater experience as a child, when she saw an actor getting into character in a dressing room and being struck by the power of transformation. He connects this memory to her subsequent passion for transforming into characters and exploring otherness.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Tom Oppenheim.

This excerpt is in English.

Tom Oppenheim was born in New York, New York in 1959.