We have just received the sad news that Earle T. Gister died at his home last week.
Earle was the Associate Dean, Chair of the Acting Department, and the first Lloyd Richards Professor (Adjunct) of Acting during his tenure at the Yale School of Drama from 1979-1999. He also taught extensively for BADA in the Eighties.
Widely hailed as one of America's foremost acting teachers, in his forty-year career he also played key roles in actor training programs at North Carolina School of the Arts, The Juilliard School, Carnegie Mellon University, City College of New York, and The Actors Center. Earle was also a co-founder of the League of Professional Theatre Training Programs, an advisor to the National Endowment for the Arts, and co-chair of the training panel of Theatre Communications Group. His teachings have been largely captured in the book, Acting: The Gister Method, released this year by Pearson Academic.
We extend our deep condolences to Earle's family and friends, former students and colleagues.