Classes - Paul Russell's Studies for Actors

"Paul Russell's constructive criticism, and reality of the acting profession
is uniquely detailed and incredibly truthful."

-- BERNARD TELSEY, casting director
(NBC's Sound of Music - Live!, Smash,
Sex & The City: The Movie)

Paul has taught actors for the NYU-Tisch program and on college campuses including: Yale, Temple, Rutgers, Elon, James Madison University, Southeastern Missouri State University, Louisiana State University, University of Central Oklahoma, The University of The Arts and Northeastern University.


Casting Connections - The Master Class (nyc)

The actor's reel & audition. Paul Russell offers his MFA / BFA. class to NYC! A 3-week acting career-intensive. Culminates with individual actor scene presentations to a panel of TV, film & Broadway casting directors.

Curriculum: Audition Reel Analysis & Advisement; Audition Technique; Scene Actor Branding For the Audition Room

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Affordable classes. Anywhere. Virtually Anytime!
Career Counseling, Audition Assistance, and/or Actor Marketing brought to you wherever & whenever you wish.

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Private Classes & Coaching
Acting Career growth and/or Audition Assistance One on One with Paul in person!

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Master Classes - Universities & Arts Organizations
Single or Multiple Classes covering a broad range of topics from Actor Marketing to Audition Technique. For Schools & Arts Organizations Only.

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what people are saying...

"You have this great ability to speak with authority and experience without coming off as a 'know it all.

You make the environment safe which allows creativity and growth. Thank you!"


"This business is full of shysters, con-artists and souls so jaded
art will sadly never reach them;
you however are the Real McCoy.

Beneath your gruff exterior, staunch professionalism and hard-ass perfectionism is a charismatic,
discerning and inspired genius."


"I really don’t know how to say how grateful I am for everything over the past few weeks— thank you is not enough!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for my career make-over.”



Casting Connections | THE MASTER CLASS (nyc) NEW!



Your Best Reel Before TV/Film & Commercial Casting Directors

Casting Connections

Guidance. Discovery. Support... long-term career strategies for the actor

The actor's reel and audition. Paul Russell's NEW master class focuses on developing strengthening the actor's audition reel plus an actor's live audition technique. The NYC master class includes a panel of film, TV, commercial and theatrical casting directors providing feedback on the actor's work & progress... Based on the master classes he shares with MFA & BFA programs; Paul's insight opens doors for actors...

"Thanks to your class I am now working with one of the attending agents! Proud to say that I starred in my first full feature!"

Gonzalo Trigueros

"Thanks Paul
for a great seminar.
We’re calling in seven
of the actors…"

Judy Boals - Agency Owner
Judy Boals, Inc.


" I booked my first two co-stars on network television...
And just this week, I booked my third co-star on CBS’s UNFORGETTABLE

I now have the tools to move forward confidently
in my career and towards my dreams.

I am so grateful!"

Erica Camarano - actor

"Paul is excellent at what he does. A smart casting director with a sharp eye"
Tina Howe, Playwright

3-Week, Acting Career Advancement Intensive

Casting Connections

Class Curriculum (NYC):

Only 10 Actors Accepted per Series

  • Week 1: Evaluation & Advisement of Your Reel to Strengthen Its Impact (Having a reel is not necessary for participation but individual reels will be offered to the panel)

  • Week 2: Strengthen Acting & Audition Skills via Scene Study; Define & Leverage Your Type; Perfect Your Brand for when Meeting Industry Employers

  • Week 3: Continue Scene Study / Branding in Preparation for The Panel

  • Week 3 Part II: Receive Constructive Written Feedback on Audition Technique, and Brand Type-ing from the Guest Advisers following an open Q&A. Class Scenes are culled from TV, Film & Theatrical Audition Sides from Paul Russell Casting's Scene Library or from your Resources. Scenes Are Presented Live.

    Panel also recevies your improved reel for veiwing outside of the class.

Workshop Leader

(Paul Russell Casting, Director, Author)

Adviser Panel - Dec. 2014
(subject to change)


(Casting Director, Grey Advertising
& Independent Projects)


(Jen Rudin Casting - CSA)


(Emmy Nominated TV, Film & Theatrical Casting Director - CSA)


Guest advisers' careers cover one or all areas of entertainment: TV, film and/or Broadway.

Dates & Enrollment - Instructor & Adviser Bios

Success Stories & Feedback

November 2014 Adviser & Workshop Leader Bios:

  • Stephen DeAngelis
  • Jen Rudin
  • Todd Thaler
  • Paul Russell

STEPHEN DeANGELIS - (Casting Director - Grey Advertising & Independent) having cast over 3000 network commercials for NYC's leading advertising agency, Stephen is a straight-forward, honest CD that casts both on-camera commercials and V/O's (he'll accept your demos if you have them). Recent Grey clients include: Kmart, Panasonic, Olive Garden and Pantene. Independently, Stephen also casts feature films and theatre projects. Most recently, Stephen served as Casting Director for the new Playhouse Disney series Johnny and the Sprites. He has cast over 300 theatrical productions for the York Theatre Company, Musicals Tonight!, The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, The Drama League, Casa Manana, North Shore Music Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Stage One, Studio Arena Theatre, American Stage Company, GeVa Theatre, Starlight Theatre of Kansas City and the St. Louis Municipal Opera. Stephen cast the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Hair, the short film Thanksgiving, and is Producing Artistic Director of At This Performance, a concert series showcasing Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys and Understudies.

JEN RUDIN - (Jen Rudin Casting, CSA) is an award-winning casting director and author of Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room (Harper Collins, 2013). She's cast extensively for both film and Broadway. Jen began her thirty-year career in show business as a child actor at age eight. As a casting executive at the Walt Disney Company, Jen conducted extensive talent searches all over the United States, identifying and hiring actors who went on to star on Broadway in The Lion King, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid and in beloved Disney movies like The Incredibles, The Princess and the Frog, Chicken Little and Brother Bear. Her company, Jen Rudin Casting, casts projects in New York and Los Angeles. Visit and @RudinJen

TODD THALER (Film, TV & Theatrical Casting Director - CSA) began his casting career with Rollins & Joffe, a production/management company known for producing all of Woody Allen’s films, and managing comedic artists including Robin Williams, David Letterman and Billy Crystal.  He was promoted to oversee additional casting on Mr. Allen’s films, and worked on over 14 projects with the company while establishing his own casting company.

Todd transitioned into principal casting, working on films including  Streets of Gold, directed by Joe Roth, and Sidney Lumet’s Running on Empty. His notable credits include: Luc Besson’s The Professional, Ed Harris’ directorial debut Pollock, John Turturro’s MacIlluminataRomance & Cigarettes, and Fading Gigolo , Wayne Wang’s Because of Winn-Dixie and Maid in Manhattan, and Todd Field’s Little Children.

Over the years Todd has cast many television projects, including the NBC comedy series Ed for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award. Most recently, Todd cast an unprecedented 100 episodes in a single year of the Joe Roth/Ice Cube-produced Are We There Yet? for TBS.

Todd was active in the successful effort to unionize Casting Directors with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Over the years he has taught countless workshops, as well as both on-set and private coaching.  Todd has been on the faculty of the Atlantic Theater Acting School, and is an adjunct professor at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Brooklyn College, and Columbia University’s graduate acting program.

PAUL RUSSELL; award-winning casting director, director, and author of ACTING: Make It Your BusinessHow to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor (Penguin - Random House) has 30-plus years experience in entertainment that includes film, TV and Broadway. He began his career journey as a successful working actor.

As an independent casting director, he has cast for major studios including Twentieth Century Fox, HBO, Warner Brothers plus casting for New York and regional theater.

As a director Russell has directed at Tony award-winning L.O.R.T. theaters and Off-Broadway productions. He worked alongside playwright John Guare directing the first regional production of Mr. Guare's A Free Man of Color.

He has taught master classes on acting and the entertainment business on the campuses of America’s finest performing arts schools including: NYU, Yale, Elon, Rutgers University, Wright State University, Oakland University, Oklahoma Central University, Temple University, The University of The Arts, Emory & Henry College, Coastal Carolina University, James Madison University, Southeastern Missouri State University, Louisiana State University, and Northeastern University....

Aside his work in live-entertainment, Russell is presently authoring three fictional works; including a murder mystery.





what people are saying...

"I'm STILL booking
through About Artists Agency.
All thanks to your master classes!
Thank you!"


"Never have I felt as satisfied
with an investment of time and money
as I feel about your class.

I will be recommending your seminars
to every actor I know!

I now have a more realistic perspective
about the business and an intelligent business plant hat will produce results
I want for my career."


"From the two agencies
that called me back
I signed with
The Mine.

Thanks so much for all your wisdom, time and 'inner monologues' guiding me in the right direction.

I love you Paul!"


"I absolutely loved your class, which I highly recommend to anyone. I learned so much in such a short time.

Since taking the class I have booked two more commercials, including one that I was directly called in for by the CD.

I feel 100% more professional and goal orientated!"


"Your master class was really a wonderful experience.
Between your book, your guidance, your staff and the high quality agents you bring in, it’s really an amazing opportunity.

Thank you for your guidance and positivity during your class.

With my new found wisdom and confidence I look forward to seeing you again at the audition table.



Additional Student Feedback Here

- Dates & Enrollment -


A Modern, Mid-town Manhattan Studio


Actors 18 yrs. & over


Series A - Mondays 12/1, 8, 15 & Wednesday 12/17
(All classes 6PM - 9PM)
Series A Full

Series B - Tuesdays 12/2, 9, 16 & Wednesday 12/17
(All classes 6PM - 9PM)

Discounted Rate: $53 per class (one-time payment of $212)


EZ-PAY INSTALLMENTS: 4 weekly installments of $68.50 ($274 total). After submitting the initial installment below, remaining installments are invoiced and due: November 11th, 18th & 25th. Expired


December 2014


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    Series reservations which have been secured by payment but require a postponement by the student and/or instructor are credited towards a future class of equal stature, within six months of the original class.

    If the student postpones attendance for a full series, a reschedule fee of $50.00 to the instructor is required for the student to rejoin the next class the student participates within. There is no reschedule fee if the instructor postpones a class.

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    If a student on an installment plan fails to maintain the fee schedule and does not fulfill requests for missed payments; all prior monies are forfeited. If a student withdraws permanently from the class, the student forfeits all monies paid and is not entitled to credit, rescheduling, or a refund for all or part of the registration fee.

    No refunds. All sales final.



SKYPE Sessions - Affordable Private Acting Career Classes Anywhere. Anytime.*


"Skyping with Paul is so productive. He is an amazing teacher!

So much information and communication is given to you.
Paul gives a lot, and this is all very special."

Kimberly Dorsey
Paul Russell's Studies for Actors student

Affordable, private, live, acting career advice:Great for busy actors. Actors outside of New York. And actors who prefer the comfort of their home or neighborhood coffee shop.

Your choice to fit your needs: Career consultation. Audition coaching. Marketing make-over. Or thespian ‘therapy.’ Casting director, director and author of ACTING: Make It Your Business, Paul Russell will come to you live via webcam on any digital device as Paul has done globally for a class of acting students in Germany to North American actors seeking feedback on an upcoming audition!

25 for 30

30 minutes anywhere world-wide for just $25!


60 minutes anywhere, anytimefor just $50!

  • You set the time

  • You set the place

  • You set the goals

  • Paul comes to you

  • Any digital device

discount for Multiple SKYPE™ Sessions:

Multiple SKYPE Sessions are great for: Long-term Career Counseling, How to Better Market as an Actor, Understanding Your Brand & Type, Self-Esteem Support, and Bettering Audition Skills

Registration Below


what people are saying...

"Paul Russell's constructive criticism,
and reality of the acting profession
is uniquely detailed
and incredibly truthful."

-- BERNARD TELSEY casting director
(Smash, Sex & The City: The Movie, Wicked)

"This business is full of shysters, con-artists and souls so jaded
art will sadly never reach them;
you however are the Real McCoy.

Beneath your gruff exterior, staunch professionalism and hard-ass perfectionism is a charismatic,
discerning and inspired genius."


"I really don’t know how to say how grateful I am for everything over the past few weeks— thank you is not enough!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for my career make-over.”



SKYPE - Registration

How to get the most affordable private class Paul offers:

All you need are: Webcam. Internet. And a free SKYPE™ account. (A link for the free SKYPE™ download will be offered after registration.)

  • Choose either weekday, weeknight, or weekend plus a time range from below. You will be contacted via e-mail to select a specific session that accommodates your schedule*. You'll also be asked about needs you wish addressed in your session(s).

  • discount for Multiple SKYPE Sessions (three, 30 min sessions for only $70 USD total or three, 60 min sessions for only $105 USD total).

Note: All times are based on Eastern Standard Time, New York City (EST). Actors located within outside time zones should calculate their desired local time to coincide with Eastern Standard Time (Need help converting time zones? Click on: Time Zone Calculator)

After completing the registration below, you'll be contacted to set your time(s) with Paul.

Choose Session:
One 30 min. Skype™ Session @ $25
One 60 min. Skype™ Session @ $50
Three 30 min. Skype™ Sessions @ $70
Three 60 min. Skype™ Sessions @ $125  


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*After registration participants will be contacted via e-mail to specify day(s), start and end times that accommodate both the participant and Paul Russell. In the event a participant is seeking an immediate session within 48 hours of registering and Paul is not available, funds will be transferred back to the registrant. All other sales are final.



what people are saying...

"Paul Russell, gives it to you straight and honest, but without being destructive to your actor's soul. "

Cologne, Germany
(SKYPE Student)

"I teach at the International Film School in Cologne. I had a fantastic group of 10 German actors.

We were fortunate to have Paul Russell, via Skype, to talk with the actors about working in the US.

Paul in his usually direct but very caring manner toward actors, shared with them his many years of experience as a casting director and director.

The actors also had the opportunity to pose questions to Paul which he answered in his animated, humorous way.

Thank you Paul! It was a very informative, helpful, interactive and fun evening!"

Cologne, Germany
(actress & instructor)

"Paul helped me with my audition at my home here in Chicago from his office in New York.

Without his caring and insightful guidance I wouldn't have had a successful audition!

I got the part!

Thanks Paul!"

Chicago, IL
(SKYPE student)


Private Classes - One-on-One with Paul

"This business is full of shysters, con-artists and souls so jaded art will sadly never reach them; you however are the Real McCoy.

Beneath your gruff exterior, staunch professionalism and hard-ass perfectionism is a charismatic, discerning and inspired genius. I feel extremely fortunate to have had the good sense to trust you... "

Nicole Poole - actress
Paul Russell's Studies for Actors student

How Paul can help you...

Paul offers several options for private classes.

  • Career Coaching with Audition Technique (3 classes over three weeks) details

  • Single Session Coaching for Audition Prep and/or Career Counseling


what people are saying...

"After years of being an aimless actor I’m thankful for your seminar and its motivating affects.

I wasn’t sure what to expect and was extremely pleased to find someone who wasn’t just cashing a check in the name of networking. Your desire to help actors is evident to all and if I may speak for many others, we very much appreciate it."


"Thank you for sharing your knowledge to all actors in an egoless manner.

The world needs generous people like you. You're a devoted teacher, casting director, and artist for the theatrical community. "



Career Coaching w/Audition Technique (3 weeks)
Actors 18 Years of Age & Over

What do you need? Paul can customize one-hour intensives held over three consecutive weeks that will focus on your needs and/or the following:

  • Get Career Coaching to Break-Through Barriers

  • Discover with Paul a Marketing Make-over for both Your Hard-copy and Digital Materials

  • Discover How to Best Approach Find / Work with an Agent

  • Perfect Your Audition Skills / Script Analysis One-on-One with Paul

  • Refine Interview Strategies for Meetings with Directors & Talent Reps

The One-On-One series provides the actor with Paul's undivided attention as your private counsel. Paul knows how to market a career in entertainment. He also understands how actors can excel in auditions. As a working casting director, director and an industry-insider who was once an actor he knows the job market and the stresses an actor faces daily. With Paul as your coach he'll work with you privately to overcome challenges you feel are challenging your momentum and propel you forward.

A Modern, Mid-town Manhattan Studio

October 2014

Series A: Dates T.B.A.


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Single Sessions w/Paul

Whether in person or via SKYPE™:

  • You want to prepare for an important audition...

  • Work on your skill set...

  • Hone your interview skills for when standing / sitting before casting decision makers or for when meeting with perspective representation...

  • Or seek guidance on career issues...

From experience earned from both sides of the audition table Paul understands what the gate-keepers of work respond to... plus what actor audition / interview skills and behavior wins an actor representation, call-backs and most importantly... jobs.

"Thank you very much for all the insights and guidance you gave me during our three week sessions.

Though your expertise and advice was excellent, what I shall remember most was your support, encouragement and honest appraisal of me – Jorge; not just my work but the ‘person’ you got to meet and experience. Thank you for your generosity and kindness!"



$69 per hour


$100 for two consecutive hours.

Either in person in a modern, Mid-town, Manhattan studio or via SKYPE™. The choice is at your comfort.
Contact Paul via the contact page. Include your needs, length of session(s) one or two hours. Together a schedule will be accommodated.



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