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.


The Master Class

Paul Russell offers his MFA / BFA. class to NYC! Four-week acting career-intensive. Culminates with individual actor scene presentations to a panel of Legit talent agents.

Curriculum: Audition Technique, Scene Study, Modern Actor Marketing, Actor Branding & How Actors Effectively Agent Their Career

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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.”




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

J.P. Groeninger

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

Judy Boals - Agency Owner
Judy Boals, Inc.

Four Week Acting Career Advancement Intensive
How Actors Create More Opportunities!

Acting Make It Your Business - Master Class

In NYC, Paul Russell Casting delivers Paul's one-of-a-kind master class he shares with MFA & BFA programs. Paul is joined by entertainment professionals including: casting directors, talent agents, and/or managers.
- expand opportunities
- improve acting
- tailor actor branding

For All Actors: Represented & Non-Represented

Workshop Leader

(Paul Russell Casting, Director, Author)

Adviser Panel - Oct. 2014 (T.B.A.)
(subject to change)

3 Talent Agency Owners

And / Or

Senior Legit Agents

All guest advisers cover TV, film, and theater with projects ranging from major-studio to independent offerings, and Broadway, national tours and regional theater. Attending agents are franchised by Screen Actors' Guild-AFTRA and Actors' Equity Association to represent talent.

Class Overview (4 week workshop culminating with the advisers):

  • Week 1: Modern Actor Marketing Make-over (digital & hardcopy upgrades)

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

  • Week 3: Continue Scene Study; Develop Interview Strategies

  • Week 4: Receive Constructive Written Feedback on Audition Skills and Marketing Materials from the Guest Advisers following an open Q&A. Class Scenes are culled from TV and Film Audition Sides from Paul Russell Casting's Scene Library or from your Resources

Open To Only 10 Actors (represented and non-represented) per Series

Dates & Registration Below | Success Stories & Feedback here

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May 2014 Adviser & Workshop Leader Bios:

  • Alison Franck
  • Kevin Thompson
  • Michael Rodriguez
  • Paul Russell

ALISON FRANCK - (CSA Casting Associate - Liz Lewis Casting Partners) has been working at Liz Lewis Casting Partners for over two years. Alison casts for commercials, voice-overs, film, TV as well as musicals. Her current projects include: National Tours of Hello Dolly starring Sally Struthers, Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Man of La Mancha, the Off-Broadway Play It's Just Sex plus tons of commercials, voice-overs and several films. Recent projects include: commercials and voice-overs, National tours of Hair, Dreamgirls, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, Ain't Misbehavin' starring Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Gloryana at The Public (reading and workshop), the TV series Peter Rabbit and A Moment in Time, the new John Denver songbook musical Alison was the Resident Casting Director for Paper Mill Playhouse for 10 years, where she cast over 50 productions, including the Broadway transfer of I'm Not Rappaport, starring Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen, directed by Daniel Sullivan. Regional: Pirates! (Goodspeed/Paper Mill), Hairspray, and Les Misérables (North Shore) and 2007's mini-tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (TUTS/Paper Mill Playhouse/North Shore/TOTS)

Success Stories: This is Alison's first appearance at Paul Russell's Master Classes. Alison has called in actors for projects from past classes and seminars she's attended.

KEVIN THOMPSON - (Talent Manager: Thompson Management) started 2010 with his own talent management company after working as an agent for Schiowitz Connor Ankrum & Wolf and Judy Boals Inc. He was a casting associate with Donna DeSeta, plus an agent for Marvin Starkman and Honey Sanders. He holds an MFA in theatrical directing from Ohio University and has directed professionally for Fleetwood Stage, Seven Angels, The Civic, The Studio Theatre, Timberlake Playhouse, and many New York companies. His undergraduate degree is in Theatre and Film Arts from Denison University. In addition he has studied in special programs at RADA, LAMDA, London’s Central School as well as workshops with major dance companies.

His folks have appeared on: Blue Bloods, Blacklist, Boardwalk Empire, all the Law & Order shows, 30 Rock, Delocated, Louie C, Unforgettable, and Broad City. He has helped place clients on Broadway in Aladdin, War Horse, Anything Goes, Sister Act, August Osage, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, and several Encores Presentations. On tour: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Misérables, Spamalot, Catch Me If You Can, The Lion King and others. Off-Broadway currently in 50 Shades and My Big Gay Italian Funeral and the recent productions of Anthem, Wonderful Wizard of Song and Big Gay Italian Wedding.

This season clients have been at Cleveland Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Co, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, St. Louis Rep, Gulf Shore Playhouse, Florida Studio Theater, TheaterWorks Hartford, Westport County Playhouse, Seven Angels Theater, The Public Theater (ME), Portland Stage, Gateway Playhouse and Goodspeed Musicals. In past seasons: The McCarter, Cincinnati Playhouse, Arkansas Rep, Hartford Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, The Barter, Northern Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, New Jersey Rep, New Harmony, Dorset Theatre Festival, The Zack Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Opera North, and Stonington Opera House.

He has taught at the Circle in the Square School, The Neighborhood Playhouse, Seven Angels Theatre Summer Camp and Young Angels Programs. He has been a guest at most of the professional seminars in NYC.


Success Stories: This is Kevin's first appearance at Paul Russell's Master Classes. He has called back and signed actors from other classes and seminars.

MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ (Talent Agency Owner - The Roster) has been an agent for over 13 years beginning at the esteemed offices of Hartig/Hilepo and DGRW and then built and ran The Roster. His clients work both on screen and stage. On Broadway: Aladdin, After Midnight, Jersey Boys, Book of Mormon, Bridges of Madison County, Machinal, Once, and Beautiful to name a few. In addition, Michael represents numerous clients currently working in Film/TV on Orange Is The New Black, Girls, Law & Order: SVU, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, Elementary, Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire, White Collar….

Michael continues to build his roster with upcoming new talent to join his established, industry recognized talent. 

Success Stories: Michael Rodriguez has called back and signed actors from Paul Russell's master classes

Paul Russell; casting director, director, and author of ACTING: Make It Your BusinessHow to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor (Random House/Back Stage Books) has 30 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 has taught master classes on acting and the entertainment business on the campuses of America’s finest performing arts schools including: NYU, Yale, Elon, Temple University, The University of The Arts, James Madison University, and Northeastern University.




what people are saying...

"Your class has helped me tremendously. Thanks to your class I am now working with one of the attending agents! I've submitted to auditions using what I've learned and was called in for 1/3. In this industry and not being part of the union I'd say that's a success. Proud to say that I starred in my first full feature!"


"I got called back, met and signed with the team at Judy Boals Inc. today! I now have the tools to move forward confidently in my career and towards my dreams. I am so grateful!"


"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

- How to Register -


Free Pre-Registration for the Next Master Class:

October 2014
Series A - Mondays 10/14, 20, 27 & 11/3 (All classes 6PM - 9PM)
Series B - Tuesdays 10/15, 21, 28 & Mon. 11/3 (All classes 6PM - 9PM)

  • Complete the form below. You'll be offered first choice of the limited seats for the next master class.
  • Upon completion, an e-mail confirmation from Paul Russell Casting will be sent to you within 24 hrs.



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Recent Highlights!



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

(Above: Paul Russell leads a master class at The University of The Arts)


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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