Paul Russell’s career as a casting director, director, author of books for and about actors, and former actor spans projects for major film studios including: 20th Century Fox, HBO; television networks NBC and CBS, Broadway, and regional theater. His work in casting covers the Drama Desk winning COBB produced in New York & LA by Kevin Spacey, the original productions of String Fever (starring Cynthia Nixon), Pera Palas (Sinan Unel), Woody Guthrie's American Song (Drama Desk noms.) plus casting for the Asolo, San Jose Rep., the Barter Theatre (TONY recipient) and over a dozen more regional theaters.
As a director featured in American Theatre Magazine Russell worked with legendary playwright John Guare directing the regional premier of Mr. Guare’s A Free Man of Color. He is currently in pre-production for directing the U.S. regional premier of MAMMA MIA! for the Barter Theatre.
Paul Russell teaches master classes at universities including: Elon, Wright State University, Illinois Weslyan University, Rutgers University, Emory & Henry College, and Louisiana State University. Russell taught the business of acting for NYC-Tisch's acting program at The Atlantic Theatre Company. He supports actor career improvement skills for acting, marketing, and audition technique online, one-on-one, and via four-week master classes in New York.
Russell is the author of the best-selling acting book for actors, ACTING: Make It Your Business – How to Avoid Mistakes & Achieve Success as a Working Actor (Penguin Random House).