Master Classes (NYC)...


Classes are on hiatus while Paul Russell focuses on a new book for actors.



Casting Connections

Guided by 3 talent agents, and a TV / Film & Broadway and regional theater casting director and director Paul Russell's master class places control in the actor's hands.

Based on his university MFA & BFA acting programs' master classes, Paul Russell shares his unique 4-week master class in a private NYC studio. Together, Paul and you develop long-term career strategies; engage in effective digital & hard-copy marketing; up your social media platform visibility while also strengthening your audition room skills that command future auditions to profit paying jobs.

Joining Paul to guide you is a panel of Legit talent agents. All guest advisers cover TV, film, and theater with clients cast as principals in major-studio projects and on Broadway. Agents are franchised by Screen Actors' Guild-AFTRA and Actors' Equity Association to represent talent.

What actors are saying...


"The most valuable, indispensable, compassionate, discerning, honest, thoughtful advice I have ever received in this business.

I came home yesterday and said... "I LOVE PAUL RUSSELL" - and I do!"

Kate Hamill - adapter & star of SENSE & SENSIBILITY


"I got called-back, met and signed with the team at Judy Boals Inc. today! I'm excited and hopeful about the possibilities ahead.

I now have the tools to move forward confidently in my career and toward my dreams. Thanks for the road map! I am so grateful!"



"Your class has helped me tremendously. Thanks to your class I am now working with Margaret Emory from SW Artists!"



Class Curriculum:

Paul Russell @ Illinios Wesleyan University
(The Fail File - Screenshot)


WEEK 1: Actor Marketing – Modern Digital Actor Marketing & Improving Traditional Techniques

Discovering the individuality of the actor's voice. Effective actor web sites, email campaigns, and leveraging social media and the digital revolution to an actor’s advantage to make each actor rise above the competition.


WEEK 2: Audition Technique - Getting the Job

Paul Russell @ Illinios Wesleyan University
(Working with Actors on Audition Technique
@ Oakland University)

Targeting what makes each actor excel while in the audition room. Utilizing audition scenes—from current screen and theatrical projects—Paul and his associate work with each actor to command every audition encountered.


WEEK 3: Audition Technique, Branding Follow-up & Interview Strategies

Paul Russell @ Illinios Wesleyan University(Working with the Actors
of Illinois Wesleyan University)

A follow-up session to audit improvement on: using the audition room effectively, text analysis, and dressing right for type. Interview strategies are demonstrated. Wrap-up Q & A preparing the actor for the agent panel.


WEEK 4: The Agent Panel Showcase & Feedback

Having been coached by Paul--actors individuality meet and present their skills to an entertainment executive panel.

At the end of the evening individual feedback is provided by the panel. A wrap-up Q & A with Paul and his casting associate follows.

Executive Guest Panel (participants subject to change):


Judy BoalsJUDY BOALS - Talent Agency Owner / Judy Boals Talent & Literary, Inc.

An agent with over 30 years experience in representing talent Judy's clients appear in principal roles in major studio film, independent film, and television series projects, plus Broadway, national tours, and at the country's most prestigious regional theaters. Judy's clients appear as Series Regulars in Snowfall (Carter Hudson), 13 Reasons Why, Orange Is The New Black, Person of Interest, Hostages, Elementary, Law & Order, and star with Shia Labouef in the presently shooting upcoming film Borg VS. McEnroe. Clients in film also appeared in the Coen Brother's film Llewyn Davis, M. Night Shymalan's The Last Airbender, Shrink with Kevin Spacey, The Great Observer, Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler, Brooklyn's Finest with Richard Gere, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee with Robin Wright, An Englishman in New York with John Hurt, Jim Carrey's I Love You Phillip Morris and Ricky Gervais' and Tea Leoni's Ghost Town.

Current Broadway and National Tour bookings include: Hamilton, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Something Rotten on Broadway, Phantom, and Wicked. Regionally JBTL clients lead at TONY-award winning regional theaters including Huntington Stage, Long Wharf, Barter Theatre, The Guthrie, Old Globe, The Roundabout, and many more prominent theaters.

Also a literary agent, Judy is proud to work with esteemed playwrights Lee Blessing, David Greenspan, Dael Orlandersmith and Sam Shepard among others. JBTL actors on the roster can be found on stages around the world and starring in film and television.

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


DGRW JOSH PULTZ - Senior Legit Talent Agent / DGRW

Josh Pultz is a senior agent at DGRW Talent; he has been with the company since 1998. During his time in NYC Josh has also worked in not-for-profit theatre, general management with Cameron Mackintosh, radio, and as head of an independent production company. At DGRW, Josh handles all Legit areas with clients currently starring on TV (The Affair, Younger, The Path, Hawaii 5-0, Madam Secretary, House of Cards, The Blacklist, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). His clients also appear as principals on Broadway (Beautiful, Book of Mormon, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Waitress, Finding Neverland, Les Miserables and the upcoming Bronx Tale and War Paint) and in major and independent film projects. He is a regular speaker at NYC acting studios and a consultant to colleges and universities across the country including Point Park.

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


MARGARET EMORY - Senior Legit Talent Agent / SW ARTISTS

 Margaret Emory has worked in entertainment representation for over 25 years. A former Legit agent at Dulcina Eisen Associates she now leads the Legit and Commercial departments for SW ARTISTS representing both union and non-union talent for television, film, theatre and commercials (both on camera and voice-over). SW ARTISTS represents adults as well as young talent under the age of 18. Limited freelancing with an eye to sign.

Margaret's clients continually book major screen projects some of which recently include: The Blacklist, House of Cards, Steven Soderbergh's The Knick, The Code with Morgan Freeman, Hope Springs with Meryl Streep, and The English Teacher starring Julianne Moore, Nathan Lane and Greg Kinnear. Maragret's clients are plentiful on Broadway appearing in, but not limited to: The Book of Mormon, Beautiful, Wicked, and American Psycho. Her clients also book principal roles in national tours, and at leading U.S. regional theaters, and in national commercials.

A past adjunct professor at Marymount College, where she taught a "Business of Acting" course, Margaret Emory is the author of "Ask an Agent," a guidebook for actors. Ms. Emory is a graduate of Princeton University, the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. Emory is a member of New York Women in Film and Television. A native New Yorker, Margaret is also a song lyricist, and tennis enthusiast.

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


Workshop Leader

PAUL RUSSELL - Paul Russell Casting, Director, & Author

Paul Russell’s career as a casting director, director, and former actor spans projects for major film studios. His involvement with casting principal talent includes over 500 projects covering: 20th Century Fox, HBO; television networks CBS and NBC Emmy-winning episodics and half-hour comedies, Broadway, and regional theater. His work as a casting director is recognized with the Drama Desk winning (best casting ensemble) 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 Asolo, San Jose Rep. Two River Theatre Co., Florida Stage, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Lark Theatre Company, Barter Theatre (TONY recipient) and over a dozen more NYC and regional theaters.

As a director Russell worked with John Guare directing Mr. Guare’s A FREE MAN OF COLOR. Paul also directs for the TONY-winning Barter Theatre, in New York, and for the screen. This past summer Paul directed the U.S. Regional Premiere of MAMMA MIA!

Paul is the author of the best-selling acting book for actors ACTING: Make It Your Business - How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor (Penguin Random House). He teaches master classes at over two-dozen universities including: Elon, Wright State University, Illinois Wesleyan 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.


- Registration & Dates (click here) -


What actors are saying...


"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 toward my dreams. Thanks for the road map! I am so grateful!"

Erica Camarano



"Your class has helped me tremendously.

Thanks to your class I am now working with Margaret Emory from SW Artists!"

Gonzalo Trigueros



"Paul helped me to improve my career.

He taught me skills, not gimmicks.

I'm thankful for his straight answers, insightful advice, and the constructive critiques that came from years of experience"

Joseph Christensen




"Paul Russell's direction and insight
has truly empowered
and inspired me!


My confidence in myself and my craft is back and better than ever and I feel like I can take on the world!

Katie Martin





- Dates & Registration -

Classes are on hiatus while Paul Russell focuses on casting the national tour of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, directing, and a new writing project.



A Modern, Mid-town Manhattan Studio

- WHO:

Only 10 Actors per Series - Actors 18 yrs. & over





    In accordance with SAG-AFTRA advisory: Lead instructor and guest advisers' participation does not connote offers of employment or representation to class participants. These classes are for educational purposes only and will not secure or provide opportunity for employment in the field or representation by an agent.


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"I just came from a class with my seniors and I expect your ears were burning for the last hour or so- they LOVED this weekend and all you gave them, so THANKS from me. We will want to bring you back again.

In just a few days, you had a big impact here - so tell those NYU students to appreciate what they have in you - We certainly do!"

Fredrick J. Rubeck
Department Chair and
Professor of Performing Arts
Elon University

"Your class has helped me tremendously. Thanks to your class I am now working with Margaret Emory from SW Artists! Proud to say that I starred in my first full feature!"

Gonzalo Trigueros

"I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart....

"...thank you for coming and teaching your master classes at Illinois Wesleyan. It was probably one of the most intensive things I've ever done and was definitely worthwhile. Right now I have twenty-two pages of notes and a fifteen minute recording from your lessons! ...these are probably some of the best notes I've taken all year." 

Julia Chicchino
Illinois Wesleyan University


"Thank you again for your wonderful seminar. I was called in by Dustin Flores.

The work you do on the business side of acting is truly remarkable and needed by every actor. Just thought you should be commended for your hard work. Thanks a ton!"

Stephen Joshua Thompson

"Paul helped me to see what I could do to improve my career.

He taught me skills, not gimmicks, and now I can show the world my professional appearance as it reflects my style and skills.

I'm thankful for his straight answers, insightful advice, and the constructive critiques that came from years of experience."

Joseph Christensen


"From the two agencies that called me back I signed with The Mine. I love you Paul!

Thanks so much for all your wisdom, time and “inner monologues” guiding me in the right direction. As this was my first try to make a real go of it in NYC, this class was just what I needed to get inspired and get my ass in gear.

I’m truly taking all of your advice to heart and have already begun to make changes. I know with your voice in my ear, I’ll make the best choices. Thanks again!"

A'lisa Miles

"Paul's lecture at Temple University was an incredibly informative session where he illustrated key points on how undergraduate theatre students such as myself can better prepare for successful careers in the entertainment industry.

Mr. Russell skillfully commanded an audience of almost 200 students and gave us invaluable tips and advice as to the realities of such a competitive profession."

RJ McGee
Temple University

"Thank you for bringing your wisdom and advice to our students. I am so glad we were able to bring you back, and it is my wish to continue to do so."

Greg Hellems
Associate Professor - Acting/Musical Theatre
Wright State University

"I cannot thank you enough for sharing all of your wisdom with us at Illinois Wesleyan! It was a life changing experience and I definitely look at the business of theatre in a whole new light. I feel like I can conquer the world and any audition after learning everything you taught us.

On Sunday, I applied some of your audition techniques, and it worked to my advantage - I got a callback! I just want to let you know I think very highly of you, and your passion for actors is really inspiring. Simply changing my scene made the world of a difference, and really showed that you cared and wanted me to succeed. The business needs more people like you! I really hope our paths cross again soon, and that we will stay in contact. You rock!"

Evan Dolan
Illinois Wesleyan University

Thank you! I know that the students received a lot of important information from you!

It was both humbling and invigorating for them. I will be doing all that I can to make sure they stay on top of all that you have taught them!

I hope that we can have you return again! I know that what you have to offer cannot be said enough. I feel as if I cannot thank you enough, but thank you!

Joseph W. Mason
Instructor | Musical Theatre
Department of Theatre & Dance
Southeast Missouri State University

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

J. P. Groeninger

"I can’t begin to express how much I enjoyed your class. I now have the tools I need to continue to pursue my goals and the agency (Independent Artists) to boot!

Thank you so very much for your insight, your encouragement, and your recommendation."

Crystal Kellogg

"I enjoyed our talks and certainly profited from your classes. We’ve already incorporated many of your suggestions in our “Audition” class. I do hope we can bring you back soon."

Dr. Robert McGill, Professor
Department of Theatre Arts
University of Central Oklahoma

"Thank you for taking time out of your day to share with our membership your wisdom and humor!  It was a truly wonderful evening and I am so happy you've been brought into the SAG Foundation family!

Stacey Jackson
Director of Special Events
SAG Foundation

"Thanks so much for coming to Wright State again this year to work with us. I hope Joe Deer invites you back for years to come--your expertise and advise is invaluable I feel like a pro now as I enter the "real world"!"

Ian Benjamin
Wright State University

""I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming to see us at Elon.

Your workshop gave me a lot of answers I didn't know I even had questions for.  I am so thankful to have had you here and I wish you the absolute best as you've given me nothing less than that.  A reminder to us all: Don't lose the child. Never lose the child." 

Sarah Nutt
Elon University

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