"I'm STILL booking
through About Artists Agency.
All thanks to your master classes! Thank you! "
for a great seminar.
We’re calling in seven
of the actors…"
- Agency Owner
Judy Boals, Inc.
Four Week Acting Career Advancement Intensive
How Actors Create More Opportunities!
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.
- better auditions
- expand opportunities
- improve acting
- tailor actor branding
For All Actors: Represented & Non-Represented
(Paul Russell Casting, Director, Author)
Adviser Panel - May 2014
(subject to change)
(Talent Agency Owner, The Roster)
(Talent Manager - Owner, Thompson Talent Management)
ALISON FRANCK, CSA
(Casting Director, Liz Lewis Casting Partners)
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
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 Business – How 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.