"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!"
for a great seminar.
We’re calling in seven
of the actors…"
- Agency Owner
Judy Boals, Inc.
"I got called back, met and signed with the team at Judy Boals Inc.!
I booked my first two co-stars on network television...
LAW & ORDER: SVU and HOSTAGES.
And just this week, I booked my third co-star on CBS’ UNFORGETTABLE
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
Class Curriculum (NYC):
Only 10 Actors Accepted per Series
- Week 1: Evaluation & Advisement of Your Reel from Paul Russell
- 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
(Paul Russell Casting, Director, Author)
Adviser Panel - Dec. 2014
(subject to change)
(Partner / Casting Director at Telsey & Co. - CSA)
(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:
- Craig Burns
- Jen Rudin
- Todd Thaler
- Paul Russell
CRAIG BURNS - (Partner & Casting Director - Telsey & Co. CSA) has been a staple of the Manhattan casting office Telsey + Company, where he's worked since 1998. He worked on the NBC series SMASH. His Broadway and National Tour casting credits include Titanic, The Last Ship, IF/THEN, Evita, Godspell, Sister Act, Priscilla Queen of The Desert, Wicked, Legally Blonde, The Color Purple, 9 To 5, Cry-Baby, Grey Gardens, Tarzan, Sweeney Todd, All Shook Up, Dirty Rotten Scounderals, Taboo, Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Show, Aida, and Saturday Night Fever. He cast the Off-Broadway productions of Nobody Loves You, Bare (2012), Dogfight, and Carrie; the concert versions of Sweeney Todd (2014), Ragtime, and Jerry Springer - The Opera; and and the West End production of Love Never Dies. His regional theatre casting credits include Grease (Paper Mill Playhouse, 2014), Allegiance (Old Globe Theatre), Once On This Island (Paper Mill Playhouse), Merrily We Roll Along (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), and White Noise (Royal George Theatre). A Long Island native, Craig holds a BFA in Drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is a member of the Casting Society of America.
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 www.jenrudin.com 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 Mac, Illuminata, Romance & 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 Business – How 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.