An intensive course in audition preparation. Course will focus on developing monologue material, mastering both the technical and the artistic aspects of a professional audition, and learning to experience each audition as a welcome performance opportunity.
Joe Martin has directed over 50 professional productions, as well as student productions at universities in the DC area. He is a four-time recipient of Fulbrights in Theatre for his international work, and a two-time recipient of Rockefeller Foundation grants for original theatrical creations. His credits include major works by Strindberg, Tennessee Williams, his own stage adaptation of Rumi’s MATHNAVI, Buchner, Dario Fo, Shakespeare, Brecht, Sam Shepard, Chekhov, Ibsen, among many others, including his own original works. He has been a regular instructor in Viewpoints at the El Haddawi Winter School for performance near Munich, and at summer institutes at American University and Catholic University in Washington DC. He is the author of several dozen original plays, adaptations and translations. Since 2009 he has been part of the faculty team building the Theatre Arts and Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University, where he is a full-time lecturer.
Michael Russotto is a professional actor and director who has appeared on many Washington-area stages, including Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Theater J, Olney Theatre Center, Signature Theatre, Theatre Alliance, The Folger Theatre, MetroStage, Rep Stage, and Studio Theatre. Regionally he has worked at Cleveland Play House and Franklin Stage Company. Recent roles include Alex in Heisenberg at Signature, and Reverend Parris in The Crucible at Olney. Michael has received several Helen Hayes Award Nominations each in the categories of Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Ensemble. He has directed at The Actors' Theatre of Washington (cofounder), MetroStage, Source Theatre, The Washington Shakespeare Company, Studio Theatre, The Theatre Lab, and The National Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is an Associate Artist at Olney Theatre Center, and a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. In addition, Michael is a narrator of recorded books for the Library of Congress.