Creating a Role

"The instructor helped us to work together as a group which in turn helped us to develop really unique quality artistic pieces that transitioned uniquely in our show's production.''

This double-session course is designed to give students the experience of preparing a complex role from the beginning of a rehearsal process through the moment of performance. Working with both a professional director and a professional actor, students explore all the elements of acting in a full production, including text analysis, dramaturgy, character development, blocking, giving focus, taking direction, connecting to other actors, and dealing with the audience. This offering of the course culminates in four public performances of As You Like It, one of Shakespeare’s most accessible and enjoyable comedies.

Casting will be even more open than usual – in fact, we’ll be intentionally casting many roles with actors who might not think of themselves as the traditional right “type.” Even if you think your days of playing ingenues are over, or if you don't identify as a woman, in this production you can still be considered for the role of young Rosalind. We're throwing traditional preconceptions about character types -- race/ethnicity/gender/age -- out the window altogether as we cast lots of fun and challenging roles for students of all levels. No Shakespeare experience necessary. An added instructor will be on hand to help with interpreting the text. Auditions are low–key – no monologue required. Email to schedule an audition slot for Thursday, December 19 from 6-8pm.

Price: $630.00


Creating a Role - Winter
Price: $630.00
Start Date: 1/14/2020 | End Date: 4/4/2020
Day of the week: Tuesday
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Instructor(s): Randy Baker & Michael Russotto

Class meets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from January 14-April 4

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7–10pm
Tech: Friday, March 27, 7-10pm; Saturday, March 28, 12-6pm; Tuesday, March 31, 6–10pm; Wednesday, April 1, 6–10pm
Evening performances April 2, 3, 4 Additional matinee performance on April 4


Randy Baker is a playwright, director and co-Artistic Director of Rorschach Theatre. Recent shows he has directed with Rorschach include Very Still and Hard to See (Five Helen Nominations including Best Director), The Electric Baby, She Kills Monsters, The Minotaur and After the Quake. Recent shows he has directed outside of Rorschach include the seven-room living installation piece, Hello, My Name Is… at The Welders (Three Helen Nominations including Best Director), a shadow puppet gamelan-inspired A Midsummer Night’s Dream at WSC Avant Bard, Big Love at Catholic University, Anon/ymous at Georgetown University and his own adaptation of Rashomon at American University. Recent playwriting projects include Forgotten Kingdoms and Truth & Beauty Bombs at Rorschach Theatre and workshops and educational productions of The Burning Road (Arena Stage), Monastery (Theater J), Rash?mon (American University and Spooky Action Theatre), Circus of Fallen Angels (NCDA and American University) and wild42hold (George Washington University).






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.