Directing for Actors
“This course on directing was helpful for the many opportunities to both direct and receive comprehensive and constructive feedback”
A challenging and fun class for actors interested in deepening their understanding of the craft of making theatre. This course breaks down the director's techniques into tools to help any actor with his or her scene work through exercises that demonstrate how analysis enhances emotion, how movement reveals meaning, and how space can tell a story. Gain a whole new perspective on your craft as an actor by learning how to look at a play from the director's side of the table. Each student will both direct and act, so a commitment to full attendance is important. Maximum enrollment is 6 students, to guarantee plenty of individual attention.
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.