Scenes in Performance
“The instructor was so helpful, supportive, and provided so much individualized support and mentoring."
Some performance issues can only be explored when an audience is involved. This course adds that crucial element to the traditional scene study mix. Students will rehearse scenes under the guidance of the instructor, with attention paid to all aspects of the acting. The course includes a performance for an invited audience and discussion of performance issues that may have arisen, such as nervousness, the give and take of energy between audience and performers, and when and how to incorporate feedback.
Online Class: Our March/April 2021 classes will take place entirely online via Zoom. Classes require live participation at the scheduled times using your own device. Zoom is most effective when used on a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Students using a cellphone to access class are likely to experience reduced functionality that may limit their ability to participate fully in class. Please review the technical requirements necessary to take part in an online class before enrolling. If these requirements pose any difficulties for you, please let us know.
Financial Aid: In an effort to make more classes financially accessible to students during the COVID-19 crisis, we are offering more financial aid than ever. If attending our courses at this time at full price would be difficult for you, please apply for assistance. Early Spring 2021 financial aid applications are due by February 22, 2021.
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, and a visual artist who creates unique, one-of-a-kind greeting cards, currently being sold on Arena Stage’s Artists Marketplace, and on ETSY.