FACULTY


John DeSotelle - Acting

 

Actor, Director and Educator, Managing Director of the Studio and Artistic Director of the Nuance Theatre Co,; John has been involved in all aspects of the theater for more than 25 years. He has worked in film, television and regional theater, taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, developed a number of specialized acting workshops for adults, teens and children and has been coaching actors in New York and California since 2001. In 1994 he originated the Fitzwater Theater Company in Sacramento, California; which later moved to upstate New York.
Directing credits include: Proof, Hamlet, Awake and Sing!, Condemned, Waiting for Lefty, Raft of the Medusa, Equus, Wait Until Dark, Tales of Edgar Alan Poe, The Black Cat, Telltale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado
John received his BA in Acting and Directing from the University of Southern California (USC) and an MFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University under the tutelage of William Esper, Maggie Flannigan, Loyd Williamson, and Lenard Petit, among other great talents.  From his introduction and total emersion in this specialized training an authentic and compelling acting foundation with the Meisner work at its core was realized and cultivated. Along with further study of Chekhov, Hagen, Stanislavski, Williamson and Spolin, John’s experience, vision and work has brought him to the development of this Studio and Theatre and all the unique "nuances" found within.


 

Janice Orlandi - Movement

 

Extensive training with Anne Bogart and Lloyd Williamson, Certified Master Teacher and teacher trainer of Williamson Physical Technique for Actors, including Period Style movement and dance. Certified teacher of Michael Chekhov Technique. Trained in Viewpoints and Composition with Anne Bogart, Tina Landau and SITI Company. Trained in Rasaboxes with founder Richard Schechner NYU Performance Studies.
Teaching experiences at: Actors Movement Studio NYC, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Atlantic Theater
Company, University of the Arts College of Performing Arts PA, Mason Gross School of the Arts; Rutgers University, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, School for Film and Television, State Theatre School in Odense, Denmark, and Ophelia Theatre School in Copenhagen; Lindenberg Centrum voor de Kunsten, Netherlands; New York State Summer School of the Arts, Esper Studio, Maggie Flanagan Studio, Gately Poole Studio NYC. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Education Artistic Director and founder of Sumner Institute for Physical Theatre, and Teen Shakespeare Conservatory NYC, A Founding Member of Expanded Arts & Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, NYC.

 

Mickey Pantano - Voice / Speech

 

Mickey Pantano is a professional actress and a voice / speech coach providing training for the professional actor. Mickey studied with Robert Neff Williams (Voice and Diction), William Esper (Meisner Method and Master Class), Nikos Psacharopoulos (WIlliamstown Theater Festival), Joanne Zipay (Shakespeare), Deena Kaye (Singing), and Lloyd Williamson (Actor's Movement Studio). She taught Oral Interpretation in Salzburg, Austria, through a scholarship from The Pennsylvania Consortium for International Education. She has a BS in Speech and Theater from Clarion University. A member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA.

NYC acting credits include Hamlet (Nuance Theater) The Comic Artist (June Havoc Theater), The Skin of Our Teeth (Playwrights Horizon), Agave (NY Fringe Festival), The Inner Circle (Sande Shurin Theater), Measure for Measure, The House of Bernarda Alba, Trick or Treat (The Kraine), Burnt Sugar Cake (The Triad), The Secret Language of Circumstance (Ensemble Studio Theater), Court of Two Sisters (The Belt), Sin Chronos City (Raw Space). Regional credits include Mame, Snow Angel, Anything Goes and Lysistrata. Film: Return, Happy Birthday Lady and The Little Man of the House.

 

Christopher Tramantana - Clown

 

Christopher is an actor, director, and educator. A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, he has acted professionally in theatre, film, and television.  He has taught Clown, Games, and Play at NYU Tisch’s Meisner Studio, The Graduate Acting Program at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, here at John DeSotelle Studio in NYC, and at Queensborough Community College.  He studied with Jane Nichols, Aitor Basauri, and Jim Calder; head of Movement for The NYU Tisch graduate acting program.  But the most life changing experience occurred when he met Christopher Bayes; master teacher of Clown at The Juilliard

School and head of Physical Acting at Yale School of Drama. He studied Clown and Commedia d’ell Arte extensively with Bayes, at The Funny School of Good Acting, before being invited to study under him as his teaching apprentice. Christopher assisted Bayes at Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School, and The Funny School of Good Acting, and is one of a small number of teachers Bayes has mentored.  Directing credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Metamorphoses, Our Town, You Can’t Take It With You, Antigone, Sweeney Todd, and Into The Woods. Christopher holds a BA in Performance from Fordham College and Lincoln Center and an MFA in Acting from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Mari Lyn Henry - Career Intelligence

 

Author, teacher, image and career coach, Mari Lyn has guided thousands of actors to successful careers in film, TV and theatre for over 40 years as Director of Casting for ABC/NY for 13 years, and through her own career coaching business. She is the founder of the Society for the Preservation of Theatrical History whose mission is to reacquaint today’s actors with the great actresses and visionaries of the 19th and early 20th centuries.  www.SocietyPTH.com. She serves as the  director of the heritage program for the League of Professional Theatre Women, and is also the VP of Membership.  Mari Lyn is the producer of Stage Struck: Reclaiming the lives of famous Actresses from the Past and several versions of Suffragists From the Stage.

Her workshops on on-camera techniques, script analysis, auditioning and impression management have been very successful in cities and universities across the country. CAREER INTELLIGENCE Seminars about “The Business of the Business” are based on her best-selling book How To Be A Working Actor,  (Howtobeaworkingactor.com). Mari Lyn is currently writing a book for Allworth Press entitled THE TOTAL ACTOR: A CAREER GUIDE FOR SURVIVAL, SUCCESS AND STAYING POWER which will be published in 2019.

She teaches audition techniques and the business of acting at Circle in the Square Theatre School  (NYC) and here at John Desotelle Studio Conservatory. She holds a B.A. in Speech and Drama from San Jose State University; M.A. in Theatre History from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

 

Gene Terruso - Guest Teacher

 

Gene is the former Artistic Director of Off-Broadway’s historic Provincetown Playhouse, where he staged A Mountain of Sundays with Oscar-winner Kim Hunter. While at the Provincetown, he developed the theatre’s New Play Series. He has taught at Rutgers University, the Pratt Institute, and Northern Illinois University (where he served as Director of the School of Theatre and Dance). Mr. Terruso was the eighth President in the 114-year history of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, has served as Director of the School of Theatre Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and holds an MFA from Rutgers University.
New York directing credits include Mamet’s The Blue Hour at Playwrights’ Horizons, The Actor’s Nightmare and Sister Mary Ignatius at the Nat Horne Theatre on Off-Broadway’s Theatre Row, the inaugural production of the American Ibsen Theatre, When We Dead Awaken, and Slices by Second City’s Barbara Hobart at the McCarter Theatre.