FACULTY


John DeSotelle - Acting

 

Founder and Master Meisner Teacher of the Studio and Artistic Director of the Nu•ance Theatre Co,; a professional theater established to work in association with the Studio.
John has been acting, directing and teaching in the theater for more than 20 years. He has worked in film, television and regional theater, taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, developed a number of 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!, 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..

 

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, 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. Tramantana 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

 

Mari Lyn has guided thousands of actors to successful careers in film, TV and theatre for over 40 years. Upon leaving her position after thirteen years as Director of Casting, East Coast for ABC/NY, she launched an image and career coaching business. Her workshops on on-camera techniques, script analysis, auditioning, and impression management have been very successful in cities and universities across the country as well as in Toronto, London, Oxford and Sydney. She co-authored the 'bible of the biz' - How to be a Working Actor - now in its 25th year - receiving praise from industry professionals, educators and celebrities.

She is currently teaching audition skills for the camera in the conservatory progam at Michael Howard Studios in New York City. As a guest faculty member at Circle in the Square Theatre School she advises actors-in-training about career preparation and audition techniques. She has been the industry showcase consultant for the University of Florida, Florida State University, the Hartt School in Connecticut and the New World School of the Arts/Miami. She is currently the Vice President of Programs for the League of Professional Theatre Women (www.theatrewomen.org). Having earned her B.A. in Speech and Drama at San Jose State University, she also holds an M.A. in Theatre from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She believes with Mark Twain that "training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond and a cauliflower is a cabbage with some education."

 

Kristian Nekrasov - Acting, Chekhov

 

An award-winning actor who has appeared on the German stage, film and television, Kristian is probably best known for his role as Prior Walter in the German production of “Angels in America”. He has performed in over 80 roles including Alceste in“Misanthrope”, Orestes in “Andromache” of Racine and Lopachin in Anton Chekhov’s “Cherry Orchard”. In addition Mr. Nekrasov has appeared in numerous television series, TV movies and in films, both in leading and supporting roles.
He is the founder of the Actors Studio „Studio 22“ in Berlin and has directed various plays there and at other theatres such as at the Theatre Ulm, at the Theatre Ravensburg, at the Greenhouse Theatre Berlin
and at the European Institute of Theatre in Berlin. He has more than 30 years of experience as an actor and as an acting teacher. He has taught at the Academy Berlin, the Etage, the Film Acting School Berlin,the University of Arts in Augsburg, the E.T.I. Berlin, the University of Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria, and the Susan Batson Studio in NYC. He has studied Meisner, Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Eric Morris, and Michael Chekhov – and considers himself a devote Meisner actor and teacher. Kristian attended the diploma acting education at the Schauspiel-Akademie Zürich, Switzerland, in 1985.

Gene Terruso - Bobby Lewis Portraits - 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.