FACULTY


John DeSotelle - Artistic Director, Meisner Teacher

 

Founder of the John DeSotelle Acting Studio created around Meisner-based actor training that opened its doors in New York City in January 2013. He is also the Artistic Director of The Nu•ance Theatre, established to work in association with the Studio.

Mr. DeSotelle has been acting and directing on stage, in tv and film for more than 20 years, and
has been training actors since 2001 - on a university level as well as through individual and classroom instruction. In addition, he has worked with American Idol finalists, conducted a variety of acting workshops for adults and teens and has coached privately both in California and New York.  In 1994 he originated the Fitzwater Theater Company in Sacramento, California; which later moved to upstate New York.
 Mr. DeSotelle 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, Mr. DeSotelle’s experience, vision and work has brought him to the development of this Studio and Theatre and all the unique "nuances" found within.


 

Caiti Lattimer - Movement

 

A certified teacher of the Williamson Physical Technique for Actors, Ms. Lattimer has an extensive background in physical theater, devised work and dance-theater. Introduced to the Williamson technique by Janice Orlandi, she went on to study the work with Loyd Williamson himself at The Actors Movement Studio and The Tamarack Lodge over the course of eight years.

Ms. Lattimer is a graduate of the John DeSotelle Acting Studio, and has also trained at The Actors Movement Studio Conservatory, Headlong Dance Theatre, and The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

 

She is also a working NYC actress. Recent credits include Charles Mee's newest play, Versaille 2016 (This is Not a Theatre Company), Lynn Nottage’s Las Meninas (New Brooklyn Theatre), Son of Cock Strong (Peculiar Works Project, La MaMa), and Richard Schechner’s world premiere of Imagining, O (East Coast Artists) which the NY Times called “Immersive theater with a purpose.”


 

Kristian Nekrasov - Guest Teacher

 

An award-winning actor who has appeared on the German stage, film and television, Mr. Nekrasov 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” by Moliere, 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. Mr. Nekrasov is a coach for various film production companies, as well as privately.  He has studied Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Eric Morris, and Michael Chekhov – yet considers himself a devote Meisner actor and teacher.

Kristian Wanzl Nekrasov attended the diploma acting education at the Schauspiel-Akademie Zürich, Switzerland, in 1985.

 

Janice Orlandi - Guest Teacher

 

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.



Gene Terruso - Guest Teacher

 

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.

 

Mr. Terruso 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.