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.



Amy Van Horne - On Camera


Amy Van Horne is a Meisner based acting teacher and professional audition coach. Amy
specializes in helping actors craft dynamic, vivid, winning auditions. She has a MFA in Acting
from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she studied under the tutelage
of William Esper and Maggie Flanigan. She has taught on-camera TV/Film technique,
monologue crafting and worked as a private acting coach for over 11 years in Los Angeles, CA.
She was previously on the acting faculty at the Maggie Flanigan Studio and is currently teaching first year Meisner technique and audition for the camera at NYCDA. Amy was a professional TV/ Film actor in L.A. in a career spanning over a decade. Her time spent in the industry places her in a unique position to fully understand and demystify the audition process and the many challenges of working on a professional TV/Film set


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..


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.”

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.