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A Little About Us

We hold the belief that acting, at its best is a creative art. Moreover, we believe that excellence can only be achieved through mastery of the actor’s craft. “Every actor needs a technique”.

 

John DeSotelle Studio is a uniquely specialized Professional Acting Studio, providing every actor who leaves here with solid acting technique based in the Sanford Meisner, work with courses designed to work in concert with the full arc of Sanford Meisner’s work.

The Studio welcomes all students with a sincere determination to develop their craftsmanship as professional actors.

We believe great acting is more than just talent; it is about learning a solid foundational technique, mastering those skills and then understanding how to work whatever the situation or role.  This demands time, effort and dedication, not only from our acting students but from the Studio itself, for it is out of respect for our students’ aspirations that we set our standards of teaching as high as those aims.

We provide training for actors at all points in their careers, interested in working towards mastery of the full Meisner Acting Technique. Studio classes are small and select, offering a caring and supportive environment and an intimate, personal approach to developing a strong acting foundation.

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Mission

The John DeSotelle Studio a (Meisner Technique based acting school)  works with a simple mission: to provide serious, in-depth actor training, to offer a place for continuing practice for actors in all stages of their careers, to create innovative and impactful theatre from Shakespeare to the modern classics and beyond, and to foster a true community and home for actors, designers, writers, anyone with an artistic dream to gather, collaborate, and grow.

Community

Community is the backbone of creative collaboration, and it is an aspect of our Studio of which we are deeply proud. (Click Here to schedule a tour) Too often, an actor’s training ends once they have just begun to understand their acting technique.  Leaving them wanting the mentorship, friendship, and collaborative opportunities they need to continue to develop their craft. In answer to this, we set out from day one to provide those aspects of training and community: a true hive of creativity and encouragement through which an actor might strengthen their technique/craft and develop their career to its fullest.

Our studio holds regular ” Cold Reading Nights“, at which all may gather to practice and enjoy the company of peers, sitting down at a table together over a potluck and a play.

All regular workshops offer outreach to those looking for a place to begin, or continue a path they wish to revisit.

Our expert staff are always ready with a cup of coffee and an attentive ear, and our student library is always open for perusal.

Our students in training enjoy rehearsal space without charge, and unrivaled mentorship from our teachers and colleagues, as well as exposure to the master teachers, artists, and production companies who frequent our classrooms and stage.

Those drawn towards directing, design, playwriting or producing find equal encouragement and opportunity to pursue their art, and are always given professional guidance, and opportunity.

Both first and second year students are given the challenge of producing their own festivals, with a deliberate touch of support and empowerment, designed to give them the experience and confidence to create their own work and further practice their acting technique.

So too are they encouraged to learn through our professional Mainstage company, Nuance Theatre Co., and its adjoining Nubox Theatre series, the Parlor Plays, and the Studio Series.

The John DeSotelle community does not close to its members upon completion of a program, but is continuously enriched and expanded by those who add their spark: and all are welcome to come through our open doors.