A Little About Us
We are committed to 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.
John DeSotelle Studio is a uniquely specialized Professional Acting Studio, providing a strong, in-depth Meisner-based acting program, 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 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 technique. Studio classes are deliberately small and select, offering a caring and supportive environment and an intimate, personal approach to developing a strong acting foundation.
The Studio 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 classics to new works, and to foster a true community and home for artists to gather, collaborate, and grow.
Community is the backbone of creative collaboration, and it is an aspect of our Studio of which we are deeply proud. Too often, an actor’s training ends abruptly with their graduation, 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 and develop their career.
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.
Our 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.
So too are they encouraged to learn through our professional Mainstage company, Nuance Theatre, and its adjoining blackbox series, the Parlor Plays, and the Studio Series.
Our 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.