The New Year is right around the corner! Start your year off with a class!


Our first class of the Spring is Acting for Film with Paula Russell! Don’t forget- classes make great gifts!!


“Hi Paula- Thank you! I wouldn’t even been in this commercial if it wasn’t for your direction! I had a really great teacher who taught me how to listen and stay real, even when there isn’t anyone there to react off of. :-)) I seriously could not have had a better teacher to get me into acting 😀 ” -Dave G.


ACTING FOR FILM  led by Paula Russell
This beginning to advanced beginning acting for film class is the most popular class in our Film series. The instructor focuses on achieving a naturalistic acting style through honesty and vulnerability. The emphasis is on energy, personal power, personality and enjoyment. The students’ work will be explored through improvisation and scene study from film and television scripts with some videotaping and playback for critique. Suggested prerequisite: Beginning Acting for Film & Stage or other previous acting training.   

Jan 7 – Feb 11        (6 weeks)     Wednesdays     7-10pm     $191     DRAM 3010 200


Read about Paula Russell:
Paula Russell is a professional actor, singer and director with 30 years of teaching experience. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA, Actors Equity and TXMPA, AFF, The Austin Film Society and is a founding member of Austin Creative Alliance. In Los Angeles, she interned by invitation as director-in-training on Taxi, Cheers, WKRP and Newhart under James Brooks, James Burroughs, Will McKenzie, Joan Darling; and directed at the famed Ensemble Studio Theatre, Cast Theatre, Actors Playhouse.
In Austin, Paula directed two plays at the Long Center Rollins Theatre and continues to coach casts for film and theatre. Among others, she coached the lead actor in Austin High that premiered at 2011 SXSW, lead actor in Slackers 2011, two of the lead actors for Lovers of Hate (Sundance, SXSW and Netflix) and the lead actor in Zero Charisma in 2012. Under Actors Equity, Ms. Russell both performed the lead role and directed the musical, Always, Patsy Cline. The Paula Russell Band plays frequently at Austin venues. She coaches privately in addition to teaching at the State Theatre School of Acting.

…and there are many other great classes available at The State Theatre School of Acting. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.


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Phone: 512-692-0517  Fax: 512-472-7199 (click on INFO then State Theatre School of Acting)


“In performance, it is the actor’s job to be generous, with their skills and with themselves. In fact, generosity is one of the marks of a great actor. How can this generosity be reciprocated by the viewer in order to maintain it? It cannot. And the actor should not look for reciprocation. An actor’s performance is a gift given away freely, and the viewer comes to accept the gift. This ritual is at the core of the actor-audience relationship, it’s part of what makes it unique and special.
The actor’s performance is a gift.” – James Devereaux






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