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Catherine Russell has been on the faculty of NYU since 1981 where she teaches graduate and undergraduate acting. She is a working actress, having performed over 13,000 performances (a Guinness world record) in the Off-Broadway production of Perfect Crime. Her approach to acting is very practical. She is nurturing and yet honest and finds as much joy in her student’s progress and success as she does in performing. She takes pride in the fact that almost every student improves immeasurably in each six week session. Her teaching philosophy is that there is not one best acting method, but instead she incorporates techniques from a variety of teachers including Strasberg, Esper, Adler, and Meisner.





All classes are held in Manhattan at The Theater Center

at 50th St. and Broadway.
The main entrance is located at 210 W 50th St. between 8th Ave and Broadway.

Transit Options:
- 1 train to 50th St.
- N, R, W trains to 49th St.
- 42nd St. Port Authority Bus Terminal

This episode features Catherine Russell, urban legend/star of “Perfect Crime” Off-Broadway since 1987, and actor-turned-therapist Lisa Gajda.

It’s time to talk about what just happened.

Cancel me a little, hate me just enough.

Cry, but only at me, jeer…but not too rough.

Catherine Russell on Patten Disregard

Course Info

By taking a class at Russell Acting Studio you will gain confidence in your own ability to perform in front of people, develop a skill set to analyze text, and learn to make strong acting choices on your feet. Join a supportive community of people with diverse backgrounds pursing or exploring a career in the performing arts.  Most importantly find or re-find the joy in acting.

- All classes are six weeks in duration.
- All classes are taught on an Off-Broadway stage.
- Feedback is nurturing yet honest.
- Classes are comprised of students of all ages from 18 to 78.
- Show your work to an industry professional for feedback in the last of each session.  

Benefits for Returning Students

Once you take a class at Russell Acting Studio you will be allowed to purchase classes before the general public and at an alumni rate. You will also be given priority when there are waiting lists for classes or workshops. Additionally, you will be the first to know about special events including Special Workshops, Auditions, Free Seminars and more.