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Michael Russotto

Picture of Michael RussottoHello, I’m Michael Russotto.  As the son of a Navy doctor, I moved around quite a bit when I was growing up.  Among the many places my family lived during my father’s tours of duty were Portsmouth Virginia—where I was born; Newport, Rhode Island; North Merrick, New York; and even Naples, Italy.  Since 1979 I’ve lived in Washington, D.C.  In 1983 I graduated from American University with a degree in communications, specializing in film and television production.

My life took a slight detour after college, when I began seriously studying acting and vocal performance.  A proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors’ Guild, I now work full time as a professional actor, narrator, director and acting teacher.

In the late 1980s I began recording books commercially and in 1999 started reading for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress.  I’ve been fortunate to be able to narrate many wonderful books over the years, but some of my favorites in the NLS catalogue are Graham Greene’s The Man Within, Neil Gaiman’s M is for Magic, Clare Clark’s The Great Stink, and Alberto Moravia’s Conjugal Love.  In 2000 I was honored to receive an AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award for my Books on Tape recording of The Return of Little Big Man, by Thomas Berger.

As an actor in the theater-rich Washington metropolitan area, I have been lucky enough to perform on some of our nation’s most innovative and cutting-edge stages, including Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.  I am delighted to have been nominated for the Helen Hayes Award five times in various categories.  Favorite acting roles include Yvan in Yasmina Reza’s Art, at Signature Theatre and Alexandra in David Greenspan’s She Stoops to Comedy at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, where I am a longtime member of the acting company.

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Posted on 2013-06-28