The Film Actors Studio      
About Us
For more than 15 years the Film Actors Studio has been a safe haven for trained actors who are looking for practical solutions to problems they may encounter on the set.

Through the guidance of Artistic Director Gregory Avellone, the professional actor will learn what their responsibilities are after they've been hired; what to say and what not to say, what kind of choices they can make, and are they the best choices, and what to expect and not expect from a director

Mr. Avellone is a graduate of Ohio State University and studied with Stella Adler subsequently landing roles in many stage and film productions, including such films as No Way Out, Bull Durham, China Moon, and Tin Cup. Avellone became vice-president of development of Kevin Costner's Tig Productions whose credits include, Dances With Wolves, The Bodyguard, Robin Hood, and Wyatt Earp. In 1994, he and John Otrin developed a distinctive workshop for actors that eventually became The Film Actors Studio. He has directed over 50 short films including Tina Gets her Man which is shown frequently on PBS. Mr. Avellone is currently working on several film projects.

John Otrin
has had over 160 speaking roles in film and television and has directed several plays. The hard working actor was once known as "Mr. Showcase" often running around Hollywood doing several in a single night. He has produced all of the short films
50+ that have been developed in the Short Film Lab.

Mr. Otrin is a graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University and once represented the U.S. in a celebrity chess tournament in Mazatlan Mexico. He was also the assistant entertainment director for the Mill Run theater in Chicago.  He performed for the Northern Lights Aids benefits along side of Helen Hunt and is involved in the Artists Rights Foundation. He has trained with Gordan Hunt, Second City, and Corey Allen.

Otrin appeared in Friday the 13th part VII and has become a fan favorite at horror conventions. He is set to star in two upcoming horror films, The Carrier and Scattered Bones.

John is currently the Executive Director of The Film Actors Studio. For more information on John go to IMDb.

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