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The Ripple Effect of a Polk State College Education

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Spanning the globe with his gift for instructing others in the art of breathing life into characters of stage and screen, Marc Durso, acting coach extraordinaire and Polk State College Distinguished Alumnus, has made a big splash in the performing arts world. Learning from and working with the greats of Broadway, television and film, he shares his knowledge with everyone from novices to Tony award winners. Read about how he exemplifies the far-reaching impact of a Polk State College education.

Marc Durso

Marc Durso

Marc Durso, honored with the Polk State College Distinguished Alumnus award in May 2010, is an acting coach who teaches the Hagen Process to clients all over the world. As the owner of ActTrue in South Florida, Marc has instructed students who have starred on Broadway and prime time TV and in Teen sitcoms, American and Latin soap operas, independent films, and national commercials.

Marc graduated from Polk State College (then Polk Community College) in 1980 with an Associate of Arts degree. He participated heavily in the Theater Arts program at the College and attributes his success to Polk State College’s former Theater Arts professor George Randolph. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Art from the University of South Florida in 1983. As a student of Master Teacher/Tony Award winner Uta Hagen, and then as her associate director of a NY premiere, he gained specific professional experience applying the Ten Object Exercises to the professional work environment. As a result of his study with Hagen and his associate directing experience with her protégé Tony Award winner/Director Charles Nelson Reilly, he passes on her teachings to new generations of actors. He has taught acting classes across the country and in Belgium, Germany, and Italy for the United States Armed Forces European Command.

Marc is an associate of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and a member of the Actors’ Equity Association. He has assisted Broadway directors Alan Arkin, Tony Stevens, Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, and Tony Award winner Charles Nelson Reilly. Marc is also a graduate of the Burt Reynolds Institute, where he studied with Tony Award winners and Broadway stars Julie Harris, Leonard Frye, Tom Troupe, and Jerry Herman.

Additionally, Marc has directed/associate directed for legendary Master Teacher Sanford Meisner, and NY and LA premieres starring Tony Award winners Uta Hagen and Fritz Weaver. He has written for a CBS animated series Cadillacs and Dinosaurs with head writer Steven de Souza, writer of the blockbuster films Die Hard and Beverly Hills Cop. Marc also assisted impresario James A. Doolittle in presenting the Baryshnikov, Kirov, Joffrey American Ballet Theatre and the Radio City Rockettes at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, and he has assisted in developing budgets for multi-million dollar productions. Marc connects artists from the film, TV, live theatre, and dance worlds on behalf of Florida’s entertainment industry by networking events, modern dance company performances, and charities in support of women’s organizations.