Paul Kassel

Interim Dean, School of Fine & Performing ArtsPaul Kassel

Area: Acting, Performance, Directing
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Office: CT 118
Phone: (845) 257-3860

Office Hours:
By appointment only

Professor Kassel has taught courses in the Performance and Theatre Studies areas, including all levels of acting, improvisation, and play analysis.  He has also directed many plays in the Mainstage season.

His book, Acting: An Introduction to the Art and Craft of Playing, was published by Allyn & Bacon in April 2006.  A new book, The Actor's Path: An Evolutionary Approach to the Art and Craft of Playing will be published by RPullin/Focus Publishing in 2013.

A professional actor, director, and writer, Professor Kassel has worked off, and off-off Broadway, in regional theaters, and in a number of films, several television shows, and industrial presentations.

He has written four original plays and several adaptations, and his scholarly work includes the book, several articles, and many conference presentations on acting and performance theory. Paul is the founding managing editor of The Players' Journal (, written by and for actors and teachers of acting.

Paul received his MFA in Acting from the Florida State/Asolo Conservatory of Professional Actor Training. He is a member of Actors' Equity Association and the Screen Actors' Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.