Rusty Ferracane is a professional actor, singer, director and playwright, and has appeared in productions for regional theatres across the country including the American premier of Craig Bohmler’s musical Enter the Guardsman Off-Broadway. He was the founder and producing artistic director of the award-winning theatre company, The Actors Group. As a director, he has worked for many companies in Arizona, including Mesa Encore Theatre, Fountain Hills Theatre, Theater Works, Arizona Opera and ProMusica Arizona.  He has taught musical theatre performance at Arizona School for the Arts, Phoenix Theatre and The Taipei Performing Arts Center in Taiwan. He has written three plays and is currently writing the book for a new musical which was a semi-finalist in the National Music Theatre Conference at the O’Neill Center. Information on his two CDs and performance schedule are available on his website at www.RustyFerracane.com 


Off Broadway

Enter the Guardsman                 Wigmaster & Playwright (understudy)    Vineyard Theatre, NY                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                   Dir. Scott Wentworth

Regional (Selected Highlights)

Desperate Measures                 The Governor                                          North Coast Repertory, CA
                                                                                                                   Dir. Christopher Williams

Sound of Music                           Max Detweiler                                         Phoenix Theatre Company, AZ
                                                                                                                    Dir. Jeff Whiting

Fun Home                                   Bruce Bechdel                                        Phoenix Theatre Company, AZ
                                                                                                                   Dir. Robert Harper
                                                                                                                   The Spot, ID
                                                                                                                    Dir. Brent Mollenberg

Newsies                                      Joseph Pulitzer                                        Phoenix Theatre Company, AZ
                                                                                                                    Dir. Michael Barnard

Evita                                            Peron                                                      Phoenix Theatre Company, AZ
                                                                                                                    Dir. Robert Harper

South Pacific (Concert Version)  Emile De Becque                                     Phoenix Symphony, AZ
                                                                                                                     Conductor, Ted Sperling

Music Man (Concert Version)       Harold Hill                                               Phoenix Symphony, AZ
                                                                                                                     Conductor, Michael Christie

No Way to Treat a Lady                Kit                                                           Phoenix Theatre Company, AZ
                                                                                                                     Dir. Richard Roland

Man of LaMancha                        Quixote/Cervantes                                  Theater Works, AZ
                                                                                                                     Dir. D. Scott Withers

La Cage Aux Folles                      Georges                                                  Phoenix Theatre Company, AZ
                                                                                                                     Dir. Michael Barnard

Hamlet                                          King Claudius                                          Southwest Shakespeare, AZ
                                                                                                                      Dir. Richard Corley

Angels in America (Parts I & II)    Joe Pitt                                                    Actors Theatre, AZ 
                                                                                                                     Dir. Matthew Weiner

The Tempest                                 Antonio                                                   Southwest Shakespeare, AZ
                                                                                                                     Dir. Jared Sakren

Circle Mirror Transformation         Schultz                                                    Actors Theatre, AZ
                                                                                                                     Dir. Paul Mason Barnes


Legend                                          Amos White/Guest Star                          UPN

Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bomber    ER Doctor/Guest Star                  TLC

Pontiac Industrial                          Montana Minivan Customer                    Regional

Honeywell Training Films              Various                                                    Manley Films

U-Box by U Haul                            Dad                                                        Manley Films/Regional


Upcoming Event:

Previous events

The Prom

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The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

When Emma wants to take her girlfriend to the prom, the PTA cancels the dance and her story goes viral on social media. Little does she know, four faded and eccentric Broadway performers are on their way to transform her small town of Indiana and throw her the prom of her dreams – albeit in an attempt to improve their own PR. What begins as selfish insincerity results in a fabulous story of growth and a whole lot of zazz! You will cheer for love with these over-the-top, fun characters in this hilarious musical comedy that entertains with show stopping dance and Broadway spectacle. Starring Rusty Ferracane as Barry Glickman!

The Evolution of Dar

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The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

A reading of the play "The Evolution of Dar", written by Rusty Ferracane on Friday, 4/7/23 and Saturday, 4/8/23. The play takes place over a five-year span in the early 1970’s. Set to the soundtrack of selected top 40 hits from the era, the play follows a young boy named Dar, from nine years old to fourteen years old. He is raised by his alcoholic mother who is desperately lonely and insecure. Her two turbulent marriages are unbearable for Dar, as well as the endless bullying he endures at school. One way he copes with the torture of emotional and physical abuse is by escaping into a fantasy world of popular television variety shows. A story about how pain and suffering can often provide us with the courage to overcome adversity.

This is a reading of a play I wrote called "4 Old Naked Guys Sitting Around Talking." This will be a reading only, not a full production, so the actors will have scripts in hand, no sets or costumes, just a "reading" of the play. If you are interested in the process of how a play is developed, I'd love for you to come out and hear the reading and provide feedback at the talkback if you'd care to. The reading is being held at Desert Stages in the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall on Friday, February 24 at 7:00pm. Click on the link to register for your spot (there is no charge) at the Southwest Dramatist Guild's website. You do not have to be a member to get a ticket, but you do need to register for a spot.

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