Russell on November 17, 2013 participated in a salon reading of Bruce Norris's CLYBOURNE PARK at The Harlem Camerata, a collective of actors who meet regularly to read published works as well as works being developed by the participants.
Russell is a principal of the Harlem Camerata, which began in 2011.
You can learn more about the Harlem Camerata by visiting their website.
Russell on November 12, 2013 performed as an African American Elvis Presley impersonator named Elvis (how about that?), in Jonathan Alexandratos's play TAILORING, part of Abingdon Theatre Company's FITTING ROOM PLAYS Benefit Challenge Series fundraising event.
TAILORING, which also starred Leon Morgan and was directed by Melissa Skirboll, was one of six short plays presented. The event raised funds to help support of Abingdon’s Play Development Program.
One patron, a playwright with their own full-length work in pre-production for a 2014 opening, has since asked their team to have Russell audition for one of those roles.