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  • “The Voice” Winner Josh Kaufman Will Join Broadway’s Pippin Early : News
    Michael Gioia and Adam Hetrick
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Josh Kaufman, who was announced the winner of the sixth season of NBC's "The Voice" in May 2014, will make his Broadway debut in the title role of the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin Oct. 31, four days earlier than announced.
  • Theater News: Victoria Clark and Dee Hoty Join Vanessa Hudgens in Gigi
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Kennedy Center production also features Newsies' Corey Cott.
  • Music Review: Male Performers Dominate New York Cabaret Convention

    NYT > Theater
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    There were fewer chanteuses onstage at this year’s New York Cabaret Convention than in the past, and a lot more male performers.
  • Dreamers Theater

    Theater News
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:25 pm
    The uplifting performance documentary DREAMERS THEATER follows a group of cognitively challenged teens and young adults as they rehearse and stage the original musical, Assuming Assumptions. The play dramatizes the issues faced by individuals with special needs in the hopes of increasing awareness about this population and their capabilities.
  • 1 Reason Laugh and Let ‘Loose’ Over Bad Casting Notices News
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    We’ve all seen the casting notices written with complete disregard to cardinal rules like using proper grammar, steering clear of racist, sexist, and misogynistic descriptions, and y’know, actually letting people know what you’re specifically looking for in an actor. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to see those notices acted out on stage, now’s your chance. Based on the tumblr page “Cast and Loose,” an online showcase of some of the most absurd casting notices out there, “Cast and Loose Live!” presents “Back To School…
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    Theater News

  • Dreamers Theater

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:25 pm
    The uplifting performance documentary DREAMERS THEATER follows a group of cognitively challenged teens and young adults as they rehearse and stage the original musical, Assuming Assumptions. The play dramatizes the issues faced by individuals with special needs in the hopes of increasing awareness about this population and their capabilities.
  • Thompson Square performs at Patchogue Theater for Performing Arts in Long Island

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    On Oct. 17, country duo Thompson Square played a radio show at the Patchogue Theater for Performing Arts in Patchogue, New York . The award-winning husband and wife duo shared the stage with country singer Jana Kramer and rising country group Chasin' Crazy .
  • Michael Keaton Feels 'Blessed' for Starring Role in "Birdman"

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Twenty-five years ago, Tim Burton's Batman , starring a then 37-year-old Michael Keaton, kickstarted the cinematic superhero era. "I've done a lot of things, you know, besides wearing a big, rubber suit," Keaton told ABC News' Nightline .
  • Theater alumni return to lead play

    18 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    James Goggin, Jr., and Jean-Marie McGrath, both 22, have known each other since preschool. Theater played a large part in their lives growing up.
  • Guys & Dolls at the Sunset Playhouse

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Sunset Playhouse of Elm Grove - the gold standard of Community Theater providing Quality Theater & Educational Programs at affordable prices for more than 50 years is proud to present the classic musical, GUYS & DOLLS, opening for a limited engagement on Thursday, October 23 & closing on Sunday, November 16, 2014. Guys & Dolls, based on the stories of Damon Runyon about New York gamblers, became a stunning success upon its Broadway opening in 1950.
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  • 1 Reason Laugh and Let ‘Loose’ Over Bad Casting Notices

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    We’ve all seen the casting notices written with complete disregard to cardinal rules like using proper grammar, steering clear of racist, sexist, and misogynistic descriptions, and y’know, actually letting people know what you’re specifically looking for in an actor. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to see those notices acted out on stage, now’s your chance. Based on the tumblr page “Cast and Loose,” an online showcase of some of the most absurd casting notices out there, “Cast and Loose Live!” presents “Back To School…
  • Production Growth Continues for L.A.

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Los Angeles actors can unpack their bags and cancel their flight reservations for New Orleans and Atlanta. Production continues to pick up in southern California—at least when it comes to television, according to a new report.  Television is a coveted production category because it employs a myriad of actors and crew for extended periods of time. After a steady bleed of production flight over the last several years, L.A. has begun adding more TV series in recent months. In fact, regional on-location TV production increased 31.1 percent in the third quarter over the prior year,…
  • 10 Plays That Faced Major Controversy Throughout History

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Theater has inspired, entertained, and challenged audiences for thousands of years, but at the crux of great work is often great controversy. These bold playwrights have courted scandal and worse for the sake of their messages; here are 10 important plays that have flown in the face of historical norms, confronting censorship (and even violence) for the sake of art and expression.  “Lysistrata,” Aristophanes, 411 B.C.Politically charged theater is not a recent phenomenon; Aristophanes wrote this anti-war comedy in 411 B.C., and productions continue to spark angry protests to…
  • Now Casting ‘Festen’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the play “Festen.” “Festen” is a dark dramedy in which “a family comes together to celebrate their father's 60th birthday, and the oldest son picks this evening to reveal a dark family secret that may explain the recent suicide of his twin sister.” This Columbia Stages production is casting 11 roles, and auditions will be held Nov. 4, 5, and 8 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Festen” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings!
  • L.A. Now Casting ‘Chapel of Light’ and Upcoming Auditions

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the film “Chapel of Light.” “Chapel of Light” is a short film in which “ three kids rescue an orphaned infant and deliver him to a preacher who believes the child speaks to him with the voice of God.” This is a paid gig, and several lead and supporting roles are being cast—including adults and teens. Additionally, submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Chapel of Light” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition…
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  • 6 Monologue Tips from Drama Professor Bill Demastes

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    As a scholar of 20th- and 21st-century Western drama, Bill Demastes is constantly approached by Louisiana State University’s performing arts students with questions about everything from Shakespeare and Albee to audition and monologue advice. Demastes specializes in the tricky transition from page to stage, and his work in textbooks such as “Beyond Naturalism,” “Spalding Grey’s America,” and “The Cambridge Introduction to Tom Stoppard” provide an invaluable source of information for working actors making that transition. “When I’m…
  • ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s’ Stephanie Beatriz on the Technical Challenges of TV Acting

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    With a background in theater, Stephanie Beatriz is learning the ropes of television on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” playing the toughest cop in the precinct, Rosa Diaz. On booking the show.“It took a while for all these tests and I was nervous as fuck the whole time, ’cause I wanted it so badly and I’m a huge fan of ‘Parks and Rec.’ I love Andy [Samberg] and the Lonely Island. When I kept getting called back it was like the roller coaster kept going up and up and up, and it just didn’t drop until I finally got it.” On the similarities between her…
  • 4 Reasons ‘Video Game High School’ Is the Next Frontier of Entertainment

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    If the Web series genre is the new frontier, Freddie Wong is both pioneer and prophet. “I remember reading essays in film school about the first cinema,” says Wong. “People were like, ‘This will never replace opera and live theater—this is a joke, a novelty.’ Television, when it first came out, was the same: ‘This will never replace cinema. What is this crap?’ ” For Wong, an executive producer of the high-flying, outrageously popular “Video Game High School,” Web series have reached that same juncture. The naysayers who think…
  • How Jack Heller’s 'Screamfest' Bumps Cast

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Jack Heller's latest film, “Dark Was the Night,” is part of this year's Screamfest, but that's not all the New York-based director has going on at the horror movie festival. Heller is also responsible for making a trio of bumps that appear before screenings. The clips clock in at under a minute each and tell the tales of a serial killer, a zombie hunter and a "terror artist" in a manner inspired by Heller's recent "Artists Are the New Athletes" campaign for British Knights.  "The idea is to have these bumps that are fun and get people ready for the main event, but also lend…
  • The 3 Ultimate Keys to Success for L.A. Actors

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    President Abraham Lincoln is believed to have said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” It’s a philosophy David H. Lawrence XVII embraces and recommends when approaching acting in a city that feeds on business know-how. “When I first started in L.A., I didn’t even try to audition for anything of import until maybe four years in,” says the film and voiceover actor. “I volunteered and I interned and I networked and I sat in writing rooms and I watched the sausage being made at agencies and in…
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  • Video Roundup: New ROCK OF AGES Star Frankie Grande Sings LITTLE SHOP, NEXT TO NORMAL & More!

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the five-time Tony Award-nominated Rock of Ages announced today that 'Big Brother' star Frankie J. Grande will return to Broadway in the smash-hit musical beginning November 10, 2014. Grande will star in the role of 'Franz' - the free-spirited son of German developer Hertz Klineman, who threatens to tear down the Sunset Strip - through January 18, 2015. Below, BroadwayWorld celebrates his return to Broadway with a collection of some of his past performances, including some duets with his Broadway veteran sister, Ariana Grande
  • Entire PIPPIN National Tour Dedicated to Denver Center's Randy Weeks

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The entire national touring production of PIPPIN, which launched in Denver last month, has been dedicated to Denver Center for the Performing Arts President Randy Weeks, who died suddenly on Oct. 9 in London.
  • Harvard's BAT BOY to Feature New Material by Creators

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    The Office for the Arts at Harvard has announced that its upcoming undergraduate production of the cult hit Bat Boy The Musical will debut new scenes and songs by the show's original writers. Composerlyricist and Harvard alum Laurence O'Keefe and bookwriters Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming have been holding writing sessions and workshops at Harvard, working directly with the undergraduate cast and crew to develop the new material.
  • Vanessa Hudgens is Both 'Terrified' and 'Stoked' to Star in GIGI on Broadway

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    As previously reported, Vanessa Hudgens will soon hit Broadway in the revamped revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical, GIGI.
  • Julia Stiles, Josh Charles, Daphne Rubin-Vega & More Set for Labyrinth Theater Company's 2014 CELEBRITY CHARADES

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Labyrinth Theater Company Artistic Director, Mimi O'Donnell, and Executive Director, Danny Feldman, the award-winning, downtown ensemble, has announced its star-studded lineup of players for this year's signature annual benefit Celebrity Charades 2014 Judgment Day, which will take place on Monday, October 27, 2014, at Capitale 130 Bowery.
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    Jane Fonda


    16 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    On October 10th I was one of the Lifetime Impact Honorees at the 6th annual Variety’s Power of Women luncheon. In a partnership with Lifetime, Variety established the award in order to honor Women in Entertainment who have a significant philanthropic impact. Imagine how excited I was to receive this award alongside, Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis, and Universal’s Donna Langley. It was fun to have some (brief) time before the luncheon began to catch up with these other 4 amazing women. I was being recognized for my work with GCAPP. Hard to believe its been 20 years…
  • LA Times: Jane Fonda sparked NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan’s life of fitness

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    “What a compliment! I love being credited with Michael Strahan’s introduction to fitness! Enjoy the article.” When Michael Strahan was a boy, his brothers teased him about his weight. To the rescue: Jane Fonda workout videos. (Disney-ABC Domestic TV) By NANCY LLOYD At 6 feet, 5 inches, Michael Strahan — the co-host of “Live With Kelly and Michael” and “Good Morning America” and a 2014 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame — defies pigeonholing. Strahan, 42, began exercising three decades ago after his older brothers teased him about his…

    14 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I wrote a week ago but I’ve had problems with my computer so I couldn’t send it out until today. Women stars of THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU: Abigail Spencer, Tina Fey, Connie Britton and moi I arrived early evening last Saturday, Sept 6th, and had dinner with my BFF, Paula Weinstein, her daughter Hannah Rosenberg (my goddaughter) and her friend at the Asian restaurant in the new Shangrila Hotel. (Sorry about the red eye problem. Can’t fix it on my iPad.) Warner Brothers (who distributes “This Is Where I Leave You”) was having a party upstairs and I’d heard Al…
  • Jane Fonda Narrates New Documentary “Becoming California”

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    When I was asked to narrate the California Legacy Project’s documentary “Becoming California” I jumped at the chance. I’ve learned much about the makeup of the California landscape from its State Parks, having hiked in the Redwood forests and camped in Sequoia National Park among others, but I was surprised to learn there was much I wasn’t familiar with and even areas I thought I understood turned out to be far more unique and interesting than I ever imagined. I loved finding out about the geological histories that brought us what we see today— from the vast…

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Okay, it’s starting to get real fun on this new Netflix series I’m shooting with Lily Tomlin (Don’t know when it will air–sometime after the thirteen episodes of the first season are finished –and you can start binge watching!). But I want to apologize to my blog readers because I haven’t been writing much. That’s because we shoot such long hours and there isn’t any time and what little leftover time there is, is spent (by me, at least) watching the dailies which takes hours but which is critical for me–that’s how I learn what works,…
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    The Wicked Stage

  • I Could Laugh Out Loud

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Jay Armstrong Johnson, Tony Yazbeck, Clyde AlvesIf I were "officially" reviewing the new Broadway revival of On the Town for hire, I would probably be required to note some of its flaws and excesses; it has both. But I feel bound to record here that I found John Rando and Joshua Bergasse's production glorious top to bottom, and that it captured like no other show I've ever seen on a stage the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed pop fizz of the great mid-period MGM musicals--Singin' in the Rain, The Band Wagon, Easter Parade (I don't usually include the just-fine film version of On the…
  • FoS, Bonus Track 1: The Subtle Distinctions

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    As I learned in my reporting on the new musical of Jonathan Lethem's novel The Fortress of Solitude, Lethem made a two-CD "mixtape" for supplementary listening when the book was published in 2003, and he "semi-mass-produced" it for interested friends and colleagues (he estimated he made about 500 copies--enough to catch the attention of, and get a formal review from, no less an eminence than Robert Christgau). He handed over a copy to composer Michael Friedman, director Daniel Aukin, and bookwriter Itamar Moses when they embarked on their unlikely adaptation, which opens at the Public Theater…
  • Fortress Goes Public

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    The cast of The Fortress of Solitude at Dallas Theater Center (photo by Karen Almond)I've been hearing about this Fortress of Solitude musical for nearly as long as it's been in development. I think Itamar Moses told me about it for this LA Times piece, but I'm pretty sure that Isaac Butler--a huge fan of the novel and a friend of all the musical's creators, including Moses, director Daniel Aukin, and composer Michael Friedman--tipped me off about it earlier. Aukin mentioned it when I spoke to him for the NY Times, too.In any case, this unlikely project has reached fruition and…
  • The Annoying Guy at the Party

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:14 am
    I've heard from colleagues that sometimes they don't really know what they think until someone asks them--whether in the context of teaching a course explicating what they do, or just in the context of a pointed interview question. I shouldn't be surprised by the notion; I've often said I don't know exactly what I thought of a show until I've written the review. I recently had the occasion to be interviewed by Matt Windman, a theater critic for am New York, for a book about theater criticism, slated to be published next year by McFarland & Company. One answer he got from me so well…
  • Untangling the Web

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today my employer American Theatre joins the 21st century and debuts a fully functioning, up-to-the-minute website, (apparently "" also takes you there). This also happens to be our October season preview issue, which means the unveiling of our Top 10 Most-Produced Plays list, as well as our Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights list, and an extra bonus that's kind of a dream come true for me: As a fan of podcasts like Bloggingheads and the various Slate-casts, I'm proud to inaugurate the new semi-weekly edition of AT Offscript, the debut episode of which…
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  • The White Boy Looks at the Black Boy

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    (With the recent stories about the white woman suing a sperm bank for accidentally giving her black sperm, I thought I'd re-up a piece I wrote a few years ago about my relationship with (and to) my older brother, who is black. In going back and reading the original-- which is published under a different title on Thought Catalog-- I decided to revise, updating with the events of the past couple of years since I initially wrote it, and cleaning up some prose I was unhappy with. The results are below.) In my first memory of us, we are fighting, my older brother and I.  Of course we…
  • Intent Doesn't Matter

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    By Isaac Butler Here's a small note to all the great work that people are doing around Ferguson.... You may have heard about this syndicated cartoon by illustrator Gary McCoy that ended up published in the Columbia Missouri Daily Tribune. I'd rather not publish the cartoon here, but it depicts Black picketers with misspelled signs that read "Burn Ferguson" "No 60" Plasma TV No Peace!" and "Steal to Honor Michael Brown."  That the piece is racially offensive is fairly obvious. Romenesko got in touch with the Daily Tribune's editor and he had…
  • Who Should Run the Guthrie?

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    Marianne Combs has a great roundup of people who her readers think should be considered for the Guthrie AD job. There’s some good folks on there, but I think they’re missing a couple. So here, humbly, are my suggestions: André Gregory   The legendary director most famous for his collaborations with playwright and actor Wallace Shawn would bring a new intimacy and rigor to the work at the Guthrie. Hiring such a huge name would also bring national media attention. Downside: Would only produce one play every seventeen years.   Joe Dowling   This might seem an…
  • If I Ran The Zoo (Some Ornery Thoughts About The Equity Showcase Code)

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    By Isaac Butler The never-slayable Hydra of Equity Showcase Code Reform is raising its head again over at the Full of IT blog, courtesy of this piece by actor Shaun Fauntleroy.  For any non-theatre-insiders reading this blog, this might seem inside baseball, so let me just quickly explain: The actors' union (Equity) has a variety of different codes that producers operate under if they want to use union labor. These vary by market, by theater size, etc. and so forth. In New York, Equity created something called The Showcase Code, which allows Union actors to work essentially…
  • Fritz Lang's Man Hunt

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    By Isaac Butler Few films demonstrate the gulf between Fritz Lang in full directorial flight and just punching the clock than his 1942 thriller Man Hunt. It’s a fascinating film, both visually brilliant and heavily compromised  by the tropes of its genre and the Hays Code’s obsequious devotion to shifting political winds.  Man Hunt is a Hollywood film about the necessity of military confrontation with Nazi Germany shot prior to US involvement in WWII, directed by a German exile. It wants to both communicate the casual brutality of the Nazis and succeed as a popcorn thriller,…
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    Theater Loop - Chicago Tribune

  • REVIEW: 'Parade' at BoHo Theatre ★★

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    It is dangerous for a critic to close his or her eyes at the theater; it usually is construed as sleepiness or disrespect. But at one point on Saturday night, I briefly rested my eyelids at "Parade," partly because I just wanted, for a moment, to be carried off again by Jason Robert Brown's...
  • 'Burning Bluebeard' will come back this winter

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    “Burning Bluebeard” will return to Theater Wit for three weeks this winter, it was announced on Tuesday.
  • REVIEW: 'Frederick' at Chicago Children's Theatre ★★★

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Should the mice in "Frederick," the rather sweet new musical at the Chicago Children's Theatre, ever decide to turn tail and move to Chicago, they will be ahead of the civic game.
  • Stand-up Scene: Look who's back in town

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    It is alumni week in Chicago. At least, that is what I’m calling it. About a half dozen veterans of the city’s stand-up comedy scene are back in town and manning the mic at the same clubs where they cut their teeth not so long ago.
  • REVIEW: 'Skelebration' at Redmoon ★★★

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    After the disastrous Great Chicago Fire Festival this month, Redmoon Theater gets back to basics in a big way. Which is to say, a small way. Well, in a way.
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    On Stage Lighting

  • Blocking and Block Cues

    Rob Sayer
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    In this article, On Stage Lighting addresses some common areas of difficulty for anyone trying to get to grips with programming professional lighting desks, particularly for cued theatre performances.  Going hand-in-hand with the dreaded ‘Tracking’, lighting control ‘Blocking’ and ‘Block Cues’ often confuse beginners to the world of lighting programming.  Let’s try and straighten things out a little. Note: Theatre likes to assign multiple meanings to the same word in order to trip the unwary ‘outside’ up, but in this instance we are discussing the ‘blocking’ of…
  • Nested Palettes in Stage Lighting Programming

    Rob Sayer
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    On Stage Lighting presents a quick guide to the use of “nested” palettes in stage lighting programming and some benefits from using this technique, along with potential problems that may arise for the unwary programmer. Remind me what palettes are again? If you remember from previous articles, palettes in stage lighting programming are building blocks of individual attributes (colour, gobos etc.) used to create whole scenes, particularly in a complex environment such as using ‘intelligent’ lights. The cues themselves are recorded containing these referenced building blocks with the…
  • NEW VIDEO QLab 3 Tutorial : Moving on from Qlab 2

    Rob Sayer
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    This tutorial is a quick overview of the QLab 3 interface for anyone that already uses Qlab 2 or who have learned using my QLab 2 for beginner’s videos.Including the answer to the question ” Where has Load To Time gone in Qlab 3?” NEW VIDEO QLab 3 Tutorial : Moving on from Qlab 2 is a post from: On Stage Lighting You May Also Like: Qlab Tutorials Vectorworks Spotlight 2010 Tutorial For Beginners Moving Light Control Tutorial MagicQ Part 1 Hey Feed Readers, On Stage Lighting would like to get to know you a bit better. Follow me on Twitter . Contact with readers is the juice…
  • Book Review: A Practical Guide To Stage Lighting 3rd Edition – Steven Louis Shelley

    Rob Sayer
    2 Feb 2014 | 7:43 am
    Following the recent publication of the third edition of Steve Shelley’s book “A Practical Guide To Stage Lighting”, On Stage Lighting tackles this enormous beast of a book to see if we should replace our original copy. Shhh. It would be rude to say out loud but, like those of us that no longer tour, this book puts on more weight as the years go by. Originally published in 1999, Shelley’s editions don’t simply get revised with a few more pictures, tarted up or hacked about but actually re-appear like an old friend who seems to have had a few more trips to the buffet table since you…
  • The Rules Of Stage Lighting Design

    Rob Sayer
    27 Sep 2013 | 10:25 am
    Creative stage lighting design can be daunting to those starting out because, aside from the necessary technical understanding, it is essentially a game without rules. On Stage Lighting considers how the novice lighting designer can tackle such a game. Unlike the physics and the technicality and the budget and the time, facing the creative element of lighting design can seem to beginners like looking at a vast expanse of blank nothing, hoping for a clue that helps for better design than simply “making it up.” To help fill in this blank, it helps to be able to grasp certain parameters on…
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    The Theatrefolk Weblog

  • The Working Actor: Musical Theatre

    Lindsay Price
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Heather McGuigan is a musical theatre performer by trade and is just about to start her fifth production of Mary Poppins. She’s toured the show across North America and talks about how this is one show she never tires of. Heather also talks about what it’s like to play every single role in the musical theatre canon: swing, understudy, ensemble and principle. She shares the ups and downs of each role and the one thing you should never do as an understudy. Show Notes Heather McGuigan Join our email list Theatrefolk Blog Episode Transcript Welcome to TFP – The Theatrefolk Podcast – the…
  • 10 Questions to Ask During Rehearsal

    Craig Mason
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    10 Questions to Ask During Rehearsal Questions are important in the theatre. They’re more important than answers. Rehearsing is all about exploration – at no part in the process should the exploration stop. My favourite directors to work with are the ones who are always pushing you to explore the script more deeply. They know how to ask questions. They don’t necessarily expect answers to the questions, they expect the actor to explore the role based on the question. I’ve made some amazing discoveries about my character because of questions like these. Here are ten of the most…
  • Observation: Relationships

    Lindsay Price
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    October is Observation Month here at Theatrefolk! That means we’ve got a month of Observation prompts for your Saturday exercise. Observation is my number one tool for finding play ideas. When you observe, you’re not just looking around, skimming the world around you. Observation is the specific looking at people, places and things. You’re looking at the world like a writer. And when you look at the world like a writer, everything becomes a play idea. This month there will be four different Observation prompts – one for each Saturday. Complete these exercises with your students.
  • The Working Actor: Back to School

    Lindsay Price
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Episode 114: The Working Actor: Back to School Actor Steve Ross has spent 11 years at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and has performed for many years across Canada. He talks about the first step in his acting career – going to the National Theatre School. What stays with him about that time? Why did he choose that school? Why did he almost leave? Did it prepare him for a career as a working actor? Listen in and find out. Show Notes National Theatre School of Canada Steve Ross @ The Stratford Festival Join our email list Among Friends and Clutter Episode Transcript Welcome to TFP –…
  • Warm Up Round Table: Warm Ups For Different Types of Plays

    Lindsay Price
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Warm-Up Round Table: Warm-Ups for Different types of plays Warm-up games are never a throw away activity. They can transition students from the outside world to rehearsal world. They can be used to make your group feel like a team, an ensemble. They can work on the technical skills. Click the link at the bottom of this post for a 28 page Warm-Up Guide! Whether you’re rehearsing Shakespeare or devising an original work, there’s a warm-up just for you. So… what should you look for? Devised Work In an original devised play, everyone has to work together to create. And not everything they…
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    London Theatre Blog

  • Disney Theatrical – 20 Years And Counting…

    Tom Millward
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    This year marks the 20th anniversary of Disney Theatrical Group, created in 1994 by Disney’s then-CEO Michael Eisner, Peter Schneider and Thomas Schumacher. The latter serves today as President and Producer (and face) of the division and can be found most days in his Producer’s office above Disney’s New Amsterdam Theatre (currently home to ‘Aladdin’) on Broadway. Looking back at …
  • Repeat Offenders

    Dom O'Hanlon
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    With so much to see in London, both on the West End and further afield, it is almost impossible to try and attempt to catch everything. Whilst most people narrow down long lists to a reasonable amount of shows that fit their own budgets, other choose to see the same show over and over again. I’m always baffled by people …
  • The Art of the Jukebox Musical

    Tom Millward
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Last night I took a trip down to the scaffolding-clad Harold Pinter Theatre to watch the next installment in a long line of jukebox musicals. The show is Sunny Afternoon, and it centres around the career and music of The Kinks – ambassadors of the British Invasion, who rose to fame in the mid-1960s. I am ashamed to say I …
  • In Defence of Lindsay Lohan

    Dom O'Hanlon
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    In what has become the biggest opening of the theatrical season, Lindsay Lohan’s West End stage debut has created a stir amongst audiences, critics and professionals within the industry. Whilst a Hollywood icon treading the boards is hardly a rare occurrence these days either in London or New York, the weight of expectation on their shoulders, and the sharks circling …
  • Broadway-bound

    Tom Millward
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    With a plethora of West End plays making the journey across the pond to entertain audiences on the Great White Way this season, it got me to thinking of what exactly the contemporary British influence on Broadway is nowadays. The National Theatre’s production of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’, which swept the board at the Olivier …
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  • Teeth

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
  • Zero Feet Away

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
  • Bottle Shock

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
  • By The Water

    9 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
  • Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

    17 Jan 2014 | 9:32 am
    subheader line about show Oct 16, 2012 – Nov 17, 2012 Co-Conceived & Directed by Sarah Krohn Play by Dan O’Neil With Ellen Adair, Lauren Blumenfeld, Alex Herrald, Nick Lehane, Ben Mehl, & Briana Pozner Short show summary here. orem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Phasellus eleifend elit sit amet lorem consequat vel euismod mi faucibus.       ABOUT THE SHOW Lovers are betrayed, society is scandalized and glasses are raised in Dave Malloy’s electro-pop opera ripped from a slice of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Young and impulsive,…
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    The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre

  • Ain't Nothin' I Can't Do With a Gun

    Scott Miller
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    There are so many interesting phenomena at play during our run of Bonnie & Clyde. First off, and perhaps strangest, we seem to be alternating every night between audiences that laugh a lot, and audiences that laugh only occasionally. Yet almost every night, our curtain call has been greeted with a standing ovation and cheering, even when the audience hasn't been all that vocal during the show.I'm guessing here, but I think it's because it's an incredibly serious story, but there are also a considerable number of laughs in the show. I think sometimes the audience decides collectively to…
  • They Stole – Wouldn't You?

    Scott Miller
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Maybe you could make this argument with some other shows too (Grease, Cry-Baby, Hair, Rocky Horror), but more so than in most, in Bonnie & Clyde, the times, the zeitgeist, is a character in the show. Not only do the writers spend a lot of time on this character, but it affects every other character in the show.As I've said in other posts, I think the Big Picture point of the show is A broken country makes broken people with broken values. And if I'm right about that, the "broken country" part of that is the times – the Depression, the Dust Bowl, and Prohibition.This wasn't…
  • Music Like This Can Really Throw Ya

    Scott Miller
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    We have opened Bonnie & Clyde. And so far, the response has been incredible. People are so surprised by the beauty of the score and the power of the drama. So many say, "It's not at all what I expected." It never is.Several people have joked to me that they never thought New Line would do a Frank Wildhorn musical (neither did I), and the more I've thought about it, the more I've figured out why this Wildhorn show is different.The more I work on Bonnie & Clyde, the more I think Wildhorn is a lot like Andrew Lloyd Webber, both unparalleled melodists (and Wildhorn's harmonies are as rich…
  • And You May Lose Your Heart

    Scott Miller
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Why do we all know the names Bonnie and Clyde?Hype.Bonnie and Clyde weren't particularly good criminals. They made a lot of mistakes. They left a lot of robberies with nothing to show for it. They only rarely robbed banks; mostly, it was little mom-and-pop grocery stores (they sound less like Robin Hood now, don't they?), leaving jobs with as little as five or ten dollars.So how did these half-assed kid-criminals get to be as famous as Al Capone or John Dillinger, maybe even more famous? The media. There were two ways to be famous in America in the 1930s. You had to get in the papers or on…
  • These Are Things You Take a Chance For

    Scott Miller
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    I had a really cool phone conversation yesterday.Most of my theatre friends' heroes are actors. Most of mine are writers and directors. And there's nothing cooler for me than to talk with the writer(s) of a show we're working on. There are always insights and subtleties that I can get from the writers, which may not be immediately obvious to me otherwise.I've had very cool email correspondence and/or phone conversations with the writers of High Fidelity, Hands on a Hardbody, Next to Normal, Passing Strange, The Wild Party, Hair, Songs for a New World, Bat Boy, Urinetown, Floyd Collins, The…
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  • His Rage Is My Rage Too

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    How Hari Dhillon channels the anger and revelations in Broadway’s Disgraced — Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles It’s clearly been a very bad day. Amir (Hari Dhillon) doesn’t so much enter his dusk-lit apartment as storm it, quickly loosening his tight corporate-lawyer tie and pouring more » The post His Rage Is My Rage Too appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • What Exactly Is Queens-Style Dance?

    Lauren Kay
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    The Queensboro Dance Festival celebrates dance companies from across the borough — In dance reputation terms, Manhattan has made its mark with stalwart institutions like American Ballet Theatre and Lincoln Center, as well as 1960s-bred, avant-garde downtown companies. Brooklyn’s dancescape is known for Mark Morris, BAM, and even more experimental flavors. But do audiences ever more » The post What Exactly Is Queens-Style Dance? appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • Which Tony Awards Performances Do You Watch Over and Over?

    Mark Blankenship
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get super enthusiastic about things. This week, Stages editor Mark Blankenship geeks out (via Gchat) with Mark Peikert, executive editor of Backstage Today’s Topic: Which performances from the Tony Awards do you watch the most on YouTube? — Mark Blankenship: Hey there Mark! I’m glad you could more » The post Which Tony Awards Performances Do You Watch Over and Over? appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • 22 Years of John Lennon

    Suzy Evans
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Actor-musician John R. Waters keeps finding ways to investigate Lennon’s legacy — John R. Waters performs differently depending on his mood. He has, after all, been touring his show, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, on and off since 1992, and he’s got to keep things interesting. “I’ve been able to do a really nice, friendly more » The post 22 Years of John Lennon appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • Debt-setting Around the Country

    Raven Snook
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Solo artist Ben Rimalower uses his lifelong financial problems for laughs and insight in Bad with Money — In the age of oversharing in life and online, it’s not surprising that many autobiographical solo shows take a no-holds-barred approach. Yet while there are countless one-person pieces about a writer/performer’s struggles with sex, substance abuse, food, more » The post Debt-setting Around the Country appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
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    Encore Atlanta

  • Ready to rumble? Fabrefaction is, with classic musical ‘West Side Story’

    Kathy Janich
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
      The Jets and the Sharks. A star-crossed love affair. The words and music of Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein. Are you ready to rumble? Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory is, with its staging of the classic American musical West Side Story. The story is as timeless as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, on which it’s based. The score, you [...]
  • (VIDEO) Ebony mag, MODA execs talk fashion live

    Kathy Janich
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Join Encore Atlanta, a representative of Ebony magazine and MODA officials for a live chat about the storied magazine and its fashions.
  • Weekend’s best bets: Oct. 16

    Kathy Janich
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Looking for something cultural to do this weekend and beyond? Our recommendations include "How I Learned What I Learned" at True Colors Theatre Company.
  • Incendiary award-winner ‘Detroit’ in its final 2 weeks at Horizon Theatre

    Kathy Janich
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
      Last two weeks! This Pulitzer Prize finalist, at Horizon Theatre through Oct. 19, was named one of The New York Times’ Top 10 plays of 2012. Playwright Lisa D’Amour takes us to a suburb in a midsized American city, where two couples bond over backyard barbecues until more than just the food gets skewered. Atlanta [...]
  • After 29 years, Georgia Shakespeare forced into finale

    Kathy Janich
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    “We made great progress in recent years in creating a sustainable business model, but our lack of operating capital made us extremely fragile financially,” said managing director Jennifer Bauer-Lyons.
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    Lois Backstage

  • Happy International Stage Managers Day (#StageMgrs14)

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Today is the 2nd annual International Stage Managers Day. Some theatre companies are handing their twitter accounts over to their SMs for the day, others brought in baked goods, swept up, or got the stars to make the places call. However you chose to celebrate, may your blacks be dark as midnight, your actors well behaved, and your theatre ghosts friendly!     Me? I’m sending emails, scheduling meetings, and planning things – just like every day.
  • No Smoking in Vancouver – Not Even E-cigs

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Local actress Lucia Frangione smoking an e-cig in Pacific Theatre’s Espresso, produced prior to the bylaw amendment. On Tuesday, September 30th, Vancouver City Council (acting on a recommendation from staff), amended the Vancouver smoking bylaw in a unanimous vote, to read: Health Bylaw 9535 (with amendment 11076) 2.2 A person must not smoke or vapourize: (a) in a building, except in: (i) a dwelling unit or sleeping unit defined under the Zoning and Development By-law including a dwelling unit in which an owner or occupier also carries on a business, (ii) a hotel or motel room or…
  • If it’s Factory Theatre vs. the Toronto theatre critics, we are all going to lose

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    It started this morning with a tweet from Globe and Mail theatre critic Kelly Nestruck: If you click on that image it will take you to the majority of the online, public, conversation (though there have been a number of side conversations about it on twitter throughout the day and I’m sure many more conversations held in private). The gist of the issue is thus: For the upcoming show at Factory, The Art of Building a Bunker, the producers are hosting an opening night five days (three performances) in advance of the date that the media are invited to. Aislinn Rose, one of the producers…
  • Five Shows to See in the Final Fringe Weekend

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    The final weekend of the Vancouver Fringe Festival is very nearly upon us! With 91 shows in the festival this year, I know it can be overwhelming to try to decide what to pick – especially in the final weekend when sellouts abound. Here are five shows I recommend snapping up advance tickets to before you head down to Granville Island for the weekend. In no particular order: Nancy Kenny in Roller Derby Saved my Soul 1. Roller Derby Saved My Soul – A coming-of-age story, but not in the high school sense. As Amy enters her 30’s she discovers what it means to be her own woman…
  • The Chariot Cities at the Vancouver Fringe

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    It’s one of my favourite times of the year – Vancouver Fringe Festival season! I love seeing shows at the Fringe – one year I think I saw 45 or 50 of them – it’s crazy! Tonight I’m doing a five show night. ON A MONDAY. This is the amazing thing about Fringe season. I’ve worked for the festival on and off for the past four years – most recently as the off-season marketing assistant this winter/spring – but this year I’m the most actively involved as an artist that I’ve ever been. Yes, I’ve had shows in the festival before,…
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    Atlanta Theater Fans - Your Guide To Atlanta Theater And Online Community

  • Scary Stories of the Adult Kind in The Pillowman at Out of Box Theatre

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    What happens when you combine “American Horror Story” with “Fargo?” You get one creepy, funny play.  As The Pillowman demonstrates, playwright Martin McDonagh can manage creepiness as well as anyone.  Add a good helping of black humor and you have a spellbinding stunner of a play. Out of Box Theatre brings The Pillowman to their ...
  • Arís Theatre Presents Trust Byron

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
    “Trust Byron” by George Costigan will run for two weeks beginning November 14th at Georgia Public Broadcasting, Studio B, 260 14th Street NW Atlanta GA 30318.  (Preview on November 13th. Tickets can be purchased at, or at the door, and are $15-$25. About “Trust Byron”:  Aris is thrilled to announce this collaboration with British ...
  • A Christmas Survival Guide at ART Station

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Do you find the holidays more than a little stressful? This light hearted musical is just what you need! Filled with comedy, poignancy and traditional songs of the season, this show is designed to de-stress and refresh one and all with holiday cheer! This is a Christmas treat for everyone in the family. Show dates ...
  • New Scrooge for Alliance’s 25th Christmas Carol

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:33 pm
    A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Alliance Theatre’s annual holiday gift to Atlanta, returns for its 25th season, November 21 – December 24, 2014.  The most heartwarming story of the season comes to life with holiday carols, stunning stage magic and your favorite Atlanta actors.  Directed by Rosemary Newcott, the Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for ...
  • My Children! My Africa! – An Atlanta Theater Fans Review

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Presenting a play about Apartheid may seem like an odd choice for a theater today, but acclaimed playwright Athol Fugard’s My Children! My Africa! presents a stark portrait of a world ravaged by its oppression. It is still just as thought-provoking today as it was when it first premiered. Set in 1985 South Africa at ...
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 139: Some thoughts about theatre promotion (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Broadcast, print, direct mail and the web — sorting out theatre promotion The Geeks discuss some options, discuss what works and what doesn’t and a bit about how the landscape has... More info at
  • 138 Animals Onstage (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Or, how to keep your theatre from going to the dogs Sooner or later, your theatre will come upon a play that you want to produce, but it requires an animal, or even animals onstage for some scenes.... More info at
  • 137 Richard Engling, Chicago Playwright (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Chicago playwright Richard Engling remembers friend Fern Chertkow with the Afterlife Trilogy Playwright talks with the Geeks about his friend, his play and his process. Chicago Playwright Richard... More info at
  • 136 Kids in Hollywood: getting an agent and more (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Susan Whitby joins us again to talk more about her adventure helping daughters Maddie and Audrey launch their careers on TV and radio in Hollywood. Music provided by Music Alley Theatre Geeks -... More info at
  • 135 When your kids want to become professional actors (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Midwest mom Susan Whitby tells you what to expect when your children want to take the show business plunge Susan Whitby (center) with daughters Maddy Whitby (left) and Audrey Whitby. Susan Whitby... More info at
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    Shakespeare Geek

  • Predictions for Julie Taymor's Dream?

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    It looks like Julie Taymor has completed filming her upcoming A Midsummer Night's Dream. I wasn't a big fan of her Tempest and I've only seen pieces of her Titus, so I guess I'm not really into her directorial style.  But! I'm a big fan of Shakespeare on film so I'm always interested in new versions that will get some amount of distribution.There's not a lot of content in the article about what she plans, except for one thing.  A bed. She says that's the "essential image" of this play.My question is, what do you think she's going to do with it? Is a bed supposed to work with the…
  • This Story Shall The Good Man Teach His Son ( A Geeklet in the Morning Story)

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    I haven't done one of these in awhile. Bear with me as I tell the whole thing, it's worth it.My oldest, in middle school, gets up first to catch the bus. So she's having breakfast and my wife says, "Who wants to take the garbage out?"I suggest that perhaps Sarah might like to do it.My daughter's name is not Sarah. Neither of them get my joke. Sigh.I fire up YouTube and begin playing Shel Silverstein's classic Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout, would not take the garbage out. The only hint of recognition I get is when my daughter complains to my wife, "I'm trying to get out the door for the bus and…
  • What Happened to Demetrius' Far-Off Mountains?

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    A mystery! For reasons that I'll be able to go into at a later date, I'm eyeballs deep in some Shakespearean word origin research.  Currently looking into "far-off," and while my initial sources pointed to Henry VI Part 2, I double checked OED and found them pointing to Midsummer Night's Dream. So I always go back and see why I might have missed a reference.  I'm not counting the fact that OED Second Edition seems to date MSND at 1590, by the way, which is apparently odd - everybody else has it 1595-96.Anyway, OED cites this line from Demetrius (IV.i):"These things seem small and…
  • Attention to Detail in "Shakespeare in Love"

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    I have in my hand the published screenplay for Shakespeare in Love.  My mom finds these things for me at her weekend yard sales - if it says Shakespeare on it she grabs it first and asks questions later :).So I'm reading random pages and I notice in one particular scene that James Hemmings has a line.  "Hmmm," I think, "Hemmings of Hemmings  (Heminges) and Condell? The First Folio guys? I thought that was John.." <goooooogle>It was John. And I can't find any references to him having a brother James.  But!  That got me thinking, isn't there a list of the…
  • Would You Call Demetrius A Villain?

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Just something I was thinking about.  At the end of Midsummer Night's Dream, Demetrius is the only one still under the effects of Oberon's love potion, and everybody seems ok with it. I'm thinking, is that because we're supposed to think of him as the villain?  That he somehow got what was coming to him and that everything worked out for the good guys, so screw him?  Got a little bit of a Shylock feel to it, really.  The light version.
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    Voice Coaches

  • To Infinity…and Beyond!!!!!

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    This years New York Comic-Con was held October 9-12 in our very own NYC. The sold out Javits Center was a place where novice and highly skilled Comic-coner’s alike combined to create a flurry of brightly colored jumpsuits and wildy detailed full-on ensembles that rivaled a blockbuster movie event. The crowds were a bustle with the newest intel on the hottest video games, anime exploits and the best the celebrity world has to offer; Michael Keaton and Rebecca Romijn to name a few. It was an exclusive multimedia buffet that was not for the faint of heart. With judged categories ranging in…
  • Frozen in Time

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you find yourself singing “Let it Go” in the car? Perhaps humming it by the water cooler when you hear your coworker simultaneously whistling “Do You Want to Build a Snowman”-if you answered yes to any of these questions, then most likely you are a fan of Frozen or you have children who are fans of Frozen…Never fear- there is nothing to be ashamed of-the tunes are catchy and the animation is exquisite. How do they capture every nuance, every sigh of relief, every beautiful note Elsa sings? Take a peek below and come on this journey with me…The world of voice over has limitless…
  • Voice Coaches Radio Wins Third ADDY Award!

    Mike Spring
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:08 pm
    We are very excited to announce that Voice Coaches Radio has won its third consecutive ADDY Award for Best Podcast! Voice Coaches Radio is a weekly free podcast that has been running for almost six years and has aired weekly since its inception in 2008. Hosted by Mike Spring (who also produces) and Warren Garling, the show has won two previous awards for Best Podcast. “We were really hoping for a hat trick,” says Spring, “but we were surprised and excited to actually pull it off! The podcast is a labor of love for us and we have a lot of loyal listeners that we love to…
  • Voice Overs of the World: The Annual Super Bowl Wrap-Up

    Mike Spring
    3 Feb 2014 | 8:55 am
    Every year, right after the Super Bowl, we do a wrap-up discussing some of the most memorable commercials of the big game and their use of voice overs. So without further ado, here are some of this year’s highlights! Let’s go ahead and get the car commercials out of the way. This year, Jeep offered up a heartfelt, patriotic ad, while Chevy Silverado took a more humorous approach with a romantic cow. Maserati showed up for the first time, with an extended voice over by Beasts of the Southern Wild‘s Oscar-nominated young actress Quvenzhané Wallis. And finally, Chrysler showed…
  • Voice Overs of the Word: 49ers Vs. Seahawks

    Mike Spring
    22 Jan 2014 | 2:16 am
    Even though the NFC Championship Game has come to a close and Voice Coaches’ Director of Communications Mike Spring’s beloved 49ers did not emerge the victors, there’s another “battle” between the two teams right now: this one in the world of voice overs. Both teams have players in new commercials for Duracell. The Seahawks’ Derrick Coleman appears in one commercial and provides the voice over, while the 49ers Patrick Willis appears in the other, and also provides the voice over. What’s most interesting about these spots is that Derrick Coleman is the…
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    Acting in London

  • How to Become a Working Actor Today + Free Acting Guide for Beginners

    Tom London
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    We’re happy to finally announce our first official eBook, How to Move to London and Become a Working Actor Today – Quick and Easy Step-by-Step Guide for Aspiring Actors Anywhere in the World, which will serve as grounds for all future updates within. The aim is to turn this currently 50-page eBook into a huge 400-page manual for actors in all stages of their careers – from complete beginners to thespians lost on the path after their drama school training or first few acting gigs. The book covers extensively the topic of how to become a working actor in today’s…
  • Top Drama Schools in London

    Tom London
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    This year, we’ve updated the list of top drama schools in London with a few more institutions that deserved to be mentioned. Actors that can manage to audition successfully and secure a place to train in any of the drama schools from the list below will gain a strong acting foundation and potentially kickstart their career in the industry.  Top Drama Schools in London RADA: Royal Academy of Dramatic ArtThe Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) drama school was established in 1904, and has since been known as one of the most prestigious top drama schools in London and the world. It…
  • This Is What You Will NOT Learn in Drama Schools

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    We receive questions from a lot of budding actors looking to go to a drama school, or who have already graduated from one. Most of these inquiries are related to one and the same issue: a misconception of what the real world of acting (also known as the entertainment industry) is all about. What I conclude from this is that although drama schools can make you a better actor without a doubt, they still appear to fail to teach young thespians on the harsh realities of what it’s like to work in the show business. Here are just a few things that you will not learn in today’s drama…
  • 43 Actors That Became Famous Later in Their Lives

    Tom London
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    Wondering if you’re too old to become an actor? If it’s too late to achieve the level of success current A-listers have? Or possibly you’ve been acting long enough already and it troubles you that your career is still not where it should be? This will calm you down (a little). The old and tired saying still applies: acting is not a sprint, it’s a marathon, and the below list proves this cliche. These currently famous actors received the recognition they deserve a lot later in their lives, and most of them will tell you that there are no regrets. The point to take…
  • Acting in London vs Los Angeles

    8 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    My acting journey began in the UK, and then I started moving around a little. As I’m writing this, warm California’s sun is making my laptop screen pretty unreadable. I might be moving back to London soon. There are pros and cons to working in either London or Los Angeles, but it all depends on your goals and preferences. Sometimes, we have to follow a path that doesn’t necessarily reflect our desires but reinforces our career progress. I’m not going to make it a list of “which one’s better,” since both cities are amazing, very different and I…
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    Your Performance Partners

  • USITT Working to Define Essential Skills

    Your Performance Partners
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Let’s say you’re a technical director at a regional theatre. You’re looking to fill an entry-level electrician position on your staff, and you receive two resumes from recent college graduates. Each of these resumes shows that the applicant has a theatre degree, and they’ve each had some hands-on experience as electricians for campus productions. Does that give you enough information to select one over the other? It’s not nearly enough, notes David Grindle, executive director of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), and it’s time to do something about that.
  • Q&A Spotlight: Rejuvenate Your Festival

    Your Performance Partners
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Interview with Jill Korsok, Recreation Program Manager, City of Mentor, Ohio. Korsok is a presenter at this week’s National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Congress; her session is titled: Rejuvenate Your Festival: How to Avoid McFestivalization. YPP: Why is “McFestivalization” a bad thing? Korsok: Any recurring event – large or small – can become boring if the elements never change. In the fast food industry, standardization is great because people expect to be able to order the same exact thing at each location, but that’s not the case in the management of special events.
  • Forget the Alamo: Tobin Center Grabs Spotlight

    Your Performance Partners
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    The biggest splash in the U.S. performing arts scene is the new $203 million Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, which opened last month in San Antonio. We’ll highlight this beautiful facility more in the future, but today we’ll showcase excerpts from news coverage: Sir Paul Approves. Exactly 45 years to the day after the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album was released, Paul McCartney performed a fundraiser concert Oct. 1 to benefit the Tobin Center, with ticket prices ranged from $250 to $3,500. After just two songs, he told the crowd of 1,724 that he needed “a little moment to drink…
  • Controversy-Free Met Opera News

    Your Performance Partners
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Maybe it’s the art form of opera that attracts controversy? The Metropolitan Opera grabbed the media spotlight in recent months, first with rancorous labor-management negotiations and recently with uproar about upcoming performances of “The Death of Klinghoffer” – decried by some Jewish groups for endorsing terrorism. We’re glad the union agreements were reached, so opera lovers in New York City – and around the world via the Met’s “Live in HD” outreach – can enjoy the shows. This week we’ll explore several interesting, controversy-free Met stories: What’s a Field…
  • Two Rigging Standards Available for Public Review

    Your Performance Partners
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Are you familiar with the current standards for the installation and safe operation of fire safety curtains? For that matter, are you aware that there are documented standards for fire curtains—and for many other kinds of stage equipment? PLASA, the international trade association for entertainment technology professionals, brings together the top minds in the industry to develop standards for theatre equipment and procedures. Its Technical Standards Program—accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)—promotes safe working conditions at every level of production. You…
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 139: Some thoughts about theatre promotion

    Dave Dufour
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Broadcast, print, direct mail and the web — sorting out theatre promotion The Geeks discuss some options, discuss what works and what doesn’t and a bit about how the landscape has changed.   Music provided by Music Alley Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 138 Animals Onstage

    Dave Dufour
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Or, how to keep your theatre from going to the dogs Sooner or later, your theatre will come upon a play that you want to produce, but it requires an animal, or even animals onstage for some scenes. Bell, Book and Candle‘s Pyewacket, Annie‘s Sandy and of course, The Wizard of Oz‘ Toto, are three that spring to mind. While these animals are essential, they also pose some special issues for actors and directors. While the goal is to get the best performance possible from an animal actor, the safety and well-being of the animal as well as cast members . . . → Read More:…
  • 137 Richard Engling, Chicago Playwright

    Dave Dufour
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Chicago playwright Richard Engling remembers friend Fern Chertkow with the Afterlife Trilogy Playwright talks with the Geeks about his friend, his play and his process. Chicago Playwright Richard Engling It has been almost 30 years since award-winning author Fern Chertkow ended her own life, but her legacy lives on through the Afterlife Trilogy, a unique undertaking that fuses her writing with the work of novelist, playwright Richard Engling and his creative team at Chicago’s Polarity Ensemble Theatre. Paying tribute to the late author, the trilogy combines two novels – “Visions of…
  • 136 Kids in Hollywood: getting an agent and more

    Dave Dufour
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Susan Whitby joins us again to talk more about her adventure helping daughters Maddie and Audrey launch their careers on TV and radio in Hollywood. Music provided by Music Alley Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 135 When your kids want to become professional actors

    Dave Dufour
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Midwest mom Susan Whitby tells you what to expect when your children want to take the show business plunge Susan Whitby (center) with daughters Maddy Whitby (left) and Audrey Whitby. Susan Whitby joined us for the first of two episodes to talk about her daughters, Audrey and Maddie, who, after starting out in community theatre in Indiana, have moved on, with her help and five years in Los Angeles, to become successful on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and more in Hollywood. But it wasn’t easy and there were no guarantees. Susan shares what she learned along the way and . . . →…
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