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  • The Afterlife of Theater

    The Wicked Stage
    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Mercedes Reuhl and Bill Pullman in The Goat(photo by Sara Krulwich/NY Times)Bill Pullman said something really interesting in this interview--and it wasn't the fact that he's playing Othello in Norway (an odd, possibly troubling notion that got some intelligent pushback from at least one reader). It was instead this bracing, almost entirely counterintuitive statement about theater vs. film. I asked him about all the lucrative film and TV work he must be ducking to slip off to Norway and do a play, and he replied:This is so important to my life. I'll tell you, all the film and television…
  • #JerseyBoysMovie Premieres Next Saturday, 4/4/15 on HBO!

    Jersey Boys Blog
    JB Blogger
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Countdown to #JERSEYBOYSMOVIE HBO premiere–one week from tonight–4/4/15!
  • 15 Lessons You Learn Being a Broke Artist

    Backstage.com News
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    No one likes being a broke artist necessarily, but you do learn some useful life lessons! 1. You can live off of Top Ramen for a really long time.  2.  If rent is due on Tuesday, you can mail the check at the end of the day so it is postmarked and not late, but it won’t go out until Wednesday, which means your landlord won’t get in until Thursday, and won’t try to cash it until Friday when you get paid and actually have money in your account.  3. The family meal at the restaurant you work at is everything.  4. Cable? What’s cable? 5. Some of the…
  • Final Bow: Final Bow: Cabaret Kit Kat Girl Kristin Olness Looks Back on Two Runs With Alan Cumming

    TheaterMania.com
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Olness played Helga in 1998, when Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall's revival was first seen on Broadway, then reprised her role in the 2014 remount.
  • Monologue Evaluation Exercise

    The Theatrefolk Blog
    Lindsay Price
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Last week I gave you a Monologue Evaluation Sheet to share with your students. Click below for a completely different monologue to use in class! What makes a good monologue? What criteria do you give to your students? Before students start writing their own monologue, it’s important for them to be able to identify and […]The post Monologue Evaluation Exercise appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
 
 
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  • Russian theater director fired over Wagner...

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    Several thousand people carry patriotic flags as they demonstrate against the proposed production of Wagner's Tannhauser, in downtown Novosibirsk, about 2800 kilometers east of Moscow, Sunday, March 29 2015. Controversy over the staging of Wagner's opera "Tannhauser" in the Siberian city has come to a head, with Russia's cultural minister firing the director of the state theater in Novosibirsk.
  • Russian theater director fired over Wagner opera

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    " Russia's cultural minister has fired the director of a Siberian theater whose staging of Wagner's opera "Tannhauser" offended the powerful Russian Orthodox Church. The announcement was made as several thousand people rallied outside the Novosibirsk theater to protest the opera, which they said was offensive to Christians.
  • Bill Cosby's show goes on despite rape claims, but it's an awkward stage for everyone

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:07 am
    Baltimore: The huddle of reporters at the stage door of the Lyric Theater in Baltimore on Friday night looked more like they were waiting for a perp walk at a courthouse than for a star appearing for a performance. In a sense, it was both.
  • 8Os Night at the Stanley Theater

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:02 am
    It was Eighties Night at the Stanley Theater, where hundreds enjoyed music from that decade and some very colorful leg warmers. The full house at the theater also took part in a costume contest with many local residents turned out in full eighties gear, that's lot of neon, big hair, and plenty of spandex.
  • Is small theater in Los Angeles getting the curtain call?

    28 Mar 2015 | 8:58 pm
    When folks come west, they leave behind their snow shovels, mittens and “Regards to Broadway.” Yet every week in Los Angeles, thousands flock to world-class venues like the Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum, Pantages and a handful of others for the live theater experience. What isn't so well known is many thousands more find that same joy in the less glamorous parts of town - the seedy stretches of Santa Monica and Melrose, the dark patches of Highland and even the nether regions of Lankershim.
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    Backstage.com News

  • 8 Chances to Get Cast

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    What better way to round off the end of March than with landing a job! Here are eight casting notices from the past week listed on Backstage! JODIE FOSTER’S “MONEY MONSTER”Casting director Allison Hall is seeking background performers for Jodie Foster’s feature film. Business types, protester types, and NYC onlookers are the roles needing to be filled. Professional pay will be provided for the nonunion actors. The film about a Wall Street expert who has a fan turn on him after he doles out bad advice shoots April 10 and 11 in New York City. Applicants must have full…
  • Now Casting Jodie Foster’s ‘Money Monster’ and Upcoming Auditions

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the film “Money Monster.” “Money Monster” is Jodie Foster’s directed feature film and is seeking background performers. Professional pay will be provided and submissions are being sought from the NYC area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Money Monster” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings!
  • L.A. Now Casting ‘Gotta Sing!’ and Upcoming Auditions

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the short film “Gotta Sing!” “Gotta Sing!” follows the school’s best dancer, Jennifer, and her new friend as they’re paired up for a talent contest at school. However, Jennifer must get over her fear of singing in order to take home the trophy. Two lead roles and three supporting are being cast for this production, and submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Gotta Sing!” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition…
  • An Adult Swim Drive-In and Other L.A. Events

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Adult Swim, which is the nighttime version of the Cartoon Network, is hosting a drive-in screening in Santa Monica March 26. The event, which includes food trucks, will feature “exclusive clips” from “Rick and Morty” Season 2 and “The Jack and Triumph Show.” There’ll also be episode premieres for “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever,” “China, IL” and “Children’s Hospital.” The event for the cable network, which was recently dubbed a “creative hothouse,” starts at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets here. Other…
  • 15 Lessons You Learn Being a Broke Artist

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    No one likes being a broke artist necessarily, but you do learn some useful life lessons! 1. You can live off of Top Ramen for a really long time.  2.  If rent is due on Tuesday, you can mail the check at the end of the day so it is postmarked and not late, but it won’t go out until Wednesday, which means your landlord won’t get in until Thursday, and won’t try to cash it until Friday when you get paid and actually have money in your account.  3. The family meal at the restaurant you work at is everything.  4. Cable? What’s cable? 5. Some of the…
 
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    Backstage.com Interview

  • ‘Alphabet Boys’ Creators on Principal vs. Background Casting

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Dave Waldron and Tony Behringer are familiar names to background performers in the NYC area. The two have taken the lead on background casting for long-running New York-based shows and films, perhaps most notably “Law and Order: SVU.” This month Waldron and Behringer are putting on their producer hats and launching an Indiegogo campaign for a new Web series, “Alphabet Boys.” What makes “Alphabet Boys” stand out from the rest of the Indiegogo launches you’ll see later this month? How about the participation of some “SVU” and “Today…
  • Jonathan Groff on ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Looking,’ and the ‘Glee’ Finale

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Backstage cover star Jonathan Groff has a lot on his plate at the moment. Days before HBO announced that the recently concluded second season of “Looking” would unfortunately be its last, the show’s star dished to Backstage about his new role in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary new musical “Hamilton” at the Public Theater, and the end of an era with “Glee’s” series finale. (Plus, he just turned 30. Happy Birthday, Jonathan!) Tell us about getting involved with “Hamilton.”It’s been amazing. I replaced Brian…
  • Why Even Friendship Can’t Make Rehearsals Easy

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Novelist Patricia Highsmith’s singular gift as a storyteller, from “Strangers on a Train” to “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” was to convince her readers to abandon their moral compasses and accompany her often-sociopathic protagonists on their journeys. And unlike, say, Agatha Christie, who was a genteel little old lady writing about ruthless murderers, Highsmith was as contradictory, puzzling, and even sinister as any of her own creations. A Texan who self-exiled to Switzerland, Highsmith’s life—and short temper—has been well documented in a…
  • 9 Questions With...Chris D’Elia

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Standup comedian and actor Chris D’Elia talks to Backstage about playing a smart person who acts dumb to get what he wants, what he wishes he knew about acting before he started, and the worst audition scene he’s ever been asked to perform. Tell us about your role on NBC’s “Undateable.”It’s basically about the blind leading the blind on dating, essentially. It’s these friends at a bar and they’re just helping each other through friendship and dating life. [My character] Danny is, like, the ladies’ man who’s helping the guys with…
  • Why ‘The King and I’ Isn’t a Romance

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    American audiences may be surprised that Ken Watanabe is starring in a Broadway musical. After all, on these shores he’s known for intense characters like the enigmatic villain Ra’s al Ghul in “Batman Begins” and the selflessly honorable General Kuribayashi in “Letters From Iwo Jima.” And while he was disarmingly charming in “The Last Samurai” (which netted him an Oscar nomination), he was still a rebellious warrior, eyes glinting with calculating intelligence. Put another way: Though his résumé is impressive, it hardly screams…
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    Jane Fonda

  • IN MEXICO CITY FOR GRACE & FRANKIE

    Jane
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    L-R: Linda Cardellini (“Bloodline”), Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”), Charlie Cox (“Marvel’s Daredevil”), Netflix’s VP of Original Content Cindy Holland, Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”), Selenis Leyva (“Orange is the New Black”), Gaz Alazraki (director, “Club de Cuervos”), Miguel Angel Silvestre (“Sense8″). Photo Credit: Victor Chavez for Netflix. A bunch of stars from various Netflix series came to Mexico City to promote their shows. Mine, of course, is “Grace and Frankie” which streams on…
  • BACK IN THE SWIM OF ACTIVISM

    Jane
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Zachery Kimmel, 16 yrs, Angela Batuure, 19 yrs, Chloe Angyal, senior ed. Feministing Jessica Neuwirth, Gloria Steinem, Robin Morgan I love acting, don’t get me wrong, and I’m excited about my new Netflix series, “Grace and Frankie,” with Lily Tomlin. But sometimes, when a long time goes by and I haven’t been speaking out (or acting out) in the presence of other women and men, girls and boys, on issues we are collectively fighting for, I feel like I’m emptying out, shrinking up, and the problems of the world feel like they will engulf me. I read 2 newspapers…
  • LILY & JANE2 DO SUNDANCE

    Jane
    2 Feb 2015 | 1:29 pm
    We left Los Angeles Sunday January 25th for Park City and the 15th annual Sundance Film Festival. Hard as it is to believe, Lily had never been and I had never gone not to work but just to see films. It happened like this: Our friend, Pat Mitchell, who among her many titles became Chair of the Board of the Sundance Institute this year, invited Lily and me to be interviewed by her for the Women In Film brunch Monday morning. Lily’s new film, “Grandma,” was premiering on Friday at the close of the festival and I persuaded her to hang with me for the whole week to see films.
  • LIVING IN BOOTSTRAP AMERICA

    Jane
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:11 pm
    This is a book just out that I just finished reading and needed to blog about. I’ve read many books about people living at or below the poverty line, subsisting on tips or minimum wage when they had a job. I’ve never read one written by such a person and its author, Linda Tirado, is such a person and she is a very good writer who describes life on the economic margins with biting wit and a lot of insight. I am not a celebrity who lives a cloistered life. I’ve marched in picket lines and spoken at rallies alongside poor people. I’ve slept on the floors of many a working…
  • I ♥ MIAMI

    Jane
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Wynwood Graffiti I didn’t expect to love Miami when I went there the beginning of this December to visit my son, Troy, and his wife, Simone. The reason I didn’t blog about this trip sooner is because I’ve had no internet for almost 2 weeks. I’d been to Miami in 1972 –protesting the Vietnam War at the Republican convention together with Vietnam Veterans– and thought “yuck.” But a lot’s happened to Miami since then plus Troy does have a way of putting together a visit to a city that makes things fun and beautiful. He did it for me and my…
 
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    The Wicked Stage

  • Sweating Equity

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    The last thing I wrote about the controversy over L.A.’s Equity 99-Seat Plan, for American Theatre magazine, was more personal than the typical news report; I felt I couldn’t help but inject my own experience into a debate I’ve watched for most of my professional life. But now, after several more Facebook back-and-forths, private chats, and a thoughtful podcast with my friend Isaac Butler (which, based on the retweets and shares it’s gotten, is being perceived as more pro-Equity’s position than not), I feel the need to get even more personal about the possible end of the plan as…
  • American (and L.A.) Revolutions

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    The rest of 2015 will have a lot to live up to: In quick succession, I've already seen/written about/considered two of the best productions I'll probably see in years, let alone this calendar year. First was Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's great new musical--which today is apparently likely to announce a transfer to Broadway, though whether before the Tony deadline or after is anyone's guess (smart money seems to be on the former; I'm holding out hope for the latter, because I think the Public, and the public, deserves the rest of that Off-Broadway run). I chatted with Miranda and fellow…
  • The Afterlife of Theater

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Mercedes Reuhl and Bill Pullman in The Goat(photo by Sara Krulwich/NY Times)Bill Pullman said something really interesting in this interview--and it wasn't the fact that he's playing Othello in Norway (an odd, possibly troubling notion that got some intelligent pushback from at least one reader). It was instead this bracing, almost entirely counterintuitive statement about theater vs. film. I asked him about all the lucrative film and TV work he must be ducking to slip off to Norway and do a play, and he replied:This is so important to my life. I'll tell you, all the film and television…
  • Hamilton's New York Moment

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    From left, Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. from the cast of “Hamilton.” CreditDamon Winter/The New York TimesOne of the most infectious sentiments in Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's great new musical about our country's founding fathers, is voiced by the women. The socialite Schuyler sisters, one of whom Alexander Hamilton actually married, the other of whom he loved at least as much as his wife, have a song about how lucky they feel to be living in New York City at the moment they are--that it's the most exciting place in the world to be…
  • Primed for The Iceman

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    Stephen Ouimette and cast in an "Iceman" rehearsal. (Photo by Liz Lauren)I had the great privilege recently of sitting in a Chicago rehearsal room and watching the 18-person cast of the Goodman's production of The Iceman Cometh run through the entire five-hour show. They were in street clothes with makeshift set elements and some props, but I will long hold the intimate, lived-in frisson of that room with me. It will be a tough act to top, for this or any other play.The occasion for my visit was this piece in the Times, which focuses on the seemingly unorthodox casting of Nathan…
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    Parabasis

  • Equity E-mails Its Members, Explains What a Union Is

    Parabasis
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    By Isaac Butler AEA took the rhetorical gloves off today, explaining why it was offensive to use civil rights era imagery as part of a protest against the union and giving people a refresher course on what a union is for. My guess is this only serves to further antagonize people who don't support the union's position (there is some public calls for the union to apologize for the letter, but I see nothing in here necessitating an apology), but part of me is just happy to see them stand up for themselves in the face of millionaire movie stars tacitly advocating for their most vulnerable…
  • Nothing But Net (A Quick Note on Measuring Theatre Size)

    Parabasis
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    By Isaac Butler Since my last post on this issue, folks have been pushing back about my use of gross income instead of net income for judging theater size. I initially thought my explanation within that post was good enough, but clearly there's still some confusion on this. So here is why I didn't use net income (and why you shouldn't either) to measure theatre size: (1) No one else in the industry measures theater size using net income.  It's a non-standard unit of measure. The two standard ways of measuring theater size when it comes to $$$ are Gross Income or…
  • Who Benefits from the 99-Seat Plan?

    Parabasis
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    By Isaac Butler   (For my non-theater readers, this post is gonna get into the weeds on a union contract issue in California. This might not be the post for you.)  Last week, my old friend and editor Rob Weinert-Kendt asked me to be a guest on TCG's "Offstage" podcast to talk about the upcoming fight over LA's 99-seat plan. You can listen to the full episode here. The episode uses as a jumping off point Rob's excellent meditation contrasting the abundance of riches of 99-seat plan theater in LA with the knowledge that the system isn't sustainable in its…
  • Things Jon Stewart Has Destroyed, A Partial List

    Parabasis
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    By Isaac Butler Sam Brownback The NFL The Texas GOP Fox News Fox News' Spite-Driven Anger Machine Sean Hannity Noted GOP Anti-Vaxxer GOP's Dueling SOTU Responses Hank Greenberg Obama Cabinet Member Fox News' Appalling Reaction to the CIA Torture Report Mike Huckabee Kathleen Sebelius Hilarious Conservative Speeches What's left of Peggy Noonan's Credibility Crossfire's Tucker Carlson Anti-Cannabis Morons CNN, CBS Coverage of French President Hollande's Visit to the United States CNN's Malaysian Flight Coverage Old Media Hacks Bill Kristol on Health Care Bill…
  • Other People Writing About Charlie Hebdo

    Parabasis
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    By Isaac Butler Ernesto Miranda, from whose legal troubles we get the term Miranda Warnings with their attendant right to remain silent, ended up going to jail anyway. The State retried him, this time without the problematic confession that caused his earlier conviction to be set aside, and a jury found him guilty. He later died in a bar fight. Clarence Earl Gideon, from whose legal troubles we get the right to have a State-funded attorney, tried to refuse legal counsel and represent himself even after he had won at the Supreme Court. The judge in his case was so irate that he yelled at…
 
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    Available Light Theatre

  • Columbus Alive: Don Q’s universal appeal

    AVLT
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    Check out Jesse Tigges excellent preview of Don Quixote: a pilgrimage in today’s Columbus Alive. Featuring interviews with playwright Jen Schlueter and director Matt Slaybaugh, Tigges goes into depth about the creation of the play and the unique perspective Available Light brings to the 400 year old novel. Read it all here: http://www.columbusalive.com/content/stories/2015/03/26/theatre-preview-don-quixote-a-pilgrimage-gives-novel-a-more-personal-and-universal-appeal.html
  • Don Q in the Dispatch: “The play is a journey…”

    AVLT
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Check out the excellent preview of Don Quixote: a pilgrimage in today’s Columbus Dispatch Weekender. Michael Grossberg interviewed playwright Jennifer Schlueter, director Matt Slaybaugh as well as actors Acacia Duncan and Drew Eberly. Read it here: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2015/03/26/1-womans-journey-provides-twist-on-cervantes-classic.html
  • Laying in a pit of gravel.

    Elena Perantoni
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    Laying in a pit of gravel. Last time I acted in this space we laid in a pit of dirt. Upgrade? #avltdonQ #avltheatre #hum #gravelselfies A photo posted by Elena P (@lainiebelle13) on Mar 17, 2015 at 5:31pm PDT
  • This is how AVLT builds a zen garden.

    Dave Wallingford
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    This is how Available Light Theatre builds a zen garden. #avltheatre @avltheatre #avltdonQ A photo posted by Dave Wallingford (@walling1) on Mar 17, 2015 at 10:20am PDT
  • Cervantes returns!

    AVLT
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    Just in time for our adaptation of his massive work of metafiction, Don Quixote, Spain’s most lauded author has turned-up again. via BBC: Spain finds Don Quixote writer Cervantes’ tomb in Madrid Forensic scientists say they have found the tomb of Spain’s much-loved giant of literature, Miguel de Cervantes, nearly 400 years after his death. […]
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    Theater Loop - Chicago Tribune

  • A four-play 2015-16 season for Route 66

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Route 66 Theatre Company announced its 2015-16 season on Friday night. All four shows are new-to-Chicago, and one is a brand new play.
  • 'Adding Machine' and 'Menagerie' for The Hypocrites in 2015-16

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Hypocrites announced its 2015-16 season on Friday. A longer-than-usual lineup for this theater company, it features remounts of three popular productions of the past four years, plus a play by Sean Graney and two musicals.
  • 'Swingingest' Las Vegas couple is 'Live' again at Royal George

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    NEW YORK — Old-school bars are now a rarity around Times Square, squeezed out by chain hotels and video boards. But Jimmy's Corner, a boxing-themed dive bar on West 44th Street, has somehow survived. At one end of the bar in that crammed joint on a recent night stood Taylor Hackford, best...
  • A new Sondheim movie tune sends us back into the vault

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    A new Stephen Sondheim song is news. Now on DVD and Blu-ray, the film version of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical "Into the Woods" features among its bonus content a new Sondheim song written for the witch played by Meryl Streep.
  • Lottery gift and a new playhouse: Chicago theater talks about money

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    In the Chicago theater, a paucity of financial resources is often a point of pride, even part of the town's aesthetic. But it's also a reason to complain. In the minds of some theater artists, the situation in arts funding mirrors the growing inequalities of American society: The rich always...
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    Penny Plain, Twopence Coloured

  • David Lewis Worobec Documentary

    Trish Short Lewis
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:59 am
    David Worobec's Enchanted World from Narratively on Vimeo.Recently the amazing David Lewis Worobec was the subject of a short documentary.  For those of us who follow David from afar, it was the closest we've had yet to the "next best thing" to actually being there...Earlier this year, David and his mother Polly were featured in a story on Maine Public Broadcasting...
  • Rare Play Performance - First Time Since 1854

    Trish Short Lewis
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:09 pm
    An exciting event for all toy theatre lovers! This coming Friday, March 13th at the British Museum...Come to the exhibition Bonaparte and the British in Room 90 to see Regency-era toy theatre productions of The Battle of Waterloo (1824) and Bonaparte’s Invasion of Russia (1825). The origins of the English toy theatre date back to 1811 when William West published the 'first cheap theatrical print'. West’s versions of these plays, based on Astley’s Amphitheatre, have been unavailable and unperformed since West’s death in 1854, until now.For more details, check here...
  • Benjamin Pollock's Grave

    Trish Short Lewis
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    "...The popularity of the toy theatre declined and by 1937, when Mr. Pollock died, the shop and the Pollock family were struggling to pay their way.The Chingford Historical Society believes this is why he was buried in a common grave with no memorial stone." - The Chingford GuardianWhen I read that this week, I thought, "This is a great shame and should be rectified..."To that end, the Facebook toy theatre group has started a crowd-funding project to raise the necessary funds to buy a modest stone to mark Benjamin Pollock's grave.  Long overdue, Pollock1 was one of the giants of toy…
  • Stop-Motion Noir!

    Trish Short Lewis
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:21 pm
  • Pollock's Toy Museum & Eddy Fawdry

    Trish Short Lewis
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    Awhile back a profile was done of the museum, by none other than Professor Ronald Hutton, which is lovely indeed for those of us halfway around the world who may never get to visit there in person. It is, in a limited sense, a virtual tour. Enjoy this clip from the program that featured the Pollock's Toy Museum...Reviews:Eddy Fawdry (and his wee dog Haggis) preside over this strange secret world of vintage toys, which he inherited from his grandparents and they from the Hoxton-based Pollock family, which made famous toy theaters. In room after creaky room, history stares back at you with…
 
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    The Theatrefolk Blog

  • Research and Write Unit: The Graveyard

    Lindsay Price
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I was once in Mobile, AL and came across a 19th Century graveyard – all the stones inside were from the early- to mid-1800’s and a lot of the graves were of young men, women, and children. I later learned that the graveyard was established because of an outbreak of yellow fever. Graveyards are interesting places, at […]The post Research and Write Unit: The Graveyard appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
  • The Eight Efforts: Laban Movement

    Todd Espeland
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    If you want your students to take their character development to the next level, introduce them to Laban Movement. Laban Movement will provide them with a clear and understandable tool set that will enable them to grow their own movement vocabulary and discover new ways to physicalize character. This work is not just technical but […]The post The Eight Efforts: Laban Movement appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
  • Monologue Evaluation Exercise

    Lindsay Price
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Last week I gave you a Monologue Evaluation Sheet to share with your students. Click below for a completely different monologue to use in class! What makes a good monologue? What criteria do you give to your students? Before students start writing their own monologue, it’s important for them to be able to identify and […]The post Monologue Evaluation Exercise appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
  • Student Self Assessment

    Lindsay Price
    15 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    At the end of this post, you can download a Self Assessment Checklist and a Self Assessment Question Sheet to share with your students. Not only is it important for students to reflect on and evaluate the work of others, they also need to build self evaluation skills. But self assessment can be tricky. It […]The post Student Self Assessment appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
  • Monologue Evaluation Exercise

    Lindsay Price
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    What makes a good monologue? What criteria do you give to your students? Before students start writing their own monologues, it’s important for them to be able to identify and assess the elements of a good one. Have them evaluate existing monologues. Start off with a discussion on What makes a good monologue? See what […]The post Monologue Evaluation Exercise appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
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    The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre

  • I Want to Sing Something Beautiful, Part II

    Scott Miller
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    If anyone doubts that Jerry Springer the Opera is a serious piece of theatre, let me share some of the more emotional, more beautiful moments (you heard me right!) in the show.Maybe my favorite is early in Act III. We've set up the whole idea that Jerry is being forced to do a Jerry Springer Show in Hell for Satan, and as this bizarre faux show begins, Satan tells us his sad story in the song "Once in Happy Realms," and it always surprises me with its aching beauty and its depth of feeling, particularly in the able hands and voice of Matt Pentecost, New Line's "Satan." It's not an…
  • Where Were You When the Condom Split?

    Scott Miller
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    As we run Jerry Springer the Opera, we discover that it's often not the R-rated language that offends people; it's the subversive theology. And I think that "blasphemy" is made even more intense by the fact that the show gets more overtly serious in the second half, when it also gets most religious minded.I would argue the show is sometimes very serious in Act I (there are real victims amongst the crazies), but more subliminally so. Acts II and III get more obviously serious in terms of both tone and plot. Critic Paul Friswold of The Riverfront Times, wrote about our production, "Richard…
  • It Ain't Easy Bein' Me

    Scott Miller
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Most of our reviews for Jerry Springer the Opera have been wonderful. People really understand and embrace this wild, weird, beautiful show.Well, some people do.New Line does intelligent, thoughtful theatre, and we expect intelligent, thoughtful reviews. And we mostly get that. But not always. One reviewer this time had some compliments for our production but really did not like the material, and ordinarily, I can't complain about that. It's just a matter of taste and opinion, right? But this guy didn't just say he disliked the material. He said the writers "ran out of ideas" at the…
  • There Is No Greater Act of Love

    Scott Miller
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    A lot of actors tell me that when they play a villain, it's very important for them not to judge the character, just to understand him as much as possible, his worldview, his motivations, his past; then play him as honestly as possible, from the inside. I think the same is true for me with Jerry Springer the Opera, and by extension, The Jerry Springer Show on TV. If I were to come at this show, looking down on Springer and his guests, it would end up a very different production.And I would be no better than the religious dolts sending us mindless angry emails (only four so…
  • Nothing is Wrong and Nothing is Right

    Scott Miller
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    Well, the protest emails have begun. I guess that's the price of getting good advance press coverage.... and producing Jerry Springer the Opera.I'll admit, I'm always baffled by the people who get so mean and so angry in the name of Jesus – though maybe that's because I'm baffled by religion and religious belief in general. It seems that for too many people, turning on Righteous Indignation also turns off the brain.Though Jerry Springer the Opera is incredibly vulgar and obscene and blasphemous, it's also genuinely uplifting. After all, the message of the show is clear and…
 
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    Encore Atlanta

  • A must-see list: McCraney’s big-hearted ‘Marcus’ at Actor’s Express

    Kathy Janich
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:17 pm
      This is one not to miss! Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet — now at Actor’s Express — is part of the Brothers/Sisters trilogy by prodigiously talented American playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. Atlanta audiences might remember his In the Red and Brown Water, the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition winner in 2007, or his Choir [...]
  • THIS WEEKEND’S BEST BETS: March 26

    Kathy Janich
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    Our top pick: "Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet" by the prodigiously talented Tarell Alvin McCraney, opening at Actor's Express. Also new this weekend: "The Explorer's Club" at Aurora, "Grand Concourse" at Horizon and Serenbe's "Man of La Mancha."
  • Kidnap, seduction, laughs, Mozart: Capitol City stages ‘Seraglio’

    Kathy Janich
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
      Kidnap. Seduction. Mozart. Capitol City Opera steps to the lighter side of the art form with The Abduction From the Seraglio, the frequently comic creation from Wolfgang Amadeus. Follow the hero, Belmonte, as he and his servant, Pedrillo, try to rescue his beloved Konstanze from the living quarters (seraglio) of a harem, owned by a high-ranking Persian [...]
  • THIS WEEKEND’S BEST BETS: March 19

    Kathy Janich
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    Our top pick is the world premiere of Atlanta Ballet's "Camino Real" -- four performances only -- at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. It's created by Atlanta Ballet resident choreographer Helen Pickett and based on the Tennessee Williams' play from 1953. Also: Check out what's happening at Synchronicity, Aris and Ballethnic Dance Company.
  • Great seatz await at Atlanta Ballet’s world premiere of ‘Camino Real’

    Kathy Janich
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
      Kilroy is coming … are you? Join Atlanta Ballet for the world premiere of Camino Real, a full-evening piece inspired by Tennessee Williams’ 1953 play and told from the perspective of Kilroy, a patriotic character from World War II. The work deals with human mortality, the desire to connect and the will to live. It was [...]
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    Atlanta Theater Fans - Your Guide To Atlanta Theater And Online Community

  • Adrienne Barbeau Joins PIPPIN in Atlanta Beginning May 5

    Admin
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:20 pm
    The producers of the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical PIPPIN are pleased to announce that Tony Nominated, ADRIENNE BARBEAU will play the role of “Berthe” in the national tour of PIPPIN in select cities!  PIPPIN takes the stage at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre from May 5-10 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta [...]
  • Cobb Energy Centre Hosts I Love Lucy Master Class with National Touring Cast

    Admin
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Master class to study comedic timing in the style of I Love Lucy with two touring cast members Saturday, March 14 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. WHAT:   Sharpen your comedic timing with the cast of “I Love Lucy” Live on Stage! Students, 6-12 grades, will build a strong ensemble of comic actors through warm-ups and [...]
  • St. Patty’s Day Fundraiser/Party at ART Station

    Admin
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:04 pm
    ART Station, in Historic Stone Mountain Village, will hold its 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Fundraiser, “Raising of the Green” on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. The event features silent and live auctions, “A Taste of Stone Mountain,” music and complimentary green beer. Tickets are $25 at the door [...]
  • Celebrate Your Uniqueness at the Center for Puppetry Arts

    Admin
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    WHAT:     The Joshua Show by Joshua Holden of New York, N.Y. When Mr. Nicholas, the sock puppet, makes an unnerving self-discovery that makes him sad, his soul mate Joshua teaches him to celebrate his differences in this quirky show full of songs, comedy, whimsy, abundant joy and just a smattering of tap dancing. This [...]
  • Theater Bits Blog – WICKED Tour Breaks Several Records at The Fox Theatre

    Admin
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    The producers of WICKED announced today that it has broken two all-time North American Touring box office records by grossing $2,864,958 for the eight-performance week-ending March 1, and $3,266,527 for the nine-performance week-ending March 8, during its recent return to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre February 18 – March 8. These two weeks of WICKED in Atlanta [...]
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 146 – Care and feeding of community theatre volunteers

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Volunteers are the lifeblood of most community theatres. Michael Beatty has worked with volunteers in all types of not-for-profit organizations (including theatres). Listen to the conversation and... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 145 – Putting history on the stage — conversation with playwright Michael Beatty

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Avery Brown, Drummer Boy of the Cumberland, Youngest Soldier of the Civil War Heartland: The Civil War comes to the stage in Northern Indiana later this year, and the Geeks asked Michael Beatty, the... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 144 Say What? Theatre sound.

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    All of us have attended a play or musical where the sound is less than perfect. This can be because of the facility or the actors themselves, among other reasons. And bad sound can harm the theatre... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 143 Putting on the California State AACT Festival

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:47 pm
    It’s been a number of years since California has participated in the AACT Festival cycle with its own state festival, so resurrecting the tradition presents a number of challenges. With the... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 142 Festival tips from Ron Ziegler, AACT

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    Ron Ziegler, Field Services Coordinator, AACT.org We already into the 2015 festival cycle and the excitement is building. Festivals are a great deal of fun, but also a lot of work for the planners.... More info at theatregeeks.com
 
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    Shakespeare Geek

  • Sacrifice in Shakespeare?

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:29 pm
    So last night my daughter comes into the room, hurls her book to the floor, declares that she hates it and never wants to see it again, and bursts into tears. Apparently a main character sacrificed herself to save the ones she loved, and this was my daughter's first experience with such a storyline. I'm not saying the book, but I bet people already recognize it. It's quite popular right now. Don't spoil it.She's insisting that I read her book so that I can feel her pain. I've already commented to her that I've seen Lear carry Cordelia's lifeless body onstage in the final act, I think I know a…
  • First Folios for Every State!

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    Folger announced today the 52 exact locations that will be receiving a visit from the First Folio this spring as part of their celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.Here's my thoughts, in pretty much the order they occurred:"Boston...Boston...come on, Boston.....DAMNIT!  Amherst." <reads Garland Scott's explanation> "Oh, ok, I guess that makes sense.""Portland, Maine, eh? Interesting, I've got a vacation weekend planned in Portland for April 10-11, I wonder if the timing will work out?" I don't think so, I don't think this is happening until later in the year.
  • Edit for Length, Not for Antisemitism

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    Making the rounds today is Mark Rylance's visit to see the newly discovered First Folio, and what he said while he was there:The former artistic director of the Globe Theatre in London, who is starring in the BBC’s Wolf Hall, said: “I don’t think there’s pressure [to remove] the bawdy jokes. He’s bawdier a lot more times than people realise. “The pressures I feel are more for times where he will say something very antisemitic,” he said.Why?Seriously, why do we single out antisemitism but leave in all the racism and sexism and every other -ism of which Shakespeare is…
  • Don't trust the internet to do your homework, kids.

    13 Feb 2015 | 8:09 am
    I found myself on Answers.com today, poking around the Shakespeare questions.  The answers make you want to punch somebody. Let's look at the question, "How did Rosencrantz and Guildenstern die?"  Here's the answer that 3 people marked as useful:Claudius sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to go back to England with Hamlet. Before the three of them leave Claudius sends a letter to England telling them to kill Hamlet once he steps on to their soil. The letter is to be delivered by Rosencratnz and Guildenstern, the both of them do not know what the letter says and are merely following…
  • I did it all for the Shakespeare cookie

    9 Feb 2015 | 1:04 pm
    I don't think I ever blogged about this Shakespeare cookie cutter before Christmas, but I definitely put it on my Facebook page.  Well, my mom knew exactly what she getting me this year!Here's the cutter itself, both sides:It makes a very detailed cut.To give you an idea how big it is, I was getting about 5 cookies per baking sheet. The white stuff is actually powdered sugar that I'd used to coat the rolling pin (a trick I found on Alton Brown's recipe).Finished product! Stuck in a snowstorm like we are there's no real frosting supplies in the house, but that didn't stop the kids from…
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    Voice Coaches

  • Spring Fever!!!

    ChristyPronto
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    Be honest, is anyone else twitter-pated? And don’t all of you rush to your phones to check your twitter feed, this is the old school Spring fever. The oh my gosh here’s the sun, hooray for warmth, when can I go to the beach, where are my shorts at type of twitter-pated. This is the perfect time of year to dust of those demo cds, grab your press kits and hit the pavement. Taking a stroll to the park with your beau? Bring your demo discs. Canoodling at your local ice cream shop? Bring your business cards. Keeping these things on hand at all times is always the best way to go as you…
  • The Idea of Celebrity in the VO world

    ChristyPronto
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    I am a voracious reader when it comes to the fields I am passionate about and any voice actor worth their salt would benefit from keeping current with the VO trends. I stumbled across a fascinating article about the ideology of “celebrity” and “fame” in the VO world (or should I say the illusion of the aforementioned ) and I had to share it with our readers. It tackles all aspects of the field from gender in voice acting, compensation and industry biases that can create a very insular sub culture. I have attached a link here and encourage all VO artists interested in…
  • Looking for work? What VO artist isn’t?

    ChristyPronto
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:57 am
    Todays blog is short and sweet. One of our success story students has had some luck on a certain site for VO artists and any helpful hints we voice actors can get are more than welcome!!! Check it out-I know I have. The setup takes some time as you want to be sure to showcase your skill sets. It gives you the chance to upload current work you have done as a VO artist. Good luck and be sure to fill us in on all of your successes!!! The link to Odesk is found below. Free Lance Work   Looking for work? What VO artist isn’t? is a post from Voice Coaches, a leading provider of voice…
  • Be your own Valentine…

    ChristyPronto
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    For any of you voice actors out there not sure of how to get started marketing once you have your demo in hand, here is a comprehensive list of associations and affiliates that can help any voice actor, seasoned or otherwise procure employment and everlasting networking relationships. Be your own Valentine this February and take the reigns of your own life!!! ASTD-The Association for Talent Development https://www.td.org/   AMA-American Marketing Association https://www.ama.org/Pages/default.aspx   VASTA-Voice and Speech Trainers Association http://www.vasta.org/   Elance-Post…
  • The Superbowl of Voice Acting-”Hut, Hut, Hike!!!”

    ChristyPronto
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    Whether you watched the game for the heart stopping action on the field or for the artery clogging snacks that always follow-the real show is all of the commercials during the broadcast, right? For the purposes of the blog entry today, I made sure to watch all commercials that were shown throughout the big game and found a few to be a voice actors dream. Did anyone catch the Mercedes Benz commercial with the animated tortoise and hare race? What a classic story with a twist and in my opinion perfectly targeted marketing utilizing succinctly executed voice-overs. My fave is the tortoise…
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    Blowout Theatre Company

  • Gowanathon

    admin
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
      Yeast is a Beast at Gowanathon March 28-29, 2015 Spoke the Hub Space at the Gowanus Arts Building, 295 Douglass St Blowout Theatre is proud to announce its participation in Spoke the Hub’s Gowanathon 3! We’ll be featured in both GOWANA DanceTheaterMusic Showcases! We’ll be performing Yeast is a Beast, written by Jona Tarlin. Sometimes you have to skin a bobcat to make pepperoni rolls. Tickets Available Here Jona Tarlin,Playwright Eli Thacker Taylor, Director Kerry KastinPerformer
  • Yeast is a Beast

    admin
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Yeast is a Beast January 24-25,2015 Spoke the Hub Space at the Gowanus Arts Building, 295 Douglass St Blowout Theatre Company proudly partcipated in Spoke the Hub’s Winter Follies! We featured a new piece, Yeast is a Beast, written by Jona Tarlin! Sometimes you have to skin a bobcat to make pepperoni rolls. Jona Tarlin, Playwright Eli Thacker Taylor, Director Kerry KastinPerformer
  • The Dark Nights

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    During the run of In Antarctica, Where It Is Very Warm, we’ll be hosting several other exciting events! All events take place at IRT Theater (154 Christopher St) Sept 23, 7:30 pm  The President Plays Part I Sept 28, 8:30 pm  Singles in Agriculture Sept 30, 7:30 pm  The President Plays Part II Oct 3, 10:30 pm  The Fainting Room: A Place for Sexy Good Times Oct 4, 4:00 pm Song to the Moon Oct 5, 6:00 pm  The BE A MAN Book Launch ExtravaMANza Oct 5, 8:00 pm The Boat House Oct 7, 7:30 pm  The President Plays Part III Oct 12, 8:00 pm Ten Ways on a Gun The President Plays Tuesday,…
  • In Antarctica, Where It Is Very Warm

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    September 19-October 11,2014 At IRT Theater, 154 Christopher St “A tale of memory, longing, and the looming threat of an unforgiving environment…” – OuterStage “Considers [Antarctica] with such acuity and depth…” – NY Theater Now   Neil’s a plumber, but he’s never been a plumber in Antarctica before. As Winter arrives and total darkness sets in he starts to learn how lonely it can be on a base with fourteen other people at the bottom of the world. A play about beer, mistakes, and trying to be something other than yourself. This fully…
  • Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Showcase

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:14 pm
    September 5 and 6, 7:30 pm, at the Gowanus Arts Building Blowout Theatre was invited to participate in Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Showcase! Blowout created two original works by two of New York City’s best emerging playwrights. Peter Andre‘s new short, Some People Never Change, will be directed by returning Blowout company member Eli Thacker Taylor. Joining BTC for the first time was NYC director/producer Blayze Teicher, directing a new piece by David Henry Haan, Invasive Species. Some People Never Change Invasive Species Some People Never Change Peter Andre,…
 
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    Acting in London

  • How to Become an Extra on Film Sets

    Tom London
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:22 am
    How to Become an Extra on Film Sets If you’re looking to get a start in the film industry and want some tips on how to become an extra on film sets, we’ve got them for you. But know that becoming an extra is most certainly not the way to start a career as an actor. It didn’t work for Brad Pitt or most other aspiring performers who attempted this falsely advertised “discover me on set” strategy. Nevertheless, doing extra work can benefit you as an actor in a few ways, but more on this later. There are aspiring background performers who’s sole focus is to…
  • 8 Acting Myths That All Aspiring Actors Believe

    Tom London
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    8 Acting Myths That All Aspiring Actors Believe As I’m sure you already know, Internet can be a good thing and a bad thing. When it comes to learning how to become an actor and seeking tips online, you need to be able to filter through randomness and know what advice is accurate and what’s misleading. All in all, there’s simply too much poor guidance offered online on how to become a working actor. The most prevalent acting myth that has already broken all the barriers and is too big to even make this list is the “overnight success” myth. Here’s a fact:…
  • 3 Reasons Actors Fail and How to Avoid That

    Tom London
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:57 pm
    3 Reasons Actors Fail, and How to Overcome Them / Photo: JD Hancock I hope that by now you already know how competitive entertainment business is. We made it a mission to dedicate an entire chapter to reality check in our handbook, because there are a few budding performers who are still delusional about this career path. Becoming an actor is not easy, and the likelihood of you becoming a failure instead is quite high. That is if you don’t keep control over your choices. Many, many actors come to London or Los Angeles to become the next big thing, and more than half of them will…
  • 25 Best TED Talks for Actors

    Tom London
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:19 am
    Best TED Talks for Actors In 2015, most actors are regular Internauts browsing online for research purposes, looking for casting breakdowns, acting tips, advice, inspiration and other good material. Some of you are probably familiar with TED talks. I’m a big fan of these speeches, so I decided to put together a list of the best TED talks for actors that you might find helpful. Previously, we have published a list of motivational videos for actors that got a lot of positive response. Budding artists are ambitious people, and anything that fuels our desire to continue the struggle and…
  • How to Become a Commercial Actor: Part 2

    Tom London
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:28 am
    How to Become a Commercial Actor Part 2 / Photo credit: BHF This post is a followup article to last week’s How to Become a Commercial Actor: Part 1.  Most budding actors these days attempt to begin their careers in commercials for two reasons: first, it’s quick money for a relatively short amount of work, and second, you still get to practice your acting chops which beats waiting tables. A big misconception among budding artists is that commercial acting will give you a break in other sections of the entertainment industry. That is not true. Now and again you can make some…
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    Your Performance Partners

  • Employment in the Arts: Recent Perspectives

    Your Performance Partners
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Is creative expression a one-way ticket to unemployment? That was the question asked by a recent opinion article in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), written by Jerry Cianciolo. He believes the artistic talents and passions of middle school and high school students – nurtured and celebrated by parents – are too often squelched when “real life” decisions about choosing colleges and careers are made. Cianciolo cites studies to bolster his case that most arts graduates successfully find employment and – more importantly – higher levels of job satisfaction than average American workers.
  • Acoustical One-Act Play: Active & Passive Solutions

    Your Performance Partners
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    [Scene: A performance venue plagued with poor acoustics, shortly after show ends. Patrons spill out of doorway onto the sidewalk, frowning, as a chill wind lifts snippets of their conversations into the night air…] Woman #1:   “…muddy and indistinct – was that even in English?” Man #1:  “…under the balcony I couldn’t hear a thing.…” Woman #2:     “…too loud for my tastes and my ears…” [Once the crowd dissipates, two shadowy figures emerge from an alley across the street, heading toward the doorway. Active charges ahead, Passive lags behind.] Active:  Hear…
  • Arts Spotlight: Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN

    Your Performance Partners
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Damon Runnals Small theaters usually don’t make the business section of local newspapers, but the 165-seat, 105-year-old Southern Theater in Minneapolis was featured in the StarTribune last month in an article about fundraising. We were inspired to visit Executive Director Damon Runnals last week. YPP: How does your “Netflix model” work? Runnals: We call our theater subscription program ARTshare. For $18 per month members can attend an unlimited amount of resident company performances at the Southern, including drama, dance and music. Currently we have 15 local organizations…
  • Marketing Spotlight: Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.

    Your Performance Partners
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Earlier this year we read an article about the controversy surrounding the Metropolitan Opera’s rush ticket policy. We wondered how other venues handled rush tickets and the broader question of attracting audiences. We spoke with Beth Emelson, Assistant Artistic Producer with the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. YPP: What is the history of the Folger’s rush ticket policy? Emelson: We formalized our policy two seasons ago, selling $30 rush tickets – the best available seat – an hour before curtain time. Regular ticket prices range from $15 for standing room up to $75, depending on…
  • Fleet Angle: What’s That?

    Your Performance Partners
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:41 am
    If you work with rigging regularly but you’re not an installer, you may not know exactly what the fleet angle is, or why it’s important. It’s a good piece of information to have in your back pocket when you are adjusting or inspecting your rigging, or if you have the opportunity to buy a new rigging system. If you notice an excessive fleet angle, it could be a clue that something is wrong with your mounting or machinery. The fleet angle of a hoist is the angle at which the cable meets a grooved cylinder. In manual rigging, the grooved cylinder is the head block or loft blocks. In…
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    The Study & Pursuit of Acting

  • Workin’ 9-to-5

    Allen Barton
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Preamble: It’s been months since I’ve updated the blog with new entries – I was very much caught up in writing and preparation for my play DISCONNECTION, which is concluding a very satisfying run in Los Angeles at the end of … Continue reading →
  • AB Podcast Interview

    Allen Barton
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    Here’s an interview I did for Destination Hollywood Radio, in which I discuss my history at the BHP, the BHP Approach, specifics on career administration, actors v. writing, actors v. agents, and why Brits and Aussies deserve the work they’re … Continue reading →
  • I Gotta Get My Shit Together

    Allen Barton
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    Ah, yes. I gotta get my shit together. It’s not exactly a new expression, but I dearly wish it would expire, like I gotta shoe my horse or I gotta go to Strawberries and get the latest LP. I gotta get my … Continue reading →
  • F— Improv Training

    Allen Barton
    15 May 2014 | 10:48 am
    Allow me to rage, give voice to thoughts hushed and guarded, unexpressed, trapped, traversing the crania of teachers of serious acting, for fear of grave offense against what THEY say, for fear of pissing off a longtime student who has … Continue reading →
  • Cynema (Or Cinema with a WHY?)

    Allen Barton
    8 May 2014 | 10:35 am
    [I posted this entry in 2010, but the topic keeps smacking me in the face, so I thought it was worth revisiting with an edit, update and repost.] It doesn’t quite work, because “Cynema” and “Cinema” are homonyms. Visually – … Continue reading →
 
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    Performing Bum - Blog

  • Where's the third option for theatre?

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    In 2005, I left school. Unlike others, it took me about 10 years to complete. After leaving my university, which was probably one of the most stressful situations of my entire life, I was thrown out into the world to make a career for myself. I had two options. Go the professional route and become and equity theatre person or continue to do community theatre and just give it away for free all the time. In the career. That I had chosen for my life's work. Just give it away for free. My inital thought was that I wasn't that keen on doing musicals all the time so the equity route was not one I…
  • The Best Place to Put Up Posters

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    Are posters even worth it anymore? It's your calling card! You're doing a show and the number one thing that gets everyone to the production is a good poster. But where do you put it up? Posters are expensive. Where is the best place to hang it? I've always thought that the place with the most foot traffic is the best, but where is that. What is the best way to make sure that your show is sold out and not just to two or three crickets.  As an armchair marketer who has never had a class in my life, it's always something that I've been interested in. Where are the best places to put…
  • A Picture is Worth One-Hundred and Twenty-Five Thousand Words

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    I never started this blog to skirt around the issues. I never started it with the intent to pretend like I was better than anyone else. Smarter than anyone else. These are my ideas that are from a lifetime of studying one specific thing. Theatre. Yep, it's what I devoted my entire life to doing. Today, I had an amazing conversation with my loan company. In which, they were hoping that I would pay my past due loans of 10,895 dollars. I got a theatre degree. So yeah, the jokes start coming. Yeah, you got a theatre degree. What are you going to do with that? In the picture above, I'm not looking…
  • Copywright and Trademark Battles Over Theatre and Movies

    23 Feb 2015 | 10:59 am
    It's never good to get a cease and desist letter from a lawyer from One Madison Avenue. But that's exactly what happened to me when I was making a movie called "Why I Love Tulsa?" which was a movie that was directly inspired by the movie Paris Je Taime. I loved that movie. I showed it to friends. It was at a moment of watching that movie for it seems like the 14,000th time that I said to myself, "How great would it be to get a group of filmmakers together and have them do a love letter to Tulsa."  A town at that time that I really liked. I got my two best friends together and asked them…
  • Dramatical Curators

    11 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    How does a play from New York get to Oklahoma City? Why do they keep coming in a steady stream to this location. I often ask myself why, in a land as vast as the United States, why does the area that is far right of center become the place a playwright has to go to take off. I blame tourism. Sure, there is an influx of individuals who go to New York every single day. Drama seems to be playing hopscotch between towns, and sure, there are some good plays that come out of that system, but it seems like the rest of the world becomes drama curators. I've found myself doing this as well. Not…
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 146 – Care and feeding of community theatre volunteers

    Dave Dufour
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Volunteers are the lifeblood of most community theatres. Michael Beatty has worked with volunteers in all types of not-for-profit organizations (including theatres). Listen to the conversation and Michael’s insights in this lively episode.   Music provided by Music Alley.   Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 145 – Putting history on the stage — conversation with playwright Michael Beatty

    Dave Dufour
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Avery Brown, Drummer Boy of the Cumberland, Youngest Soldier of the Civil War Heartland: The Civil War comes to the stage in Northern Indiana later this year, and the Geeks asked Michael Beatty, the developer and playwright of this new original work, to tell us about it, and about the process of bringing history to life. Heartland is based on the experiences of Northern Indiana people, and is being produced as an artistic work with an educational component. It will be performed by South Bend, Indiana’s Acting Ensemble, as part of a five-month Northern Indiana arts & music…
  • 144 Say What? Theatre sound.

    Dave Dufour
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    All of us have attended a play or musical where the sound is less than perfect. This can be because of the facility or the actors themselves, among other reasons. And bad sound can harm the theatre experience for the audience. The Geeks discuss various sound problems, and possible solutions. Use our contact form to send us YOUR thoughts on this issue.   Music provided by Music Alley. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 143 Putting on the California State AACT Festival

    Dave Dufour
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:47 pm
    It’s been a number of years since California has participated in the AACT Festival cycle with its own state festival, so resurrecting the tradition presents a number of challenges. With the Geeks to talk about them are Andrew Vonderschmitt, Executive & Producing Artistic Director for the Long Beach Playhouse, and Gil Savage, AACT’s Region 8 Representative and AACT Board Member. Join us for some interesting conversation about the festival process. LINKS: American Association of Community Theatres Long Beach Playhouse Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 142 Festival tips from Ron Ziegler, AACT

    Dave Dufour
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    Ron Ziegler, Field Services Coordinator, AACT.org We already into the 2015 festival cycle and the excitement is building. Festivals are a great deal of fun, but also a lot of work for the planners. Ron Ziegler of the American Association of Community Theatre joins the Geeks with some great tips for states or regions mounting their first festivals, along with some interesting tidbits about the festival process, the reasons for some of the rules, and how some of theme have changed over the years. NOTE: This episode was recorded in November. Dave has been slow in posting new episodes . . .
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  • In the Heights: The Beauty of Intimate Spaces

    MARC
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    This post was written by MARC The theater world had been blessed tremendously when modern genius Lin-Manuel Miranda conceived a work that had probably revolutionized the music that makes a musical a musical—or at least a... The post In the Heights: The Beauty of Intimate Spaces appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
  • Step up to the Mic: Finding your voice on the stage

    Kacy Thomas
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    This post was written by Kacy Thomas “Eventually all of this would pass and the memory of it would give way to embellishment and fantasy or outright distortion where it was hard for Hal Hefner to remember... The post Step up to the Mic: Finding your voice on the stage appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
  • “A Heart Full of Love”

    Victoria Orvañanos Archer
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    This post was written by Victoria Orvañanos Archer This is a theatre blog telling the stories behind Broadway’s biggest musicals through the eyes of the characters exposing their emotions out front as well as inner desires Up, Close... The post “A Heart Full of Love” appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
  • Don’t Know Where to Start Your Acting Journey?

    Tuirenn Hurstfield
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:34 pm
    This post was written by Tuirenn Hurstfield Here I provide five powerful and (let’s be honest) pretty-much-common-sense tips for potential future actors who are just about to begin their performing arts career journey… Just starting out (or... The post Don’t Know Where to Start Your Acting Journey? appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
  • Working Through the Sh*t

    Madeleine Barry
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:18 pm
    This post was written by Madeleine Barry Directors! They’re noble! They’re majestic! They’re wonderful people full of hope, energy and determination! Just kidding… They are, indeed, all of those things (and that opinion has nothing to do... The post Working Through the Sh*t appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
 
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  • In the Heights: The Beauty of Intimate Spaces

    MARC
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    This post was written by MARC The theater world had been blessed tremendously when modern genius Lin-Manuel Miranda conceived a work that had probably revolutionized the music that makes a musical a musical—or at least a... The post In the Heights: The Beauty of Intimate Spaces appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
  • Step up to the Mic: Finding your voice on the stage

    Kacy Thomas
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    This post was written by Kacy Thomas “Eventually all of this would pass and the memory of it would give way to embellishment and fantasy or outright distortion where it was hard for Hal Hefner to remember... The post Step up to the Mic: Finding your voice on the stage appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
  • “A Heart Full of Love”

    Victoria Orvañanos Archer
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    This post was written by Victoria Orvañanos Archer This is a theatre blog telling the stories behind Broadway’s biggest musicals through the eyes of the characters exposing their emotions out front as well as inner desires Up, Close... The post “A Heart Full of Love” appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
  • Don’t Know Where to Start Your Acting Journey?

    Tuirenn Hurstfield
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:34 pm
    This post was written by Tuirenn Hurstfield Here I provide five powerful and (let’s be honest) pretty-much-common-sense tips for potential future actors who are just about to begin their performing arts career journey… Just starting out (or... The post Don’t Know Where to Start Your Acting Journey? appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
  • Working Through the Sh*t

    Madeleine Barry
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:18 pm
    This post was written by Madeleine Barry Directors! They’re noble! They’re majestic! They’re wonderful people full of hope, energy and determination! Just kidding… They are, indeed, all of those things (and that opinion has nothing to do... The post Working Through the Sh*t appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
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  • A Goodbye To Once And A Hello to Gypsy This Week On The Buzz from the Bardette

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    There’s a mix of hellos and goodbyes this week in the West End, so grab your tissues but also your excited klaxon. Last week we said goodbye to a West End favourite- Once. After landing at the Phoenix Theatre in spring 2013, it has been charming the hearts of anyone who went to see this award winning musical. Ronan Keating took over the role of ‘Guy’ in its final months, an Irish busker who falls for a beautiful Czech girl, in a story of love and missed opportunity told through the infectious songs they write.
  • Harvey Transfers To The West End, Dreamgirls Heading To London + More! #WestEndUpdate

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Harvey has transferred to the West End following a short UK Tour. Lindsay Posner’s production runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited season until Saturday 2nd May, with an official opening scheduled for Monday 23rd May.
  • Hogwarts Express Arrives At The Making Of Harry Potter at The Warner Bros Studio Tour

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    The legendary Platform 9 ¾ is now open at The Making Of Harry Potter at The Warner Bros Studio Tour. The Making Of Harry Potter tickets on sale now!
  • Review: Life In The Nether Will Mess With Your Mind

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    If you had the chance to give up your real life, and become a completely different person - doing anything you wanted, without fear of consequences - would you do it? This is one of the many questions posed by The Nether, now showing at the Duke Of York's Theatre a deeply disturbing and thought-provoking look at a not-too-distant future.
  • Sean Hughes Joins The Railway Children Cast As Mr. Perks

    17 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Actor and comedian Sean Hughes stars as Mr Perks in the Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny’s stage adaptation of E. Nesbit’s novel The Railway Children at the King's Cross Theatre from today (17 March). Sean Hughes started his career in the late 80’s at the Comedy Store, and his first Edinburgh show, A One Night Stand with Sean Hughes won the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award.  He subsequently won a Fringe First for his short plays, Dehydrated and Travellin' Light. 
 
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