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  • Herbie Hancock honored with look to past and future at jazz benefit concert at Apollo Theater

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Herbie Hancock enjoyed "A Great Night in Harlem" with a look to the past and the future as the legendary jazz pianist received a lifetime achievement award from the Jazz Foundation of America at a benefit concert at the historic Apollo Theater. Actor Bruce Willis, introducing Hancock at Friday night's concert, offered a glance at "the future of jazz" as he brought out 11-year-old Indonesian piano prodigy Joey Alexander to play a solo rendition of Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight."
  • Video: Kristin Chenoweth & Peter Gallagher in Promo Shoot for on the Twentieth Century

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    It's nonstop laughs aboard the Twentieth Century, a luxury train traveling from Chicago to New York City. Luck, love and mischief collide when the bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffee embarks on a madcap mission to cajole glamorous Hollywood starlet Lily Garland into playing the lead in his new, non-existent epic drama.
  • Farewell to Innocence: Comedy and Tragedy in Dogfight at Arts West Theater

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    "Farewell to corner stores, apple pies, waffle cones, and chili fries," chant the Marines on the eve of their deployment to Vietnam. Little do these soldiers realize that they are not only about to lose access to these emblems of childhood, but they really are saying goodbye to their innocence.
  • The Bad and The Beautiful Fuses Contemporary and Modern Dance at Herberger Theater

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    We're used to seeing dancing vampires this time of year, thanks to A Vampire Tale choreographed by Lisa Starry for her Scorpius Dance Theatre . Now Valley audiences can also enjoy the premiere of a new Starry work titled Fade , which is part of The Bad and The Beautiful program for Center Dance Ensemble of Phoenix.
  • At Ochre House Theater, Young Lovers Try to Escape Robot World in Flower in the Machine

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Across Dallas stages, a long ignored genre of theater seems to have taken center stage. Science fiction, with all its robots, aliens, and future societies has been seen in its intellectual and its campy .
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  • Equity Staffing Up L.A. Office

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Actors’ Equity Association continues to expand its Los Angeles footprint with a new senior staffer taking over its western outpost. Gail Gabler is set to join the stage actors union Dec. 1 as its western regional director/assistant executive director. She’s leaving a position at the SEIU Local 721 in Los Angeles for the position with Equity.  “Gail is an accomplished and experienced union leader,” Mary McColl, Equity’s executive director, said in a statement. “She will be integral to Equity’s continued work to bring Los Angeles theater to the…
  • 7 Casting Notices on Backstage Right Now!

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Whether you’re in Florida, New York, or Los Angeles, there are casting notices for you. Here are seven from this week you might have missed. “THE INFINITE”Marc Rienzo, a director with a background in visual effects who has worked on “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” “Star Trek,” and “Spider-Man,” helms an epic sci-fi VFX-heavy short film shooting in the Southeast Florida area. “LANDSCAPES OF USING”Casting the lead role for this film about a student filmmaker making a film about his own memories while struggling with…
  • L.A. Now Casting ‘Landscapes of Using’ and Upcoming Auditions

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the short film “Landscapes of Using.” “Landscapes of Using” centers on “a student filmmaker struggling with depression and addiction issues, while trying to make an investigative film about the formation of his own memories.” One lead role is being cast as well as background talent. This paid gig is seeking submissions from the Los Angeles area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Landscapes of Using” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings!
  • Now Casting ‘Moment’ and Upcoming Auditions

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the short film “Moment.” “Moment” is a simple film about “a conversation between a granddaughter and her grandmother during her last hours of life.” The tender-hearted production is casting for three lead roles. This gig is paid, and submissions are being sought from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Moment” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings!
  • Hear From Cristela Alonzo and Other LA Events

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Cristela Alonzo is one of the breakout stars of this fall TV season. The stand up comic is the co-creator, co-executive producer and star of the ABC sitcom “Cristela.” No small feat for any performer, but statistics show that it’s even harder for Latina performers to carve out that kind of opportunity in Hollywood. Hear how Alonzo did Oct. 30 at a LifeRaft event hosted by the SAG Foundation. Other upcoming L.A. events include:  Screening of “Predator” and “Action Jackson” and a Discussion With Carl Weathers Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Egyptian Theatre…
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  • Learn How to Act With Burt Reynolds

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    With over 55 years in the entertainment industry, Burt Reynolds has a lot to share. The now-defunct Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum—which was the largest celebrity museum in Florida—housed thousands of photographs, awards, and memorabilia from his long career. But the Hollywood legend’s greatest gift may be the acting training program nestled in his hometown of Jupiter, Fla., where future superstars are constantly inspired by Reynolds’ spirit, know-how, and, on occasion, the man himself. “Mr. Reynolds has a great and passionate love for teaching, and his…
  • Casting 19 Quirky Characters for B’way’s ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Even with big names attached to the show, six-time Tony-nominated Broadway director and Roundabout Theatre Company Adams Associate Artistic Director Scott Ellis knows that no single character is more important than the next when you’re casting an ensemble production. Such was the case with the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman–written comedy “You Can’t Take It With You,” currently running at Longacre Theatre. With James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne (making her Broadway debut) on the bill as two of the featured characters, Ellis says the roles “were all important…
  • #IGotCast: Alexandra Marlene

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    “I’m on Backstage every day looking for work and submissions,” says actor Alexandra Marlene. “Every. Single. Day.” Her persistence has paid off in a big way with a recent role in “Reverie,” a 48 Hour Film Project. “I was able to put a lot of myself into the character,” says Marlene. “She’s a strong woman dealing with horrifying nightmares and yet she is able to maintain a thread of hope and optimism. I love that she never succumbs to her demons.” How did she bring all that inner conflict to the camera in only two days?
  • Florida vs. L.A. and NYC: 3 Major Differences Actors Should Know

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Unless you’ve dreamed of being a Disney princess your entire career, you probably haven’t considered moving out to Florida to practice your craft. But the southeastern state has much more to offer—just take it from these casting directors who call it home. For Artios winner and Primetime Emmy nominee (“Recount”) Lori Wyman, casting in Florida couldn’t be more satisfying. Starting at a young age, Wyman worked on “Miami Vice,” which she says was a great training ground. With her credits including “Up in the Air,”…
  • 9 Questions With...John Gallagher Jr.

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Tony-winning rock star chats with Backstage about his upcoming film, his terrible catering skills, and the play that changed his life. Tell us about your latest project.“The Heart Machine” is a bit of a romantic thriller. It’s about a guy named Cody who lives in New York and meets a girl [played by Kate Lyn Sheil] on an online dating site [who’s] in Berlin. Throughout the course of the film my character becomes suspicious and convinced that she might actually be in New York. So he goes on a bit of a paranoid odyssey in which he assumes the role of modern private…
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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: Giordano Dance Chicago ★★★

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    A bit of blissed-out Americana, of escapist fantasy, goes down pretty easy these days. And that's what Giordano Dance Chicago delivers with Ray Leeper's new "Feelin' Good Sweet." A former Giordano student, he's gone on to choreograph for music videos and tours, television ("So You Think You Can...
  • Teatro Vista adds ensemble members and associates

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Teatro Vista announced two new ensemble members and seven artistic associates on Friday.
  • Writers breaks ground on new theater

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The groundbreaking of the new, Studio Gang-designed Writers Theatre in Glencoe took place on Tuesday.
  • DuSable Museum chief to retire

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Carol Adams, president and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History, will retire on Dec. 31, according to an announcement from the museum. Adams joined the institution on Nov. 9, 2009.
  • A song from 'Amazing Grace'

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This week’s Theater Loop Showcase is Josh Young from the new musical “Amazing Grace,” currently playing the Bank of America Theatre.
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    Penny Plain, Twopence Coloured

  • Toy Theatre Salon

    Trish Short Lewis
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Painting by Jill HoyJill Hoy created an extraordinary painting of a real-life event.  It shows a toy theatre performance that took place in a private home to a group of invited guests.  In fact, it was a full-blown dinner theatre.  A quite rare event, so a very special occasion to all those in attendance. I recently spoke to Jill to ask her how the painting came to be.  She shared with me how "...the salons are a very rich environment for everyone - the diverse mix of people, including professors and artists who are friends of the family and invited to a dinner theatre in…
  • Pollock's Toy Museum: A Magical Mystery Tour

    Trish Short Lewis
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Do not be fooled, this beautiful house and its neighbour have more to pose than this dancing jester. If you approach, do so with caution. The sheer unimaginable excellence of this rare collection of exhibited, ingenious and engaging articles, lost in time, is undoubtedly a worthy and untamed match for J.K.Rowling’s ‘Diagon Alley’.Take a magical mystery tour with Eddy Fawdry, of Pollock's Toy Museum1 - a place like no other, in the world...1 - Children lured by the colourful shop window of Pollocks Toy Museum to explore inside, whether at 44 Monmouth Street, in Covent…
  • Puppet Festival (r)Evolution 2013 Trailer

    Trish Short Lewis
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Trailer for the feature-length documentary of the Puppeteers of America 2013 National Puppetry Festival - Puppet Festival (r)Evolution in Swarthmore, PA. This documentary features puppet shows from every puppet company that performed and interviews from the artists.
  • Pollocks West End Live!

    Trish Short Lewis
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:59 pm
  • David Worobec: One-Man Show

    Trish Short Lewis
    21 May 2014 | 8:35 pm
    The hand of David Worobec enters from stage left at Tophat Toy Theater, –a DIY dinner-theater experience in a townhouse on Portland's West End– during a recent performance of "Les Miserables." Worobec - a one-man theater troupe - sang all the parts while simultaneously manipulating about 45 toy characters, running the lights and music cues, and changing sets that were designed by his mother, Polly Plimpton.David Worobec is a very talented young man. Only 25, he has created single-handedly a theater company, built the theater, created sets for several productions, designed them all, cast and…
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    Theatre Minima

  • A Few Ideas for a Modern Kitchen

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:36 am
    People have their basic needs in life. Considering the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, you will see the primary necessities include the physiological like air, water, food and shelter. These things are the most important requirement for survival and protection. Thus, the house is not only considered as want but rather a need. Moreover, everybody wishes to have their own house which serves as their residence. This is a place where anybody could have security and protection. Most would even wishes to have their dream place to live with. Furthermore, a typical house may consist of different areas…
  • Signs of a Malfunctioning Slow Cooker

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    Slow cookers are godsend devices not only to housewives but to career persons, chefs, cooks and restaurateurs as well. They are a great-time saver, convenient to use and are just plain amazing in terms of cooking meals. Most of the best slow cookers on the market are almost perfect because they hardly break or breakdown compared to other kitchen appliances. Nonetheless, a day would still come that you will experience getting annoyed at the fact that your slow cooker got damaged. This article aims to help you identify the some hints that your slow cooker is not working properly. You can also…
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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

  • Observation: What the what?

    Lindsay Price
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Observation: What the What?! 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. What the What?! Sometimes Observation is all about the “weird” factor. The thing you see, the line you…
  • 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 –…
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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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    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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  • How Do You Feel About Actors Playing Their Own Instruments?

    Mark Blankenship
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:20 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 Jason Schlafstein, producing artistic director of Flying V Theatre in Washington, D.C. Today’s Topic: What do you think of musicals where the actors play the instruments? — Jason Schlafstein: So something more » The post How Do You Feel About Actors Playing Their Own Instruments? appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • He’s Singing About His Home

    Linda Buchwald
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Jimmy Nail draws on personal experience for Broadway’s The Last Ship — The first voice heard in the new Broadway musical The Last Ship is Jimmy Nail’s. “I’m very proud that I get to open the show,” he says. “It always fills me with great pride that I begin the show and I can sing more » The post He’s Singing About His Home appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • The Twyla Tharp Ballet We Nearly Lost

    Susan Reiter
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    How American Ballet Theatre rescued Bach Partita — A new ballet requires weeks of intensive rehearsal in order to reach the stage, and if it’s not properly taken care of, it can become extremely difficult to revive. In fact, if it isn’t performed for a substantial period of time, and if the dancers on whom more » The post The Twyla Tharp Ballet We Nearly Lost appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • 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.
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    Encore Atlanta

  • More Fringe, more money, enter now

    Kathy Janich
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    The Atlanta Fringe Festival wants your rad acts. Actors, dancers, mimes, clowns and more can apply now through Jan. 5. May the Fringe be with you.
  • Georgia Ensemble revisits dramatic true story of ‘The Elephant Man’

    Kathy Janich
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
      This 1979 Tony Award-winning best play is based on the life of John Merrick, a 19th-century Londoner born with disfiguring skin and bone diseases who travels from freak shows to a prestigious hospital to high society. He only begins to live when he meets a celebrated physician. The drama returns to Broadway in November with Bradley [...]
  • 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.
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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

  • Limited $25 Student Rush Tickets Available for The Phantom of the Opera

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The premiere engagement of Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s PHANTOM is playing at The Fox Theatre October 22-November 2 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2014/2015 series. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the most successful ...
  • 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 ...
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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

  • Alternate Forms for Sonnet 18

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Adam Bertocci, who brought us Two Gentlemen of Lebowski, just blew my mind. He didn't just write half a dozen alternate versions of Shakespeare's most famous sonnet, he wrote 22 of them.Can you even *name* 22 different styles of poetry? I couldn't.Haiku version? Check.   Limerick? Of course. Petrarchan and Spenserian variations on the form? No problem.How about one written in Abecedarian? That's when you write your words in a____ b___ c___ sequence, and yes you include Q, X and Z, and stop at Z.Or what about Pilish?  That's a three letter word followed by a one letter word, then…
  • Bad Reasons to Read Shakespeare

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    If you had to read that headline twice, don't worry, so did I. I appreciate the acknowledgement that there are already so many reasons to read Shakespeare, but I had no idea that some of the reasons themselves might be bad.The article first cites the whole "Shakespeare's unusual word choice and structure makes your brain work harder" argument that came up a few years ago as the first of the bad reasons.  You want to know why it's a bad reason?  Here, let me quote the article for you:There are easier and quicker ways, I’m sure, to boost your neural activity if that’s what you…
  • 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…
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    Voice Coaches

  • Belief in the “Suspension of Disbelief”

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Dinner? Check. Fluffy couch? Check. TV on? Check. Preparing my nightly routine of eating my dinner while purveying the latest television gold, I began to percolate with ideas for this week’s blog entry. While I hemmed and hawed and weighed my options I haphazardly scrolled through the channels unaware that my topic was right in front of me. As I stopped to watch 30 seconds of this and 2 minutes of that I noticed an emerging theme; all of my new television faves and some of my oldies were fundamentally built around the idea of a fourth wall voice over; that narrator from the sky hinting and…
  • 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…
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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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