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  • Top Drama Schools in London

    Acting 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…
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    6 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
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  • Casts from Newsies, Bring It On and Cinderella Plus Tony Danza, Kelli O’Hara and More Share Thanksgi

    Playbill.com : News
    Michael Gioia
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As Broadway casts and characters make their way through Herald Square for this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Playbill.com looks back at years past — with exclusive memories from Tony Danza, Kelli O'Hara, Laura Osnes, Annaleigh Ashford, Ryan Steele and more.
  • Special Reports: TheaterMania's Holiday Gift Guide for Theater Lovers

    TheaterMania.com
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    From discounted tickets to Emma Stone in Cabaret to Disney-themed presents so magical they shouldn't be used without supervision, we have great gift ideas for everyone in your life.
  • Snapshot: Adam Trent, Magician, Makes Broadway Debut

    NYT > Theater
    By MELENA RYZIK
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    The illusionist Adam Trent is making his Broadway debut with “The Illusionists — Witness the Impossible.”
 
 
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    Theater News

  • Mandolinist Thile to guest host 'Prairie Home'

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Host Garrison Keillor plans to stay home and listen to "A Prairie Home Companion" on the radio for a couple of shows this winter. Mandolinist Chris Thile of the band Nickel Creek will be the guest host for shows Feb. 7 and 14 from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.
  • Broadway finds a new stage in an old venue: Cuba

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    In Bob Nederlander Jr.'s mission to export Broadway to new markets around the world, he found an old one where the American art form lay dormant for a least 50 years - communist Cuba. After testing the Cuban appetite with a 2011 concert of Broadway show tunes, Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment decided to stage a three-month run of "Rent," the first Broadway musical exported to Cuba in decades.
  • Prison theater transforms Colombian inmates

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    A group of handcuffed female inmates file onto a dark stage as prison guards carrying assault rifles watch nervously from the sparsely filled seats of Colombia's National Theater. On the playbill is the Greek tragedy "Antigone."
  • Theater sparks 'aliveness' in actress/director

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    Actress/director Karen Douglas is the Duchess in “Alice in Wonderland,” now playing at Theatre Covivio in Ashland's Bellview Grange. For 15 years, Douglas was the artistic director of The Actor's Workshop in Houston, Texas, where she directed more than 40 productions.
  • 'Birdman' soars ahead in Independent Spirit Award ...

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:28 am
    Existential black comedy "Birdman" led the Independent Spirit Awards nominees on Tuesday, as thriller "Nightcrawler," coming-of-age chronicle "Boyhood" and civil rights drama "Selma" followed with five nods each. "Birdman," which follows the journey of a washed-up actor as he embarks on a theater comeback, scored a Best Actor nod for Michael Keaton, Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Edward Norton and Emma Stone and Best Director for Alejandro G. Inarritu.
 
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    Backstage.com News

  • 5 Tips for Voice Acting in Video Games

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Video games have morphed from quarter-eating arcade challenges with simple graphics and sound to sprawling, multivolume epics. The video game retail market was worth $790.7 million in the month of October alone—that’s more than twice what “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the recent box office champion, grossed domestically in all of 2014. As the art and storytelling attributes of video games have improved, the need for quality actors has increased.   “It used to be so much more limited,” Ginny McSwain, who has directed voiceover actors in titles like…
  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Shubert Theatre

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In honor of the publication of “The Untold Stories of Broadway, Volume 2,” we asked theater historian (and one of Backstage’s future power players of Broadway) Jennifer Ashley Tepper to share some of the stories she learned from her extensive interviews. Here are six facts about the famed, 101-year-old Shubert Theatre on West 44th Street, currently home to “Matilda.” Time CapsulesHeather Tepe played Baby June in “Gypsy” at the Shubert in 2003. She and the other young kids from “Gypsy” made a time capsule and buried it under the carpeting…
  • L.A.'s Funny Women Festival Still Accepting Submissions

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    The improv theater that launched the careers of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey wants to showcase female performers in Los Angeles next month.  iO West is hosting Cake Batter’s Funny Women Festival, which is still accepting submissions for its storytelling competition, stand up competition and video short competition. “We have a lot of submissions for the other stuff. We’re trying to work everyone in, if possible,” James Grace, artistic director of the Chicago theater’s L.A. outpost, told Backstage. The event is the brainchild of the comedy troupe Cake Batter,…
  • 11 Ways Actors Can Burn Off All Those Thanksgiving Calories

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Thanksgiving is here and it’s time to sit back and enjoy your family’s cooking. And don’t even worry about those extra calories; actors have unique ways of burning them off after the big meal. RUNNING between multiple audition locations, trying to be seen at four different calls in three hours. PUSHING your way through the crowds at an open call just to get a spot on the list. PRESSING you agent to submit you for more projects.  FIGHTING the urge to give up, because your big break is right around the corner.   LIFTING the spirits of a fellow actor when they…
  • Now Casting ‘Rocket to the Moon’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the play “Rocket to the Moon.”  “Rocket to the Moon” follows Ben Stark, a dentist, who’s attempting to escape his mid-life crisis brought on by having an affair with his secretary. Seven roles are being cast for this production, and auditions will be held Dec. 5 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Rocket to the Moon” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings!
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    Backstage.com Interview

  • Mark Wahlberg Doesn’t Just Star in ‘The Gambler’

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    “The thing is, I’m not supposed to be in this position right now,” says Mark Wahlberg. He’s calling from New Orleans, where he’s in the midst of filming a new movie, to discuss his latest film, “The Gambler,” and the topic of advice for new actors has come up. “But I worked hard and never took no for an answer. It’s better to spend years becoming a slow success and building a career than becoming an overnight success. But just do the work, do the prep. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do to prepare for a part or a role.”…
  • From ‘Halo: Nightfall’ to ‘The Good Wife’: Mike Colter’s Methodical Approach to Acting

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Most recognizable as the menacing drug dealer Lemond Bishop on CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Mike Colter’s career is on the up and up. His credits span films such as “Million Dollar Baby,” “Salt,” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” to television shows including three different “Law & Order’s,” “American Horror Story,” and “The Following.” It’s just the beginning for the Meisner-trained Rutgers University graduate. Colter is also the face of “Halo: Nightfall,” in which he plays Agent…
  • Denise Simon on 4 Signs a Child is Losing Interest in Acting

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    As a Backstage Expert for over two years now, acting coach Denise Simon has offered her insight on various topics ranging from finding a great monologue for child performers to deciding whether or not you should pursue a BFA in acting, and beyond. But now, armed her with the insight so many Backstage readers value, Simon discusses her own career. Similar to many in the industry, Simon started out with the dream of being an actor, and remembers anxiously waiting for her Backstage to arrive every Thursday. “You’d get the Backstage on the newsstands and the old print that would…
  • 1 Way YouTube Can Help Your Acting

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Known for her roles on NBC’s “State of Affairs” and in “Argo,” Sheila Vand recently took to the indie film world to play the Girl in Ana Lily Amirpour’s brilliant Iranian noir-vampire achromatic mash-up “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.” On preparing to play the Girl.“I watched a lot of YouTube videos; like, lots of cat videos because I knew [Ana] Lily [Amirpour] was referencing cats a lot. She wanted the Girl to move like a cat and have that supernatural energy to her. I also watched a lot of videos of snakes—snakes fighting or…
  • Jenny Slate on Sincerity and Standup in ‘Obvious Child’

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    “For some reason I never watched Lifetime, but just discovered it,” says Jenny Slate with a squeaky laugh. “I was like, Oh, it’s all rom-coms!” Given the actor’s predilection for romantic comedies—her favorite is “Crossing Delancey,” and she’s a “real sucker for the Meg Ryan–Tom Hanks combo”—starring in the 2014 meet-cute indie “Obvious Child” seems like a dream come true. But Slate, along with the film’s writer-director Gillian Robespierre, sought to create a leading lady who wasn’t…
 
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    Jane Fonda

  • AND IT’S A WRAP ON “GRACE & FRANKIE”!

    Jane
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    We finished shooting at 2am last Saturday morning. Whew! It’s very nice to be able to sleep in and not have to learn pages of dialogue every day. It’s also bittersweet because I already miss my “Grace & Frankie” family, especially Lily. Towards the end of shooting on Saturday–like at midnight–she and I got onto a laughing jag that we couldn’t stop. Has that ever happened to you? It happened to me once with Robert Redford the last day of shooting “Electric Horseman.” I think it was a love scene and we became hysterical. Sidney Pollack…
  • FINAL SEASON OF NEWSROOM, GRACE & FRANKIE, & HALLOWEEN

    Jane
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    This Sunday on HBO at 9pm, the final season of The Newsroom begins. There are only 6 episodes this season and I hope you watch them because Aaron Sorkin has outdone himself with the finale he has created. All the actors (and HBO execs) were on pins and needles wondering what he would come up with . . . especially given that he ended Season 2 with what could have been interpreted as a finale. In the last episode, he gave me an extended scene to die for and wraps up Leona’s and the newsroom’s dilemma in the most surprising way. But to ‘get’ it, you need to have seen all…
  • OPPOSITES A FRACK!

    Jane
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Happy Halloween! I’ve been working a lot which is great, and I will fill you in via my upcoming blogs, but today wanted to let you know that this coming Sunday, Nov 2nd, I will be on The Simpsons! Last January I was invited to be the voice of Democratic Assemblywoman, Maxine Lombard who is secretly Mr. Burns’ girlfriend, a most unlikely pairing as you’ll see when you watch, and a fact that horrified my grandchildren. “No, Grandma, it can’t be! You’re not Mr. Burns’ girlfriend.” I loved it. I rarely get that much reaction from them when it comes…
  • POWER OF WOMEN

    Jane
    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

    Jane
    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…
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    Parabasis

  • Introducing The Science of Equality

    Parabasis
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    by Isaac Butler    Perception Institute, the research consortium where I serve as Senior Editor, is launching a landmark series of reports on discrimination and the mind called The Science of Equality. The first in this series, published today, synthesizes hundreds of studies to demonstrate for the lay reader how implicit bias, stereotype threat and racial anxiety shape health care and education outcomes. It also (and here's the part I'm really excited by) details cutting edge empirically tested methods for reducing bias and anxiety and making education and health…
  • What #Pointergate Has in Common with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

    Parabasis
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    by Isaac Butler Little bit of an addendum to this piece I wrote over at my employer's joint. The use of negative stereotypes for political gain predates any scientific understanding of how discrimination works in the mind. There's many very famous examples of political ads and propaganda using negative stereotypes of a group to influence seemingly-unrelated policy outcomes. Perhaps most famous there's the Willie Horton ad, but the practice way predates that. In fact, one of the most famous examples of racist propaganda ever falls into this category: The Protocols of the Edlers of…
  • "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"

    Parabasis
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    By Isaac Butler Theatre is the slowest of art forms. When Doubleday published Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, it was, if not quite the vanguard of a trend, certainly an early adopter. The book cleverly married a first-person exploration of autism with two well-known genres, the British provincial mystery and the coming of age story. In this, it followed in the footsteps of Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn, which took the hardboiled gumshoe novel and remade it through the eyes of a narrator with Tourette’s. Haddon’s debut novel was a sensation and…
  • Plus Ca Whatnow?

    Parabasis
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    By Isaac Butler Um, hey guys, just because something’s popular doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value. This work from supposedly disreputable genres like superhero comics and science fiction and high fantasy and stuff? We shouldn’t discount it just because it’s popular. Sure there might be problems at times with style or whatever, but there’s also deep engagement with the world, with the way we live, with politics to be found there. Just because it’s easy and entertaining doesn’t mean it should be ignored.  *** Hey this is great! We’re talking about Philip K. Dick and…
  • The White Boy Looks at the Black Boy

    Parabasis
    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…
 
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    Theater Loop - Chicago Tribune

  • A scene from 'The Humans'

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    Just in time for Thanksgiving comes this week’s Theater Loop Showcase video: Kelly O’Sullivan and Sadieh Rifai in “The Humans,” a new play by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Stephen Karam at American Theater Company.
  • REVIEW: 'Hot Georgia Sunday' by Haven Theatre Company

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Tank tops, shorts and sweaty sexual desire are the main currency of the aptly titled "Hot Georgia Sunday," the engaging little sleeper of a show from the rising Haven Theatre Company, staged at The Den Theatre in Wicker Park and directed by Marti Lyons, who is rapidly becoming a leading...
  • REVIEW: 'We Three' at Side Project

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Imagine a creepier version of Lake Wobegon — perhaps one designed by Harold Pinter. That gives you some idea of the claustrophobic but ultimately uninvolving world of Mary Hamilton's "We Three," now at the Side Project under Josh Sobel's direction.
  • REVIEW: 'Jet Black Chevrolet' at Side Project

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Seldom has a coffee table so earned its moniker as in Scott T. Barsotti's "Jet Black Chevrolet" at the Side Project. The table in question — the banged-up centerpiece of the seen-better-days living room of Catherine and Sam Curie — overflows with coffee mugs surrounding a coffee...
  • REVIEW: 'A Christmas Carol' at the Goodman Theatre

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Anyone who just played King Lear is ready for a little fun. So that might explain why the hard-working Larry Yando, once again starring in "A Christmas Carol" at the Goodman Theatre, seems especially eager to arrive at the end of the show, when a newly cheery Mister Scrooge, suddenly aware that...
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    The Theatrefolk Weblog

  • Writing the Reflective Review

    Lindsay Price
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Episode 120: Writing the Reflective Review Do you tear your hair out when students write play reviews? “It was good…it was ok….it sucked.” Writing an objective and reflective review is tricky because going to the theatre is a subjective experience. If you hate a play, how can you write about it objectively? Craig and Lindsay discuss a method to do just that – writing the reflective review. Use it in your classroom! Show Notes Tempest – La Mama Review Reflection Handout Episode Transcript Welcome to TFP – The Theatrefolk Podcast – the place to be for Drama teachers,…
  • Breaking the Romantic Starving Artist Misconception Starts with You

    Lindsay Price
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    We have a guest post this week! Please welcome Mel Bondar of brokeGIRLrich Everything about the arts seems dramatic and romantic – especially to middle school and high school students (and let’s face it, do they really need more life drama?). Personally, I was in high school when *Rent* hit the boards in New York City and instantly fell in love with the idea of this crazy, bohemian lifestyle. From the get go, I remember everyone telling me how difficult a life in the arts is (and they were right) and how I was going to struggle endlessly and be poor (they were wrong). The idea that I…
  • Picture Prompt: What are they talking about?

    Lindsay Price
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Picture Prompt: What are they talking about? November is Picture Prompt Month here at Theatrefolk! That means we’ve got a month of Picture prompts for your Saturday exercise. Each picture comes with a process that will take students from automatic writing to a monologue. Ideas can come from anything and everything. But it’s always a good idea to give students a jumping off point. Pictures are a great jumping off point for creative writing. Click here for a printable PDF of this exercise! Today we’re looking at a conversation. It’s two guys, looking out. Who are they? Where are they?
  • Shakespeare from the Outside In

    Lindsay Price
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Episode 119: Shakespeare from the Outside In A talk with teacher, physical performer, director and Drama Teacher Academy instructor Todd Espeland about looking at Shakespeare from the outside in. How can you physicalize Shakespeare? Listen in to get a great punctuation tool! Show Notes Drama Teacher Academy Episode Transcript Welcome to TFP – The Theatrefolk Podcast – the place to be for Drama teachers, Drama students, and theatre educators everywhere. I’m Lindsay Price, resident playwright for Theatrefolk. Hello, I hope you’re well. Thanks for listening. You have arrived to…
  • The Professional Development Roadmap

    Lindsay Price
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Professional Development Roadmap A guide to defining your strengths and weaknesses as a drama teacher. Picture yourself at a crossroads. Map in hand. Maybe a couple of tumbleweeds. A farmhouse in the distance, ragged scarecrow – use your imagination. You could go in any direction. The problem is you don’t know where you’re going. You don’t know the destination so how could you possibly choose? And there’s an even bigger problem: you don’t know how to read the map. Does the classroom ever feel like this for you? You struggle to get through each day without a plan. Or…
 
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    Cambiare Productions

  • Austin Needs a Place

    Travis Bedard
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Making art is a grind. As with child birth we tend to forget to the gross majority of the creation process isn’t magic, it’s a slog. So when we see an artistic birthing process we simultaneously reject it as something that never happens to us and runaway because: repulsive. Something is about to happen in Austin that is rarer then hen’s teeth on a dragon egg in a blood moon. A new indie theatre venue is being born. It’s been ten years since that was the case in Austin and I’m sure that’s true in your City. New venues are generational. I’m also sure…
  • Austin is a Place

    Travis Bedard
    28 May 2013 | 2:26 pm
    I have been toiling away in the puppet mines on a show called Cruel Circus for the last little stretch, right on the heels of assaying John of Gaunt and and the Bishop of Carlisle in Richard II. We’ll have a little more on that shortly but it was a side project during that time that I want to talk about now. Howlround is the online journal of the Center for Theatre Commons run off the campus of Emerson College in Boston. They function as a US-focused clearinghouse for folks wrestling with questions large and small about theatre art and business. Editorially they try to run blocks of topical…
  • A subject speaks…

    Travis Bedard
    18 Feb 2013 | 1:11 pm
    On Thursday you have the opportunity to not only see the opening night of a play, but an opening night of a company as Poor Shadows of Elysium open their doors to the tune of a coin-flip Richard II at the Curtain (good seats still available!). This process has been a joy. I am reunited with several of my compatriots from last summer’s 7 Tower’s production of Tis Pity She’s a Whore and I’ve been allowed to play John of Gaunt and the Bishop of Carlisle. If you haven’t read Richard II let me say simply that I get to deliver two of the greatest speeches ever put to paper. I get to do it…
  • All About a Video

    Travis Bedard
    11 Feb 2013 | 10:35 am
    Word is in and we are chagrinned to announce that All About a Boy will not be reprised for Frontera’s Best of Fest. You missed it. We’re not bitter though. This show was a blast to experience live as the energy was off the charts and the embarrassment was palpable. (On the internet no one can hear you cringe…) To show there’s no hard feelings? Enjoy it as best you can from where you are:   Thanks to Elena, Mallory and Aaron for having the courage to take this on, to Mariah MacCarthy for always being up for a challenge (and then acing it), and to Will and Amanda for covering my…
  • Is there a Doctor in the house?

    Travis Bedard
    4 Feb 2013 | 10:26 pm
    Last week I closed a four week run of Doug Wright’s Quills with Austin’s Different Stages and I wanted to jot down a few things I learned that will be helpful to me going forward. Please bear with me if this makes no damn sense or is insufferably precious about acting. Doctor Royer-Collard is the sort of apoplectic asshole I’ve been playing since I was 16. He’s Horace Vandergelder with a bad childhood. He wants happiness and love… he just sucks at them and so clings to the rigidity of the framework The Rules supplies to force others into the same misery. The Doctor is what the free…
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    The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre

  • We Need a Little Music, Need a Little Laughter, Need a Little Singing...

    Scott Miller
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    It's that time of year again! That magical time of year when people get really stressed out and bitter and mean... but not the New Liners! We can make your holiday shopping better and stronger and deeper and nearer and simpler and freer and richer and clearer...So how can New Line make my holiday season better and all those other adjectives?, I hear you ask. Let me count the ways...First of all, as you do your online holiday shopping, you can support New Line at the same time! Yes, you are that powerful. When you go to Amazon.com to shop, instead just go to the address…
  • Into the Words

    Scott Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    I like to pose questions about musicals on our Facebook page. One time I asked our fans to name a musical theatre character or couple who really needs therapy. We got some hilarious answers. Sometimes these questions get dozens of answers and hundreds of views, and it's such fun to read them all. Every once in a while, someone will reference a show I don't know, so I scurry over to Google and see what I can find.A few weeks ago, I asked folks to quote a piece of a theatre lyric that makes a very wise saying. I was anxious to see what people would come up with. Of course, lots of people quoted…
  • Catching at Dreams

    Scott Miller
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
    The legendary (notorious?) Merrily We Roll Along was a neo musical comedy (before there was such a thing) that just didn't work, opening just nine months before Little Shop of Horrors, the first neo musical comedy that did work, setting the tone for so many shows that followed, like Bat Boy, Urinetown, Cry-Baby, Lysistrata Jones, Heathers, and lots of others.For those who aren't regular readers of this blog, a neo musical comedy is a show that uses the conventions of old-school musical comedy, but in an ironic, postmodern, self-aware, more political context. The neo musical comedy takes the…
  • Six Questions with Andrew Lippa

    Scott Miller
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:45 pm
    This is the second in an occasional series in which I ask a bunch of theatre composers the same questions and see how similar and different they are. Composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, Big Fish, The Addams Family, john & jen, I Am Harvey Milk) recently agreed to go under the microscope..Have most of your projects been initiated by you or by others?Most by me. Does your writing process change with different collaborators?Always, gratefully. What’s the most important element for a story to have to make a great musical?Passionate feeling. What’s your most common mistake or…
  • May I Have a Definition...?

    Scott Miller
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:25 pm
    One of our actors recently committed the sin of mistaking soundtrack for cast album. Cue the audible gasp from all the gay men. Shit like that can be contagious.And can we talk about all the "serious" musical theatre books that think through-composed means sung-through...? (Spoiler Alert: It doesn't.)Makes me wanna slap 'em all with the score to March of the Falsettos. This is the Information Age, people.Then again, thinking and writing about musical theatre hasn't always been taken seriously; and because neither music scholars nor theatre scholars want to claim the musical theatre…
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    Cambiare Productions

  • Austin Needs a Place

    Travis Bedard
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Making art is a grind. As with child birth we tend to forget to the gross majority of the creation process isn’t magic, it’s a slog. So when we see an artistic birthing process we simultaneously reject it as something that never happens to us and runaway because: repulsive. Something is about to happen in Austin that is rarer then hen’s teeth on a dragon egg in a blood moon. A new indie theatre venue is being born. It’s been ten years since that was the case in Austin and I’m sure that’s true in your City. New venues are generational. I’m also sure…
  • Austin is a Place

    Travis Bedard
    28 May 2013 | 2:26 pm
    I have been toiling away in the puppet mines on a show called Cruel Circus for the last little stretch, right on the heels of assaying John of Gaunt and and the Bishop of Carlisle in Richard II. We’ll have a little more on that shortly but it was a side project during that time that I want to talk about now. Howlround is the online journal of the Center for Theatre Commons run off the campus of Emerson College in Boston. They function as a US-focused clearinghouse for folks wrestling with questions large and small about theatre art and business. Editorially they try to run blocks of topical…
  • A subject speaks…

    Travis Bedard
    18 Feb 2013 | 1:11 pm
    On Thursday you have the opportunity to not only see the opening night of a play, but an opening night of a company as Poor Shadows of Elysium open their doors to the tune of a coin-flip Richard II at the Curtain (good seats still available!). This process has been a joy. I am reunited with several of my compatriots from last summer’s 7 Tower’s production of Tis Pity She’s a Whore and I’ve been allowed to play John of Gaunt and the Bishop of Carlisle. If you haven’t read Richard II let me say simply that I get to deliver two of the greatest speeches ever put to paper. I get to do it…
  • All About a Video

    Travis Bedard
    11 Feb 2013 | 10:35 am
    Word is in and we are chagrinned to announce that All About a Boy will not be reprised for Frontera’s Best of Fest. You missed it. We’re not bitter though. This show was a blast to experience live as the energy was off the charts and the embarrassment was palpable. (On the internet no one can hear you cringe…) To show there’s no hard feelings? Enjoy it as best you can from where you are:   Thanks to Elena, Mallory and Aaron for having the courage to take this on, to Mariah MacCarthy for always being up for a challenge (and then acing it), and to Will and Amanda for covering my…
  • Is there a Doctor in the house?

    Travis Bedard
    4 Feb 2013 | 10:26 pm
    Last week I closed a four week run of Doug Wright’s Quills with Austin’s Different Stages and I wanted to jot down a few things I learned that will be helpful to me going forward. Please bear with me if this makes no damn sense or is insufferably precious about acting. Doctor Royer-Collard is the sort of apoplectic asshole I’ve been playing since I was 16. He’s Horace Vandergelder with a bad childhood. He wants happiness and love… he just sucks at them and so clings to the rigidity of the framework The Rules supplies to force others into the same misery. The Doctor is what the free…
 
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    TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE

  • Making a Joyful Political Noise

    Raven Snook
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:53 am
    Whether protesting climate change, racial injustice. or overconsumption, Reverend Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping do it in glorious song — It’s going to be a very busy Thanksgiving weekend for the Talen family. For the holiday, Bill Talen, better known as political performance artivist Reverend Billy; his partner and longtime director, Savitri D; more » The post Making a Joyful Political Noise appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • You Can Write Their Musical (Every Night)

    Eliza Bent
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    A new musical is created entirely from audience suggestions — “When you look at YouTube and the culture of social media, you see how the rest of society is now a ‘creator.’ We expect to take professional level photos on our phones, so why not empower the audience to create a musical on the spot?” more » The post You Can Write Their Musical (Every Night) appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • How Many Times Would You Forgive Someone?

    Mark Blankenship
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Heidi Schreck on the moral questions in Grand Concourse — After I saw Heidi Schreck’s play Grand Concourse, I made a mistake. The show left me uncomfortable, so I thought that meant I didn’t like it. But I realized I was wrong: The play, which is at Playwrights Horizons through November 30, is successful because more » The post How Many Times Would You Forgive Someone? appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • Why Alessandro Nivola Loves “The Elephant Man”

    Raven Snook
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    Bradley Cooper wasn’t the only actor obsessed with bringing the Williamstown Theatre Festival revival to Broadway — Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles When director Scott Ellis called Alessandro Nivola back in 2012 about playing the part of moralistic Victorian doctor Frederick Treves in a mounting more » The post Why Alessandro Nivola Loves “The Elephant Man” appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • The Animal (Mask) Inside His Mind

    Linda Buchwald
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    How Trip Cullman evokes the teenage horror in Punk Rock — Forget a simple blackout. When MCC Theater’s production of Punk Rock transitions between scenes, we’re treated to loud music, flashing lights, and young actors dancing around in animal masks. And even though they take place between the scenes of Simon Stephens’ play, these moments more » The post The Animal (Mask) Inside His Mind appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
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    Theatrical Intelligence

  • Theatrical Intelligence: What Does It Mean And Why Does It Matter?

    Ann Sachs
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:31 pm
    A dear friend asked me recently, while looking oh-so-confused:  “What IS Theatrical Intelligence, anyway?” I was mortified.  I thought to myself, I’d better write A SUMMARY to explain what it means and why it matters. So here goes: Theatrical Intelligence is a system that identifies and captures your unique area of talent in order to bring it into your work and your workplace. It’s based on the theatrical production model, which is built on the foundation of all theatre: COLLABORATION. Why does this matter?  73% of Americans describe themselves as not engaged or…
  • My Inner Critic, My Friend

    Ann Sachs
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    Clearing out stacks of old boxes recently, I re-discovered my old theatrical reviews. The crumbling newspaper clippings instantly transported me back to the ’70s and 80′s: the 25 years I worked as a professional actress. Ann Sachs and Frank Langella on Broadway in DRACULA, 1978.© Martha Swope Re-reading the notices, I marveled that every single production was still with me, but something was missing… I had no memory of the good reviews. One flattering phrase after another felt as if I was reading love letters I’d never seen before, yet I knew that once upon a time I…
  • PLEASE DELETE PREVIOUS POST!

    Ann Sachs
    21 May 2014 | 1:59 am
      To all subscribers, I am so sorry about the mixed up post that arrived early morning May 21st. It was previously deleted, incomplete text. My mistake!    
  • On Mothers Day: A Letter From My Daughter

    Ann Sachs
    11 May 2014 | 6:13 pm
    I received this beautiful letter today from my daughter, Abigail, who lives in Los Angeles. She asked my permission to share it on her acupuncture blog, MAMAFLOAT. Of course I agreed. I’m bursting with pride as I write this and forgive me, I asked her if I could post it here. Thankfully, she also agreed. (This post is not part of Theatrical Intelligence except by association with me.) Dear Mom, On this 39th Mother’s Day since you became a mother, I am writing you a love letter. You know I love lists.  So here’s a Love List! I love you for patiently waiting 43 weeks for me to…
  • The Actor Is What We See, But Only 1/8 Of What Is There

    Ann Sachs
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Two earlier versions of this post were published in 2010 and 2012. Several colleagues asked me to re-post it, so here it is. When I work with individuals or groups on ways Theatrical Intelligence can make a difference in their lives, my goal is to stimulate an exploration into their creative core. The term Theatrical Intelligence evokes responses such as: ”Yes! It’ll help me when I have to give a presentation” to “Not my kind of thing – don’t like being in the spotlight” or “No way. Acting? Yuck!” There is an assumption that Theatrical…
 
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    Encore Atlanta

  • Three’s company with holiday stagings at Aurora Theatre

    Kathy Janich
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
      Aurora Theatre has a holiday show for every member of the family. See one, two or all three with PoshDealz discounted tickets. Christmas Canteen is a nostalgic musical revue with traditional songs and more, a band and a merry group of singer-dancers. It runs in conjunction with the company’s Festival of Trees, and you can’t get [...]
  • He’s alive! That hooligan Lord Byron seizes Aris Theatre stage

    Kathy Janich
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:53 pm
      Trust Byron, at Aris Theatre, is subtitled Mad, Bad and Dangerous, which should give you some idea of what to expect. You’re invited to spend an evening with the 19th-century Celtic hooligan, revolutionary warrior and dilettante, who was the world’s first rock star and banished from England for his tumbling sexual appetite. Aris promises a [...]
  • Fox Theatre names its No. 1 fan

    Kathy Janich
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    The Fox Theatre's No. 1 fan, determined in a social media contest, is Sharon Frank of Palmetto. She related the story of a first date in 1967 — with the man she'd eventually marry.
  • ‘Snow Queen’ chills Serenbe Playhouse this holiday season

    Kathy Janich
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
      Before the feature film Frozen, there was The Snow Queen, as Serenbe Playhouse likes to say, both based on the original Hans Christian Andersen tale. Only the latter bewitches Serenbe playgoers this holiday season. The tale of loyalty, redemption and love comes to life in a world premiere adaptation by Rachel Teagle (Serenbe’s The Sleepy Hollow Experience, Alice in Wonderland, [...]
  • Alliance’s ‘Harmony,’ ‘Choir Boy’ top 2014 Suzis

    Kathy Janich
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    The Alliance Theatre, one of the largest companies in the Southeast, won 11 Suzi Bass awards on Monday night, as local theater professionals convened to honor their own.
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    Lois Backstage

  • Five Random Thoughts on Stage Managing

    Lois
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Cue the SM Duckie overseeing tech rehearsals Tomorrow I’m heading out to my alma mater to speak with an intro to theatre and a directing class about what it is that stage managers do and the director/stage manager relationship and it has had me thinking a lot about what stories I want to tell and what I want to highlight for the students.  But as I’ve been thinking there have been a few random thoughts that I wanted to share. 1. I keep hearing about people in the industry who say they wish they’d known about the wide range of jobs available for non-performer/directors when…
  • Upcoming: Solo Collective presents Small Parts

    Lois
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
      Photo of Jeff Gladstone & Eileen Barrett by Johnny Liu I’m back in the rehearsal hall with Solo Collective (after a year away from this fantastic company) and we’re getting ready to open Small Parts next week.  What is Small Parts? SMALL PARTS is inspired by the author’s real life experience directing his mother’s first play about her talking and singing diseased body parts, while learning that she was dying of ovarian cancer. Funny, heartfelt and musical, David Hudgins has taken this very personal story and created a theatrical memory play rich in little truths…
  • Happy International Stage Managers Day (#StageMgrs14)

    Lois
    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

    Lois
    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

    Lois
    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…
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    Atlanta Theater Fans - Your Guide To Atlanta Theater And Online Community

  • Dirty Dancing – The Classic On Stage – An Atlanta Theater Fans Review

    Admin
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    “Nobody puts Baby in a corner,” may have earned the moniker of being the cheesiest line from a movie, but when Samuel Pergande as Johnny said the famous words, an energetic cheer erupted in the opening night audience for Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage. If only that were the response the whole [...]
  • Serenbe Playhouse Presents First Winter Production with The Snow Queen

    Admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Last winter, when the world was sheathed in a shroud of ice, our hearts were warmed by the story of FROZEN. Now, as the mercury starts to drop, the classic tale of innocence, loyalty, and redemption will be brought back to life with Serenbe Playhouse’s The Snow Queen. The world-premiere of Rachel Teagle’s adaptation will [...]
  • Christmas Entertainment Goes Out of Box

    Admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    Out of Box Theatre is offering an alternative to your usual holiday entertainment choices with two decidedly different productions.  For the whole family, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol is sure to please.  Everybody knows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous redemption, but what about his late business partner, Jacob Marley? Marley, after all, was the ghost responsible [...]
  • For Dirty Dancing’s Jillian Mueller There’s No Place Like the Stage for the Holidays

    Admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:19 pm
    There’s no place like home for holidays. But what do you do if your job has you on the road away from family? Being away from home on tour can be hard enough, but being away from home on a holiday is even harder. For Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage’s Jillian Mueller, [...]
  • Broadway in Atlanta Celebrates the Season with “Dirty Dancing” Canned Food Drive November 25-30

    Admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Drive benefits The Salvation Army; Special donation discount available for Thanksgiving performance Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta is planning a holiday canned food drive in conjunction with the Thanksgiving week engagement of “Dirty Dancing,” playing as part of the 2014/2015 Broadway in Atlanta series at the Fox Theatre, November 25-30. All week long, patrons [...]
 
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    Theatre Geeks

  • How to save your theatre, part 2

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Build more bars? This episode is part two of our discussion of Brendan Kiley’s, article in the Seattle-based The Stranger. “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • How to save your theatre, Part 1

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Enough with the Shakespeare already? A few months ago, the Geeks came across an article by Brendan Kiley, writing in the Seattle-based The Stranger. The post in question is titled “Ten Things... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 139: Some thoughts about theatre promotion

    dave@theatregeeks.com (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 theatregeeks.com
  • 138 Animals Onstage

    dave@theatregeeks.com (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 theatregeeks.com
  • 137 Richard Engling, Chicago Playwright

    dave@theatregeeks.com (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 theatregeeks.com
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    Shakespeare Geek

  • Whoa, Wait .. Is Disney Doing Midsummer Night's Dream?!

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    [Hat tip to Will Sutton of I Love Shakespeare for this one!]The thought of a mass market animated Shakespeare has compelled me for years. I followed every story I could find while waiting for Gnomeo and Juliet to see the light of day (seriously - here's a 2006 post, and here's 2011 post when it finally came out). I've also been saying for years, you'll note, that I think they should do The Tempest.But I'll take Midsummer, too!It appears that Strange Magic will hit theaters January 23! Created by Lucasfilm (which was started by George Lucas and now owned by Disney), produced by Touchstone (who…
  • King Lear and Sydney's Arcadia?

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I received a request this evening from Hikari, who is studying at university in I assume Japan (from his .jp email address). Hikari asks:I'm going to write an essay about King Lear's sub-plot and its source Sydney's "Arcadia"(the story of the Paphlagonian King). But I couldn't find secondary sources for my essay yet. Do you know any sources about it?I had to go do my research to even understand the question, but I've never been shy to admit when I have no idea. The story of the Paphlagonian King refers to the Edmund/Edgar/Gloucester plot of Lear, which drew on Sydney's Arcadia as a source.
  • The Divine Miss Macbeth

    7 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The other day we learned that Cyndi Lauper is really into Shakespeare. Today in another one of Reddit's famous AMA's, Bette Midler went ahead and dropped some Shakespeare into the conversation without needing an invitation:Lady Midler as Lady Macbeth?I don't know, what do people think? I'm trying to think of her most memorable roles, and I keep coming up with comedy. Could she handle one of the great tragedies? Or do we see her more in a comic role? What I don't see her in is any sort of supporting role. Whatever she does, it seems that she's got to be front and center.
  • Stop Teasing Me, Middle School

    7 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    My daughter, I may have mentioned, is in middle school. At the beginning of the school year my wife copied down all the relevant events from the school calendar to our personal calendar. I noticed that next weekend it says, "Fall play : Shakespeare."What's this now?I hit the school web site for details.  I've mentioned in the past that my town has an excellent Shakespeare program at the high school, and is part of an invitation-only festival in Lennox, Mass every year.  So if they say they're doing Shakespeare I'm not going to miss it. But alas, this is the middle school not the…
  • Dancing With The Shakespeare

    6 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    I'm not sure how many of you watch ABC's Dancing With the Stars, either because you're in another country and have no idea what it is or because you just got sick of them playing fast and loose with the word "star" about 10 seasons ago. But!  This week was "Dynamic Duo" week, and somebody (Val and Janel) did Romeo and Juliet. I always pay closer attention when there's a chance that somebody's gotten some Shakespeare into other random stuff.Unfortunately there's not a whole lot of Shakespeare to be found, once you get past the name. Check it out (they did get a perfect score for the…
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    Voice Coaches

  • Gobble Gobble!!!

    ChristyPronto
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Gobble Gobble!!! is a post from Voice Coaches, a leading provider of voice over training
  • Feed the Soul this Holiday Season

    ChristyPronto
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce… oh my!!! The trifecta of holiday edibles is only one week away from being devoured by yours truly and with the hustle and bustle of the season upon us I wanted to impart a few helpful hints in getting the demo out there. Holidays are a great time of year to get that demo out there and offer your services to local food banks, toy drives, restaurants, small shops and more! Sometimes it is not about the paycheck but about the donation of the services not only for ones own karma but for the networking contacts that can be made with the simple…
  • Vetting Gratitude

    ChristyPronto
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Gratitude is a tricky thing. As voice actors we are grateful for a courteous producer, a great piece of copy, heck we are just grateful for a paying gig!!! In our daily lives the hustle and bustle of work; home, family and miscellaneous obligations weigh heavily upon most of us as an albatross of responsibility. We love our families and our jobs and our crazy, hectic schedules but gratitude for the most part is not something that we easily live into. Why is that? Yesterday was a day where humility and gratitude were bountiful. As a training facility we are lucky enough to have students from…
  • The Pre-New Year Resolution

    ChristyPronto
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Procrastination is the ugly step cousin of success. It’s that member of the family reunion we know comes every year and we maintain our love/hate relationship with them throughout. To any new voice actor or any voice actor for that matter, procrastination can be a slow and painful death. I am reminded of the contrite adage “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today” and to that I say, thanks a lot Benjamin Franklin!!! It’s easy to talk the talk but can you walk the walk? Then on closer inspection you notice the long list of accomplishments Mr. Franklin has accrued and one…
  • This Is Halloween

    ChristyPronto
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In preparation for this spook-tacular weekend upon us, if you are anything like me, as any Halloween buff would be, you are proudly playing the sound track of Nightmare Before Christmas. There is no greater moment than the present to declare myself a Tim Burton fanatic. More to the point, his fanciful journeys into “Halloweentown” endeared him to me from the first time I watched this pic. Is it the claymation? Is it the language? Is it the exquisite beauty of the sadness I see before me? Silly goblins!!! It was the voice acting of course muahahahaha! From paper to screen the entire…
 
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    Acting in London

  • 10 Best Books on Creativity for Actors

    Tom London
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    10 Best Books on Creativity for Actors We have previously discussed the nature vs. nurture concept of creativity for actors. We know that creativity can indeed be learned (or mastered by oneself), so naturally, one of the most effective ways to expand your imagination and become more creative is simply to read. What do you read? Start by going through our list of necessary acting books on technique as well as acting business books. We also have a general list of some reading material for actors prepared. Don’t feel like reading anything related to the craft? Then try some of…
  • 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

    Paul
    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…
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    Your Performance Partners

  • Training Animals for Stage

    Your Performance Partners
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Earlier this month, a New York Times article described Toby the white rat, a furry companion to a teenager with autism in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” currently on Broadway. It made us wonder – how do certain animals end up in the spotlight? And how are they trained? Unlucky Break…to Breakthrough Star. Animal stars often started on the tough streets, until good fortune stepped in. Toby’s trainer, Lydia DesRoche, adopted her from an animal shelter, saving the rodent from an ignoble end: a snake snack. Eliciting shrieks – mainly of laughter — Toby has…
  • Top Safety Features? Even High-Performance Hoists Need Them

    Your Performance Partners
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    In designing our new high-capacity hoist, the design team at J. R. Clancy focused on speed, increased travel … and the top safety features required to meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 79: Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery, and ANSI E1.6-1 – 2012 – Entertainment Technology – Powered Hoist Systems We started with the benefits our customers want: Titan® High-Performance Hoist provides a reliable head block for long, trouble-free life, and a zero-fleet angle that allows venues to install this compact, efficient hoist in just about any setting. Depending…
  • Q&A Spotlight: Sound Advice @ LDI

    Your Performance Partners
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    We caught up with Denny Meyer, Acoustics Product Manager with the Wenger Corporation, who is attending LDI2014 this week in Las Vegas. YPP: What is an acoustical banner? Meyer: It’s a relatively new solution for providing variable, passive acoustics in performance venues. Variable acoustics means the performance space can be tailored to the specific type of performance, whether it’s a large symphony, small ensemble, drama or lecture. Passive acoustics uses architectural wall/ceiling shapes and surface treatments to improve acoustics by diffusing and absorbing sound. YPP: Can sound be…
  • Saluting a Texas Military Band

    Your Performance Partners
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    In honor of Veterans Day, we’ll salute a military band we visited last December, just a week after their renovated facility opened at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas. Updating History. For more than two decades, the 36th Infantry Division Band, part of the Texas Army National Guard, had used a building designed in 1918. It was built as a quick, cheap and temporary structure — basically just a wooden hangar – and it badly needed updating. In the project, materials from the original building were reused, including pine siding, roof tresses and roof decking; the exterior reflects the…
  • Election Day: Vote for Arts, Schools

    Your Performance Partners
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:12 am
    If you’re concerned about the future of arts funding across the country – and there’s good reason for concern* – be sure to exercise your democratic power today. Vote for officials who share your views and offer visionary solutions that will nurture our nation’s rich cultural heritage. [*When adjusted for inflation, public funding for the arts has decreased more than 30 percent the past 21 years.] And while it’s easy to get excited about sparkling new performing arts centers, theaters or civic centers, don’t forget about also supporting your local K-12 schools where tomorrow’s…
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    The Study & Pursuit of Acting

  • 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 →
  • Peer to Peer

    Allen Barton
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    I’ve emphasized in plenty of entries here how important I think it is that actors follow up on all professional interactions. Auditions, callbacks, meetings, on-set work… Fact is, once an actor knows how to act, the business they’re really in … Continue reading →
 
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    Theatre Geeks

  • How to save your theatre, part 2

    Dave Dufour
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Build more bars? This episode is part two of our discussion of Brendan Kiley’s, article in the Seattle-based The Stranger. “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves.” In this episode the Geeks talk about Kiley’s suggestion that a little alcohol makes for a happier audience. There are pros and cons, not the least of which are liability, audience composition and of course the legal and licensing issues. Also, can a theatre really make money offering alcohol to patrons? All this and more in this episode. Music provided by Music Alley Link to The…
  • How to save your theatre, Part 1

    Dave Dufour
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Enough with the Shakespeare already? A few months ago, the Geeks came across an article by Brendan Kiley, writing in the Seattle-based The Stranger. The post in question is titled “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves,” and it’s a pretty good read, even though some of the content is more geared toward professional theatres rather than community theatres. This is the first of two episodes in which the Geeks discuss a couple of Kiley’s assertions, and part two will post simultaneously with this one. In this episode we talk about Kiley’s…
  • 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…
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