Category Archives: Career

Making the Tough Choices

It’s hardly worth mentioning that all paths of life carry tough choices. Some of us are lucky, and we get to choose, well, among “first world” problems. Hopefully most of us are fortunate. Take a quick look with StageAgent at some of the challenges you are likely to face with a life in the theatre.

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The Artistic Process: Creating a New Work

StageAgent sits down to discuss the collaborative artistic process with Patrick Burns and Kathleen Coombs. Take a look at the new interview and see how Patrick and Kathleen approach the challenges of writing a musical, getting to know a character, setting goals and keeping on track, and collaborating in person and long distance.

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Acting Out: A Letter to My Younger Self

If you could writer your younger self a letter, this might be a little what it sound like: This is me talking to you. You’re the younger version of me, the high school kid, the college student–I’m the fully grown married-with-two-kids-and-a-mortgage version of you. We learned a lot over the years, but there’s still a ton to go I guess. In several ways, you actually pulled it off, the grandest con of all. You became a professional actor, with dreams and desires that carried you all the way to Broadway

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StageAgent in the Drama Classroom

Drama teachers rarely have enough time in the classroom to adequately focus on improving literacy in the Dramatic Arts. When so many theatre classes are group exercises that are project-driven, teachers struggle to ensure that kids learn about plays and playwrights. Further, how can theatre teachers truly measure a student’s learning progress? Luckily, computers in the classroom and constant online access have bred kids who are quick to use the internet. New programs like StageAgent for Schools have been launched to help fill these teaching gaps in the typical drama classroom. StageAgent for Schools has now been adopted by the drama programs at 24 Dallas ISD high schools. In this post, Lisa Cotie, a theatre teacher at the award-winning Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas, discusses the genesis of the StageAgent for Schools program and why drama teachers need to bring StageAgent for Schools into their classrooms.

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Joining Actor’s Equity: When Is the Right Time?

Every actor’s (or stage manager’s) journey is unique and joining the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) is a personal decision that only you can make. I suppose it’s appropriate that I weigh in on this topic as it’s a decision I am in the middle of making myself. My life and career have presented an opportunity which begs the question, are you ready? Your path will be different, or perhaps similar! In either case, here I am, an actor teetering on the edge of Equity. What about you?

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