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I Wish I Knew: Thinking about grad school? Interview with Shanelle Leonard

Deciding whether or not to get an MFA? “To grad school or not to grad school” is a question that plagues many young artists, and this week in I Wish I Knew, I talk to Shanelle Leonard, a graduate student at PlayMakers Repertory Company. Shanelle shares her struggles to commit to a life in the arts, her reason behind choosing her school, what is great and what is hard about making the choice to get an MFA, and much more! If you’ve been trying to decide whether grad school is right for you, this interview might give you some insight. Enjoy!

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Awards Season 2019: Olivier Award Nominations and the Big Hits!

It’s that time of year again! The 2019 awards season has well and truly begun in London’s theatreland and there are several big-hitters leading the way. The WhatsOnStage (WOS) Awards were held on Sunday March 3, celebrating the best musicals and plays on and off London’s West End. Importantly, these awards often tend to signal the favorites to take home an Olivier Award on April 7. So, with the WOS winners and the Olivier Award nominees announced, let’s take a look at what’s hot in the UK!

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I Wish I Knew: Tony Nominated Actor Michelle Wilson

I Wish I Knew has made it to Post #5! This week we meet Michelle Wilson, a successful New York actor who was Tony Nominated for her work in SWEAT, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway play. Michelle gives us advice on staying healthy, starting a career outside of New York, getting notes and more. Check out her amazing interview!

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Single Sign-On Now Available for StageAgent for Schools

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On StageAgent for Schools (StageAgent.org), students at participating schools are provided a one-stop shop to learn about plays and musicals. Our mission is to help develop the next generation of actors and theatregoers by improving student literacy in the Dramatic Arts.  Since we want to increase accessibility to StageAgent’s theatre education resources, we are always looking for ways to make the platform easier for schools to implement. Recently, we launched a single sign-on (SSO) integration with ClassLink so students can discover a world of amazing theater resources at their fingertips without having to remember a new password.

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Celebrate Women in Theatre with The Bridge Initiative

March is Women’s History Month, and throughout the theatre and film industry, women’s achievements are being celebrated. While there have been strides towards gender equity and representation in theatre, there is still work to do.  The Actor’s Equity Association has done a study that identifies the “skew” towards white and male for theatre jobs .

Fortunately, there are dynamic groups dedicated to creating opportunities for women artists.  The Bridge Initiative, created by Brenda Jean Foley and Tracy Liz Miller, is an incredible non-profit organization that incubates and celebrates professional female theatre artists in the Phoenix area. Read more to learn about the origins and ambitions of The Bridge Initiative.

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