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News, thoughts, opinions and advice for the performing arts community.

Using a Smartphone to Prep a Monologue or Song

You’d be hard-pressed to find an actor that hasn’t practiced (mugged) in the mirror when prepping a role, monologue, or song. And while the mirror is a perfectly natural choice, the problem with the mirror is in the user. It’s human nature for all of us to look ‘where we want to look.’ We look at our hair, our waistline, our arms—we look at the thing we want others to see and appreciate. While in private moments we may look at what we perceive are flaws or imperfections, overall, we are looking in the mirror to find validation.

Enter the camera phone, now capable of greater video and photographic ability than ever before.

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Meet the Interns

Introducing the StageAgent summer interns! StageAgent interns spend four months with us and gain training and insight into the inner-workings of running a major web publishing property. They also get the opportunity to develop their writing portfolio by creating new show guides, improving upon existing guides, and contributing to the StageAgent blog. Recently, two fabulous interns began their summer term working with StageAgent, and we’d like to introduce them to you.

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How to Choose The Right Plays or Musicals to Produce

So, you know you want to put on a play. Perhaps there’s a show you’ve been burning to produce. As we set about producing a play in today’s day and age, I think we must ask ourselves, “Why this play? Why now? Why this medium?” Sometimes, the play itself seems to answer these questions immediately. Sometimes, it’s more of a challenge. Producers selecting plays may also use this criteria to drive their lists of dream shows – and yet sometimes logistical factors, a desire to put together a season of plays in dialogue with one another, or the desire to find the perfect play for an ensemble of artists you love set producers on a more directed, play-specific hunt. And of course, budget is always a limiting factor. Read more to learn how to choose an amazing season for your theater group while adhering to budget constraints.

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2018 Tony Awards: Get Out the Popcorn and Party!

It’s almost time for the 2018 Tony Awards! There are so many wonderful performances from the Tony Awards telecasts over the past 50+ years, but the year that blogger and StageAgent editor, Laura Ware, remembers best is 1987. Read her latest blog to see why that year stood out for her. What are your favorites from the past? And what will be the standout this year?

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New Website for Schools

Are you a theatre instructor or administrator? Make sure to bring StageAgent to your school! Check out our new website for academic institutions, StageAgent for Schools. We recently refreshed the design and feature offerings as we prepare to ramp up our program for schools for the coming school year.

StageAgent for Schools helps empower drama teachers and provide students with a one-stop shop to learn about plays and musicals. StageAgent for Schools can be customized for use in grades 7 – 12 as well as college/university.

StageAgent for Schools includes:

  • Digital accounts for all students and educators
  • Access to all StageAgent Pro content including show guides, character breakdowns, audition notices, monologues, scenes and songs.
  • Quizzes and friendly competitions
  • Teacher portal to track student performance and view lesson plans
  • Customization and access controls

Schedule a demo OR go to the StageAgent for Schools Website

 

News, thoughts, opinions and advice for the performing arts community.