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

Audition Material That’s Right for YOU

I have found, both in my life as a creative and in my career in casting that there are two kinds of people: those who love auditioning and those that would rather eat glass, but know they must audition in order to work. Either way, auditioning is a necessary evil, if you want to be a professional actor. There is just no way around it. If you are a person who loves auditioning, consider yourself blessed.

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12 Tips to Help Actors Survive Long Runs

1.  Buy an extra larynx, just in case. If on a budget, make one using premium deli meat. 2.  Periodically reconnect with the source material.   Especially if the show is about dessert. 3.  Switch costumes with someone weekly, as a sign of affection. You might be tempted to warn them but I say don’t. 

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Top 10 Musical Theater Composers

Stephen Sondheim

Imagine a world without the dulcet songs from Into the Woods, Anything Goes, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Little Shop of Horrors.  Undoubtedly, musical theater composers have changed Western culture for the better.  Amongst musical theater composers, there are an elite few who have become world renowned.  These are the composers who have written the musicals we … Continue reading Top 10 Musical Theater Composers

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Actors: Do Your Homework!

The other day, I got on the subway and overheard a young musical theatre actor say, “Oh no, I don’t know the work of Annie Baker. Honestly, I don’t really read plays.” It took all of my strength not to walk over to this young man, shake him, and scream, “THIS IS YOUR CRAFT!!! YOU … Continue reading Actors: Do Your Homework!

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The Theatre Performer’s Back-to-School Guide

The start of a new school year is exciting for a performing artist. Hopefully, you go to a school or college that has an active, professionally-managed drama department along with student-run productions.  Day one of school is an exciting fresh start.  Your time in school is a special period of life where you can focus … Continue reading The Theatre Performer’s Back-to-School Guide

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