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You Must Practice Gratitude for Successes Big + Small

BY LEAH NANAKO WINKLER via www.backstage.com I am a playwright, and I cling to the love that surrounds me. I try not to bask in my own insecurities because that is dismissive of the people who support me. The world may say “no,” but it’s OK to carry a natural confidence, even if you’re a woman. But I try not to be so obsessed with myself—that’s dangerous. Or with critics—I’ve never been and never will be a perfect wispy darling. But I’m obsessed with my audience. I could die happy sitting in a dark theater with you, my throat tightening at the sound of your sobs, my heart vibrating by your laughter. I will love this feeling of strange intimacy for a lifetime. I will wake you if you’re snoring near me, but I enjoy that, too. How lucky am I to have something I love so much? So, I speak up wh...

Everything You’d Ever Need to Know About the Oscars

BY ESTHER ZUCKERMAN via www.backstage.com Win an Oscar and you’ll forever be referred to as “Oscar winner so-and-so.” That’s because the Academy Awards are still by and large considered the pinnacle of success among film industry insiders and outsiders alike. You can reap the glory even from just a nomination. (Or 21 nominations if you’re Meryl Streep, the reigning queen of them.) The Academy’s celebration of the year in film is Hollywood’s biggest night, breaking new ground with each glamorous annual ceremony. Last year’s Oscar nominees, for example, were filled with history-makers like Rachel Morrison, who became the first woman ever to be nominated for cinematography. Jordan Peele, the third person ever to get best picture, directing, and writing nods for his first film, also became the...

Stars and Stand-Ins: Hollywood’s Unsung Heroes Step Into the Spotlight

BY REBECCA PORTER via www.hollywoodreporter.com “It would feel odd not to have my partner with me,” says Jeff Bridges of Loyd Catlett, who’s spent five decades on set with the Oscar winner, stepping in for long hours on camera shots in one of Hollywood’s least heralded but most crucial roles, detailed here by five high-profile pairs. “Coatimundi!” shout Jeff Bridges and Loyd Catlett when asked about their favorite workplace story. A coatimundi is a type of tropical raccoon native to South and Central America, and, for one afternoon after leaving the set of 1984’s Against All Odds in Mexico, it was a hazard for the Oscar-winning actor and his longtime stand-in. Along with the rest of the cast and crew, the duo found themselves in standstill traffic....

Where Does Your Favorite Broadway Couple Land On This Theatrical Love Scale?

BY RUTHIE FIERBERG via www.playbill.com With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, Playbill has been pondering the relationships at the center of some of theatre’s most famous stories. From catastrophe to perfection, we considered couples from Broadway plays and musicals to help establish a meter. Where do your favorite Broadway couples fall? Are they loving, supportive, and in it for the long haul like Hairspray’s Edna and Wilbur? Or are they tearing each other to shreds with mind games and insults like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’s George and Martha? Tweet @playbill with #BroadwayCouplesGoals. View Original Article

Ultimate Broadway Valentine’s Playlist

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  With Golden Age classics to contemporary favorites, check out Broadway.com’s Ultimate Broadway Valentine’s Playlist to get in the musical mood! Listen Now!          

Landmark Broadway Deal Gives Actors a Piece of the Profits

BY MICHAEL PAULSON via www.nytimes.com Broadway is booming, and now more actors are going to share in the riches. In a groundbreaking agreement Friday, the commercial producers who finance Broadway’s big hits have agreed to give a percentage of profits to performers who help develop successful shows. The deal, reached between Actors’ Equity, a union representing 51,000 performers and stage managers, and the Broadway League, a trade organization for producers, is a milestone, marking the first time that the industry’s financiers have tacitly agreed to acknowledge that performers are contributing ideas, not just labor, to shaping new musicals and plays. Hit shows already generate paydays for producers, directors and stars; many of them now will bring steady if modest paychecks to the support...

How the Stunt Coordinator of ‘GLOW’ Creates a Safe Space in the Wrestling Ring

BY RACHEL CLEMMONS via www.backstage.com Stunt performer and coordinator Shauna Duggins is no stranger to primetime, having worked on series like “Alias,” “Ray Donovan,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and more. And she’s just getting started. Ahead of this year’s 70th Emmy Awards, where Duggins is nominated for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for her work on Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch’s 1980s female wrestling hit “GLOW”—just renewed for a third season—Backstage chatted with the nominee about building trust with the cast of the Netflix series, and how she ended up with what she calls the coolest job ever. ‘In the Envelope’ Podcast: Betty Gilpin of ‘GLOW’ on Getting Your Hopes Up for a Dream Role You have a background in gymnastics. How did that turn into a passion for stunt work? At first I didn’t...

Can’t Pick Up Choreography Quickly? This Might Be Why

BY  HELENE SCHWARTZ via www.dancemagazine.com Lately I’ve been having recurring dreams: I’m in an audition and I can’t remember the combination. Or, I’m rehearsing for an upcoming show, onstage, and I don’t know what comes next. Each time I wake up relieved that it was only a dream. However, this is the reality of how I often felt throughout my dance career. Once I knew the steps, there was no undoing it. It was the process of getting there that haunts me to this day. Even as a young dancer I had trouble. At 9 or 10 years old, I couldn’t wait to make it into my dance studio’s junior company, and I prepared by watching VHS tapes of recitals from previous years on repeat. But I could never prepare enough to predict what would be shown in the audition...

Introducing the New Dramatics Website

via www.schooltheatre.org As the only magazine written specifically for high school theatre students, Dramatics has been a go-to source for Thespians since 1929. Now, Dramatics can share even more stories from across the Thespian Nation at Dramatics.org. Dramatics.org is the newly launched companion website to Dramatics magazine. While the print edition will continue, Dramatics.org will feature even more of the stories you love, from practical tips on acting, designing, and writing to profiles of Broadway stars and theatre professionals. We’re also adding photo galleries and videos while shining a spotlight on more Thespians and Thespian troupes than ever before. When visiting the site, you can test your knowledge of recent productions by taking one of our interactive quizzes or share thou...

Theatre Puget Sound – Production & Tech Personnel Registration

Do you direct, choreograph, or stage manage and want to be seen by auditors at the 2019 Unified General Auditions? Submit your resume and portfolio images to be included in the supplemental Production Personnel & Tech Resume auditor packet. Auditors at the UGAs run the gamut from large and small theatre companies to film producers, talent agents, and independent film/theatre producers and directors. They are not only meeting more than 400 actors, they are also scouting people to make it all go behind the scenes… YOU! Production Personnel & Tech Resume submission is a direct member benefit of Theatre Puget Sound. 2019 TPS membership is required to participate. UPLOAD RESUME HERE

Register for the 2019 South Florida Theatre League Unified Auditions

WHAT: South Florida Theatre League – Unified Auditions WHEN: February 18, 2019 WHERE: ArtServe – Ft. Lauderdale, FL   Actors are limited to a 1-minute monologue and up to sixteen bars of a song. To participate as an actor, you must be a current individual member of the South Florida Theatre League in good standing. To participate as a producer, your organization must be a current organizational member of the South Florida Theatre League in good standing. To sign up for a timeslot, email your headshot, resume, if you plan on singing, and if you have any time constraints to sftlauditions@gmail.com. Please don’t email Andie Arthur at andie@southfloridatheatre.com, as too many large headshot files will clog her email and cause your emails to bounce. Please make sure that your name i...

MTWichita 2019 Audition Information

2019 Audition Information For the 2019 season, due to the specific requirements of An American in Paris, male and female dancers with extensive ballet training, including women who can dance en pointe, will be particularly welcome. As always, we are committed to casting performers of all ethnic backgrounds for our resident company, as well as for leading and featured roles throughout our summer season. In the Heights specifically calls for artists of color, most especially Latino/Latina/Latinx performers for both ensemble and principal roles. Audition Dates and Times Auditions for the 2019 season will be held in February and March. Times listed below are for dance calls. All auditionees must attend one dance call of their choice AND schedule a singing audition. Singing auditions are schedu...