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Brush Up on Your Makeup Skills

Are you running out of quarantine ideas for ways to improve and expand your craft? Now is the perfect time to “brush up” on your make up skills for both the stage and on-camera work!    Stage & Screen Camera-Friendly Makeup Do you have a headshot session coming up?  Check out these tutorials for the popular “no make-up” look! 10 Expert Tips for Getting Camera-Ready Filming a self-tape? Learn how to prep your skin to look your best camera-ready self! 6 Helpful YouTube Tutorials for Stage Makeup Prefer to have someone show you how to do your makeup? These 6 YouTube videos will do the trick! General Makeup Tips & Tricks Eyeliner Makeup Tips for Beginners Eyeliner can be a tricky makeup product to master, especially for beginners. However, just like with everything else in life, p...

How the Entertainment Industry Is Dealing With Coronavirus—the Latest

With the World Health Organization declaring coronavirus, COVID-19, a pandemic, and governments all over the world locking down industries and cultural centers, entertainment organizations in the United States are bracing for measures limiting crowd sizes. From Broadway to movie theaters to labor unions, industry leaders are bracing for entertainers and audiences to get sick—and for an industry that relies on social gatherings to undergo long-term financial effects. Backstage updates you on what the film, television, and theater industries are doing to prepare for the escalating impacts of coronavirus. The below article will be updated as new information becomes available. VIEW ARTICLE via www.backstage.com

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

For more information on the following, please visit: https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/ This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc. What this list IS: an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. What this list IS NOT: a place to promote individual artist practices (we love you, but we’re not equipped for that); a place to promote fee for service work; or a pla...

10 Things Student Actors Can Do During COVID-19 School Closures

Maggie Bera, founder and editor of the actor lifestyle blog and podcast, Actor Aesthetic has offered ten helpful tips for those students dealing with school closures during the COVID-19 outbreak. College programs and universities all over the country are taking extra precautions by temporarily shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic…What does this mean for students taking performing arts classes? COVID-19 concerns have caused hundreds of thousands of students to take to online courses. Because of the nation-wide shutdowns, many theatre students are forced to forfeit performing arts classes, school productions, concerts, and showcases. So what can student actors due in the meantime? Here are her top ten things student actors can do at home to continue their training during the C...

USITT 2020 Has Been Cancelled

A message from the Board of Directors: March 11, 2020 — 9:55 p.m. EDT The USITT Board of Directors, in an unanimous vote, has cancelled the 2020 Annual Conference & Stage Expo scheduled for April 1-4 in Houston. USITT will update Conference attendees and exhibitors tomorrow (Mar. 12) with details. To read previous updates, please visit: https://www.usitt.org/coronavirus

Common Mistakes in Learning Musical Theater Songs

With the ever-changing landscape of Musical Theatre, sometimes the most fundamental elements of learning music get lost. Dr. Courtney Crouse, an Associate Professor of Voice at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, brings us back to the basics of learning musical theatre songs. Check out her article and learn the “Tools of the Tune” to avoid those common mistakes. VIEW ARTICLE   Courtney Crouse Dr. Courtney Crouse is an Associate Professor of Voice at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music teaching advanced vocal pedagogy, vocal performance, opera, and musical theater majors. Crouse received her DM and MM from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and her BA from Texas Wesleyan University. She is also an active performer of operatic, musical th...

Join AATE at Americans for the Arts, Arts Advocacy Day

AATE members join us in Washington DC, you know the times are ripe for expressing your passion to your legislators on the Hill.  We need everyone’s voice at this time when our leaders are considering drastic cuts to the Arts. Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 500 grassroots advocates from across the country to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts. Join the excitement, let’s bring our collective voices together for AATE. If you need another reason to join us check THIS out. Join us for a pre-arts summit dinner on Sunday, March 29th, sign up below if you are interested. Pre-Advocacy Dinner Sign-Up If you can’t ...

Touch Down: Tech Crew!

In theatre, the technical crew is one of the most vital aspects of making a show run smoothly. Tech crews cross over through all genres of media and entertainment and even step into the sports arena. One of the great technical feats in sporting events is the set up of the Superbowl Halftime Show. Did we mention it’s done in less than 10 minutes? See how the field at Hard Rock Stadium was converted from football to concert settings in quick order at Super Bowl LIV. 2020 Superbowl Halftime Show Timelapse  

Podcast Recommendation: Silk Flowers & Papier Mache Hearts

Calling all props makers, artists, and designers! Looking for some inspiration, education, or want to learn more about your craft? Check out the podcast Silk Flowers & Papier Mache Hearts – A podcast which discusses the world of props in the performing arts and beyond, and features interviews from professionals from Broadway, regional theatre, and more. Silk Flowers & Papier Mache Hearts has new episodes out every Tuesday. You can listen to the latest episode HERE. You can follow the podcast on Twitter here: @SilkMache The podcast is co-hosted by prop master Eric Hart ( Prop Building Guidebook: For Theatre, Film, and TV, and The Prop Effects Guidebook: Lights, Motion, Sound, and Magic) and prop master Ashley Flowers. Learn more.

American Theatre Wing: Career Guides

Check out American Theatre Wing’s series on Careers in the Theatre. These one-on-one interviews delve deep into the different areas of the theatre and discuss what it takes to make a career out of your given discipline. These were created in partnership with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. VIEW GUIDES via www.americantheatrewing.org

Ten reasons to let your kid major in music

“Following the tough road of a music major will make your daughter more sturdy and flexible than kids who drift through “safe” degree programs…All of us have to bend and flex in the working world these days, whether we major in music, astrophysics or accounting. You cannot shield your daughter from the real world, so why not let her confront it on her own terms?” – Liz Ryan (www.forbes.com) Here are ten reasons to let your kid major in music (and maybe a reminder of why you majored in music, too!). View Article via www.forbes.com

Reading Recommendation: Set Design

George Ledo recommends two set design books on his blog www.setdesignandtech.wordpress.com. The first is The Filmmaker’s Guide to Production Design by Vincent LoBrutto and the second book is Production Design for Screen: Visual Storytelling in Film and Television, by Jane Barnwell. Ledo points out in his recommendation that these two books focus mainly on the design element, rather than going into detail on the building of the set pieces. He also notes that these books are great reading for those looking to get a well-rounded view of set design that doesn’t only focus on the stage. VIEW ARTICLE via www.setdesignandtech.wordpress.com