Performance

J.K. Simmons on ‘Counterpart’ Season 2 and the ‘Crushing’ Moment That Changed His Life

The Oscar-winning actor opens up about the twists and turns of ‘Counterpart’ season two, how he pulls off dual leading roles, and the ‘divergence’ point that changed his life. by: Nick Schager The only thing better than one J.K. Simmons is two, which is a significant reason Counterpart is a top contender for best new show on television. After completing a sterling initial season earlier this year, Justin Marks’ twisty-turny sci-fi saga begins its excellent sophomore run on Starz this Sunday (Dec. 9). As before, its focus is squarely on Howard Silk (Simmons), a Berlin-situated government employee entangled in a Cold War-esque spy game—the catch being that the two sides at war are not East and West, but our world and an identical parallel dimension we discovered thirty years ago that’s popul...

2019 OTA Audition & Interview Registration NOW OPEN!

The 2019 North Central Regional Auditions and Interviews will take place January 19 & 20 on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania, located in California, PA. ACTOR/SINGER/DANCER REGISTRATION FORM Audition slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  This year’s audition forms MUST BE OPENED IN ADOBE READER TO BE FILLED OUT: OTA-Acting-Form-2019     TECHNICAL REGISTRATION  FORM OTA Tech Form 2019 EVENT INFORMATION 2019 Ohio Theatre Alliance Auditions 2019 Ohio Theatre Alliance Technical Interview

What to Know About Being on Set for the First Time

BY CASEY MINK via www.backstage.com As an actor trying to break into the film or television world, you spend endless days and nights dreaming of the moment you can finally step onto a set. But what happens when you actually get there? Do you know how to conduct yourself professionally on camera and off? Do you know the faux pas to avoid so you don’t give away your status as a newbie? Do you know when to pipe up and, conversely, when to zip it? Do you know how the actor’s role relates to the director and producer? It’s OK if you weren’t able to answer “yes” to every one of these questions—even Meryl Streep once walked onto a set for the first time. (Though she was probably brilliant on that day, too.) We’re all allowed to start somewhere, and Backstage wants to make sure you are starting wi...

Singing? How to Transition From Chest Voice to Head Voice

BY ARDEN KAYWIN via www.backstage.com Does switching back and forth between chest and head voice give you anxiety? You’re not alone. The ability to transition from chest voice to head voice smoothly is the source of a lot of insecurity for many singers. And I don’t blame you! The middle voice can be tricky to negotiate and downright scary without good tools. Hopefully, the following insights will help. Many singers and voice teachers call this part of the voice “the break” because that’s exactly how it sounds and feels for many: like a fissure in your mechanism preventing you from moving fluidly from one register to another. Personally, I hate the term “the break.” I don’t use it and I encourage you to toss it out, too. The words we use to talk about our voices are important and using some...

Finding Your Voice as a Voice Actor

BY RUDY GASKINS & JOAN BAKER via www.thatsvoiceover.com A common conversation in the art of voice acting revolves around the concept of “finding your voice.” It’s an important conversation to which every voice actor should pay close attention. As teachers of the voiceover craft for many years now, we’ve noticed that some students experience anxiety over this issue. Some confuse it with finding a niche or genre within which to find work. Others quickly move forward with little or no consideration to whether the concept has merit. “What is this mysterious voice that I have to find?” We have some guidance that will hopefully set your mind at ease. The good news is that it’s as natural as breathing and as plain as the nose on your face. A quick look at human physiology reveals that the voi...

Industry Experts on Ways to Quickly Memorize Lines

BY REBECCA STRASSBERG via www.backstage.com When asked for audition advice, many actors will tell you, “Know your lines as well as possible. That way you’re free to focus on everything else without holding a script.” Sounds simple, right? But what if your audition is tomorrow, or in three hours? How can you memorize your lines as quickly as humanly possible? As industry professionals spanning various areas of the business, our Backstage Experts know a thing or two about this topic, and have decided to share their tips with you. This week we asked them: How can actors memorize lines quickly? Here are 18 methods you can try! Paul Barry, L.A.-based acting teacher and founder of Acting 4 Camera 1. Check out the myths about memory here and give yourself a fighting chance by dispelling them imme...

Thinking Shakespeare (Revised Edition)

A working guide for actors, directors, students…and anyone else interested in the Bard Barry Edelstein TCG

Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships

Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships To demystify the application process and assist applicants with their Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships proposals, TCG will be holding two info session via teleconference and webchat. The sessions will be held: Monday, September 17, 2018, 1pm-2pm Eastern Time and Thursday, September 20, 2018, 2pm-3pm Eastern Time. Description A fellowship for actors that supports their artistic and professional growth in collaboration with a TCG Member theatre. Grants will be awarded in each of the following two categories: Exceptional Merit $15,000 (with an additional $10,000 available to relieve student loan debt) supports actors who are established in their careers as working professionals with 10 years or more of professional experience. Those with less...

Candidate registration for the 2019 URTAs is now open!

MFA training in theatre begins with URTA! At the URTAs, you can audition and interview with our 43 member universities all in one place, on a single day. Why navigate dozens of different applications, fees, appointments, and travel when you can get it all done at the URTAs? Choose your city—New York, Chicago, or San Francisco—and register to be seen by our recruiters in either acting, design, directing, stage management, or arts leadership. Our nationally ranked member schools boast professional faculty, a commitment to the highest standards in professional, graduate training, and are peer-reviewed on a continuing basis. Most also offer various forms of financial assistance. Graduates of URTA programs are working on Broadway, in top theatres across the country, in film, television, and bey...

The Secret Life of Sven

By Michael Paulson  Photographs by Karsten Moran via www.nytimes.com Sven almost didn’t make it to Broadway. When Disney decided to adapt its megahit animated film “Frozen” for the stage, the creative team seriously considered killing off the reticent reindeer (a fate that did befall the marauding ice monster Marshmallow as well as the menacing pack of wolves). “We were going to not have Sven in the show,” said Thomas Schumacher, the president of Disney Theatrical Productions, “because we were afraid it would just occupy space onstage and be distracting.” But the company invited its longtime puppetry collaborator, Michael Curry (“The Lion King”), to experiment with ways the shaggy creature might be represented onstage. He tested two-performer pantomime before deciding to fashion a full-sca...

Register for the 2018 NYC Actors Pro Expo!

Have you registered for Actors Pro Expo New York? Saturday September 8th Radisson Martinique on Broadway 49 West 32nd Street New York, NY 10001 This year will be the 5th annual event in NYC! A day for actors to come along and network with the industry. There will be Seminars, Classes, 1- 2-1 career mentoring and open casting calls for 4 different feature films (all paid roles). General admission, Seminars, Career Mentioning and of course the opportunity to audition is all FREE! Industry-led classes will cost $30 each and should be booked in advance online. BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE! Classes line-up below: Securing Representation To Take Your Career To The Next Level Hosted By Fela Oke of CK Talent Management and Paul Reisman of Abrams Artists Management Successful Auditioning For A TV Se...

2018 NYC Actors Pro Expo – FREE Entry Tickets Now Available!

 BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE! Information about the 2018 NYC Actors Pro Expo