Performance

The North American Lab for the Performing Arts: Registration for Summer Workshops

The North American Lab for the Performing Arts A space in the heart of the midwest founded as a place where artists can learn from each other, teach and create new work.Participate in a creative act.  Create change and what better place to do it than in the center of the United States in Muncie, Indiana. All are welcome here!  Learn more about NALPA. The Summer of 2018 will offer three workshops: Come live learn and work together. Workshop participants are all housed in the Charles Over Mansion or hosted by one of the neighbors in the historic district. Everyone eats breakfast and lunch together and then can use the kitchen to prep food for dinner or head out on the town. There are several great places within walking distance. I have recognized that now more than ever artists need to explo...

How to Set Up Your Home Voiceover Studio

BY CASEY MINK via www.backstage.com Whether you’re a practiced voiceover actor with years of experience and dozens of credits to your name, or you’re only just now trying to break into the voiceover game, a home VO studio can do wonders for you and your career. A home voiceover studio is also a great way to subsidize your income from the comfort of your very own house or apartment (which means you don’t even need to change out of your pajamas), and you can put the work in on a schedule that fits you and you alone. But how do you even begin to turn an existing space into a voiceover enclave? And what materials will you need? And, perhaps most importantly, what is it all going to cost? Get answers to that and more right here in the Backstage Guide for setting up your home voiceover studio. W...

Acting Games

Acting Games Warm-ups and practices are meant to be productive, but why not make them fun by playing games to get you into the groove (because who doesn’t like to play games)? Not only can these activities help students get warmed up, but they also help them feel more comfortable and focused. The games are broken into categories and also list the age range they work best for and the difficulty level. There are games for all ages included, some of which you may have heard of before. Remember, you can’t put an age on having fun! Check out the link below to get started with these helpful tools! http://www.stagemilk.com/acting-games/

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s Broadway Home Is Revealed in Stunning New Photos

The Lyric Theatre has undergone a complete renovation after temporarily closing in the spring of 2017. BY: JASON ZEDNICK via  www.theatremania.com A view inside the newly renovated Lyric Theatre, home to Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. (© Dorothy Hong) With the recent unveiling of the new marquee for Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the big question has been what magic is in store inside the newly renovated Lyric Theatre’s interior. The top-to-bottom redesign (helmed by Christine Jones and Brett J. Banakis and overseen by Gary Beestone) has been unveiled in eye-catching new photos released by Ambassador Theatre Group. The Lyric Theatre underwent a complete renovation after temporarily closing in 2017. (© Dorothy Hong) Harry Potter and the Cursed...

Williamstown Theatre Festival – Apprentice Applications NOW OPEN!

THE WTF APPRENTICE PROGRAM IS A HANDS-ON, FULLY IMMERSIVE INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD OF PROFESSIONAL THEATRE DURING THE SUMMER SEASON OF THE TONY AWARD-WINNING WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL. THIS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO BE A BRIDGE BETWEEN EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL THEATRE. PREFERENCE IS GIVEN TO CANDIDATES WHO ARE JUNIORS OR SENIORS IN COLLEGE AND TO RECENT COLLEGE GRADUATES.  DATES: The 2018 Apprentice Program runs from June 14 – August 19. Full term attendance is required. COST: The approximate total cost of the WTF Apprentice Program is $4,250. This cost represents housing for the program’s full term with a private bedroom, a full meal plan provided by Williams College Dining Services, and all of the professional development workshops. COLLEGE CREDIT/EMC: The WTF Apprentice Program is...

UK Summer Institute Award Programmes for US Undergraduates

UK Summer Institute Award Programmes for US Undergraduates The Fulbright UK Summer Institute Programmes offer students a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in the study of British academics and culture. Students will take part in research, collaboration, presentation, and cultural events at an esteemed British university. They will enhance their leadership skills, develop knowledge and understanding of new subjects, and become ambassadors for the United Kingdom and the United States. http://www.fulbright.org.uk/going-to-the-uk/uk-summer-institutes

“Meals 4 Monologues” Upcoming Events by Casting Society of America

Casting Society Cares (CSC), the nonprofit 501c3 charitable arm of the Casting Society of America (CSA), is holding “Meals 4 Monologues” events in various cities across the country. “Meals for Monologues” benefits local-area food banks while providing talent with the opportunity to perform for casting directors, agents, managers, directors, music directors, and others members of the entertainment industry. Upcoming Events & Where to find more information: November 19, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA  https://www.facebook.com/CSACastingSocietyCares/ and http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080944a4ab29a7f49-meals1 November 19, 2017 – Cleveland, OH Location: Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, 1501 Euclid Ave., Kennedy Theater, Cleveland, OH 44115 https://www.facebo...

The World Really Is a Stage, Scripts and All, to an Actor With Autism

BY: LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES via www.nytimes.com SYRACUSE — Early Thursday morning at the cafe across the street from Syracuse Stage, an actor named Mickey Rowe ducked in from the drizzly chill just as a barista unlocked the door. Starring as Christopher Boone in Simon Stephens’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” he had a matinee to perform in a couple of hours, and an interview to give first. On Broadway, where the play was a Tony Award-winning hit, it ran eight times a week, with two actors alternating the demanding role of Christopher, a 15-year-old with autism who sets out to solve a mystery. In Syracuse, Mr. Rowe — thought to be the first openly autistic actor to play the role — does all nine shows a week. For him, such arduous work is a point of pride: evidence that an...

Voice Over Auditions by the Numbers

By KATE McCLANAGHAN via www.backstage.com How many auditions do you imagine it takes to land a single voiceover job? Five? Ten? Twenty? There must be an average. There is, but it’s likely to be a great deal more than you might think. You build your professional reputation as a voice talent and as an actor by consistently delivering exceptional auditions. Lots and lots and lots of them. Which is why tenacity is such a critical element to succeeding in this (or any business). So if it’s walking and chewing gum you’re after, best keep walking. There’s not much demand for that. You can’t underestimate that the bulk of your job as a professional talent is auditioning. You could even consider auditions your greatest form of promotion—they just shouldn’t be your only form of promotion (as it appe...

J.K. Simmons to Aspiring Actors: Listen, Listen, Listen

Photo Source: Courtesy of Freestyle Digital Media Oscar winner and self-professed “journeyman” J.K. Simmons is the kind of actor who pops up in just about everything, and often when you least expect him. (It was easy, for instance, to miss last year’s super-quick cameo reunion with “Whiplash” director Damien Chazelle in “La La Land,” no?) His latest project, however, puts him front and center as a widower and father who, after moving across the country for a new teaching job, learns to love again. “The Bachelors” is a heartfelt and touching comedy with newcomer writer-director Kurt Voelker—and it also showcases a never-better and emotionally exacting Simmons. The veteran actor recently talked to Backstage about his latest film, his love of sharing the screen with young talent, and the impo...

‘Describe the Night’: A Tale of Adversity, Told in Adversity

Despite the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, the Alley Theatre miraculously managed to open Rajiv Joseph’s timely new play on time. BY TREVOR BOFFONE On Monday, Aug. 28, the last thing playwright Rajiv Joseph imagined he’d be doing was volunteering at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, then a Hurricane Harvey shelter. While rains continued to flood the city, Joseph was busy writing P.A. announcements for the shelter: what time showers were arriving, when meals would be served, when lights on and off were, where there were warm dry clothes, etc. For Joseph, the process wasn’t unlike rehearsing a new play. After getting feedback from his stage manager, Lori Lundquist, Joseph realized that he sounded like a “vice principal reading morning P.A. announcements.” But the p...

SETC Professional Screening Application Opens September 15th

SETC Professional Screening Information All actors enrolled in undergraduate programs at the time of the SETC Professional Screening Auditions, whether or not they have earned a salary acting AND whether or not they have passed through screenings in the past, must be passed from the Screening Auditions each year in order to participate in upcoming Spring Professional Auditions. Vist setc.org to find your assigned Pre-Screening State. Auditionees are assigned an audition site based on the state in which they have a permanent home residence OR go to school.  Do you reside or go to school outside of the SETC region? You are still eligible for the professional screening. Click the link to see which screening host state you are assigned. APPLICATION OPENS AT NOON (ET) ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 Appl...

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