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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...

What Casting Directors Look for in Auditions

BY NICK CLARK via www.thestage.co.uk As a new award seeks to give casting directors overdue recognition for their key role in shaping productions – not to mention actors’ careers – leading practitioners in the job tell Nick Clark what they believe makes a good casting director, how they started their careers, and what actors can do at auditions to impress them Casting is the “Cinderella” of the entertainment industry. Or so says actor and writer Mark Gatiss. “Too little attention is paid to the vital, and by no means simple, task of finding the right person, the right mix, the right chemistry for stage, television and film,” he has said. And The Sherlock and League of Gentlemen star is by no means the only person to think so. The Casting Directors’ Guild is so concerned that the craft is u...

Miriam Shor: From Acting On-Stage…To Directing On-Screen

BY RUTHIE FIERBERG via www.playbill.com The actor and director reveals the step-by-step process of directing the July 10 episode of the hit series starring Sutton Foster. Miriam Shor has a habit of stealing scenes. She’s not trying to, but her magnetism, her nuance, her timing in the small moments, and her delivery in the big ones make it so you can’t look away, whether that’s as Yitzhak in the original Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Madelaine True in The Wild Party, Jessie in Off-Broadway’s Sweat, guest-starring on television’s The Americans, or her gig as series regular Diana Trout on TVLand’s Younger. But now, she directs her first episode of television: Episode 5 of Younger’s current season. Miriam Shor Courtesy of TVLand “I always was one of those annoying people hanging out at video vill...

How to Become a TV Director

BY BENJAMIN LINDSAY via www.backstage.com Making it onto the small screen as an actor is one thing, but doing it as a director is another thing entirely. With this Backstage Guide, we give you the tips and tricks you need to build the experience, reel, and relationships that will one day lead to you sitting in the director’s chair while helming television’s next big thing.  What is the responsibility of the director? At the end of the day, a director’s responsibility is to organize, facilitate, and capture the desired footage that will ultimately make up a film or television program. While their day-to-day responsibilities may differ based on the medium in which they’re working, they are always one of the top above-the-liners and authority figures on set, and more often than not, they have...

What it takes to put on the Tony Awards

BY CAITLIN HUSTON via www.broadway.news After more than 15 years producing the Tony Awards, Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss have learned the tips and tricks of putting on the show at Radio City Music Hall. One trick: adding a false proscenium to reduce the size of the 100-foot-wide stage, so that the musical numbers do not look dwarfed by their surroundings. With that issue behind them, Kirshner and Weiss are concentrated on overseeing more than 700 people inside the house, from stagehands to production staff and cast members, in addition to nailing down the running order and making sure hosts Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban have moments to shine. Weiss, who is also directing the Tony Awards show, and Kirshner have been preparing for the awards show all season, as they both try to see every ...

Summer 2018 Industry Conferences – Register Today!

Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas Conference – “Crossing Borders” June 21 – 23, 2018 The Lucie and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre – Toronto, Ontario (Canada) Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas was founded in 1985 as the volunteer membership organization for the professions of literary management and dramaturgy. LMDA is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization with members throughout North America and abroad. LMDA holds the belief that theater is a vital art form that has the power to nourish, educate, and transform individuals and their communities and that dramaturgy is central to the process of theater-making. Registration Information All full-conference registration fees are per person and include one banquet ticket. LMD...

Recipients of the 2018 Chita Rivera Awards

BY: OLIVA CLEMENT via www.playbill.com Performers Ariana DeBose, who currently stars in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway, and Tony Yazbeck (Prince of Broadway) were among the winners at this evening’s 2018 Chita Rivera Awards in New York City. Tony Yazbeck in Prince of Broadway Ryoji Fukuoka Sergio Trujillo took home the award for Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway show for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical; and Carousel, which had the most nominations of the evening, tied with Mean Girls for Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show. Off-Broadway, Zach Morris and Jennine Willet were honored for their choreography of Ghost Light; Monica Bill Barnes took home the award for Outstanding Female Dancer for her performance in the WP Theater production of One Night Only; and Ro...

#TBT: May 3rd – Birthday of Lyricist Betty Comden

Throwback Thursday: May 3, 1917,  Broadway & Hollywood lyricist and librettist Betty Comden is born. “A risk was taken with ‘On the Town’, and look what happened: Betty and Adolph burst onto the scene. A shout-out to Comden & Green!” (Title of Show). Lyricists and librettist Betty Comden, of t Comden & Green, was born May 3, 1917. She and Adolph Green are known for several works, such as On the Town (1944), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), and Bells are Ringing (1956). Together, this duo’s musical comedy talents became theatrical classics that are still performed and beloved today. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Comden had always considered herself a performer, and she was first seen on the stage at the Brooklyn Ethical Culture School (jwa.org). Comden went on to major in drama at New York U...

Phylicia Rashad on Directing

BY DIEP TRAN via www.americantheatre.org Phylicia Rashad, best known as an actor (including a Tony-winning turn in A Raisin in the Sun), is bulking up her directing résumé. She’s next helming Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Our Lady of 121st Street at New York City’s Signature Theatre (May 1-June 10) and Jen Silverman’s The Roommate at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago (June 21-Aug. 6). You haven’t worked with Guirgis or Silverman before. Why did you choose these plays? That’s attractive to me—something I haven’t done, a playwright that I haven’t worked with. I just really love the work, and it just makes me happy to do it. And then when I get over being tired, I’m happy again. They’re very good plays. If I didn’t think they were good plays, trust me, I would just say, “No, thank you,” and...

Backstage With Tommy Tune

BY STEPHENIE LAWTON via www.dancemagazine.com Tommy Tune is a man of many talents. The 10-time Tony Award–winning director, choreographer and star is famous for shows like Nine, My One and Only, The Will Roger’s Follies and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Tune is in a special class of gifted director/choreographers that includes George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Michael Bennett—yet he also danced and starred in his musicals. Today, he is touring the country with his nightclub act Tommy Tune Tonight. At 79, he is still lithe, graceful and willowy, and looks right at home onstage. So what’s it like to be backstage with the legend? Tune recently invited Dance Magazine behind the scenes for a rehearsal and performance in Los Angeles. Everyone Dresses Their Best For Tommy T...

A Word to the Wise on Resumes & Cover Letters

BY JAY DUCKWORTH via www.stage-directions.com We get so many resumes here at the Public Theater it’s sometimes hard to go through all of them. So, there are some things I look for and some things that are just standard practices. With a lot of you graduating out there or applying for internships or maybe just old codgers like me looking to revisit and update your resume so you can remember where you worked and how cool it was, here are some good rules and tips from us, (myself and Sara Swanberg, the prop shop manager for The Public Theater), the people who have to actually read your resumes and make hiring decisions.

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/