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Claire Warden: The First Broadway Credited Intimacy Director

In light of the #MeToo movement and safety in the workplace, intimacy direction has come in to the spotlight for production teams throughout the theatre, television, and film industry. Broadway intimacy director, Claire Warden, states in this article that intimacy direction “didn’t exist five years ago, in this form.” Now, what exactly does an intimacy director do? They choreograph scenes that involve any act of physical touch, scenes of nudity, simulated sex, and more. An intimacy director’s role in the rehearsal room or on set allows these sensitive moments to be worked on with precision, comfort, and consent. Through this, it lets these moments safely be done repeated on stage. In this article, Warden, Broadway’s first credited Intimacy Director, discusses her process and the importance...

Why I Became a Casting Director: An Interview with Julia Kim

Have you considered a career as a casting director? CastingNetworks sits down with casting director Julia Kim (“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and “Starlet”), as she explains how she became a casting director and what drives her in this position. Learn below what it takes to be a casting director, discover your “why”, and be fearless to take the leap into the industry yourself! View Article

33 Thoughts for a New Artistic Director

Have you ever thought that your career onstage might lead you to a career behind the scenes? How about in the role of an Artistic Director? You might not know where to begin or what all the job entails, but Arizona Theate company’s AD, Joe Haj, has some advice to put you at ease. 33 points of wisdom, to be exact. READ ARTICLE

ON TEACHING DIRECTING: THE ESSENTIAL FIVE

Fadi Fayad Skeiker shares five valuable tips when it comes to inspiring the next generation of directors. If your journey in theatre has led you to either education or directing, or even both, take a look at the advice Skeiker gives on the “Essential Five”. Make friends with a director Make students aware of the social impact of their art Help the student to find their voice Learning the rules/breaking the rules Directing is about details, details, THEN details READ ARTICLE via www.thetheatretimes.com

Audition Advice with Casting Director Christine Sheaks

Casting director Christine Sheaks (“Fargo”, “Boogie Nights”) knows what it means for an actor to impress in the audition room. Here’s her take on some best practices when it comes to auditioning: READ ARTICLE via www.castingnetworks.com

Parting the Clouds of Callbacks and Casting

BY LAURIE RECORDS via www.castingnetworks.com The commercial casting process shouldn’t be a mystery. While every job is unique, there is an underlying structure to the process that, in theory anyway, we’ve all committed to when casting commercials. Why? Because it works! When talking to actors, there seems to be a cloud around callbacks, specifically, what happens after the callback. The stakes are higher during callbacks and what happens after, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t be as informed about this part of the process as you are about the rest. Because knowledge is power, let me shed some light on the process that ought to pierce the clouds of confusion and anxiety. Say you had a terrific callback. But what the heck happens next? For you, not all that much. Just make sure you’re cl...

How Writer-Director Robert O’Hara Decides Which Plays to Direct and Which to Hand Over

BY MERVYN ROTHSTEIN via www.playbill.com It’s a unique voice, an exciting young voice, dealing with issues around race and identity and sexuality,” Obie-winning director and playwright Robert O’Hara says. “New ideas and new thoughts. I love plays that capture the imagination, that take you on a ride and an adventure. And I think this play does.” O’Hara is talking about Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play, which O’Hara directs at New York Theatre Workshop. The play, about black and white in white America, was called “willfully provocative, gaudily transgressive and altogether staggering,” as well as “furiously entertaining,” by The New York Times. Robert O’Hara and Jeremy O. Harris Marielle Solan O’Hara often directs his own plays, but recently directed works by Kirsten Childs and will direc...

Observing the Calling of “COMPANY” in London

BY HOPE ROSE KELLY via www.stagemanagers.org Reaching out to the Stage Management Association of the UK (UK SMA), I inquired if they had any observation opportunities from their members. Andy Rowley (Executive Director) kindly put a call out and Sharon Hobden, who is currently the DSM for Company, sent me an invite. This production has been noted for the gender swapping of the lead character Bobby and some other roles plus the storyline has been updated thereby bringing it into the 21stcentury with a natural ease that had I not known its origins, I would have thought it was a new musical written for today. Patti LuPone stars in the role originated by Elaine Strich. With a bit of tongue in cheek (given her history of admonishing patrons about cell phone use at the theatre), the recorded cur...

MTWichita Summer 2019 Production & Box Office Applications NOW OPEN!

Employment Thank you so much for your interest in MTWichita! We have existed for nearly 50 years as one of the premier summer theatre programs in the United States – for those onstage as well as the individuals behind the scenes. Whether you are coming back home to Wichita or joining us for the first time – we’re glad to have you here. We are actively seeking the best technical and design talent in all areas of production.  Special consideration is given to those from under-represented populations in our industry – we believe that a plurality of voices and experiences creates better art, both onstage and in our shops behind the scenes. Take some time and have a look around this page, and if you’re interested please apply! Any questions not answered here can be...

Apply for Nickelodeon Casting -Spring ’19 Internships

Nickelodeon is accepting applications for both Live-Action & Animation Casting Internships for the 2019 Spring Semester. If you are a rising junior or senior in college, please check out our amazing program. This is a paid internship. Overview The Animation Casting Intern works on the Nickelodeon Animation Talent & Casting Team to support their VP, Director, Coordinator, and Assistant. The team oversees all Nickelodeon animated projects from original scripted series, pilots and movies, to digital and promo/short-form content.   The intern is expected to assist with preparation for record sessions and auditions, which includes creating binders, highlighting scripts, line counts, making copies and filing paperwork.   Interns may also be asked to assist with sitting in on record sessi...

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...