Sesame Street Writer’s Room Fellowship – Apply today!

Sesame Workshop Writers’ Room is a writing fellowship from the creators of Sesame Street. And we’re looking for YOU! Fresh new writing talent from underrepresented racial backgrounds. Emerging storytellers who are selected to join the Writers’ Room will receive hands-on writing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans and other media industry leaders. Each participant will develop and write a pilot script for their own original kids concept. Past fellows have gone on to develop their own original content with Sesame Workshop, as well as write for Sesame Street and various programs at Nickelodeon, Disney, DreamWorks, and more! Learn about the 2019 fellows and speakers HERE. Applications for the 2020 Fellowship Program are NOW OPEN! Application must be submitted by January 10, 2020 5PM ES...

2020 Ohio Theatre Alliance – Design/Tech Interview Registration Now Open

All Technical Interviews will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Technicians will sign up Saturday morning for interview slots with producers. Producers will determine the length of each interview. REGISTER HERE WHAT TO BRING A portfolio of your work Extra copies of your resume. Some producers who are looking to hire technicians will collect resumes for phone interviews at a later date. VIDEO PORTFOLIO While at the event, technical applicants are invited to video-record a 10-minute portfolio presentation which will be made available to registered producers who are unable to conduct interviews on Saturday. Portfolio presentations will be video recorded by OTA staffers, and will be guided by a professional technical director. Technicians should prepare to: orally review their portfoli...

How to Find the Passion for Auditioning

Auditioning. For some, it’s their least favorite part of the showbiz process. For others, they may thrive in the room. But let’s face it: auditioning is a necessity to be able to book work. How do you separate yourself from the pack without making choices that may disconnect you from your work? How do you prepare in a way that sets you up for success to be your most authentic self in the room? How do you find the passion for auditioning to be like those who thrive in the room? Take a look at this article for pointers on how to find some inspiration in auditioning, so you too can stand out from the pack. View Article via

StrawHat Registration Now Open: Design, Tech, Musician, Administrators, and more!

Calling all Technical Theatre Artists & Administrators! Companies are in search of every skill set from AEA stage managers to running crew, from Technical Directors to spot operators, and everything in between – pit musicians, too. So make a great summer happen – register today! Post your profile and resume online free of charge and be front-and-center for employment opportunities in summer stock theaters, regional theaters, and special production companies. You’ll have access to what the theaters are doing this season, what positions are open and who to contact… if they don’t contact you first. Create a profile page and post your resume to be part of our talent database Directors, Music Directors, Musicians, Choreographers and Stage Managers (Union and non-union) are welco...

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


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

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

Parting the Clouds of Callbacks and Casting

BY LAURIE RECORDS via 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 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 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...