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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/

Know Before You Go: A USITT 2018 Guide

BY: JENN SHURON via www.usittshow.com   Know where you’re going and when Already registered? Great! Pick up your badge during these hours Find your way on the Expo Floor with the Stage Expo Map Plan out your schedule and stay current with room changes and other announcements with the USITT Show App.  Get your hands dirty Sign up for these Demos and Trainings to enhance your Conference experience. Is your first choice full? Check back for cancellations throughout the week: Console Training Prop Lab Lighting Studio Costume Lab Sound Lab Makeup Lab Expo Extravaganza! Make these Stage Expo areas part of your schedule: Interview Area: Make your LinkedIn profile visible to recruiters and set up meetings with exhibitors in the interview area. Resume Doctor: Looking to polish your resume? Stop by ...

Meet the Next Generation of Broadway Choreographers

BY SYLVIANE GOLD via www.dancemagazine.com DanceBreak came roaring back to life on Monday after seven years on hiatus, and six choreographers now have the opportunity to be the next Andy Blankenbuehler. Or Joshua Bergasse, Kelly Devine, Casey Nicholaw, Josh Prince or Josh Rhodes. These stellar Broadway choreographers all got their first big shows after Melinda Atwood’s musical-theater launching pad let them show the industry what they could do. Since 2002, DanceBreak has been a sort of “So You Think You Can Choreograph” for Broadway. Although not everyone goes straight there—Mandy Moore and Mia Michaels are alumni, too—the program is meant to funnel talented choreographers to the Broadway stage by providing a platform for their work. Prince, who introduced Atwood to the c...

The 2018 USITT Young Designers, Managers & Technicians Awards

via www.stage-directions.com Eleven young technical theatre artists will receive Young Designers, Managers & Technicians (YDMT) Awards at USITT’s 58th Annual Conference & Stage Expo, March 15, 2018, at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The YDMT Awards bring recognition and support to early career designers, managers, and technicians, through generous funding from industry sponsors. YDMT winners receive free Conference registration to the four-day USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo, March 14-17, plus cash prizes and an impressive addition to their resumes. Listed below are the winners. Zelma H. Weisfeld Costume Design & Technology Award Courtney Foxworthy – Indiana University The Barbara Matera Award in Costume Making, sponsored by Judy Ada...

Introduction to Commercial Producing – 3 Day Intensive

Three-Day Intensive REGISTRATION $220.00–$470.00 Date: Friday, March 9th – Sunday, March 11th, 2018 Time: Friday & Saturday: 9:15AM – 5:30PM (cocktail receptions until 7:30PM); Sunday: 9:15AM – 2:00PM) Location: Anne L. Bernstein Theater, 210 West 50th Street, New York City Course Details 37th Annual Three-Day New York Weekend Intensive An Introduction to Commercial Producing For almost four decades, CTI’s Three-Day Intensive has offered a comprehensive education in commercial theater producing. At the 37th Annual Three-Day Intensive, presentations and panel discussions will be led by some of Broadway’s most acclaimed producers, general managers, entertainment attorneys, marketing executives, and press representatives. Whether you want to produce on or off-Broadway – or are...

Sarah Ruhl – On Happy Endings

BY SARAH RUHL via www.breakingcharactermagazine.com On happy endings Happy endings are not in vogue. I have noticed that ambivalent endings are in vogue — the equivalent of a character hopping on one foot as the lights go down. Playwrights might be wary of happy endings because these are not happy times. Or maybe we are wary of happy endings because we are wary in the contemporary theatre of unmixed genres — a full-out comedy, or a full-on tragedy. In Shakespeare, comedies end happily with a marriage, and tragedies end with a body pile up.  But unmixed genres are now the province of Hollywood, not theatre. Our American stages are more full of dramas than they are of comedies and tragedies. So what of a title like How to Transcend a Happy Marriage? That seems fairly bold given the climate. ...

Paving the Way: Five Directors Share Their Wisdom

BY FABIANA CABRAL via www.americantheatre.org Longtime director Susan H. Schulman recently told me a revealing anecdote about her parents. “They went to see the first show I directed Off-Broadway, all the way down in the Bowery,” Schulman recalled. “They were very excited to come, and they schlepped down to watch this little show. And at the intermission, my father said: ‘It’s wonderful, we love it, we love it! Now, tell me honey—what did you do?’” The paradox of the theatre director is that your work is evident everywhere, and also nowhere. In that sense, the field has not changed much. Theatre directing is still not for the faint of heart: It involves a passion and aptitude for visual and textual storytelling. It requires knowledge of every element of a production, from acting to technic...

How “SpongeBob SquarePants” Writer Kyle Jarrow Found the Story for the Stage

BY: BETHANY RICKWALD via www.theatremania.com There’s nothing quite like the world of Bikini Bottom that’s currently bubbling to life onstage at Broadway’s Palace Theatre — including the Bikini Bottom that’s been delighting television audiences since 1999. “There was the process of getting the SpongeBob world and then there was the process of getting our SpongeBob world and it’s not exactly the same,” said book writer Kyle Jarrow. “Figuring out ‘What is our stage version of that tone and that pace and that energy?’, that took a while — that took a couple years.” For Nickelodeon, the trick was in finding the right SpongeBob guy to partner with director Tina Landau in breathing a breath of fresh sea water into the suboceanic w...

Bring Original Broadway Choreography to Your Local Shows

BY: BWW News Desk via www.broadwayworld.com Music Theatre International (MTI) and Jerry Mitchell, choreographer for Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can and The Full Monty have partnered to revolutionize the way you choreograph your musicals with a new innovative resource: The Original Production (TOP). TOP has collaborated with Broadway’s best choreographers to create an easy-to-use online tool that enables you to learn original Broadway choreography from the actual creators and provides you with the rights to perform these iconic numbers in your musical production. This resource includes 3-4 hours of step-by-step video instruction, which you can then use as a guide to recreate numbers for your production. TOP is launching with two musical hits, Legally Blonde...

A Look into the Role of an Intimacy Director

What is an Intimacy Director? Writer Eli Keel of Leo Weekly explores the subject of onstage intimacy, the specific role of an intimacy director, and the process of their work.  Keel spoke in his article to  Alicia Rodis, a member of Intimacy Directors International about the “four pillars” of intimacy direction: Consent: Get the performers’ permission. Communication: Talk throughout the process aboutwhat is/isn’t working. Choreography: Don’t add anything extra. Context: Don’t change something in another scene without communicating about adjusting the choreography and seeking consent to do so. You can read the entire article here: How a kiss is not a kiss, and punches are pulled in acting What are your thoughts about intimacy direction? Should more theatres integrate this ...

Tree Hugger

 A New Musical by Matt Wolfe and Bruce Monroe  Are you a fan of national parks? For several years now, I’ve been working with Bruce Monroe and some extremely talented friends to develop a musical about the life of John Muir, without whom the parks wouldn’t be what they are today. He was an adventurer with a poet’s heart, writing prose about nature that rivaled anything Thoreau or Emerson dared, and he spoke about America and its future with an authority and wit as sharp as Twain. At a crucial moment in American history, he was there to speak of the need for the beauty of the earth to be preserved, not just for survival’s sake, but for the soul’s. It’s a conversation that never goes away, and it’s certainly timely now. I finally finished a website f...