Actors

J.K. Simmons on ‘Counterpart’ Season 2 and the ‘Crushing’ Moment That Changed His Life

The Oscar-winning actor opens up about the twists and turns of ‘Counterpart’ season two, how he pulls off dual leading roles, and the ‘divergence’ point that changed his life. by: Nick Schager The only thing better than one J.K. Simmons is two, which is a significant reason Counterpart is a top contender for best new show on television. After completing a sterling initial season earlier this year, Justin Marks’ twisty-turny sci-fi saga begins its excellent sophomore run on Starz this Sunday (Dec. 9). As before, its focus is squarely on Howard Silk (Simmons), a Berlin-situated government employee entangled in a Cold War-esque spy game—the catch being that the two sides at war are not East and West, but our world and an identical parallel dimension we discovered thirty years ago that’s popul...

2019 StrawHats Registration – NOW OPEN!

How it Works for the Performer One Audition, multiple job opportunities – All in one day. StrawHat Auditions are open to non-Equity performers age 18 and older: singers, dancers, and actors. Opportunities are available in summer theatres, production and entertainment companies, cruise ships, theme parks, and special events. Fees: Registration/annual subscription: $47 (non-refundable)        Audition: $63 (upon email notification of selection) Registration: Complete the online form and submit your non-refundable annual registration fee (also known as your subscription), then mail your hard-copy application and supporting materials (see INSTRUCTIONS). Apply for a Song & Monologue, Monologue Only, or Dancer Who Sings audition (see AUDITION TYPES). Every submission received by the deadline...

Why a Tony-Winning Director Decided to Return to Acting By JEN GUSHUE

  “I think all actors have a little bit of director brain. But it’s been really nice not to feel any urge to ‘fix’ anything.” David Cromer on costarring in The Waverly Gallery on Broadway — How do you follow up winning the 2018 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical? For David Cromer, who snagged that statuette for his work on The Band’s Visit, the answer was to book an acting gig. The prolific director — who launched his career in Chicago before making his name Off-Broadway with the musical Adding Machineand a long-running production of Our Town — had dabbled in performing in the past. (He played the Stage Manager in Our Town, had a small part in the 2014 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun and even did an arc on the TV se...

Apply for the 2019 A1 Auditions! – Deadline NOVEMBER 13, 2018

The All-in-One Conference  A1 Conference) are an opportunity for actors to be seen by the Artistic Directors and Casting Directors of the country’s leading regional theatres all in one weekend.      The 2019 A1 Conference will take place in Manhattan on: AEA Actors Thursday, January 17th Non-union Actors Thursday, January 17th Friday, January 18th College Seniors Friday, January 18th Saturday, January 19th College Juniors & Underclassmen Friday, January 18th Saturday, January 19th Sunday, January 20th Callbacks will be held at the end of every audition day. If coming from out of town, it is advised you attend the entire weekend as callbacks occasionally come in for the following days. Rate: Administrative Cost: $40.00 Audition Cost: $85.00 (this fee covers space rental,...

Curt Olds “A stylish performer bringing opera and Broadway together.” -The New York Times

With an active career in both opera and musical theatre, baritone Curt Olds has been seen in productions ranging from Don Pasquale and The Magic Flute to musicals such as Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, The Threepenny Opera, Broadway’s Riverdance and CATS. Hailed by Opera News as “A wonderful singing actor, as adept in pointing dialogue as in phrasing song,” Curt is best known for his portrayal of the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance and his signature role as Ko-Ko in The Mikado, for which he has some 22 productions to his credit. This season, Olds sings Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at Hawaii Opera Theatre, Njegus in The Merry Widow for Utah Opera, Major General Stanley in Pirates of Penzance at Atlanta Opera, and Ko-Ko in The Mikado for Anchorage Opera. Living up to his singing acto...

REGISTER for the 2019 Theatre Bay General Auditions!

Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 9:30 a.m.*-5:00 p.m. *9:30 a.m. is the recommended arrival time. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. and the auditions start promptly at 10:00 a.m.  Auditors, click here to register! Auditor FAQs Actors, click here to register! Actor FAQs Example Actor Resumes 2019 Theatre Bay General Auditions

What to Know About Being on Set for the First Time

BY CASEY MINK via www.backstage.com As an actor trying to break into the film or television world, you spend endless days and nights dreaming of the moment you can finally step onto a set. But what happens when you actually get there? Do you know how to conduct yourself professionally on camera and off? Do you know the faux pas to avoid so you don’t give away your status as a newbie? Do you know when to pipe up and, conversely, when to zip it? Do you know how the actor’s role relates to the director and producer? It’s OK if you weren’t able to answer “yes” to every one of these questions—even Meryl Streep once walked onto a set for the first time. (Though she was probably brilliant on that day, too.) We’re all allowed to start somewhere, and Backstage wants to make sure you are starting wi...

2019 SETC Application Open!

Dates and Deadlines: 2019 Spring Professional Auditions: Feb. 28 – Mar. 2, 2019  |  Knoxville, TN  |  70th Annual SETC Convention Applications Open: Oct. 15 2018 @ Noon ET Early-Bird Deadline: Dec. 14 2018 @ Noon ET Final Deadline: Jan. 15 2019 @ Noon ET To Participate: Actors, singers and dancers must register for the SETC Convention and apply and be approved for an audition spot. Download the correct guideline packet for you, and give us a call if you need any help: Non-Equity Actors/Singers Equity Actors/Singers Dancer-Only 2019 SETC Spring Professional Auditions 

Finding Your Voice as a Voice Actor

BY RUDY GASKINS & JOAN BAKER via www.thatsvoiceover.com A common conversation in the art of voice acting revolves around the concept of “finding your voice.” It’s an important conversation to which every voice actor should pay close attention. As teachers of the voiceover craft for many years now, we’ve noticed that some students experience anxiety over this issue. Some confuse it with finding a niche or genre within which to find work. Others quickly move forward with little or no consideration to whether the concept has merit. “What is this mysterious voice that I have to find?” We have some guidance that will hopefully set your mind at ease. The good news is that it’s as natural as breathing and as plain as the nose on your face. A quick look at human physiology reveals that the voi...

2019 NETC Auditions Application NOW OPEN!

The 2019 NETC Theatre Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 9th – Monday, March 11th, 2019. The auditions will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Natick, MA. Applications are NOW AVAILABLE HERE. ALL applications will be submitted electronically.  Performers, please note: the application form for the Auditions must be postmarked no later than February 1st of the current year to be eligible. There will be no exceptions The annual NETC Theater Auditions provide a service whereby producers and directors of New England and other theatres from throughout the country meet in a group to audition and interview candidates for positions in summer and year-round professional theatres as performers, designers, technicians, and theatre / production staff. These theatres offer both job-in and full-...

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...

How to Make a Living as an Extra

BY CASEY MINK via www.backstage.com There are many ways to make a living as an actor. For some, it means starring roles and a foot-long IMDb page. But that certainly isn’t the only way for actors to spend their lives on film and TV sets, getting paid to do so. Background acting—or ”extra” work—can absolutely be a full-time profession if you know how to go about it. That’s where we come in. In this guide, Backstage will provide all the information and resources you need to answer the question you came here with: How can I make a living as an extra? Why would I want to be an extra? Being an extra is a no-pressure way to gain firsthand experience on a set, make valuable connections, and get paid to watch experienced actors and creatives work. So, why wouldn’t you want to be an extra? You can ...

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