Actors

How Much Money Do Broadway Actors Make?

BY LOGAN CULWELL-BLOCK via www.playbill.com If you’ve ever wondered how much your favorite Broadway artists earn for the work they do, you’re in luck. Thanks to public standard union contracts, we know what the base salary is for Broadway performers, stage managers, and musicians. These minimum rates are only for professionals on Broadway and are calculated by the week since, unlike other vocations who report annual salaries, artists will not necessarily be employed by their Broadway show for a full year. Data for actors and stage managers comes from Actors’ Equity. These figures are valid as of October 2, 2017, and are scheduled to remain through September 29, 2018, after which most of these rates will increase slightly. Musician pay rates comes from Local 802. Their rates are valid as of...

Economy of Movement and the Theatre mask

BY JONATHAN BECKER via www.theatre-masks.com Neutral Mask Class What is Economy of movement? Why would that be important? I was once having a conversation with a colleague and had just mentioned having finished the section on neutral theatre mask. She asked me how long I had spent with the students on the neutral mask exercises. I replied eight weeks. She was shocked. What were you doing for eight weeks she asked? I had to think for a minute before replying because for me the answer was simply, neutral mask work. It occurred to me that not much has been written about the class work with the masks or what surrounds the mask work that makes it so deeply effecting for the students.   It is not enough to simply hand out the masks and get started. The student needs a foundation for understandin...

Plays About Guns, With Varying Aims In the midst of the #NeverAgain movement, can theatre artists foster nuanced conversations on the polarizing topics of gun violence and gun control?

BY KATHERINE FRITZ I live on the East Coast, in a large city. I’m a registered Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton. I make my living as a theatre artist and educator. I have never owned, nor even fired, a gun. That doesn’t mean I’m not concerned about our country’s gun violence epidemic. Unfortunately our national discourse has, for years, framed the issue of gun control into rigid binaries: the rural, gun-owning, truck-driving American who wants to defend his constitutional right to possess and use firearms versus the city-dwelling, bike-riding, coastal elitist who wants to take all the guns away. That these stereotypes lack any nuanced understanding of a complex issue seems almost beside the point; they’re effective, so much so that framing them this way has prevented us from producti...

The North American Lab for the Performing Arts: Registration for Summer Workshops

The North American Lab for the Performing Arts A space in the heart of the midwest founded as a place where artists can learn from each other, teach and create new work.Participate in a creative act.  Create change and what better place to do it than in the center of the United States in Muncie, Indiana. All are welcome here!  Learn more about NALPA. The Summer of 2018 will offer three workshops: Come live learn and work together. Workshop participants are all housed in the Charles Over Mansion or hosted by one of the neighbors in the historic district. Everyone eats breakfast and lunch together and then can use the kitchen to prep food for dinner or head out on the town. There are several great places within walking distance. I have recognized that now more than ever artists need to explo...

How to Set Up Your Home Voiceover Studio

BY CASEY MINK via www.backstage.com Whether you’re a practiced voiceover actor with years of experience and dozens of credits to your name, or you’re only just now trying to break into the voiceover game, a home VO studio can do wonders for you and your career. A home voiceover studio is also a great way to subsidize your income from the comfort of your very own house or apartment (which means you don’t even need to change out of your pajamas), and you can put the work in on a schedule that fits you and you alone. But how do you even begin to turn an existing space into a voiceover enclave? And what materials will you need? And, perhaps most importantly, what is it all going to cost? Get answers to that and more right here in the Backstage Guide for setting up your home voiceover studio. W...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s Broadway Home Is Revealed in Stunning New Photos

The Lyric Theatre has undergone a complete renovation after temporarily closing in the spring of 2017. BY: JASON ZEDNICK via  www.theatremania.com A view inside the newly renovated Lyric Theatre, home to Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. (© Dorothy Hong) With the recent unveiling of the new marquee for Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the big question has been what magic is in store inside the newly renovated Lyric Theatre’s interior. The top-to-bottom redesign (helmed by Christine Jones and Brett J. Banakis and overseen by Gary Beestone) has been unveiled in eye-catching new photos released by Ambassador Theatre Group. The Lyric Theatre underwent a complete renovation after temporarily closing in 2017. (© Dorothy Hong) Harry Potter and the Cursed...

OPEN CALL: Nickelodeon BLUE’S CLUES Host

Nickelodeon Casting is holding an open call in search of a new BLUE’S CLUES host. Host must have a comedy background, a natural connection with the camera, and will empower the home viewer to feel important, respected, and smart. Playing the guitar, singing, and juggling are all a plus. The team is looking for male and female talent, aged 18 and older, for the host. Currently, audition slots for the open call are full, with the potential to have more spots added. Represented talent can schedule an audition by appointment through their representation. The audition window closes April 14 and the in-person call will take place in Los Angeles. Get more information on Backstage here! Not represented by an agent? Learn how you can self-submit HERE.

6 Rules for Following Up After an Audition

BY KRISTYN BRADY via www.dancemagazine.com If you made it through several cuts but didn’t land a contract, you’re probably wondering what went wrong. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask for feedback—if you go about it the right way. Here’s how company and casting directors want to hear from you so you’ll be remembered for your dancing (not for nagging). DON’T Follow Up Prematurely If you get cut in the first round, it’s not necessary to follow up. Photo by Jim Lafferty for Pointe. If you didn’t make the first cut, don’t follow up. Andrea Zee, a casting director for Broadway musicals and tours, says she can’t be helpful unless you’ve made it through several cuts. “It’s just too hard with the number of people we’...

DEAR EVAN HANSEN – OPEN CALL

Tara Rubin Casting New York, NY 10036SEEKING:THE ROLE OF EVAN HANSEN  ACTORS 17 AND UP TO PLAY A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR  Smart, sincere, and cripplingly self-conscious, Evan prefers to hover in the background, a supporting player in his own life, too afraid to step forward into the spotlight and risk ridicule or, what might be worse, no one noticing him at all. Tenor with Pop/Rock Sensibilities   AUDITION INFORMATION WHEN Sunday, February 25th Sign in:  9:00am – 12:00pm Call:  10:00am-5:00pm WHERE PEARL STUDIOS 500 8TH AVE, 12TH FLOOR New York City, NYC 10018 WHAT TO PREPARE  –       16 bars of a pop/rock or contemporary musical theatre song  –       Please bring a picture and resume  –       Accompanist will be provided ADDITIONAL DETAILS PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT BE SEE...

How Many Puppets Does it Take to Perform Avenue Q?

BY LOGAN CULWELL-BLOCK via www.playbill.com In Avenue Q, you’ll only see one performer voicing and operating characters like Kate Monster and Princeton, but multiple puppets are required for each character over the course of the full-length show. In addition to the neighbors played by humans (like Brian, Christmas Eve, and superintedant Gary Coleman), the Tony-winning Best Musical follows Princeton (portrayed in puppet form) as he strikes out on his own in New York City on a mission to find his purpose and many of his building-mates on the cheap faux outerborough street are puppets, too. Written by Jeff Whitty with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, the 2004 Tony winner transferred Off-Broadway to New World Stages in 2010 and took its puppet entourage with it. You see, c...

Steven Spielberg’s New WEST SIDE STORY Film Announces Open Casting Call

Here’s your chance to star in the highly anticipated new West Side Story film remake. Cindy Tolan Casting has put out an open call for the roles of Tony, Maria, Anita and Bernardo in the new take on the iconic movie musical. The previously announced project will feature a new adaptation by Angels in America Tony and Pulitzer winner Tony Kushner and direction by Oscar-winning film icon Steven Spielberg. Billed as a modern-day Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story follows two gangs who battle to control their turf on New York’s Upper West Side. The situation gets complicated when one gang member falls for a rival’s sister. West Side Story first opened on Broadway in 1957, going on to play 732 performances. Co-created by Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and S...

One Week Left to Register for 2018 StrawHat Auditions

Only 1 week left to register for the 2018 StrawHat Auditions! APPLICATION DEADLINE : February 1, 2018 at NOON. Audition Dates: March 16-18, 2018 Audition Location: Pace University – New York City 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 date is given consideration for an appointment (see CRITERIA). Auditions: All three days of auditions are open to Musical Theatre and non-singing performers. Friday appointments are reserved for those who are available for immediate year-round ...

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