Performance

Singing? How to Transition From Chest Voice to Head Voice

BY ARDEN KAYWIN via www.backstage.com Does switching back and forth between chest and head voice give you anxiety? You’re not alone. The ability to transition from chest voice to head voice smoothly is the source of a lot of insecurity for many singers. And I don’t blame you! The middle voice can be tricky to negotiate and downright scary without good tools. Hopefully, the following insights will help. Many singers and voice teachers call this part of the voice “the break” because that’s exactly how it sounds and feels for many: like a fissure in your mechanism preventing you from moving fluidly from one register to another. Personally, I hate the term “the break.” I don’t use it and I encourage you to toss it out, too. The words we use to talk about our voices are important and using some...

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 

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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...

Industry Experts on Ways to Quickly Memorize Lines

BY REBECCA STRASSBERG via www.backstage.com When asked for audition advice, many actors will tell you, “Know your lines as well as possible. That way you’re free to focus on everything else without holding a script.” Sounds simple, right? But what if your audition is tomorrow, or in three hours? How can you memorize your lines as quickly as humanly possible? As industry professionals spanning various areas of the business, our Backstage Experts know a thing or two about this topic, and have decided to share their tips with you. This week we asked them: How can actors memorize lines quickly? Here are 18 methods you can try! Paul Barry, L.A.-based acting teacher and founder of Acting 4 Camera 1. Check out the myths about memory here and give yourself a fighting chance by dispelling them imme...

Treading the Boards’ Regional Theatre News

EXCITING NEWS!! The Treading the Boards’ Regional Theatre News podcast is now on iTunes. Now you can subscribe and listen to it every Thursday. Treading the Boards’ Regional Theatre News is a weekly email and podcast chock full of the latest happenings in regional theatre, as well as links to powerful interviews and discussions with well-known theatre professionals. Also, I may share with you something I find exciting, you’ll have to read to the end to see what that might be each week. This email and now, podcast, are supplemental to the book, Treading the Boards, which is a valuable resource for professional artists interested in working in regional theatre. It lists over 430 equity houses and gives pertinent information such as artistic & production personnel, audit...

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-...

Save the Date! 2018/2019 Auditions & Conventions (UPDATED 9/20/18)

Mark your calendars! There are only a few months left of 2018, but there are plenty of auditions & conventions you can still attend. Don’t forget to save the date for the upcoming 2019 audition & convention season, with events happening all over the country for professionals in all disciplines of the entertainment industry! Stay up to date by bookmarking our Events Page. August 2018 August 26 -27th 2018 SETC Fall Professional Unified Auditions September 2018 September 1st UPTA Registration Opens September 4th URTA Application  Opens September 8th  UPTA Pre-Professional Audition Registration Opens September 13-16th EdTA National Conference September 14th SETC Pre-Screen Application Opens October 2018 October 15th MWTA Registration Opens October 16-18th 2018 Outdoor Theatre Con...

Is the Cruise Ship Life for You?

via www.backstage.com Over the last few years, the production value of performances on cruise lines has skyrocketed, and it seems the days of putting a performer’s career out to pasture on the high seas are over. Cruise lines are attracting big-name talent, Broadway choreographers, and highly skilled set designers. RWS Entertainment Group, which works with Holland America and Azamara Club Cruises, has contributed to the uptick in the quality of singers, dancers, music, and set design. We spoke with Ryan Stana of RWS to hear about the misconception he most commonly encounters about working on a cruise ship, what to expect in auditions, and branded shows that tour cruise fleets—“much like touring Broadway productions,” he says. What’s a common misconception about working on a cruise ship tha...

Broadway Swings: Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre (BOOK)

In this textbook for performers, the position of a Swing-an Understudy for the Ensemble-on Broadway is examined from every angle, showing just how vital Swings are to the success of anmusical theatre production. Authors J. Austin Eyer and Lyndy Franklin Smith draw on their own experiences as performers, and gather first-hand stories from other Swings about the glories and hardships of their industry. The book features interviews with over 100 Broadway pros-Swing veterans, Stage Managers, Casting Directors, Choreographers, and Directors-including Rob Ashford, Susan Stroman, Jerry Mitchell, Larry Fuller, Tony Stevens, Beverley Randolph, and Frank DiLella. Broadway Swings is the ideal guide for anyone considering a career in this most unique of positions, or anyone curious about what really g...

Becoming a Broadway Swing, Understudy, or Standby

BY CASEY MINK via www.backstage.com When it comes to “making it” on Broadway, the first thoughts are often of 11 o’clock numbers, Tony Awards, your name above the title on the marquee, and taking the final bow at curtain call every night. While those glamorous rewards can come with the territory, it’s far from the only Main Stem experience. In fact, the majority of performers on Broadway are part of the superhero army of swings, understudies, standbys, and replacements that alone keeps the Great White Way up and running. These gigs are frequently believed to be a mere breaking-in point to Broadway, the steppingstone to bigger and more principal gigs and originating roles. But that’s actually not true. In fact, many performers spend the entirety of their careers in these positions by choice...

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...

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