Performance

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...

After 30-Plus Years of Dreaming, Laura Benanti’s Eliza Is Different Than She Imagined

BY HAYLEY LEVITT via www.theatremania.com If you follow Laura Benanti on social media or otherwise, you know three things about her: She loves being mother to her almost-2-year-old daughter Ella Rose; she’s stressed about the state of the world (and sometimes processes her anxiety via late-night Melania Trump impressions); and Eliza Doolittle has been her dream role since she could take in solid food. Her outspoken transparency about that last one, she freely admits, has been a kind of pell-mell version of The Secret, a strategy she describes as: “I’m just going to keep putting this out there and hope someone’s like, ‘Ugh, shut her up and give her the part.'” Consider it a win for persistence because this past October, Benanti began her Broadway run as E...

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...

Ann Dowd: On Not Finding Success Until Your Fifties

BY ANN DOWD via www.glamour.com At the 2018 Glamour Women of the Year Summit, The Handmaid’s Tale star Ann Dowd opened up about finding success later in life. Her story, below. I want to tell you a brief story, if I may. When I was a young actress, 30 or so, I was on the way to my waitress job in my black pants and my white shirt and my black tie—glamour is not the word that would come to mind at all. Feminine? No. Nothing. I looked across the street, and there were several limousines parked outside the theater. And I looked at the marquee and it said, “About Last Nightstarring Elizabeth Perkins,” who was my classmate. I was going to wait on tables, and she was going to a premiere of her film that would launch her into stardom. I got through the shift, and I went home on ...

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...

Actor Self Care

BY KYLE BUCHANAN via www.backstage.com Actor Self-Care: How to Reset Your Mind + Body During a Day Off It’s a tough, wonderful life, starting an acting career. One or two day jobs—maybe three—plus the audition that pops up out of the blue and requires that you drop everything, resulting in another IOU to the generous co-worker who covers your shift. It’s admirable, crazy, and we wouldn’t have it any other way (except for that series regular…), but there does come a point when you inevitably hit a wall and exhaustion kicks in. Frustratingly, that exhaustion can creep into auditions and performances. So when a true day off finally does come, I encourage you to use it as a reset day to focus on self-care and not ever-enticing bar hangouts with friends. Sure, the latter feels good in the momen...

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,...

Save the Date! 2018/2019 Auditions & Conventions (UPDATED 11/05/18)

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. Active registrations can be found below. September 2018 September 1st UPTA Registration Opens September 4th URTA Application  Opens September 14th SETC Pre-Screen Application Opens October 2018 October USITT19 Registration Opens October 15th MWTA Registration Opens October 15th- SETC Professional Application Opens November 2018 November 1st New World Rigging Symposium Registration Opens November 1st Theatre B...

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

2019 OTA Audition & Interview Registration NOW OPEN!

The 2019 North Central Regional Auditions and Interviews will take place January 19 & 20 on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania, located in California, PA. ACTOR/SINGER/DANCER REGISTRATION FORM Audition slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  This year’s audition forms MUST BE OPENED IN ADOBE READER TO BE FILLED OUT: OTA-Acting-Form-2019     TECHNICAL REGISTRATION  FORM OTA Tech Form 2019 EVENT INFORMATION 2019 Ohio Theatre Alliance Auditions 2019 Ohio Theatre Alliance Technical Interview

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...

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