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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...

Actors Push for Two New Tony Awards: Ensembles and Choruses

BY  MICHAEL PAULSON via www.nytimes.com The union representing theater performers said on Wednesday that it was beginning a national campaign to persuade the Tony Awards to create annual prizes for ensembles and choruses. The Tonys, which each year recognize work in plays and musicals on Broadway, currently honor performances only by actors in leading and supporting roles. But many regional theater contests honor the work of the rest of the cast — for example, the Jeff Awards in Chicago have an annual prize for the best ensemble. “We feel like everybody onstage needs to be able to compete to receive recognition for their performance,” said Mary McColl, executive director of the union, Actors’ Equity, which represents more than 51,000 actors and stage managers. “There has been this wide swa...

Winners of the 2018 Olivier Awards

BY BWW NEWS DESK via www.broadwayworld.com FULL NOMINATIONS LIST FOR THE OLIVIER AWARDS 2018 WITH MASTERCARD Best Actor In A Supporting Role In A Musical: Michael Jibson for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre ** WINNER! Ross Noble for Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre Jason Pennycooke for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre Cleve September for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre Best Actress In A Supporting Role In A Musical Sheila Atim for Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic ** WINNER! Tracie Bennett for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier Rachel John for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre Lesley Joseph for Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre Outstanding Achievement In Music Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Music and Orchestrations by Dan Gillespie Sell...

How Theatre Artists Are Fundraising for Puerto Rico

BY RACHEL MORRIS via www.americantheatre.org It’s been a full six months since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, but the island is still in recovery mode. Parts of it remain without electricity, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency remains on the ground. The pressure to rebuild only intensifies as this year’s hurricane season creeps closer and closer. But while the devastation is no longer front-page news, these theatre artists are determined to keep a spotlight shining on their island. Read on to learn how they are lending a creative helping hand—and find out how you can give back too. Putting on a Show to Save Lives When news of the hurricane hit, Janio Marrero, a Puerto Rican native and co-artistic director of the Cherry Lane Theatre, was in the middle of a reading festiv...

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...

Your Audition Prep Should Be Rooted in Self-Respect

BY CONNIE DE VEER via www.backstage.com It’s understandable that actors sometimes feel as though they get to practice their craft at the discretion of others, and that agents, directors, and casting directors are the sole gatekeepers of their opportunities to be seen, let alone to succeed. Sadly, this belief plagues too many actors’ minds. But there is another way. If you think that powers outside of yourself determine the course of your life and career, think again. The mindset you bring to the audition process forms the bedrock of your success. That’s pretty powerful. Let’s explore the core beliefs that ultimately drive the choices you make, and how you feel in the process. Change your thought, change your state. We’ve all heard the belief that perception determines reality. It’s true. N...

A Word to the Wise on Resumes & Cover Letters

BY JAY DUCKWORTH via www.stage-directions.com We get so many resumes here at the Public Theater it’s sometimes hard to go through all of them. So, there are some things I look for and some things that are just standard practices. With a lot of you graduating out there or applying for internships or maybe just old codgers like me looking to revisit and update your resume so you can remember where you worked and how cool it was, here are some good rules and tips from us, (myself and Sara Swanberg, the prop shop manager for The Public Theater), the people who have to actually read your resumes and make hiring decisions.

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.

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