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On With The Show – Updated 06.17
With Broadway going dark and theatres around the country having to suspend or cancel their seasons amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists and theatre-goers are wondering “what happens next?”. Theatres have pivoted to online streaming of archived shows and live-streamed readings of plays. Some companies have remained open, adhering to social distancing and safety guidelines. Creators around the world have persevered and are finding ways to keep the show going. Check this post for links and resources of how theatres and events around the country are creating during this time. Theatres Producing Through Summer 2020 Barrington Stage Company – Pittsfield, MA Barrington Stage Company will resume shows, beginning August 5th using Social Distancing and reduced capacity seating for their mainstage series. Legacy Theatre – South Metro Atlanta, Georgia Legacy Theatre will be performing YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN as a part of “Legacy on the Lawn” to comply with health & safety standards Bigfork Summer Playhouse – Bigfork, MT Bigfork will be presenting their full schedule of summer shows in repertory, beginning July 2nd. Additional cleaning, sanitizing, social distancing and personal safety protocols Tibbits Summer Theatre – Coldwater, MI Tibbits will now offer seven shows starting in July, presented as fully-staged reader’s theatre and concert-style performances with small casts. Seating will reflect social distancing recommendations. Auditions & Conventions Break a Leg Network will keep you up-to-date for the 2020-2021 audition & convention season. View our post HERE. Broadway Goes Dark – Suspended Seasons & Closures Broadway Updates (via www.playbill.com) Updates for Regional Theatre Companies’ Seasons and the Digital Content They’re Creating Instead (via www.playbill.com) National Tours – Which Productions are Cancelled? (via www.broadwayworld.com) How the Entertainment Industry is Dealing with the Coronavirus The Broadway League Closure Alert – 06/16/2020: Mercury Theatre in Chicago is closing down (via www.chicagotribune.com) Awards Show Updates How Theatre Award Ceremonies Are Handling the Coronavirus Shutdown (via www.playbill.com) Stream Theatre Online Broadway HD Broadway On Demand Virtual Theatre Today (via www.broadwayworld.com) Broadway from Home (via www.broadwayworld.com) Filmed on Stage – Updating daily!
Financial Flaws: Are you guilty of these common mistakes?
Although this article is directed towards dancers, these 8 money mistakes could be applied to all artists in the entertainment industry. Are you guilty of any of these financial flaws? Learn what they are, advice to control your finances, and the freedom and security grow in your artistry. READ ARTICLE via www.dancemagazine.com
Why Signing With an Agent Is Like Buying Into the Stock Market
Go for the long term investment when it comes to finding an agent. Your success as a performer may not be instantaneous, but it may end up being a long-term growth process from which you and your agent will profit. This article from Backstage gives a unique perspective from an agent’s point of view of how the entertainment industry can mirror the stock market. VIEW ARTICLE via www.backstage.com
The New Agreement Recognizing Dancers’ Creative Contributions on Broadway
Under a new agreement made with Actor’s Equity Association and The Broadway League, actors and stage managers involved in the production of a new show will receive a cut of the earnings; ranging from more pay in developmental labs and workshops, to 1% of profits (up to ten years) after the show has reached its initial investment. This new deal for profit-sharing recognizes all the hard work done behind the scenes and on the stage, creating an equal and well-deserved payout. View Article via www.dancemagazine.com
Take Charge of Your Freelance Career
Finding the time and motivation to dedicate to your freelancing career can be tough. Often, you feel as though you are on your own and have to carve your own path. There are several tips, tricks, and tools that you can incorporate into your daily routine. Dance Magazine outlines five simple tips to help you with time management to get your career on track to achieve the goals you’ve set. READ ARTICLE via www.dancemagazine.com
Audition Advice with Casting Director Christine Sheaks
Casting director Christine Sheaks (“Fargo”, “Boogie Nights”) knows what it means for an actor to impress in the audition room. Here’s her take on some best practices when it comes to auditioning: READ ARTICLE via www.castingnetworks.com
8 Must-Haves for a Self-Tape Home Studio
Whether it’s a last minute on-camera audition, or a recording needed for an audio book submission, it is very helpful for actors to have the tools to create a home studio. Self-submissions are a common way to be seen for castings, especially if you are submitting to projects outside of the area in which you live. It may take time to accumulate the appropriate gear, but once you do, it’ll allow you to shine on film and for producers to focus on YOU and not the print of the wallpaper behind you! READ ARTICLE via www.backstage.com
Actor Taxes: How to Prepare for the New Tax Law Changes
Taxes. The time of year we all dread because so often as artists, we don’t know where to begin or how to get the most bang for our buck. If you are filing your taxes yourself and are overwhelmed, take a look at these tips from Backstage. It’ll inform you on how to prepare for the tax season financially, emotionally, and practically. READ ARTICLE via www.backstage.com
You Must Practice Gratitude for Successes Big + Small
Two little words can make a difference when it comes to booking your next job. Two little words can change someone’s day by taking the time to appreciate them. Two little words can set a positive example to all those around you. Two little words will help you express gratitude for success, no matter the size. Can you guess these two little words? READ ARTICLE via www.backstage.com
The Drama Book Shop to Close Doors in 2019
BY OLIVIA CLEMENT via www.playbill.com The 100-year-old performing arts bookstore is reportedly looking to relocate after facing a steep rent increase. The Drama Book Shop, which celebrated its 100th anniversary just last October, has told Crain’s New York Business that it will close the doors to its longtime home in midtown in early 2019. The performing arts book shop, which boasts an impressive collection of play and musical scripts, biographies, guides, and history books, will reportedly look to re-open elsewhere in the theatre district. The Drama Book Shop’s vice president Allen Hubby told Crain’s New York that the closure was due to a recent, and steep, rent increase. The company has occupied its home at 250 West 40th Street for almost 20 years. The theatre community has already begun rallying in support of the store, echoing the community effort the shop saw after experiencing water damage in 2016, when it saw almost a third of its inventory wiped out due to a burst pipe within the building. Following the incident, Lin-Manuel Miranda (who wrote much of In the Heights in the bookstore’s basement) appealed to theatre lovers to help the Drama Book Shop. Playbill has reached out to Hubby, who started working at the store as a clerk-cashier in 1977, for further comment. View Original Article