Treading the Boards

Treading the Boards

I have been using Alison’s book for over 12 years now and when I was working heavily in the regions it was the bible for me. It was my one and only resource to know what was being produced, who was producing it and directing it. It is an invaluable tool that I continue to use and recommend to my students and other theatre professionals. I get several copies a year and bless other artists with this tool to take control of their careers in regional theatre.”

Keith Arthur Bolden
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Department of Theatre and Performance
Spelman College




Why do you need Treading the Boards?

You have a monologue & a p/r or a technical resume & references, so now what do you do? Treading the Boards can be among the most valuable resources in finding work in the theatre. It’s loaded with all the information you need to get the work you want regionally and Off-Broadway.

Below are just a few helpful TIPS on how to use Treading the Boards:

  1. Be pro-active with your career

Wouldn’t it be great if we all had agents or someone in our field to simply offer us theatre work? Of course. But until that time, GO AFTER THE WORK YOURSELF. How do you do that, you ask?

  • Use Treading the Boards to look up theatres, find shows you’re right for and send your p/r to request an audition.
  • If you are looking for technical work, use the book to know to whom to send your resume & references.
  1. Do your homework
  • You got the audition/interview, now use Treading the Boards to find out more about the theatre, the people you’ll be meeting, its equity contract (see explanation of contracts in the beginning of the book), the shows they have done and use your research to your advantage at the meet & greet.
  • In the audition or interview say, “Congrats on your production of [insert title of show] and the rave reviews you received.” Or, say “Your current assistant lighting designer went to the same school as me — what a coincidence.
  1. Follow Up!

Most importantly, after an audition or interview, ALWAYS follow-up with a note of thanks.

  • Your note of thanks can be a postcard, or on your own stationary, it’s a simple note of appreciation to the people you met. “Thanks for your time and I hope we get to work together soon.

After the initial mtg & follow- up, every few months drop a note in the mail, BUT don’t be a pest. Keep track of your follow-ups in Treading the Boards. Casting & technical personnel can’t stand when you don’t have something new to say in your follow-ups. “Got a great part in a new play reading. Hope you’ll consider me for [insert part in a show in their season].” “Excited to be assistant light designer for [insert show] Please keep me in mind if an opening occurs.

To order your copy, go to TREADING THE BOARDS ($5 shipping/handling fee applies).

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