Creative Fund Raising

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The stress on the importance of arts in communities and schools has been pushed again and again in our American society. That stress comes from a constant need for funding to uphold programs that promote all the skills we want arts to

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Theatre Hierarchy: Who’s on First?

Production meetings are attended my the producer, director and stage manager.

If you’re new to the professional theatre or to a professional theatre training program, you might not quite understand the role of each of the following: Producer Director Stage Manager Each of these people has a distinct role in the

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Theatre as a Profession: When’s Your Next Interview or Audition?

Will you work hard and go for it?

Too many times those who are just breaking into the theatre don’t understand how important it is to always act in a professional manner. In this and our next blog, we’re going to consider various aspects of the business as

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An Actor Must Prepare: A Checklist for Student Actors

Are you ready for rehearsal?

If you’re an actor who is new to the stage, and you get cast in a show, you may start rehearsals feeling very unprepared. Often when this happens, an actor will show up for rehearsal and as the day progresses

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Directing Actors: Creating Contagious Confidence in Performers

Directors can help actors gain confidence by giving them their undivided attention.

Acting is not an easy job and just about any actor, no matter what their level of training and accomplishment may be, has insecurities that can undermine their success. One of the things that a director can do is instill

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Script Analysis Basics for Students: Understanding the Play and Plot, Part Two

Analyzing backstory and given circumstances helps one understand the society and relationships.

In Part One of this four-part series, we defined formalist script analysis and discussed the importance of utilizing this interpretative too in preparing for production. It is an essential tool for directors and other artists, such as designers and actors,

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Script Analysis Basics for Students: Understanding the Play, Part One

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 and Rafe Spall rehearse the recent successful Broadway revival of Betrayal by Harold Pinter.

Formalist script analysis for production is an important skill for directors, designers, and actors to master. Although each approaches analysis a little differently, there are foundation elements that everyone in the theatre shares when it comes to analyzing a script

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Auditioning for Musical Theatre, Part Two: Material Choices, Type, Accompanists

Are you a diva type?

Know Your Limits Actors should use material at which they excel. If you are auditioning at nine or ten in the morning, be sure you can hit your money notes. If not, choose a different song for that morning. Auditions

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Auditioning for Musical Theatre, Part One: Teaching Auditioning

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Learning Through the Experience Auditioning for musical theatre can be more stressful and exhausting than preparing for a job interview. In college, I took several audition and musical theatre classes where they did their best to help prepare students for

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Theatre and Recycling: Soda Bottle Balustrade Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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Often in the theatre as designers we’re given challenges to create a scenic element that at first glance may appear to be too expensive, time consuming or unwieldy.  In the summer of 2012, I designed Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for Papermill

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