Category: Working in the Theatre
Theatre Hierarchy Handout 2021
In 2013, I posted a Theatre Hierarchy Handout. It has been very popular because in addition to showing lines of reporting (like a tree), it also shows lines of communication. It is also arranged to demonstrate performance vs. running
Creative Fund Raising
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
Accessing Broadway: Learning experiences that bring life and light to the world of theatre.
Broadway Educators is hosted and maintained by All Tickets, Inc., which specializes in group experiences and educational theatre experiences in New York City. One of the services offered by All Tickets, Inc. is access to a huge range of workshops
Five Facts for Surviving in the Theatre – Do You Want a Career in the Performing Arts?
Too often those who are considering going into the theatre don’t understand the business in which they are interested. There are some common mistakes that those who are of high school and college age make. These including limiting their geographic
Great Part-Time Theatre Jobs – Part II
Often working in the theatre means surviving in the business until you can get established and work full-time in your specific area of specialization. Not all, but many who are successful were able to keep connected with their chosen field
Great Part-Time Theatre Jobs – Part I
If you’re an actor in the theatre or a playwright, director, or designer, then chances are there will be times that you’ll need a “day job.” In fact, just about anyone who is starting out in the theatre will, at
Stage Managing: The Essence of a Solid Stage Manager
In the theatre, the stage manager is an important part of any successful production. As a member of Actors’ Equity Association, stage managers are closely related to stage actors, and yet they are entrusted with the arduous task of building
Theatre Hierarchy: Who’s on First?
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
Stage Directing: Three Ideas on Theatrical Stage Dynamics, Part I
If you’re new to stage directing, there are some basic A-B-Cs of stage dynamics of which you should be aware. These dynamics, if used properly, will serve you greatly in staging a production. They did not substitute for the work
Stage Directors: Giving Actors an Environment for Success
Too often directors work against their actors rather than working with them by creating an atmosphere where they believe that they can succeed. Perhaps one of the most important attributes that a successful director possesses is the ability to instill
3 Stage Directing Tips to Use When You’re Stuck
It happens to every director whether they’re a neophyte, a mid-career professional, or a sage veteran. At some point in time, you will find yourself stymied by the fact that you can’t seem to connect with an actor on a
Making Media Work for Performers: An Interview with Joel Zayac of the American Repertory Theater
Overseeing and directing media for a controversial and preeminent regional theatre in New England that makes historical and political statements translates into a lot of Starbucks for Joel Zayac. Sitting at his huge Mac computer in the corner of the graphic
The Major Theatrical Unions in the U.S.
If you are working in the professional theatre in the U.S., you may end up joining one or more of the various theatrical unions, or you may interact with union members. There are numerous theatre unions or professional organizations. There’s
How a Show Gets to Broadway
There are various ways for a show to get to a Broadway stage. In fact, many plays and musicals don’t follow any of the specific paths outlined in this article. That’s because there are no sure ways to getting a
5 New Year’s Resolutions for Any Theatre Student or Practitioner Wanting to Grow
If you’re someone studying theatre arts, you should certainly be focused on getting better at what you do. If you’re in the business, you should be doing the same. Improvement and growth are essential to your being employed for the
The Actor’s Dilemma: What Young Actors Need to Learn, Part II
Many young actors live and die, or seem to, on the posting of the next cast list for either their college or conservatory production. After all, it’s not like being in the professional world where there are hundreds of casting
Theatrical Training and Professionalism: The Power of Being Actively Curious
There’s something to be said for being curious, especially in an artistic profession such as theatre. By “curious” I mean not just wanting to know something, but being driven to find the answer, no matter what roadblocks arise. Perhaps its
5 Behaviors or Actions Guaranteed to Hurt Your Theatre Career
You worked for a theatre company, for a producer or director, or with a group of creative people and you have not been asked back to work with them again. You don’t know why. No matter what you do to
Theatre as a Profession: When’s Your Next Interview or Audition?
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
What Did You Do on Your Summer Vacation?
Whether you are a theatre student in high school or college, a teacher of theatre or English or an educator that uses theatre, or a professional working in the business, the summer is a great time to improve skills, work
An Actor Must Prepare: A Checklist for Student Actors
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
Theatre Students have to Be Open to New Ideas and Failure
Too often high school and college theatre students want the answers now. In other words, they want to know if they are any good at what they do, when they will finally be accomplished, and what the secrets to success
Theatre Training: Knowledge, Education, and Making the Grade
How important are grades when it comes to getting into a college or university in order to pursue theatre training? If you’re a high school student who is a C-minus student but amazingly talented will there be a lot of
What is a Career in the Professional Theatre?
Students in high school and even in college are often confused as to what a career in the theatre really means? Although it is hard to believe, many still think that to have a professional theatre career you must go