If You Need an Earpiece, You Don't Belong on Stage

Should actors be forced to accept the reality that special treatment will inevitably be given to people with less experience in theatre because of their careers working in another industry, while actors with far more experience on stage will continue to be expected to be off-book and without an earpiece? For that matter, should theatergoers be willing to accept shows that cater to this sort of laziness among actors who only get Broadway roles despite their lack of ability as a stage performer?

Broadway Bound Theatre Festival Steps into the Spotlight

There’s a new theatre festival in town. Broadway Bound Theatre Festival  BBTF) is making its inaugural debut, featuring works by playwrights from around the country. 

Starting July 30th and running through August 20th, BBTF is giving audiences a New York theatre experience at an affordable price, while providing playwrights with the tools they need to get their shows off the ground.  I got the chance to interview four playwrights whose plays are in this festival: Riley Thomas, author of Convicted, Sherod D. Lee, author of 2 Years of Eternal Joy, Juan Ramirez Jr., author of The American Dream and Lina Sarrello, author of Out There

Hell is a Standup Comedy Open Mic

But like a pyrophiliac soaking in the firey pits, it’s the blistering pain we beg for.

For the last few months, I’ve been hosting an open mic. Well, technically it’s not an open mic -- it’s a booked show. But, as I’m constantly reminded, it’s so poorly produced that it could easily be mistaken for an open mic. So, I win.

The Most Terrifying Gender Gap in Theatre

There has often been a lot of talk about the need for more gender equality in society, especially over the past decade or so, and I think it’s fair to say that – while there is still a lot more work to do – there has been plenty of progress that has been made over the years. This includes in the theatre industry, which has often been ahead of its time on a variety of issues related to social equality. However, there is one glaring aspect of the industry where it would seem that gender equality is lacking, in a way that might not be the case for other occupations related to theatre. It is true that more can be done, overall, but this is an area where further progress is especially needed.

Theaters Need to Stop Racially Segregating Their Season

I love it when a local theater company wants to encourage diversity and inclusion with their season. The desire to tell different stories with an array of different types of people is something that should be applauded always. If your theater is doing this with their current or next season, congrats. 

However, I also feel that the commitment to diversity should be extended to every show in your season and not stop with the one that would require roles of color.

How I Learned to LOVE Being in the Ensemble

When I entered the wonderful world of community theater, I was initially happy with my being cast in the ensemble of shows. I was happy to be cast as anything considering I was in my 30’s with little to no formal training in dancing, singing or acting. I was the opposite of a triple threat.

Then I had my first lead as Elvira in Blithe Spirit. I quickly followed that up with the role of Martha in The Secret Garden. I loved having lines to memorize, blocking to learn, solos to sing. I felt I was being challenged, learning, creating. It was amazing. I jolted back to reality when I was cast in the ensemble for my next show that year- one without even a single solo speaking line. How could this be? I was a lead, not part of the ensemble. I begrudgingly accepted the role (more because I had been laid off earlier that year and needed SOMETHING to do between sending out resumes) but muttered to myself it would be the last ensemble role for me. 2+ years later and I’m thrilled, PROUD to say it’s been all ensemble roles since then. Because I’ve learned to love the ensemble. And here’s why:

Being an Introverted Actor

I am an actor. That being said, I also consider myself to be an introvert. This has caused confusion among people who only know me from endeavours outside of the theatrical world. Telling people about the show I’m in, or that I’d like to pursue a career in theatre often leads to responses like “You know, actors have to talk a lot right?” or “You’re going to have to learn to be more outgoing if you want to do that.” I never really know how to respond to this, or where to start, as these people probably have misunderstandings in two areas. One being what introversion really is and the other being what being a performer really entails. 

Should Hollywood Remake 'West Side Story'?

There is no doubt that Hollywood loves remakes nowadays. Disney has jumped completely on board with this with their live-action remakes of their animated classic and within the next years, we'll see plenty more. But one unspoken rule has seemed to be previous Oscar winning Best Pictures should be untouchable. After all, these movies were awarded the highest honor Hollywood can bestow, so remaking them seems a bit sacrilegious. 

But that might soon change. 

10 Ways to Cope With Theatre Withdrawal

We’ve all been there before.

It may be for different reasons for different people. For some, finding the right role or gig might just be too hard, leaving us with a large gap of time in-between our creative projects. For others, work or family life may be taking up too much time. If you’re like me, it might be because you’re still in the middle of a major transition phase in your life that’s left you too busy to take up any huge new projects, at this point in time.

But at one point or another, I’m sure we’ve all known – to varying lengths or degrees – the unpleasant experience that is theatre withdrawal.