Some people highly discourage having a back-up plan because they feel that it will make the performer less passionate about their work. Others think that performers need a back-up plan to survive. These differing opinions can get confusing for a performer; you want to stay passionate, but you want to be responsible. So, what do you do?
For many people, theatre IS their outlet- a way to escape from the average, everyday, 9-5 grind. However, when your 9-5 grind consists of singing "9 to 5" and dancing full out to all the other numbers in that show (while in 3" heels), it may not be the most relaxing thing to leave your paid rehearsal and go to an unpaid rehearsal for a show you're doing 'just for fun'.
The riveting one-man show, “Kennedy: Bobby’s Last Crusade”, written and performed by David Arrow is the current offering at The Penguin Theatre. A perfect venue for this intimate portrait of the young politician driven by conscience and compassion.
The Q Collective is a new theatre company in St Louis. Their second production of the season is ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch.’ A perfect fit for the company focusing on the queer voice and lens in local theatre. In this time, when trans people are facing more hatred and threats, it is vital to hear and support these stories.
For actors, directors, and writers alike, the process of creating and pursuing a creative career can often feel like a daunting and isolating way of life. Then, if you are fortunate, you find a group that envelops you in support, acceptance, and understanding. It is the most sought after commodity; it is your tribe.
With the recognition of giving more roles to different types of people, a light shines on fatphobia. In the past couple of years, there has been talk about sizeism amongst theatre communities everywhere. Sizeism is a tricky topic, because it goes back to “knowing your type”.
Nobody really knows where or when theater started. Some posit that it was initially a way to help understand what was going on in the world, “why has it rained so much?” “why isn’t it raining enough?” Maybe they thought that portraying an event for all to see would appease some all-knowing and all-seeing deity.
It is always a bit awkward when you’re asked to perform an intimate scene on stage, especially if you have never done an intimate scene before. Not only do you have to think about the portrayal of the scene, but you also must ensure that you and the other actor are both comfortable.
From tech crew to leads, from directors to choreographers, if you’re involved in theatre you will immediately know what I’m talking about. We’ve been teased for our “over-dramatic ways” and our “cult-like behavior” and all the other nonsense non-thespians make up about us, we all know they’re just jealous! Whether you’re a “noob” or a seasoned actress, you’re sure to relate to this list of fourteen experiences we all share!
STOP WATCHING THE MOVIE! The previous actor has already had his moment in the spotlight. It’s your chance to shine, and, with dedication, understanding, and a little bit of creativity, you’ll be able to create a whole new experience for your audience every time you walk on the stage.
“Tim the Toolman Taylor”, MacGyver, Mina Starsiak, and Karen E. Laine, what do they all have in common? They build or repair things. What does this have to do with theater? He or she is somebody every theater group and in particular, a stage or tech crew needs.
The prop fairies have been and delivered you a whole bunch of props to play with in your show, but before you lose yourself in the excitement of figuring out which item is for what scene, let me impart some words of advice. Here are 10 ways to not piss off your props team
As a director who works primarily with children and teens, it is my job to shape them into educated and experienced performers as well as individuals. Too many times, I have been asked the question, “are we going to be performing on a real stage?” Which begs the question, what is a real stage?
Conservatory, or liberal arts school? What aspects of a program should I look at? Should I pick up a minor or double major, or put everything into my performing arts major? For students considering pursuing an education in performing arts, particularly musical theatre, these questions are among the many flying around as they consider different schools and prepare to audition and/or choose where to spend the next few years of their lives.
Contradiction in a teacher-student relationship is unnecessary; it does not develop the mind of a student, and only leads to overthinking their steps to ensure they're doing the right thing, which often ends up being wrong.
Even though it’s not my new favorite Toy Story movie, Toy Story 4 is still a very enjoyable and satisfying movie. If this is the end of the road for these characters, then it’s been a great run. If they continue the story, then I’ll be very interested in what that new direction will be.