Improv: A Booming Art Form in Rochester NY

Improv: A Booming Art Form in Rochester NY

What started as monthly classes at the Rochester Brainery, the occasional weekend performance by small comedy groups, and casual stage time at Johnny’s Irish Pub has yes-anded into a flourished improv community of esteemed talent. Theater-drawn members of the Rochester, New York municipality have been flocking to the Focus Theater, a small local theater that now offers numerous classes for the arts, primarily a birthplace to the new improv comedians of tomorrow.

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10 Pieces of Advice for Theatre People Moving to NYC

10 Pieces of Advice for Theatre People Moving to NYC

I’ve been living in New York City for about a year and a half now, as of this article. Since moving here soon after college, I’ve had the chance to have my own plays produced in various festivals, as well as the chance to go see plenty of shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and loads of indie productions throughout the city. Yet it hasn’t always felt easy, and when you get here, you realize that it’s not always as glamorous of a life, as it might sound.

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Speaking Up: How Five Ithaca High School Students Protesting School Musical Became Targets of Hate and How They're Rising Above It

Speaking Up: How Five Ithaca High School Students Protesting School Musical Became Targets of Hate and How They're Rising Above It

In January, due to the protests of a group of students at Ithaca High School in Ithaca, NY over the casting of a white actress in the role of Esmerelda in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", the school decided to cancel the production altogether. 

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Festivities Galore: An Inside Look at Some of the Largest Theatre Festivals in NYC

Festivities Galore: An Inside Look at Some of the Largest Theatre Festivals in NYC

Broadway theatre is one of the biggest draws for tourism here in the Big Apple. All year round, but especially during the summer, it’s what people from across the world come here to see. However, what people outside of the city often don’t seem to realize is just how much brilliant new writing, and how many of the next potential Broadway performers, there are Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. When discussing these productions, the theatre festival scene is at the heart of much of this talent and creative energy.

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"Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty" : A Musical That We Need Now More than Ever

"Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty" : A Musical That We Need Now More than Ever

One of the most rewarding things about being a working actor and playwright in New York City or anywhere for that matter is when you get the chance to work on new shows and learn about what inspired the creative team. No matter how old you are, we all can agree that there is a certain magic to the New York theatre scene and how new work thrives here. 

And now coming to the ring that we call the theatre world is "Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty".

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"CRUEL INTENTIONS" Femme Fatales Lauren Zakrin and Carrie St. Louis Talk Guilty Pleasures, ‘90s Memories and Going From Glinda to Belting Queen

"CRUEL INTENTIONS" Femme Fatales Lauren Zakrin and Carrie St. Louis Talk Guilty Pleasures, ‘90s Memories and Going From Glinda to Belting Queen

There’s something happening in the New York theatre right now.  Something so deliciously indulgent, so wonderfully hysterical, so ridiculous, so sexy, so generous to its audiences, such a joy on every visceral level, that I won’t even attempt to break it down in any meaningful manner. 

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An Open Letter to My Old High School Drama Club

An Open Letter to My Old High School Drama Club

It’s hard to believe it has been years since I left you. A little part of me still remembers the last curtain call for the last show I ever did with you. 

What’s even harder for me to believe is how far I’ve come, and how much I’ve done since then. I’ve graduated from college, where I got a degree in the same subject that you first got me into. I’ve slowly transitioned from acting to playwriting. Now, I’m living in New York City, in the hopes of following some of the very same dreams that you first made me think were possible.

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“Madman” Goes Off-Broadway: A Conversation with Ilia Volok of “Diary of a Madman”

“Madman” Goes Off-Broadway: A Conversation with Ilia Volok of “Diary of a Madman”

Last October, I had the chance to review Diary of a Madman, an engaging one-person show based on the short story by Nikolai Gogol, and adapted and performed by the brilliant actor Ilia Volok. At the time, I considered it to be one of the best shows – and certainly the most memorable one-person show – I had seen in 2017. Now, in the wake of its initial run’s critical acclaim and box office success, the show is moving to the John Cullum Theatre at the American Theatre of Actors for an Off-Broadway limited engagement.

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