‘Intimacy director’ helps stage actors navigate love scenes

‘Intimacy director’ helps stage actors navigate love scenes

Towards the end of John Dryden’s play, All for Love, there is a scene in which Antony and Cleopatra declare their love for each other as they near death.

In the University of Alberta’s Studio Theatre’s production of the play, opening Thursday, the actors are expected to demonstrate those feelings physically.

There was a time not long ago when actors might have been left to their own devices to make such passion look convincing, without it getting awkward, triggering uncomfortable emotions or crossing the line of consent.

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After you “Emerge” - The Challenges for a Post-Graduate Actor

After you “Emerge” - The Challenges for a Post-Graduate Actor

“For me the difficult thing is when you’re in school you are in the practice all the time. The hardest part is learning you need to work to pay the rent, so you may not be on stage for months or a year at a time, so when I get on the stage I realize my skills may not be as sharp. So keeping in practice is really hard.”

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The Best Theatre Colleges in Canada for 2018

The Best Theatre Colleges in Canada for 2018

There is little doubt that there are some fantastic programs in Canada. So we wanted to make sure we gave them their proper attention for any students that may be looking to study there. We base our rankings on tuition/financial aid/scholarships, curriculum, faculty, career support, basically, everything you yourself would consider before making a college choice. We even have gone as far to call admission offices to ask them questions. 

So without further ado, here are our picks for the Top Five Theatre Colleges in the Great White North. 

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Backstage with Arielle Crosby of "Motown The Musical"

Backstage with Arielle Crosby of "Motown The Musical"

Theatre newcomer, Arielle Crosby, is no stranger to the stage. A native Detroiter, Arielle has been singing all of her life and has been performing since the age of 11. It all began with winning the city-wide Delta Sigma Theta sponsored Jabberwock Talent Competition and led to performances across the eastern/southern region of the US and countries around the world.

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"Un ballo in maschera" : An interview with director Adam Da Ros

"Un ballo in maschera" : An interview with director Adam Da Ros

Adam Da Ros is an award winning music director and is a stage director. Trained at the University of British Columbia, Adam has a diverse range of talents from both the world of opera and musical theatre.

On a day to day he serves as an artistic associate for the prestigious Vancouver Opera Company and is the stage director for Opera Mariposa/Heroic Opera's production of Un ballo in maschera.

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Bringing an Immersive 'Cabaret' to Life

Bringing an Immersive 'Cabaret' to Life

Tomo Suru's production is set in XY nightclub in the heart of Gay Vancouver's Davie Street Villiage. This immersive production has the audience in cabaret seats while performers perform the show. Onstage Blog Vancouver contributor spoke with the creative team Gerald Williams (Artistic Director), Jeremy Hoffman (Musical Director) and Lyndsay Britten (Choreographer) about the show.

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Musical Group Under Fire for Body Shaming Email

Musical Group Under Fire for Body Shaming Email

Before I begin to address this, there is one very important matter - which I boldfaced above - that I would like to address. Instrumentalists, you are not background wallpaper to us, the singers. Speaking as a professional opera singer who has also done musical theatre and concert work, at no point, ever, have I considered the pit musicians anything less than colleagues and collaborators. This is a disgusting statement to make about highly trained instrumental musicians, and I am very sorry you had to deal with hearing it (and for those who have worked there, had to apparently endure this idiocy.)

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