Ask an International Artist

Ask an International Artist

Because the New York theatre community at times has a very odd relationship with our international artists.

We can all agree that the inclusion of international perspectives and talents makes for better art.

Everyone triumphantly joins in on “Immigrants, we get the job done” should the Hamilton cast album happen to start playing at a party.

But most of us are not aware of the the daily struggles and catch-22s faced by international artists as they navigate life, art, and the ever-daunting visa process in the US.

What is it like to be an international artist in NYC?

Don’t ask me.

Let’s ask an international artist!

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Holding Room Hacks: How to Keep Your Cool and Not be a Jerk

Some people are just not going to understand that you don’t want to chit-chat before what is essentially a JOB INTERVIEW. Maybe they’re an extrovert who finds chatting calms their nerves and they figure the same is true for you. Whatever their reasons are, sometimes you need to politely extract yourself from a conversation pre-audition. Here’s the basic script that I tend to riff off…

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"I Never Call Out" is the Theatre Equivalent of "Most of My Friends are Guys"

"I Never Call Out" is the Theatre Equivalent of "Most of My Friends are Guys"

We don’t question the eight-show-a-week model, or the demands of score, or the press events the actors are expected to attend. We blame the actor. The show must go on. If it doesn’t, that actor is either lazy or they have bad technique. It’s a lose-lose situation.

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