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AWARDS SEASON 2015: Drama League Award Winners

The Drama League Award winners were announced today and An American in Paris and The King and I again took home the pretty statues. Not that these shows need any help from awards committees to sell. An American in Paris already has 10 million in advance sales, and The King and I has extended its run indefinitely. Only two more awards remain – the Drama Desk […]

Chicago Dramatists' theater is named for Tutterow

Last night at Chicago Dramatists' annual benefit, interim artistic director Meghan Beals McCarthy and the organization's board of directors announced a new name for the theater at their home at 1105 W. Chicago Ave.

Now Casting ‘Fireface’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

Talent is currently being sought for the production of “Fireface.” “Fireface” is a German play by Marius von Mayenburg, following sublings Kurt and Olga, who engage in a violent struggle to be seen, heard, and break free within the confines...Show More Summary

Texas Now Casting ‘Jesse’ and Upcoming Auditions

Talent is currently being sought for the independent short film “Jesse.” In “Jesse,” when his wife makes a decision that puts Jesse at a crossroads, he’s forced to learn that the freedom to choose doesn’t mean freedom from consequences. Several roles are being cast for this production, and submissions are being sought from Dallas, Texas. Show More Summary

'Oral' pushes comics to put their best stories forward

To hear Peter Kim describe his parents' courtship (funny, intricate, delirious) and their subsequent marriage (brutal and violent) is to witness a master storyteller at work. Full of detail about Korean culture and the Korean diaspora to Paraguay in the 1970s, the story was told with such specificity...

Chicago theater openings for the week of May 15-21

FRIDAY | "Shining Lives: A Musical": In this new musical, a group of young women in 1922 face the devastating consequences of working in a Chicago-area factory that uses radium. Through June 14 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie; 847-673-6300 or

3-Point Plan: 76 Trombones at the Hobby Center Plus 2 More Texas Events

Seventy-six trombones play at the Hobby Center, Kenny Chesney rocks AT&T Stadium, and Jane Austen (maybe) shows her sensible side. It’s this week’s 3-Point Plan: Texas. The Music ManThere’s trouble right here at Houston’s Hobby Center, where “The Music Man” is playing through May 17. Show More Summary

5 Classes to Take at NYC’s Alvin Ailey

Amid sweeping views of Midtown Manhattan, the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is committing to its founder’s mission of bringing dance to the people with the Ailey Extension. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and the studio...Show More Summary

3-Point Plan: Shake Those Boots Plus 2 More Atlanta Events

The Shaky Boots Music Festival makes its debut, the Alliance Theatre hosts A Tony Evening, and Malts & Vaults shows off beer’s creepy side. It's this week's 3-Point Plan: Atlanta. Shaky Boots Music FestivalThese boots were made for two-steppin’—the...Show More Summary

Meet CDs, Agents, and More at Backstage University Next Week!

Next week is the third week of May, and the perfect time to meet with agents and casting directors before the summer season kicks off! Meet Backstage Expert Brette Goldstein, a musical theater casting director, a Buchwald jr. agent, and more at Backstage University next week. On Monday, May 18 perform a scene for agent Jeremy Leiner of Nicolosi & Co. Show More Summary

Now Casting ‘Confessions of a Graverobber’ and Upcoming Auditions

Talent is currently being sought for the film “Confessions of a Graverobber.” “Confessions of a Graverobber” follows a young man in a fictional town who claims to be the culprit for an ongoing string of grave robberies that have plagued the town for seven years. This paid gig is casting six roles, and submissions are being sought worldwide. Show More Summary

Atlanta Now Casting ‘The Founder’ and Upcoming Auditions

Talent is currently being sought for the feature film “The Founder.” “The Founder” is about Roy Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s, and stars Michael Keaton and Laura Dern. Two roles being cast for this production, including a stand-in for Michael Keaton, and submissions are being sought from Atlanta, Ga. Show More Summary

In 'Doubt,' 'Project(s)' and 'Little Foxes,' finding a way through chaos

Tragedy is an experience of chaos. Most great tragic actors eventually realize that truth. Whether it's Oedipus the King or Hamlet, these great characters aren't so much making decisions as trying to keep their heads as the world explodes.

Four play

If Julian, Dick, George and Anne had become terrorists they’d have called themselves The Angry Brigade. It’s such a Wendy house name. The quartet of violent outcasts met in a… Read more The post Four play appeared first on The Spectator.

5 Industry Updates, Including an Agent Move and A Yellow Brick Road

The entertainment industry is constantly changing, and it's important to stay aware of what’s going on. Want to find out who’s casting? What projects are happening? What’s coming up? Call Sheet highlights will help you stay in-the-know: Former...Show More Summary

Military veterans try their hand at comedy in 'Stars & Gripes'

"I made the decision to do comedy," naval reservist Landis Frederick says in a YouTube trailer for this show, "because I always enjoyed making people laugh, and my experiences with the military have just amplified that decision."

15 Tips for a Successful Self-Taped Audition

Here are a few things you can do to have a successful self-taping—especially if you are submitting it for Backstage’s Reel Feedback. 1. Use the best equipment you have available to you, but don’t feel the need to drop a lot of money on renting a top-of-the-line camera. 2. Show More Summary

5 Tips for Effective Networking in Atlanta

With nearly three dozen active playhouses and a film industry spreading quicker than the kudzu, Atlanta won’t be giving up its title of Cultural Capital of the South anytime soon. Newcomers looking to break into the scene may feel overwhelmed...Show More Summary

Space Station Casting Launches Business-of-Acting Education Program

Space Station Casting Studios—the Hollywood casting facility that hosts casting sessions for clients ranging from student filmmakers to Nickelodeon—is launching an education program for actors who want to expand their skill sets. The Space Station Artist’s Initiative offers one-session courses with prices in the $10–$30 range. Show More Summary

Now Casting a Disney Commercial and Upcoming Auditions

Talent is currently being sought for an upcoming Disney commercial. This Disney commercial is seeking kids, teenagers, and parents from Orlando, Fla., for the week of May 25. This is a paid gig, and you can increase your chances of booking...Show More Summary

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