Cie’s Today

Making Friends with Monologues

If you wanted to frighten a group of actors with something they’d find ghastly and dreadful, you could turn to vampires, zombies, or ghosts. Or you could just tell them to prepare a monologue audition. For actors, it seems, monologues and zombies have much in common:...

Race, Oscar, Race!

There has been quite a stir in entertainment news lately as one influential actor after another tweets, or posts, their outrage at the lily-white list of Best Actor contenders that was revealed during last week’s Oscar nomination announcements. In short order the...

Dear n+1 Magazine Hartford Critic

Like the proverbial accident that one can’t turn away from, I read every word of n+1's Hartford, Connecticut article despite my disgust. I was simultaneously struck by the deftness with which it was written and the relentlessness with which it railed. So many words...

Lessons from My TV – Part 2

Ah, television… the “idiot box” of my youth that has become the Elysian Fields of my adulthood, where wunderkinds and veterans alike flaunt their talents in a collective output that is impressive indeed, even if, as I confessed in Part 1 of this series, Lessons from...

Lessons from My TV

Despite what I do for a living, oddly, I watch very little TV. There was a time, a long time ago, when saying that would make me appear snobbish, but nowadays, with the television landscape regularly flaunting tremendous talent and achievement, saying that makes me...

Just Say, “No.”

This post originally appeared on LinkedIn Pulse Show business is a tough nut to crack. At every turn the odds are against you, and while I find the phrase, “It’s not what you know, but who you know” to be overly caustic, it is certainly true that at times great...

To BFA or Not To BFA… That Is the Question!

Every year as summer greenery gives way to autumn polychrome, high school seniors across the country begin the panicked and puzzling process of applying to college. For those students considering - or intent on - pursuing a performance degree, the process becomes even...

Verisimilitude: The Key to Good Acting

This post originally appeared on LinkedIn Pulse. Here is a simple truism: for something to have the ring of truth it must appear as something we recognize as truthful. And here is a correlating truism: nothing speaks from the stage but truth. Nothing! Whether you are...

5 More Audition Tips You Absolutely Want to Know!

This post originally appeared on LinkedIn Pulse. Auditions… like all 12 films in the Friday the 13th series they can send chills down your spine. At worst they are a necessary evil; at best they are a chance to perform (albeit briefly). In reality, they are a means to...

An Open Call for Opinions

Hamlet said, "...there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so," and to the depths of my soul I have always believed this to be true. In fact, I recently created a pair of customized Converse sneakers with that phrase emblazoned on the side. (Okay,...

Semicolon Use Simplified

This post originally appeared on LinkedIn Pulse. I have always liked the semicolon, the cute ocular half of a winky smiley face. Despite the great confusion it seems to cause many of its would-be users, it is actually a very straightforward punctuation mark. That...