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Choosing Your College Theater Program

Choosing Your College Theater Program

Answers for High School Students Determined to Pursue an Acting Degree but Totally Stressed Out by the Process!​ Covid has changed many things, but it has not changed how anxiety-producing and puzzling the process of selecting a post-secondary acting/theater program...

Monologues for College Auditions

Monologues for College Auditions

Answers for High School Seniors Determined to Pursue an Acting Degree but Totally Stressed Out by the Process! Typically at this time of year I am knee-deep in conducting monologue workshops and privately coaching high school seniors who are knee-deep in the...

Take the A Train(ing)

Take the A Train(ing)

When I was four years old, I stepped foot on a stage for the first time. I played the Dolly everyone sang hello to, a bah-bah black sheep that had some wool, and two other roles that clearly did not make a lasting impression. By the time the curtain came down, I was...

Making Friends with Monologues

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!

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

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

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

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.”

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!

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

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!

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...