David Henry Hwang’s 'Chinglish' and Mike Daisey’s 'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs'
Playing It for Real Web Extra
Playing It for Real
A surprising ‘Sound of Music’ in the Chicago suburbs
Playing the Angles
A user’s guide to lighting positions
A scary new play
Help! I Hate My Voice Web Extra
Help! I Hate My Voice
Simple exercises to relax, ground, and center your speech
Alone on stage, talking to… whom?
For a long time I have coached actors to make forceful eye contact as they try to reach into the souls, and affect the actions, of the characters played by actors around them. But at whom does an actor look when there is no other actor to see—as during a soliloquy, for example, when there is no one else on stage?
And what exactly is a soliloquy? The word is given only two definitions in the Merriam-Webster dictionary: (1) “the act of talking to oneself,” and (2) “a dramatic monologue that represents a series of unspoken reflections.”
The National Coalition of Core Arts Standards has completed the selection of writing teams and chairs for the next generation of arts standards project. NCCAS is a coalition of eight national organizations committed to developing new voluntary national arts education standards that will build on the foundations created by the 1994 National Arts Standards to help guide curriculum designers, teacher training programs, funders, and federal and state policy makers in their arts education decision-making.
Executive Director Julie Woffington gave the EdTA Board of Trustees a first look at a new proposed strategic plan to guide the work of the organization for the next five years during a December 17 board conference call.
For a complete report on the board meeting, log in to the Membership Matters page.
Michael Mahany is in the ensemble and understudies Fiyero in the National Tour of Wicked. New York/Tours: Spring Awakening (ATC), Disney’s High School Musical (1st Nat.).
Education: The Boston Conservatory, Bachelor of Fine Arts (cum laude)
Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Jana, Sara, DBA, AEA. Craig Burns and Telsey + Co.
Making Magic, Defying Gravity
Featuring cast members from the
National Tour of Wicked
Proceeds from this event benefit the
Educational Theatre Association's Scholarship Fund
Update: The submission deadline has been extended to February 27.
The Educational Theatre Association’s fourth annual student essay competition is now accepting entries. The winner of the Thespian Democracyworks Essay Competition will receive $1,500 toward expenses to attend Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., April 16-17, 2012, plus $250 cash.
The Educational Theatre Association is launching a fundraising campaign this week with the goal of helping a deserving Thespian troupe participate in the 2012 Thespian Festival.
“As anyone who has been to the Thespian Festival knows, it is a fabulous, even life-changing event,” said EdTA Executive Director Julie Woffington. “But only a fraction of our troupes are able to attend. For some of our members, it’s a cost issue, particularly with the high cost of travel. We want to do what we can to remove that obstacle to participation in the Festival.”
The Junior National Individual Events Showcase is intended to be an educational program that offers Junior Thespian Festival delegates the opportunity (using the audition approach) to receive constructive feedback on prepared theatrical material. The goal for participating students is to find their talent, strengths, and weaknesses and to grow as theatre artists. The program culminates in the selection of a performance showcase cast of outstanding entries.