Acting for the Stage is a highly accessible guide to the business of theater acting, written for those interested in pursuing acting as a profession. This book is a collection of essays by and interviews with talented artists and businesspeople who have built successful careers in the theater; it's a goldmine of career advice that might take years to find on your own. Herein, the myths around professional acting are dispelled, and the mysteries revealed. Acting for the Stage illuminates practical strategies to help you build a life as a theater professional and find financial rewards and creative fulfillment in the process.
Contains essays by and interviews with working stage actors, acting coaches, directors, writers, and agents.
Features discussions on selecting a graduate school program, choosing acting classes and workshops, making the most out of your showcase, landing an agent, networking and promoting yourself, and the business of casting.
Covers issues of money management, balancing the highs and lows of the profession, finding work to nourish your acting career, and building your creative team and support network.
Anna Weinstein is the Series Editor for PERFORM. A writer and editor with over fifteen years of experience in educational publishing, she received her MFA in Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California at Riverside--Palm Desert and her BA in Communication Studies/Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches introductory and advanced screenwriting at Auburn University, and she is a frequent contributor to Film International, where she publishes interviews with award-winning female directors in her series "Diva Directors Around the Globe." Chris Qualls is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Auburn University, where he teaches voiceover acting, acting for stage and screen, and introduction to theater. He received his MFA in Acting from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and his BA in Communication Studies/Film from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has worked as a voiceover actor for thirty years. His research and creative work focus on the integration of classical and nontraditional approaches to Shakespeare in performance, theater and media for social justice, and voice acting. He is a member of Actors' Equity Association.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1: GETTING STARTED MOVING TOWARD YOUR DREAM Big Buttery Acting and Developing Business Relationships An Interview With Richard Robichaux HOW TO BREAK IN An Agent's Perspective An Interview With Kay Hilton TRAINING AND RESPECTING THE WORK A Director's Perspective An Interview With David Hammond AUDITIONING FOR SHAKESPEARE By Joe Falocco IS A RESIDENT THEATER COMPANY FOR YOU? An Interview With Richard Rose By Amanda Nelson CHAPTER 2: STICKING IT OUT TRAINING YOUR VOICE FOR THE JOB An Interview With Bob Corff ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE AND HABITS For the Working Actor An Interview With Jordan Lund THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL HOUSE! A Semi-Imaginary Interview With Berliner Ensemble Actor Laura Tratnik By John Crutchfield WHEN IT FEELS IMPOSSIBLE An Interview With Regan Linton By Jason Dorwart A DIALOGUE ABOUT THE ART OF WORKING AS AN ACTOR By Kate Kramer and Elizabeth Stevens CHAPTER 3: FINDING SUCCESS THE TRIPLE CROWN OF ACTING The Road to Winning an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony An Interview With Ellen Burstyn CAREER STRATEGIES FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS By Amy Guerin YOU'RE SUCCESSFUL! NOW WHAT? An Agent's Perspective By Richard Lucas EXPANDING YOUR VIEW OF SUCCESS Notes from the Acting Coach An Interview With Scott Fielding NOT STANDING ON CEREMONY How To Be an Amateur in the Theater By Phillip L. Beard CHAPTER 4: GETTING AHEAD CREATING A CONTEMPORARY LANGUAGE FOR THE STAGE An Interview With Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson By Emeline Jouve WORKING IN CORPORATE ENTERTAINMENT An Interview With Lisa Kovach SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS THEATER Acting as a Vessel for Change By Christina Rodriguez de Conte THE ACTOR WHO WRITES Another Tool for Your Toolbox By Robert Hedley A LIFE IN THE THEATER By Harriet Power CHAPTER 5: STARTING AGAIN UNDERSTANDING YOUR AUDIENCE By Kirsty Sedgman BEGINNING ACTING LATER IN LIFE An Interview With Mary Ann Thebus By Anna Hozian MANAGING REJECTION, DISAPPOINTMENT, AND SETBACKS By Carl Menninger and Lori Hammel 1,000+ STAGE PERFORMANCES An Interview With 100-Year-Old Chemancheri Kunjiraman Nair By Akhila Vimal C SUCCESS AND THE RESET BUTTON A Moving Target By Deric McNish TEACHING ACTING IN PRISONS Lessons From the Actors' Gang Prison Project An Interview With Sabra Williams INDEX