5 Tips To Help Learn Names Quickly

5 Tips To Help Learn Names Quickly

As a director and teacher, one of my first priorities at the beginning of a new session or rehearsal process is to learn everyone's names as quickly as possible. It makes young actors feel important and that they are a vital part of the team. Here are some tips that I use all the time …

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8 Quick Tips for Organizing Costumes Backstage, For Community & School Productions

8 Quick Tips for Organizing Costumes Backstage, For Community & School Productions

The backstage area can quickly become a veritable tornado of costume chaos with big casts. I've been there; the biggest production I've directed so far was The Wedding Singer last year, which had 36 high school-aged actors and lots of costume changes! Yet that's small potatoes for some; I've seen school productions which include entire grade levels... 100+ kids! Unless …

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5 Fun Theatre Things To Do In The Summer

5 Fun Theatre Things To Do In The Summer

Yesterday (June 21) was officially the first day of summer! School is out, long days are ahead, and the world is your oyster! But wait... something's looming in the distance... it's the great, gaping jaws of THE BOREDOM MONSTER! Fight that monster off! Here are five ways to have fun and stave off boredom... summer style! 1. …

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How To "Fringe" Like a Pro

How To “Fringe” Like a Pro

It's that time again... the London Fringe Festival is opening next week! I can't wait to see what this year's Fringe has to offer. Every year, theatre artists from around the world come to London, Ontario, to share their unique stories and art with our community. It's such a fun event, and I love participating …

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"There Are No Small Parts, Only Small Actors": Why This Isn't True and What To Do About It

“There Are No Small Parts, Only Small Actors”: Why This Isn’t True and What To Do About It

I'm sure you've heard the expression "There are no small parts, only small actors" before. We often tell this to young actors who have received their role in a show, counted their lines (ugh!) and have discovered that their friend has 36 lines while they only have 4. They truly have a small part. If …

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