June 3, 2015 in Directing, Theatre, Uncategorized

Let’s be honest, we all want actors that can act and a bullwhip, but any way you look at it, we’re being a little unrealistic. While actors that can act is theoretically at the top of the list, below are 5 things directors want. KIND ACTORS – Kind, loyal, considerate actors? Yes, please. Ever fly into a rage because you have the Annoying Orange on stage? Me, too. Unfortunately, some
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February 5, 2015 in Rehearsals, Theatre, Uncategorized

A little frazzled during rehearsals? Time-strapped and totally stressed? Ever feel like you’re wasting valuable rehearsal time with nonsense? Here’s 10 great tips from playwright/director Mike Willis for making the most of your rehearsal, your cast, and your resources. Require each cast member to bring their script, two pencils with erasers and a notepad to each and every rehearsal. Make sure as you are giving them their stage directions that they
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January 13, 2015 in Books and Resources, Miscellaneous, Theatre, Uncategorized

Let’s talk anthologies! Below you will find a list of 5 highly recommended books for your library! Each anthology includes a great collection of ten-minute plays or monologues. If you have a large cast or challenging space, try 8-10 titles for a full evening of exciting drama! They teach, inform, inspire and entertain! Here, take a look: Bein’ Crazy: A Collection of Ten-Minute Monologues Head Over Heels: 12 Ten-Minute Plays
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December 4, 2014 in Props, Set Issues

Get ready to push your creativity! Ask any prop master about repurposing props and I’m sure they have a great story. When working with a tight budget, every prop in storage is valuable. Below is a list of 10 creative ways to use a bench on stage. A bench (the obvious) A couch Set one bench on top of another for a counter Place several benches end-to-end to create a
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November 6, 2014 in Audience, Theatre

How many times have you thought, where am I going to park? Does the theatre have concessions? Will there be an intermission? Truth is, audience education is an ongoing process for every theatre, and it doesn’t always just include show time. Here’s 8 things you can do to engage and enrich the audiences you serve. How long is the show? Everyone is busy, and being able to plan for things
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11 Rules of Playwriting

October 21, 2014 in Playwriting

What’s the secret to great playwriting? 11 rules to follow from Heuer’s best-selling playwrights. Include the cheese. When writing for student audiences (k-12), include some “cheesy” jokes in your play. Why? If you cut the cheese, the play will stink. (By Richard Gremel)  Learn as much about your play as possible. That way, you will always know where you are going. (By Richard Gremel) Challenge the actors and audience. Never assume
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My Most Embarrassing Stage Experience Ever

September 25, 2014 in Auditions, Uncategorized

Confession: I am not an actor. I suffer from horrible stage fright, or as I learned from Google, I have Glossophobia. Don’t get me wrong, I love theatre and I dabbled in everything before deciding that directing was my passion. In order to become a better director, I thought it would be a good idea to get some acting experience. That’s when I decided to participate in my university’s cattle
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2B or Not 2B: Holding Auditions for Middle Schoolers

August 20, 2014 in Auditions

Can you survive middle school auditions? Working with middle school students can be a unique challenge – rarely bloody but sometimes apocalyptic! As anyone who works with middle schoolers knows: They text non-stop, they fall in and out of love daily (sometimes hourly), they love, love, love to use mirrors, and they like to try new things―like audition! That’s why I’ve created an important checklist to help you and your
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Dear Freshman Theatre Major,

July 22, 2014 in Miscellaneous

You’re off to your brand-new life in just a few weeks! How exciting! Before you go, allow me to share with you some hard-earned wisdom gained from the trenches of a college theatre department. SHOW UP You may get cast in a show your first year or you may not. Either way, it’s important to integrate yourself into your theatre department as early as possible.  No sour grapes allowed when
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The Six S’s of Script Selection

July 1, 2014 in Miscellaneous

Ah, summer. What better time to relax by the beach with a great play? Beach reading for theatre teachers consists more of murder-mystery scripts and fairy-tale one-acts than it does saucy romance novels. I’ve got a handy list of things I look for when I’m choosing my next script. Yes, most of them are common sense and fairly instinctual, but I still like to look at them from time to
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