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BWW Blog: Emma Mueller - ImagineBWW Blog: Emma Mueller - Imagine
by Emma Mueller - September 26, 2016

I was never one to sit still. I always tap a foot in the air while I'm sitting cross-legged. I twirl my pen while taking notes in a lecture and make typing motions with my fingers while trying to figure out what to write. But I surprised myself. I have done more sitting still in the last week than I have in my entire life, and it was nothing less than enlightening.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Our School, Our Show, OUR TOWN: Meet the Stage Manager(s)BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Our School, Our Show, OUR TOWN: Meet the Stage Manager(s)
by Amanda Grillo - September 26, 2016

Welcome back! Now, the first article was called “a first look”, the second was “meet the director”, and I suppose you can guess what the third will be…Stage Managers! This show is graced with four. One stage manager, two assistant stage managers, and an actor. In the name of metatheatricality, Thornton Wilder constructed a stage manager character that acts as the narrator. I was lucky enough to get the chance to discuss the show and their roles, with Kate Herr (the stage manager) and Zach Fontanez (who plays the stage manager).  (more...)


BWW Blog: Caroline Meredith - Movin' Too Fast at GUYS AND DOLLSBWW Blog: Caroline Meredith - Movin' Too Fast at GUYS AND DOLLS
by Caroline Meredith - September 26, 2016

It's been three weeks since the first rehearsal of Guys and Dolls at the Orange County School of the Arts, and things are moving along quite quickly! This year is OCSA's 30th Anniversary Celebration, which entails extra concerts, master classes, and special events for much of the cast, so we are working frantically to get the show done before our schedules get any crazier. (more...)


BWW Blog: Krista Manfredi - 'Live Chat' with Seth Sklar-HeynBWW Blog: Krista Manfredi - 'Live Chat' with Seth Sklar-Heyn
by Krista Manfredi - September 24, 2016

The Athens Theatre company had an amazing experience yesterday. Thank you to Susan Lee, we had a "Live Chat" in the theatre with the Executive Producer and associate Director of the new MISS SAIGON coming to Broadway March 1, 2017.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Christopher Panella - Fort Lauderdale High School Stageplayers Begins THE DROWSY CHAPERONEBWW Blog: Christopher Panella - Fort Lauderdale High School Stageplayers Begins THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
by Christopher Panella - September 22, 2016

It's the fall, which means thousands of high schools across the country are beginning their spectacular seasons of theatre. From Shakespeare to Carrie, drama clubs are performing some very complicated and complex musicals and plays. The same goes for Fort Lauderdale High School, where the Stageplayers have officially begun rehearing one of the most underrated, hilarious, and intricate shows, The Drowsy Chaperone.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Monica Furman - Food for Thought, Creating Original WorkBWW Blog: Monica Furman - Food for Thought, Creating Original Work
by Monica Furman - September 22, 2016

The first two weeks of fall semester were nothing compared to the heavy-hitter that was the third. I found myself (*gasp*) actually having to put in homework hours at the library, at home, and in rehearsal spaces; the semester had finally begun. (more...)


BWW Blog: Christopher Castanho - New Musical: Come From AwayBWW Blog: Christopher Castanho - New Musical: Come From Away
by Christopher Castanho - September 21, 2016

This production is a perfect example of why I am enamored with Theatre and Art, and why I am proud to be part of this community. The show not only shared a historical event but gifted us with sharing the power of empathy. The love and selflessness the citizens of Gander and Newfoundland had for all of the foreign travelers is astonishing. The locals 'took in' and fed 6,579 stranded passengers, which was half the size of the town's population. (more...)


BWW Blog: Cassandra Hsiao - An Interview With Matthew Morrison: 'There's always a little Mr. Schuester in me'BWW Blog: Cassandra Hsiao - An Interview With Matthew Morrison: 'There's always a little Mr. Schuester in me'
by Cassandra Hsiao - September 21, 2016

Matthew Morrison is the prime example of a Renaissance man. From getting his big break as Link Larkin in Hairspray to starring in the cultural revolution of Glee to his time as J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland, Morrison has showcased his ambition, passion and dedication as one of Broadway's leading men.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Songs That Sum Up FallBWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Songs That Sum Up Fall
by Alyssa Sileo - September 21, 2016

We can all agree that there's no season more hashtag aesthetic than autumn. But, as is for everything cool, you need a playlist to bring it full circle. (more...)


BWW Blog: Meggie Cansler and Casey Hebbel - Final Season Wrap UpBWW Blog: Meggie Cansler and Casey Hebbel - Final Season Wrap Up
by Meggie Cansler - September 20, 2016

Here we are… 4 amazing concerts, nearly 90 artists from across the country, over 300 volunteers, and too many magical moments to count later, and we have reached the end of our FIFTH season of Broadway Under the Stars!! (more...)


BWW Blog: Siobhan O'Loughlin - Broken Bone Bathtub: New York City Pilot Run BWW Blog: Siobhan O'Loughlin - Broken Bone Bathtub: New York City Pilot Run 
by Siobhan O'Loughlin - September 20, 2016

I have been an official New Yorker for six full years, and somehow, after traveling for 9 full months, I ended up back by December. When I had a moment, I stopped to stare at the Rockefeller tree and the Saks storefronts on 5th Avenue. Otherwise, I began a new kind of performing for Broken Bone Bathtub that I hadn't done since Tokyo: a collaboration with a theatre company.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - The Foreigner, and the Beauty of Sound DesignBWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - The Foreigner, and the Beauty of Sound Design
by Cheyenne Dalton - September 19, 2016

For most shows by closing, I'm sitting at the soundboard, tired of hearing the dialogue: I'm memorizing the beats in the actors voices, tracing out lines on my palms, you name it. Running a show for two weeks will end up with me either hanging on the edge of my seat out of love and adoration, or out of dying, death, and despair. The Foreigner by Larry Shue, however, is my favorite show. I never get tired of watching it, of running it, of listening to the dialogue while I'm sitting by the board. When done well, the show is hilarious, sweet, tear-jerking at times (maybe I'm emotional), and just plain enjoyable. I am typically fonder of straight plays for sound design (although I do love mixing a live orchestra with actors) because of the incredible liberties I can take. Of course, most straight plays are realistic, so there's not a ton of magical orb sounds or dragon's roars, but I do have a recording of Sowing In The Morning played on the Harmonica for The Foreigner, as well as car horns, 40 minutes of rain, and an explosion. And maybe it's me, but I love these effects.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Simona Berman - Men Can Have Periods, TooBWW Blog: Simona Berman - Men Can Have Periods, Too
by HAT Ensemble - September 19, 2016

"What do you mean when you say 'men can have periods, too'? How is that possible?!" As the words came out of my mouth, suddenly everything turned to slow motion as my shoulders crept up to whisper in my ear: "You  ignorant fool.  You will be kicked out of here for sure for that insulting remark." Here being the rehearsal room that Honest Accomplice Theatre (HAT) was awarded through a space grant by the Drama League for the amazing work they do.  I was thrilled when I was told that I would be a member of the company, though now it feels more like a family. I was invited to be apart of their latest show ReConfigured, a show about the body on many diverse levels. My body had been my enemy for more than 20 years: eating disorders, exercise binging, body dysmorphia, sexual deviance, drugs, the this diet, the that diet, the everything in between diet (rinse and repeat).  Part of the healing for me has been in sharing my stories in the hopes that it may shine a light on someone else's battles. This production seemed perfect for me. And we would also be bringing awareness to the trans community's experience of the body. Bonus!  But at the time of the seemingly ignorant remark I made in the rehearsal room, I was brand spankin' new and not as educated on the trans community nor the many facets of gender identity yet as I thought.  Being a bisexual and a supporter of the LGBTQ community, I thought  I was pretty well informed, at least on those topics. I would come to find out through many incredible devising sessions with HAT that I had a LOT more to learn.  More so, just how important it was for me as a cis woman-someone who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth-to spread this knowledge.  This helps to alleviate the trans community as being the sole educators all the time.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Our Show, Our School, OUR TOWN: Meet the DirectorBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Our Show, Our School, OUR TOWN: Meet the Director
by Amanda Grillo - September 19, 2016

Welcome to the second installment of the behind the scenes look at the University of New Haven's production of Thorton Wilder's American classic, Our Town. For those who are just joining us this week I have the pleasure of guiding this journey from the rehearsal process all the way through closing night.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Miranda Jackel - The Top Shows for Teens Fall 2016BWW Blog: Miranda Jackel - The Top Shows for Teens Fall 2016
by Miranda Jackel - September 19, 2016

Pumpkin spice lattes, candy corn, apple pie-what do these things make you think of? First and foremost, YAAASSS (obvi), but also…fall! As I struggle to get back into the swing of school, there's one thing that keeps me going: my superhumanly high level of excitement for THE FALL 2016 THEATER SEASON!!! (*fireworks*) There are so many truly incredible offerings this year for audiences of all ages…but, for now, let's focus on what's out there for teens! So, now, I present to you (*drumroll)* My Top 5 Picks for Teens Fall 2016 (*confetti explosion*)!  (more...)


BWW Blog: Devising as a Way to Achieve Clarity - by Luci DeVoyBWW Blog: Devising as a Way to Achieve Clarity - by Luci DeVoy
by HAT Ensemble - September 18, 2016

I'm going to ask you to write a show about "The Body". Write a show for an audience that will represent them and your own experience and give them new ideas presented in a meaningful way. (more...)


Always Love Lucy Theatre Presents Tennessee Williams' OUT CRY Featuring All-South Asian CastAlways Love Lucy Theatre Presents Tennessee Williams' OUT CRY Featuring All-South Asian Cast
by BWW News Desk - September 17, 2016

Always Love Lucy Theatre, a New York theater company, has announced the premiere production of Tennessee Williams's Out Cry- with a twist: South Asian actors will perform it. Tamasha, a Festival for South Asian Performing Arts, hosts this limited run on September 28th and October 1st. (more...)


BWW Blog: Some Of Us Are Invisible by By Katie LooneyBWW Blog: Some Of Us Are Invisible by By Katie Looney
by HAT Ensemble - September 17, 2016

Devising new work is a democratic anecdote to the capitalist commercialization of American theater. By holding space for the invisible, we can begin to build language around systemic oppression and foster curiosity across minority statuses. Moreover, the devising process provides an opportunity for? an? ensemble to dig beyond the murky concept of intersectionality and become active allies to each other's experiences. The conversation that begins in the rehearsal room of a devised theater piece is only the first of an ongoing dialogue that continues as the audience leaves the theater. (more...)


BWW Blog: Hannah Seewald - Interview With Ayodele Casel: A Shuffle Ball GAME-ChangerBWW Blog: Hannah Seewald - Interview With Ayodele Casel: A Shuffle Ball GAME-Changer
by Hannah Seewald - September 16, 2016

Who comes to mind when I think of a talented, intelligent and influential person? Ayodele Casel. This powerhouse tap dancer, actor and teacher has broken boundaries and shown how an interest can help you discover a talent and even transform into a lifestyle and career. (more...)


BWW Blog: Dayana Sanchez - It's Not Diversity, It's ExposureBWW Blog: Dayana Sanchez - It's Not Diversity, It's Exposure
by Dayana Sanchez - September 16, 2016

When we talk about a play or musical that speaks about a different culture, we can say that the production is about race and all that the race entitles. Whether or not it is speaking on love, achieving your dreams or posing a big question on humanity, we believe in it's diversity because it talks about a different experience. And we are content that there is a piece about this very culture because it relates in the most minuscule level of who we are.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Arielle Jacobs - Flying High, Down Under: Part 7: The First Time is the HardestBWW Blog: Arielle Jacobs - Flying High, Down Under: Part 7: The First Time is the Hardest
by Arielle Jacobs - September 16, 2016

It's days like this that I wish someone would just tell me what to do. Tell me what the rules are. Or guidelines. Whatever they're called. As I sit here, bundled up in my comfy clothes and steaming my face, I sit in the knowledge that I'm battling a cold. My neck aches and my ears have been clogged for days. My nose is leaking BEHIND my face. Not out the front, but down back my throat.  The kind of drip down your throat that is just annoying and makes you feel like you've got a sore throat in the morning, but then you drink water and realize it's just the constant drip of liquid making your throat slowly raw. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jakob Creighton - First Set of Rehearsals and the Bane of a Performer's ExistenceBWW Blog: Jakob Creighton - First Set of Rehearsals and the Bane of a Performer's Existence
by Jakob Creighton - September 16, 2016

Friday September 9th was the first opera rehearsal for the Universite de Moncton opera workshop production of 'Dido and Aeneas'!! (more...)


BWW Blog: Having A Candid Conversation About The Body Through Devised Theatre by Seth DayBWW Blog: Having A Candid Conversation About The Body Through Devised Theatre by Seth Day
by HAT Ensemble - September 16, 2016

Whenever I have the bravery to venture into Times Square, I look around at the Advertisements bombarding me and I wonder to myself if this is really 2016. I find myself surrounded by depictions of thin, tall, and typically white models that all seem as though they came out of a cookie cutter mold. And one thing is blaringly obvious: none of these people look like me. In fact, none of these people look like anyone I know. It's astounding to me that in 2016 this is still a reality. (more...)


BWW Blog: Play at Any Age by Mary ParkerBWW Blog: Play at Any Age by Mary Parker
by HAT Ensemble - September 15, 2016

Some people think that being a senior citizen means that all of life's important experiences are behind you - opportunities are at an end.  I used to be one of them.  Honest Accomplice Theater never did think that way.   (more...)


BWW Blog: Patti Meadors - Staying Healthy BWW Blog: Patti Meadors - Staying Healthy 
by Patti Meadors - September 14, 2016

As a vocalist, sickness is my worst nightmare. I don't want to have to postpone voice lessons, practice or other rehearsal when I lose my voice.  (more...)







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