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BWW Interview: Tom Burch Talks THE CHILDREN'S HOUR at UNC CHARLOTTEBWW Interview: Tom Burch Talks THE CHILDREN'S HOUR at UNC CHARLOTTE
by Linda Ann Watt - February 20, 2017

When THE CHILDREN'S HOUR was written, the topic of lesbianism was taboo, and now society is shifting, understanding people's differences. (more...)
BWW Review: Cal State Long Beach's Theatre Arts Department Gets Geeky with SHE KILLS MONSTERSBWW Review: Cal State Long Beach's Theatre Arts Department Gets Geeky with SHE KILLS MONSTERS
by George Brietigam - February 20, 2017

Cal State Long Beach's spring season is off to a strong start, and their upcoming shows have a tough act to follow. (more...)
BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Meet the Cast of THE NETHERBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Meet the Cast of THE NETHER
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - February 17, 2017

It's that time of the semester! The first week of March transports the Bucknall theater at the University of New Haven to Jennifer Haley's cyber world of The Nether. I was lucky enough to get an exclusive first look and talk to the cast about what the process has been like and what you can expect when you come to see the show. Let's find out what they have to say. Shall we? (more...)
BWW Review: LIKE WATCHMEN World Premiere at Bethel CollegeBWW Review: LIKE WATCHMEN World Premiere at Bethel College
by Katherine Waddell - February 14, 2017

This past weekend, the world premiere of Like Watchmen took place at Bethel College. Written by Bethel student Kayla Rundquist and directed by other fellow student Alex Price, Like Watchmen tells the story of three women who wait out a storm in a church for the return of their respective sailors from Lake Superior; two are wives, and one is a daughter. Over the course of 50 minutes, the brand-new play takes the audience on a whirlwind of emotional reveals, turmoil, and anguish. (more...)
BWW Review: OSU's 7 WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU a Short, Simple and Sweet Treat for Valentine's DayBWW Review: OSU's 7 WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU a Short, Simple and Sweet Treat for Valentine's Day
by Amanda Etchison - February 10, 2017

Watching the Ohio State Department of Theatre's '7 Ways to Say I Love You' is, in many ways, similar to sorting through a box of valentines. The show, written by Adam Szymkowicz, comprises seven short stories dealing with the elusive concept of love. (more...)
The Return of FRIDAY 5 (+1): ANTIGONE at Belmont UniversityThe Return of FRIDAY 5 (+1): ANTIGONE at Belmont University
by Jeffrey Ellis - February 10, 2017

In Ara Vito's Southern Gothic-inspired treatment of Sophocles' Antigone, the bond between two sisters is challenged by the tragedies of national and familial conflict. Against the backdrop of a decaying home in middle-of-nowhere country, the air is imbued with history and spirits walk the earth. Tragedy is yesterday and tomorrow and now - uncovered by love, betrayal, death, and hope. Summer Shack directs. (more...)
BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - A Festival for the Books: A Reflection of the KCACTF Region 1 FestivalBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - A Festival for the Books: A Reflection of the KCACTF Region 1 Festival
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - February 7, 2017

I recently had the pleasure of joining classmates in the participation of the 49th Annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region 1. I found myself immersed in a world of talented future theatre professionals and current professionals that helped to mold my experience and bring me one step closer to accomplishing my goal. (more...)
BWW Blog: Monica Furman - How We Put On the Only Ghostlight in Orange County (For Less than a Broadway Show Ticket)BWW Blog: Monica Furman - How We Put On the Only Ghostlight in Orange County (For Less than a Broadway Show Ticket)
by Guest Blogger: Monica Furman - February 7, 2017

If you've been living under a theatrical rock, you may have missed the Ghostlight Project, a national movement to pledge or reaffirm diversity and equity initiatives by artistic communities that launched on January 19, 2017. (more...)
BWW Interview: Director Denny Berry on Pasek and Paul's DOGFIGHT at the University of UtahBWW Interview: Director Denny Berry on Pasek and Paul's DOGFIGHT at the University of Utah
by Tyler Hinton - February 3, 2017

The University of Utah will present DOGFIGHT (music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Peter Duchan) in the Babcock Theatre from February 3 to 19, 2016. Director and choreographer Denny Berry kindly took time out of the show's final preparations to share her insights on the musical and her production of it. (more...)
BWW Blog: Kellie Williams - Broadway Con 2017 Day 3BWW Blog: Kellie Williams - Broadway Con 2017 Day 3
by Guest Blogger: Kellie Williams - February 3, 2017

Last month, my sister and I attended the third and final day of BroadwayCon 2017. We had such a great time all day, but here are the highlights of our day: (more...)
BWW Interview: Joanna Gleason: FROM CAMPFIRE TO CABARET at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase CollegeBWW Interview: Joanna Gleason: FROM CAMPFIRE TO CABARET at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College
by Kathryn Kitt - February 1, 2017

Watch barriers between disciples dissolve as Tony award winning actress Joanna Gleason leads students from Purchase College's dance, theatre, jazz, and opera programs on the journey from “campfire to cabaret,” drawing out personal narratives via a mix of intimate discussion, interactive demonstration, and hands-on workshops. (more...)
BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - An Actor Who Does BothBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - An Actor Who Does Both
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - January 19, 2017

For those that don't know, I personally identify as a "techtor". This term came to me one day when I was scrolling through Pinterest. It means an actor who is also a techie. Most people will pick one or the other and solely focus on one. That is honestly great for them. I, however, find that I am not alone in my adventure to learn everything. Several people that I've worked with are actors that also do tech or are techies that also act.  (more...)
SLU's University Theatre to Stage Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKYSLU's University Theatre to Stage Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKY
by BWW News Desk - January 18, 2017

The University Theatre at Saint Louis University presents Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson March 2-5, 2017. (more...)
BWW Blog: Patti Meadors - Tips for Memorizing LinesBWW Blog: Patti Meadors - Tips for Memorizing Lines
by Guest Blogger: Patti Meadors - January 18, 2017

After receiving a new script and knowing what you have been cast as, the first thing actors generally do is look through their script and identify their lines. If you are worried about learning lines quickly, here are some tips that have helped me learn lines quickly. (more...)
BWW Blog: Keanna Irving - Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop: A Review of OTHELLO: THE REMIXBWW Blog: Keanna Irving - Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop: A Review of OTHELLO: THE REMIX
by Guest Blogger: Keanna Irving - January 16, 2017

The Westside Theatre pulsed with hip hop music and glowed with the neon lights on stage. Did I come to the right place or was this a club? I settled into my seat, ready for this one act ride.  (more...)
BWW Blog: Monica Furman - Creative Juicing with Mariah Owen and Leah McKendrickBWW Blog: Monica Furman - Creative Juicing with Mariah Owen and Leah McKendrick
by Guest Blogger: Monica Furman - January 16, 2017

Content warning: This article describes art about sexual assault. (more...)
BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Body Positivity in TheatreBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Body Positivity in Theatre
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - January 13, 2017

It's everywhere. Body Positive ads and videos work its way into the media on practically a daily basis. Stores are expanding the sizes they carry, girls are encouraged to embrace their curves, but all the same a photoshopped fantasy takes over our minds thinking what the ideal image is. I decided to take a look at how this affects the theatre world that I am so blessed to be a part of. I surveyed one hundred random, anonymous participants. The survey was distributed to several different theatre pages on social media where participants have a wide range of experiences and opinions. I also had the pleasure to interview Michael Kennedy (a student at the University of New Haven), Stephen Sheperd (a recent alumnus of the University of New Haven), and Diana Dart Harris (a professor at the University of New Haven whom has degrees in both dance education and exercise science). (more...)
Valencia College's Valencia Dance Theatre Presents 3 IN MOTION, 1/27Valencia College's Valencia Dance Theatre Presents 3 IN MOTION, 1/27
by BWW News Desk - January 10, 2017

Valencia College's resident dance company, Valencia Dance Theatre, along with the Dr. Phillips High School Dance Magnet Program and professional modern company Yow Dance, will present 3 in Motion, a performance of modern dance on Valencia's East Campus on Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. (more...)
BWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - The Best Thing About Being a Theatre MajorBWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - The Best Thing About Being a Theatre Major
by Guest Blogger: Cheyenne Dalton - January 9, 2017

I bet you think I'll say "built in friends" or "fun classes" or "hanging out in the green room" or "doing shows," and while all of those things are great and mostly true, none of those things are the best thing about being a theatre major. (more...)
BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Finding the Fit: TypecastingBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Finding the Fit: Typecasting
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - January 3, 2017

A big part of show business is typecasting. There are "types" that people fall into. These can be based around age, race, gender, and personality. Some people this as an opportunity to play to their strengths. I once participated in a workshop where the instructor told us to "know our types". He then began to call people out one by one: "You're a Fierstein. Try looking at Edna Turnblad or Tevye." "You're a Broderick. Look at his roles." "Streisand. You have a lot of options for material." He compared us to already well known household names in the theatre world. What about embracing who you naturally are? Why be the next [insert celebrity here], when you can make a name for yourself and be original? There are stock characters that people naturally gravitate towards with ease whether it be by look or by personality, but if people get locked into these types it begins to be all they are seen as. To some people, these types can be seen as limiting. There's not much variety in roles if they play the same kind of part over and over. Actors should try to expand their range of roles when possible. The popular belief of what is attractive doesn't necessarily need to be the leading players driving the action, but just because someone who isn't conventionally attractive drives the story doesn't mean it is an ugly duckling tale. Dramaturgy also comes into play if a character description is explicitly influencing the script. That being said, I've seen several productions where the characters look phenomenal. They are a perfect depiction of how the story describes, but the talent was subpar. It was very clear that a different person was a much better fit, though they might not have been the perfect image. This idea got me thinking: Just because you look the part, does that mean you deserve it?  (more...)
AMERICAN IDIOT to Rock Dean College This SpringAMERICAN IDIOT to Rock Dean College This Spring
by BWW News Desk - December 29, 2016

The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform American Idiot, beginning Wednesday, March 29th through Sunday, April 2, 2017. (more...)
Dean College to Stage A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM This FebruaryDean College to Stage A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM This February
by BWW News Desk - December 29, 2016

The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform A Midsummer Night's Dream, beginning Wednesday, February 22, 2017 through Sunday, February 26, 2017. (more...)
BWW Blog: Kellie Williams - My Top 3 Favorite Parts of NATASHA, PIERRE, AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812BWW Blog: Kellie Williams - My Top 3 Favorite Parts of NATASHA, PIERRE, AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812
by Guest Blogger: Kellie Williams - December 29, 2016

Earlier this month, I saw Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway with my mom and sister. It was unlike anything I've ever seen on Broadway-or anywhere-in the best possible way. Here's a list of my top three favorite things about the show: (more...)
BWW Blog: Keanna Irving - Three Enjoyable 'Study Breaks'BWW Blog: Keanna Irving - Three Enjoyable 'Study Breaks'
by Guest Blogger: Keanna Irving - December 29, 2016

Going to the theater is the best study break in the city. For a few short hours, the stress dissipates and you get lost in stories that actors pour out in front of you. Spontaneous excursions to the theatre have become the occasional treat that I greatly enjoy. After seeing seven shows this semester, a few have stuck out in particular.  (more...)
BWW Blog: Monica Furman - New Year's ResolutionsBWW Blog: Monica Furman - New Year's Resolutions
by Guest Blogger: Monica Furman - December 28, 2016

Ah, New Year's Resolutions. I make these every year and I dread them every year, mostly because I know the lifespan of these promises might not outlive the month of January. However, this year, I am taking a different approach. Maybe it's because I'm smack dab in the middle of senior year and I'm really feeling that 'transitional life change' crisis, but I've been getting really inspired lately. For 2017, I'm creating artistic New Year's Resolutions where, if I (hopefully) complete them, the principle of each can translate to 'real life' (whatever that is). (more...)

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