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How Do You to Make the Perfect Self-Tape? 8 Role-Winning Tips! PhotoHow Do You to Make the Perfect Self-Tape? 8 Role-Winning Tips!
by BWW News Desk - September 6, 2020

2020 has undoubtedly changed the way that the entertainment industry operates- at least for now. It may be a while before you have to navigate a crowded hallway for an audition, so what better time to perfect your remote job-booking skills than now?
BWW Interview: Auditioning for Colleges? Let Cleveland Musical Theatre Help PhotoBWW Interview: Auditioning for Colleges? Let Cleveland Musical Theatre Help
by BWW News Desk - July 21, 2020

Auditioning for college musical theatre programs this season and don't know where to start? Let Cleveland Musical Theatre be your guide for CMT Unifieds, taking place October 9-11, 2020!
7 Places to Find Piano Tracks for Auditions, Performance, Practice & More! Photo7 Places to Find Piano Tracks for Auditions, Performance, Practice & More!
by BWW News Desk - July 12, 2020

If you're a singer in need of something more than a karaoke track to show off your vocal chops, there are plenty of resources for vocalists that provide downloadable piano tracks- some of them are even free!  The good news? BroadwayWorld has already rounded up the best of them for you! Below, check out our seven favorite sites to find download-ready and custom tracks to help you sound your best!
How To Break Into Audition Pianist Work In NYC PhotoHow To Break Into Audition Pianist Work In NYC
by Jose Simbulan - January 16, 2020

Even though so much of our daily interactions and communications currently take place via our computers and smartphones, there is still so much of this business that is built on face-to-face meetings, or at least voice-to-voice conversations. One of the keys to breaking into the audition pianist circuit is knowing how to use digital resources to set up analog meetings. Thankfully, most digital resources are accessible for free via your computer and/or your smartphone - just like this BWW column that you are reading right now.
Moving to NYC: The Actor's Guide PhotoMoving to NYC: The Actor's Guide
by Andrew Restieri - January 3, 2020

So you just moved to New York City, and you have big dreams about being an actor on Broadway. How do you turn those dreams into a reality? There's no exact science when it comes to getting started, but I'm here to provide you with a few tips on how to get started with auditioning and getting acclimated to life in the big city.
Ten Shakespeare Monologues For Auditions PhotoTen Shakespeare Monologues For Auditions
by Austin Tichenor - December 18, 2019

There are Shakespeare auditions, and then there are Reduced Shakespeare auditions. Perhaps surprisingly, there's not that much of a difference between them.
Audition Tips For Children (And Their Parents) PhotoAudition Tips For Children (And Their Parents)
by Gabriella Green - December 11, 2019

Practically every child, at some point or another, has aspirations of being an actor. However, some children and their families decide to take steps to enter the professional world immediately! I was one of these kids, and I signed with my first agents and started auditioning when I was twelve years old. The world of auditioning and rejection can be a whirlwind for adult actors, let alone children and their parents! But with some simple preparations and guidelines, you can actually learn to enjoy the experience, regardless of the outcomes. Here are some crucial tips for finding success (while staying sane)!
How To Prepare Your Audition Book: Working With Accompanists PhotoHow To Prepare Your Audition Book: Working With Accompanists
by Jose Simbulan - December 4, 2019

When BWW asked me to come up with a guide on 'How To Prepare Your Audition Book,' I was more than happy to oblige. The following bits of advice and at-the-piano and behind-the-table wisdom have been distilled from my 30+ years of playing auditions. While I make no claim stating that 'my way' is 'the only way,' 'the right way,' I can safely say that much of what I share below has been discussed with many other audition pianists over the years, and we are all in agreement on many of the topics.
How To Write A Resume For Actors PhotoHow To Write A Resume For Actors
by Andrew Restieri - October 23, 2019

Building and perfecting a resume can be a tedious, confusing task. It's full of random questions like 'what credits should I list first?', 'why will the spacing on this document not work the way I want it to?', and 'what even IS a special skill?' If you ask three different people these questions, you may get three different answers. That's the thing about resumes - a lot depends on personal preference! In this article, though, I'll walk you through a few key do's and don't's that apply to all resumes, along with some areas where you can add a more personal touch.
BroadwayWorld Seeks Opera Repertoire Experts PhotoBroadwayWorld Seeks Opera Repertoire Experts
by BWW News Desk - October 22, 2019

BroadwayWorld is looking for seasoned Opera practitioners, educators, and students to write about their theatre auditioning experiences, provide advice, tips, repertoire suggestions and more.
Dressers Career Spotlight: Lauren Gallitelli Talks Dressing Santino Fontana In TOOTSI PhotoDressers Career Spotlight: Lauren Gallitelli Talks Dressing Santino Fontana In TOOTSIE
by BWW News Desk - October 23, 2019

We're spotlighting different off-stage careers on Broadway to answer some common questions people might have about perusing a career off the stage! This week we're chatting with Lauren Gallitelli, who is Santino Fontana's dresser at TOOTSIE on Broadway! Gallitelli has worked on Broadway at shows such as Cinderella, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Sister Act, and more!
How To Find Equity and Non-Equity Auditions, Audition Tips, And More! PhotoHow To Find Equity and Non-Equity Auditions, Audition Tips, And More!
by BWW News Desk - October 17, 2019

How do you find equity and non-equity auditions? How do you get seen at Equity auditions without an equity card? We've got all that info, and audition tips!
How To Find The Perfect Audition Monologue PhotoHow To Find The Perfect Audition Monologue
by Andrew Restieri - October 16, 2019

Finding the perfect monologue for an audition can be a daunting task. After all, it's not like you can listen to potential options via cast recordings - there's a little more digging to be done. But don't worry - searching for monologues is not nearly as hard as it seems, and it can actually be a very fun and educational process! By the end of your search, you'll not only have some killer audition material, but you'll be a much more well-read theatre student! Here are some of my tips to guide you through the process. 
How To Find A Voice Teacher in NYC PhotoHow To Find A Voice Teacher in NYC
by Josh Lamon - October 21, 2019

NYC, LA and every major market city is going to be dripping with voice teachers. But how to find the right fit for you? Finding a teacher is a lot like dating. We aren't going to fit with everyone we meet and that is okay! I hope these pointers will help guide you to find the perfect fit.
How To Dress For Auditions PhotoHow To Dress For Auditions
by Kori Lotito - September 18, 2019

Everyone knows that feeling of waking up on the first day of school and wanting to wear their very best outfit to showcase the brand-new human they've become over the summer. Great outfits bring great confidence. There's no better feeling than knowing you are rocking what you're wearing, whether it's the first day of a new school year or you're an adult meeting new people. First impressions matter.
How To Find An Acting Teacher in NYC PhotoHow To Find An Acting Teacher in NYC
by Josh Lamon - September 12, 2019

You are an aspiring actor in NYC pounding the pavement, getting up at the crack of dawn and waiting in line to hopefully get seen. Congratulations! You are doing everything right! But what else can you do to book the gig? Take as many classes (acting lessons/acting techniques/audition prep) as you can. I mean that.
How Do Non-Equity Performers Get Seen At Equity Auditions? PhotoHow Do Non-Equity Performers Get Seen At Equity Auditions?
by Kori Lotito - August 29, 2019

The age old struggle for a non-equity actor a?' how to get seen at an EPA (Equity Principal Audition) or ECC (Equity Chorus Call). These auditions are the stepping stones for a?oebreaking intoa?? the industry, without them casting offices would never have any new individuals to introduce to directors and producers. EPAs and ECCs may be time consuming and feel thankless, but a good EPA/ECC audition could change someone's entire career trajectory. Anyone who is serious about performing in commercial theater in the city knows the importance of getting up at some godforsaken hour, trekking to Pearl Studios, and putting their name on a list that may or may not ever end up in the casting director's hands. Ask any actor/dancer you meet, they'll all tell you the same thing a?' one of the hardest parts of their job is getting into the audition room, the actual act of auditioning is normally the easiest part of their day. That said, here are four major tips to maximize your chances of getting seen when you're non-equity and just trying to be #booked and #blessed. 
Everything You Need To Know About Auditioning For Community Theatre PhotoEverything You Need To Know About Auditioning For Community Theatre
by Ashlee Reck - July 16, 2019

Actors ages 6-60 often get their start on the local stage whether it be church, school, or community theatre. Stepping out of your comfort zone and in to the spotlight can be daunting, especially when you don't know what to fully expect. This guide is all you need to know about community theatre from a seasoned performer. Most community theatres are low pressure environments and excellent places to get some theatre experience in as they tend to be more forgiving and can relieve some of the stress that new actors feel when taking on a role. For example, you most likely won't be chewed out if you're a little late getting off book or if you can't pick up the choreography at lightning speed. People understand that no one is getting paid, everyone has other jobs and commitments, and you'll do the best you can with the resources you have.
Audition Songs For Children and Teenagers PhotoAudition Songs For Children and Teenagers
by Kori Lotito - June 27, 2019

Calling all tweens and teens! Performers come in all shapes, sizes, AND ages, so I think it's time we take a minute to put together a list of twenty great audition songs for those actors going to a musical theatre audition who are looking for songs for kids or those in high school. Here's a list of age-appropriate songs to get your wheels turning if you are feeling stuck on what to sing.
Everything You Need To Know About Unified College Auditions PhotoEverything You Need To Know About Unified College Auditions
by David Sisco & Laura Josepher - June 20, 2019

Unifieds (officially National Unified Auditions) are a musical theatre audition held every year in several cities around the country where multiple colleges, universities, and conservatories hold auditions over two to three days for their incoming classes. Most schools require students to apply for slots ahead of time, or to submit pre-screens (a taped audition submitted to secure an in-person audition), but some also leave room for walk-in slots.
20 Audition Mistakes To Avoid Photo20 Audition Mistakes To Avoid
by Kori Lotito - May 30, 2019

Auditioning can be stressful and exhausting, and it is easy to get a little downtrodden the more you go in for things without booking them. That said, no matter what kind of day you are having or mood you are in there are certain things you should avoid doing once you enter the audition space. Sure, doing these things will make you stand out, but not in a positive way. So whether you are auditioning for things professionally or at a community theater level take a look at the list below to make sure you aren't making any mistakes that could potentially cost you the job.
20 Selections for Baritones: Choosing An Audition Song Photo20 Selections for Baritones: Choosing An Audition Song
by Aaron Kaburick - May 22, 2019

To get you started, here is a list of baritone audition songs: My Girlfriend Who Lives in Canada, I Don't Remember You, Good Thing Going, Shall We Dance, When I First Saw You, Tonight at Eight and She Loves Me, I'll Be Here, Shine on Your Shoes, and more!
20 Selections for Tenors: Choosing An Audition Song Photo20 Selections for Tenors: Choosing An Audition Song
by Aaron Kaburick - May 15, 2019

To get you started, here is a list of tenor audition songs: Not a Day Goes By, There But For You Go I, Take a Chance on Me, It Only Takes a Taste, You Walk with Me, The Wall in My Head, Bright Star, Good Boy, and more!
Choosing An Audition Song: 20 Selections for Sopranos PhotoChoosing An Audition Song: 20 Selections for Sopranos
by Kori Lotito - May 8, 2019

To help get you started here are a few ideas for sopranos: 'I Never Has Seen Snow' from House of Flowers, 'My Friend, the Dictionary' from 25th Annual Putnam Counting Spelling Bee, 'Fly Into the Future' from Vanities, 'Happy Working Song' from Enchanted, 'There is A Child' from Giant, and more.
Choosing An Audition Song: 20 Selections for Altos PhotoChoosing An Audition Song: 20 Selections for Altos
by Kori Lotito - May 1, 2019

To help get you started here are a few ideas for altos of songs and shows which should be familiar to your casting director but that they won't have heard twenty times already that day - be it your local community musical theatre, high school, college, or that big Broadway audition.

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