Acting for the Stage is a highly accessible guide to the business of theater acting, written for those interested in pursuing acting as a profession. This book is a collection of essays by and interviews with talented artists and businesspeople who have built successful careers in the theater; it’s a goldmine of career advice that might take years to find on your own. Herein, the myths around professional acting are dispelled, and the mysteries revealed. Acting for the Stage illuminates practical strategies to help you build a life as a theater professional and find financial rewards and creative fulfillment in the process.
"Every young actor anticipating a fulfilling life in the theater can benefit mightily from this book. There's lots of wisdom and helpful, practical advice here. It's up-to-date and comprehensive. The variety of perspectives helps to clarify the daunting, maybe overwhelming, prospect of entering this oh-so-demanding yet oh-so-rewarding field. A welcome addition to the PERFORM series. Thank you, Anna and Chris!"
--Eric Forsythe, Head of Directing, University of Iowa Theatre, IA, USA
"The most comprehensive and impressive collection of useful real-world advice about thoughtfully pursuing a career in the theater I have read in a very long time. If you are looking for one book that will improve your prospects and positively change your theatrical future, this is it."
--Guy Roberts, CEO & Artistic Director, Prague Shakespeare Company, Czech Republic
"Required reading for any business class on acting. An invaluable book for anyone looking to peer into the real world of the working actor. Easy to read, with a wide array of working artists talking about how to live and breathe acting. This book could radically change your career. I wish someone had handed this to me 20 years ago!"
--Richard Robichaux, Head of Acting, Penn State University, PA, USA
CHAPTER 1: GETTING STARTED
MOVING TOWARD YOUR DREAM
Big Buttery Acting and Developing Business Relationships
An Interview With Richard Robichaux
HOW TO BREAK IN
An Agent’s Perspective
An Interview With Kay Hilton
TRAINING AND RESPECTING THE WORK
A Director’s Perspective
An Interview With David Hammond
AUDITIONING FOR SHAKESPEARE
By Joe Falocco
IS A RESIDENT THEATER COMPANY FOR YOU?
An Interview With Richard Rose
By Amanda Nelson
CHAPTER 2: STICKING IT OUT
TRAINING YOUR VOICE FOR THE JOB
An Interview With Bob Corff
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE AND HABITS
For the Working Actor
An Interview With Jordan Lund
THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL HOUSE!
A Semi-Imaginary Interview With Berliner Ensemble Actor Laura Tratnik
By John Crutchfield
WHEN IT FEELS IMPOSSIBLE
An Interview With Regan Linton
By Jason Dorwart
A DIALOGUE ABOUT THE ART OF WORKING AS AN ACTOR
By Kate Kramer and Elizabeth Stevens
CHAPTER 3: FINDING SUCCESS
THE TRIPLE CROWN OF ACTING
The Road to Winning an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony
An Interview With Ellen Burstyn
CAREER STRATEGIES FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS
By Amy Guerin
YOU’RE SUCCESSFUL! NOW WHAT?
An Agent’s Perspective
By Richard Lucas
EXPANDING YOUR VIEW OF SUCCESS
Notes from the Acting Coach
An Interview With Scott Fielding
NOT STANDING ON CEREMONY
How To Be an Amateur in the Theater
By Phillip L. Beard
CHAPTER 4: GETTING AHEAD
CREATING A CONTEMPORARY LANGUAGE FOR THE STAGE
An Interview With Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson
By Emeline Jouve
WORKING IN CORPORATE ENTERTAINMENT
An Interview With Lisa Kovach
SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS THEATER
Acting as a Vessel for Change
By Christina Rodriguez de Conte
THE ACTOR WHO WRITES
Another Tool for Your Toolbox
By Robert Hedley
A LIFE IN THE THEATER
By Harriet Power
CHAPTER 5: STARTING AGAIN
UNDERSTANDING YOUR AUDIENCE
By Kirsty Sedgman
BEGINNING ACTING LATER IN LIFE
An Interview With Mary Ann Thebus
By Anna Hozian
MANAGING REJECTION, DISAPPOINTMENT, AND SETBACKS
By Carl Menninger and Lori Hammel
1,000+ STAGE PERFORMANCES
An Interview With 100-Year-Old Chemancheri Kunjiraman Nair
By Akhila Vimal C
SUCCESS AND THE RESET BUTTON
A Moving Target
By Deric McNish
TEACHING ACTING IN PRISONS
Lessons From the Actors’ Gang Prison Project
An Interview With Sabra Williams
PERFORM is a highly accessible series for undergraduate and graduate students that professors across disciplines in the arts can use to accompany their primary textbooks. The books are encouraging in tone and detail what it takes to perform creatively and financially in the specific fields. The series serves as a career development tool to help students understand the various vocational possibilities in the discipline they’re studying, whether it be theater, film, music, visual arts, or design.
How we make a living as artists can be a bit of a mystery, particularly to students who are just beginning to learn the craft of their field. This series offers practical, real-world discussions about how people go about the business of getting paid to be artists. Each book includes essays by and interviews with working artists (writers, directors, actors, stage managers, cinematographers, editors) as well as the people these artists interact with in the field (show runners, development executives, producers, agents, casting directors). The books also include essays by prominent professors, profiling specific artists and their journeys to success, as well as some of the lesser-known difficulties artists face in their fields and the perseverance and successes of marginalized groups.
The range of perspectives in each book offers a broad but detailed view of the industry and varying career tracks within it, ultimately bolstering readers’ confidence that they have a solid understanding of what it takes achieve creative and financial success with their art—in other words, what it takes to make a living as an artist.
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