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    Ditto for D.C., Reading List

    "I was wondering if by any chance you can recommend a couple of acting books that will help me in my career. I need to learn how to get my confidence up—I get so nervous in auditions."

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    Jonathan Le Billon... Got the Part

    When actors dream of the roles they hope to get, they probably know deep down that they're also going to have to pay their dues, playing roles that bore them to tears.

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    The Air of Songs

    Sara Louise Lazarus had been building a strong résumé as a singing actor while being prevailed upon for coaching by colleagues impressed with her work.

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    Add Rep, Stock Options, Act Now

    My 6-year-old daughter gets plenty of commercial auditions, but not a lot of TV/film. Is it because well-known casting directors don't use breakdowns and go straight to the big agents?

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    How Do Actors Teach You About Their Character?

    Every actor I work with shows me something about the character, and often the play, that I did not see initially. Andréa Burns, who played Daniela in "In the Heights," is a perfect example.

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    A Tax Credit That May Cost You

    Tax credits are supposed to save you money, but thanks to one created in 2009, your refund may be reduced this year, or worse, you may actually owe money on your tax return.

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    2011 College and University Programs in Theater

    The following is a list of accredited, degree-granting acting programs at colleges and universities in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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    Back Stage Goes to High School

    Most of the readers of Back Stage are adults, but here in Highlands Ranch, Colo., a group of high school students is also discovering the wealth of weekly information found in Back Stage.

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    Ashley Ford... Got the Part

    After graduating from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting's two-year conservatory program in 2010, Ashley Ford was determined to land as many roles in New York City as possible.

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    How Failure Worked for Me

    For years I had a deeply personal secret. Only family and acquaintances I knew from the era of bell-bottom pants and Ford Pintos were aware of my shame: I failed seventh grade.