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    New York Acting Schools and Coaches

    The following is a list of New York–area stage and film acting schools, teachers, and coaches organized by category and alphabetically.

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    The Casting Couch: Real and Virtual Foreplay

    A reader recently reached out to me asking for guidance on a taboo subject. What is it? The casting couch. The practice of demanding sexual favors in return for casting a performer.

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    Helpful Links

    Please see our list of helpful links.  If you would like to suggest a link for this page, please send an email to backstage@backstage.com.  Include "Helpful Links" in the subject line.  

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    TV Network and Cable Casting Departments

    Listed below are the studios and offices for network and cable television.

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    Unions, Guilds and Associations - REDIRECTED

    The following organizations support the film, theatrical and television industries.

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    Jeanette Steiner... Got the Part!

    With the help of Back Stage, the creators of the indie action thriller "Delivered" were able to locate their femme fatale in L.A.-based actor Jeanette Steiner.

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    How to Lose $500

    "I sometimes take a few weeks to answer letters, but in this case we don’t have that kind of time. This is really simple: It’s a scam."

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    Print Fizzles, Video Sizzles

    The latest crop of dance books and recordings includes the DVD of a fascinating 2009 film about Meredith Monk, as well as less-interesting books on pedagogy, technique, and career building.

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    What Should Actors Know About Their Costumes?

    "Costumes are such an integral part of the show, so the first thing actors should know is to know each and every one of their costumes inside and out."

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    Theatrically Inclined

    Over the course of her career, Studio City, Calif.–based casting director Beth Holmes has been tasked with tracking down a 75-year-old diver, a bona fide bullfighter, and "a 5-foot-tall wrestler of Latino heritage."