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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.

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    The Ugly of Our Trade

    Sue reminded me of the harsh realities of our trade: If the actors were not making money for the company or, as in Peter's case, not an easy sell, then it only made sense to let them go.

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    Anise Jade Falco... Got the Part!

    At just 12 years old, Anise Jade Falco landed the part of the young Coco Chanel in Nippon Television's biopic "The Life of Coco Chanel."

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    Taking Your Best Shot

    Every day, I get phone calls from prospective clients telling me it's insane out there with so many photographers competing for headshot business. How do you know who's good and who's not?

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    The Art of the Pitch

    No, I'm not talking about baseball. Knowing how to pitch is especially important when you're trying to introduce new actors to the casting community.

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    Casting Suggestion, Directing Direction

    "Is there any way I can gracefully, directly or indirectly, suggest to the directors that they audition my friend?"

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    I'm Not That Guy

    When creating a character, are actors limited by who they are? Actors sometimes play an idea of a character instead of a specific, idiosyncratic, actual person.