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    Making Theatrical Revivals Feel Fresh and New

    My play “The Christmas Present” was first performed in the UK 11 Christmases ago. I am currently directing it for the sixth time. I don’t think I will ever get tired of it.

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    Casting Director Accountability

    The response to my blog post "A Casting Director's Rude Behavior," which was characterized by Back Stage as "chastising," was overwhelming.

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    New Way to Deal with Credit Card Debt

    As the recession continues and companies cut costs, the consequences for actors are acutely felt: fewer productions, fewer auditions, and fewer bucks coming in.

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    My Rebuttal

    I realized there's a major disconnect between how actors see an agent's behavior and the reality behind our actions.

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    Miguel Belmonte... Got the Part!

    When Miguel Belmonte first happened upon the notice for the Off-Off-Broadway production "Memory Is a Culinary Affair," in the pages of Back Stage, it was no simple case of history repeating itself.

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    Let's Get Real About Reality

    Would you like to know my definition of a loser? It's someone who blames others for his or her own shortcomings.

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    Santa Claus Ain't Coming to Town. You Are!

    This is the time of year when agents start a betting pool to see which actors will remember to give us a little something as a thank-you for all the hard work we do.

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    Making It Look Easy

    Ever watch a film and think to yourself: "Where did they find these people? How did they get these town folks to act?"

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    How to Create a Natural Audition Look (Video)

    Hair and Makeup Artist Anthony Pazos demonstrates how to create natural looking skin, eyes, brows, cheeks, and lips for on-camera auditions.

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    Private Practice

    Like many actors, Carolyn Power gets private coaching. For an audition for Sarah Ruhl's play "The Clean House."