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    1 Director On Working With Kid Actors

    The WaterTower Theatre will be mounting a gender- and color-blind rendition of the William Golding classic “Lord of the Flies”—with kid actors. Backstage chats with director Matt Ransdell about directing younger performers and the thought process behind his casting choices.

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    #IGotCast: J.R. Yussuf

    J.R. Yussuf is just one of many actors cast through Backstage!

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    5 Tips on Merging Dance and Acting

    Contemporary dance choreographer and teacher Shannon Gillen is merging her love for Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1970s films like “Blow-up” and “Red Desert,” directors David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock, and dance theater to bring NYC audiences “Separati,” a 60-minute dive into the spaces between reality and perception, and the past and ...

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    Why Thomas Kail and Fox’s ‘Grease: Live’ Go Together

    The “Hamilton” director was practically destined to bring the classic musical to the small screen on Jan. 31. He tells us about it, stud.

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    A Profile of the Producer You Want on Your Film Set

    Mel Eslyn, winner of this year’s Film Independent Piaget Producers Award, talks about the struggles of working on her most recent project, “Lamb” and the one movie-making tool that’s yet to fail her.

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    10 Questions With...Norbert Leo Butz

    Two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Catch Me If You Can”) tells Backstage readers how he got his Equity card as a racist dog and offers his very best musical audition advice.

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    ‘Callbacks’ Parodies the Ridiculousness of Auditions

    The new Atlanta-based Web series from CD Cynthia Stillwell, branding company SoulFree Enterprises, and writer-director Cleavon Meabon, IV is a fresh, funny take on the audition process.

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    Rachel Bloom’s ‘Crazy’ Ride to a Golden Globe

    Make Rachel Bloom your inspiration for overcoming rejection, because she after every major network passing on her show, she’s still getting to sing and dance on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” every week.

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    The CSA Breakdown on Jodi Angstreich

    Jodi Angstreich (“Carol,” “The Young Pope”) has been a CSA member since 2009. She talks about working with the legendary Laura Rosenthal, the importance of lists, and why a fun personality can make a casting session so much better.

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    Falk Hentschel on Bringing Humanity to Superheroes

    Already a vet of “The Flash” and “Arrow,” German-born actor Falk Hentschel is back in his wings and leather armor as DC Comics’ Hawkman in the anticipated CW spinoff “Legends of Tomorrow.”