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    SPOTLIGHT ON SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAMS: Design for Living - Interns take to the shops for stage design and tech.

    If you never got beyond hemming a skirt in home economics class or building a breadbox in shop, you have far to go toward a career in costume or set design. One way to make up for lost time is by taking on a summer internship. You have plenty to ...

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    CastingOuch!

    As a service to protect our readers, this column is dedicated to exposing scams and other questionable incidents that occur at auditions and elsewhere. If you have experienced any suspicious occurrences during the auditioning process, please call the Back Stage West casting line at (323)

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    WINTER/SPRING SPOTLIGHT ON ACTING SCHOOLS & COACHES: Quick Reference Guide

    For your convenience, Back Stage is providing a quick reference chart for the various acting schools and teachers. The six acting school categories below list by name or title in alphabetical

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    AGENTS

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    DANCE DIARY: American Ballet's Dream Program

    A recent American Ballet Theatre program could have been a balletomane's dream: Anton Dolin's "Variations for Four," The "Pas de Deux" from Act I of Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan; a world premiere called "Without Words," by Nacho Duato, and Anthony Tudor's Gala

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    FEATURE-LENGTH SCRIPTS

    Juri Koll (prod./dir.) is seeking feature-length scripts, any genre, no horror or sci-fi, with San Francisco as primary location. Three-month shoot starts Jan. 1 in Northern California. Send script by Dec. 1 to 1010 Bush St., #101, San Francisco, CA 94109. For information e-mail artworld1 @yahoo.com.

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    MTV SPEC SPOT

    Steve Sarno (prod./dir.) is accepting submissions for a 35mm MTV spec spot for Art Center. Shoot starts late Feb. Copy, credit, and meals provided. There is no pay.

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    Denver, Primus Announce New Prize

    The Denver Center Theatre Company and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation have announced a new playwrighting prize. Called the Francesca Primus Prize, after the late theatre critic and Back Stage columnist, the honor will carry a $3,000 cash award for the winning

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    FACE TO FACE: Alfred Uhry - After the "Ballyhoo"‹Comes the "Parade"

    Playwright Alfred Uhry suggests there's an irreconcilable gap between being Southern and being Jewish. "If you're a Southerner you're a Southerner for the rest of your life, whether or not you're living in the South anymore. In fact, southern Jews define themselves as Southern first, American ...