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    Private Contributions to Arts Boom During '99-'00Where Have All the Technicians Gone? College Production Departments Respond to a Crisis

    Arts and culture have seen almost a whopping 50% increase in charitable contributions over the past year, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy's 10th annual Philanthropy 400 survey. Indeed, private support to arts and culture was over a billion dollars, with 22 organizations receiving the lion's share.

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    industry showcase

    Casting for an industry showcase in May. Seeking: males, 22-35, Asian, African-American, and blond Caucasian; females, 22-35, Asian, African-American, redhead Caucasian. Auditions will be held Sat. Feb. 24 from 12noon-3PM. Prepare two contrasting monologues, one- to two-minutes max. Bring pix & resumes, reel, voice-over tape. Send pix & resumes by Feb. 21 ...

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    Comics Who Get My Vote

    Comics Who Get My Vote

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    Ballet Tech in NoTCRACKER Season

    Come the holidays, Eliot Feld, artistic director of Ballet Tech, has avoided any trace of those perennials, The Nutcracker and Cinderella. He has, however, perhaps in opposition, given us a NoTCRACKER season, which is so highly spirited and entertaining that those others will not be missed. You may, in fact ...

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    And the Winner Is

    A while back I wrote about the preliminaries for the second Bud Light "Ladies of Laughter" comedy series. Since there are far fewer outlets for women to shine in comedy (let alone opportunities involving large cash prizes), I wanted to keep you posted. One hundred women performed in the preliminary ...

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    Pro SAG-AFTRA Profiles

    Pro SAG-AFTRA Profiles

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    Legit Pros Outstanding in Outdoor Field in KY

    Professionals from outdoor theatres across America will convene Oct. 18-21 in Prestonburg, KY, the locale of the Jenny Wiley Theatre, for the 38th annual National Conference on Outdoor Drama.

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    The Indie Film/ Television Connection

    "Backlot Buzz" has presented several columns on the indie film/theatre connection, but this week we're coming closer to home—to the living room to be exact—to discuss the burgeoning connections between the worlds of New York television and independent film production.

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    Write On, Young Playwrights!

    Budding dramatists across America are writing, rewriting, and re-rewriting dramas, comedies, farces, and other kinds of stage works, a sure sign that the annual Young Playwrights, Inc. (YPI) competition is nearing its deadline.

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    african-american dancers

    Diverse dance company is seeking proficient African-American dancers. Must be interested in community outreach in addition to performing. If interested, fax resumes to Shari Houtman at (212) 757-4198; or email shari@michaelmaodance.org . Pay. NON-UNION PERFORMERS.