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    If you are just getting into the business of acting, the one thing you should do before getting headshots and beginning to promote yourself is make certain you have something to promote. Garnering the skills necessary to thrive in this business can be accomplished only through time and training. But ...

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    Singer Netrebko Not Ready for Carnegie Hall

    It is not often today that an opera singer captures pop culture's imagination. So the success of soprano Anna Netrebko is that much sweeter.

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    CD-Actor Follow-Up, Kissing Edict

    Regular readers will remember that last week I promised a follow-up about a commercial casting director who also works as a commercial actor. You were concerned that this CD's proximity to the clients and director would give him or her an unfair advantage.

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    L.A. Auditions at a Glance

    Culled from the hundreds of casting notices listed daily on BackStage.com, below are this week's audition highlights, organized by West Coast and by the day the auditions are being held.

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    Laura Allen: Down to Earth

    If this acting thing doesn't work out, Laura Allen has at least one career option to fall back on. The actor studied criminology and sociology at Wellesley College, and she worked as a domestic violence counselor with the New York Police Department shortly after graduation. "Coming out of Wellesley ...

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    Philly Theatre Initiative Delivers $530K in Grants

    The Philadelphia Theatre Initiative has announced $530,000 in grants for 12 local not-for-profit theatres.

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    Gilbert Rallies Troops

    The Screen Actors Guild has a lot on its plate for 2003. Faced with runaway film, television, and commercial production, increased corporate consolidation, and rapidly evolving technological advancements, SAG president Melissa Gilbert is calling on her members to up their involvement in Guild matters in the coming year.

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    1937 Williams Play to Preem in San Francisco... Nervy New Musical at Minneapolis' Mixed Blood Theatre... The Danish Play Dazzles in Toronto...

    Briefly revisiting the Bay Area's 2002 theatre season, certain shows stand out: the wonderfully original work, Adam Bock's Five Flights, presented by Encore Theatre; Berkeley Repertory Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul; California Shakespeare Festival's revival of Chekhov's The Seagull; The New Conservatory ...

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    'Enron' Director Developing Drama for CBS

    CBS is developing a white-collar crime drama for next season with the writer-director of the Oscar-nominated documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room."

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    Tai-Gu Tales: The Life of Mandala

    "Searching for the Essence of Life and Transcending Suffering in Images of the Human Body" was the heading on the playbill that led into the performance of "Tai-Gu Tales" at the Joyce.