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    So You Want to Be a Dancer?

    Author, performer, and choreographer Matthew Shaffer offers up advice to aspiring and established dancers, as well as those looking for a new way to stay fit.

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    Seattle’s Braden Abraham Wants to See Your Acting Process

    The acting artistic director of Seattle Repertory Theatre tells Backstage readers what he looks for in the audition room—and it’s not a polished performance.

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    L.A. Film Fest Seeks New Stories and New Voices

    Backstage chats with Jennifer Cochis, senior programmer at the Los Angeles Film Festival, about what she looks for in submissions, the current state of storytelling, and how 2015’s festival is different than previous years.

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    5 Questions Voiceover Actors Need to Ask

    Voiceover actor Gerald Griffith chats to Backstage about successful industry strategies, how technology has shaped the business, and whether it’s better to specialize in one type of voice or branch out into many.

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    1 Way to Get Closer to Your Broadway Dreams

    Backstage chats with the director of education at the Broadway Dreams Foundation about what opportunities the not-for-profit has to offer actors of all ages with dreams of standing on stage on the Great White Way.

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    David Rockwell on Curiosity and 13,000-Pound Trains

    The award-winning architect and set designer was recently nominated for 2015 Tony Awards for both “On the Twentieth Century” and “You Can’t Take It With You.”

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    Jen Rudolph’s Fight to Empower Actors

    Since founding the Actor’s Green Room in 2008, former CD Jen Rudolph has been empowering actors to take charge of their careers through networking events, classes, and more in NYC and Los Angeles.

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    How Shakespeare Can Make You a Better Actor

    Stanley Wells, perhaps the greatest living authority on William Shakespeare’s life and work, tells Backstage readers about his all-time favorite performances, and how actors are necessary to bring “fresh illumination” to the Bard’s words.

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    Why Theater in Schools Is Important

    Backstage chats with the Educational Theatre Association’s executive director Julie Woffington about getting theater into school programs, how the organization supports teachers and students alike, and the new program it has introduced to help high-poverty areas practice theater.

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    Paul Barry’s Progressive Approach to Acting Classes

    L.A.-based acting teacher Paul Barry keeps his classes small, his curriculum fluid based on the personalities in class that day, and on occasion, lets you pay whatever you want.