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    Casting Insider Offers Advice on Nailing Your Audition

    Your audition begins the moment you walk into the audition room, not when you say your first line. You may give the reading of your life, but if you don't look the part, it won't go further.

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    How to Avoid Overacting

    The best acting is generally externally subtle and nuanced. Yet along with all the wonderful performances I see regularly, I also see many in which the actors are doing too much of everything

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    Are Actors Swayed by Other Performers?

    When playing a classical or other oft-performed role, to what degree do actors find themselves influenced—intentionally or unintentionally—by the performances of others?

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    Um, Can I Say Something Here?

    New work, workshops, and premieres happen all the time in the real world, and when you're cast in one, you often have the opportunity to put your personal stamp on the script.

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    Play Is the Thing

    Children under the age of 5 easily slip into imaginary worlds of their own making. Is it possible that they hold the keys to understanding the fundamentals of acting?

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    I'm Not That Guy

    When creating a character, are actors limited by who they are? Actors sometimes play an idea of a character instead of a specific, idiosyncratic, actual person.

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    The Character of You

    Teacher Matt Hoverman shares his three keys to successful autobiographical solo shows.

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    Don't Dismiss the Dramaturge

    To actors, the function of a dramaturge can be somewhat mysterious. But there are many ways they can help actors, so befriend them.

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    I Love to Laugh

    Adding laughter is one of the best things an actor can do to take a performance from safe to spectacular.

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    Playing Lawyers

    While acting skills and legal skills are not completely interchangeable, there is nevertheless plenty that actors can learn from watching real lawyers in action.