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  • Interview

    Improvisation Breeds Confidence and Community at iO West

    At iO West, performing improv feels nothing like work. Actors Lucas Neff, Echo Kellum, and the rest of the Odd Man team know that improvisation is an essential skill for actors.

  • News

    Board ‘Titanic’ on Valentine’s Day

    This week we want to catch the screening of “Titanic” at the Los Angeles Theatre; get “Up Close” with Jonathan Groff; take some workshops at the L.A. Scripted Comedy Fest; read “Mad as Hell”; and see drag queens “compete” in “Pageant”!

  • Advice

    Smaranda Luna Gives Herself Permission to Act (Slideshow)

    Backstage member Smaranda Luna is an Equity and SAG-AFTRA actor who moved from Romania to the States and earned her MFA at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • News

    Miserable and Scared of Change?

    Head over the river and through the hipsters to Brooklyn’s The Brick—home of “mad experimenters of theater”—for “I’m Miserable But Change Scares Me”; check out the L.A. Women’s Theater Fest; pick up a copy of “The World of Musicals”; and hear the “New Voices ...