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  • Advice

    6 Classes For Aspiring Actor-Writers

    Backstage has rounded up six classes—from Los Angeles to New York, down South, and beyond—for actors interested in creating their own breakout roles.

  • News

    Brooklyn Cinephiles, Meet Your New BFF

    Tickets for the Brooklyn Film Festival, running May 29–June 7 in four venues across the borough, are available now!

  • Interview

    The Power of Acting

    Actor-writer Marisa Vitali chats with Backstage about wearing multiple hats for her new short film “Grace,” premiering at New York’s SOHO International Film Festival, and how acting kept her from relapsing back into heroin addiction.

  • Interview

    5 Tips for Actors-Turned-Directors

    Acting coach-actor George Pogatsia sits down with Backstage to chat about sitting on the director’s chair, how to stay grounded in your story, and the essentials to a truthful performance.

  • Interview

    Joel Kinnaman Stays Versatile

    The former star of AMC’s “The Killing” is back on screens this year as a sociopath in “Child 44,” following his turn as Liam Neeson’s son in “Run All Night”—all part of his plan to keep fans guessing.

  • Advice

    4 Tips for Surviving and Thriving on a Low-Budget Film

    Low-budget films can be tough to navigate, but can be great starting points for your career! Here are some tips to make the experience a little easier.

  • News

    WATCH: ‘The Power Rangers’ Gets Gritty in Fan Film Starring James Van Der Beek

    If you haven’t caught the darkest reimagining of the ’90s kid’s show “The Power Rangers” to hit the Internet, be sure to check out this bloody, betrayal-filled short film, starring James Van Der Beek.

  • News

    7 Chances to Make ’Em Love Your Audition

    Valentine’s Day is upon us, so here’s to hoping that casting director or producer gets bit by the bug and sees something they love in your audition. Here are seven chances to make 'em love you and get cast!

  • News

    9 SXSW Panels We Can’t Wait For!

    This year’s SXSW panels run the gamut from talks with filmmakers to in-depth discussions about redesigning the viral video formula (“Online Success Without Cat Videos or Crotch Hits”). Here are nine we’re really looking forward to!

  • News

    7 Chances to Get Cast This Week

    From student films to features, L.A. theater to L.A. improv, Backstage casting notices have got you covered. Check out these seven notices from this week!