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  • Interview

    9 Questions With...Denis Leary

    The actor-director-producer-writer-etc.-etc. chats with Backstage about his new FX show, “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” the time he failed miserably in an audition for Oliver Stone, and the No. 1 thing he learned about elevating any project.

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    Corey Stoll Goes Larger Than Life in ‘Ant-Man’

    Whether it’s dodging demons on “The Strain” or intimidating Michael Douglas in Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” Corey Stoll is an actor’s actor who finds the inner tensions in any character and makes them magnetic on camera.

  • Interview

    QFest: Houston’s Only LGBTQ Film Festival

    QFest will celebrate 19 years as Houston’s only LGBTQ Film Festival with five days of screenings that begin July 23. Artistic Director Kristian Salinas talks to us about the fest’s long history, the amazing films scheduled for this year, and the one person who championed QFest from the ...

  • Interview

    1 Way to Approach a Callback

    “The Gallows” actor Cassidy Gifford chats about how her approach to the “anxiety-riddled” callback has changed, her experience acting for a horror film, and the piece of advice her mother, Kathie Lee Gifford, gave her when she started her career.

  • Interview

    The New Face of Faith-Based Indie Content

    Backstage chats with Rich Peluso, senior vice president of the Sony Pictures division AFFIRM Films, about how the faith-based landscape has changed over the past decade, the company’s origins, and the new opportunities on deck for actors.

  • Interview

    How to Get Noticed by Tyler Perry Studios CD Rhavynn Drummer

    With a made-for-showbiz name like Rhavynn Drummer, you might expect this casting director to be the one in front of the camera. Instead, she’s responsible for finding actors for Tyler Perry Studios (TPS) and smaller independent projects in the Atlanta area.

  • Interview

    ‘Trailing’: How a Bad Job Turned Into a Web Series

    Steven Phillips-Horst got fired from his job as a political consultant. Good thing, because it was the catalyst he needed to create “Trailing,” a sharp satire skewering the life he once lived.

  • Interview

    #IGotCast: Jerel Smith

    Jerel Smith is just one of many actors cast through Backstage!

  • Advice

    The Contemporary American Theater Festival Celebrates 25 Years of New Plays

    Associate producing director Peggy McKowen tells Backstage what the Shepherdstown, W.Va.-based festival looks for in its auditioning actors (it ain’t easy!).

  • Interview

    How Embracing Chaos Can Make You a Better Actor

    One of writer-director Carlos Marques-Marcet’s most useful skills is encouraging his actors to make mistakes. He tells Backstage how embracing the unexpected in his SXSW select “10.000 Km” significantly shaped his gorgeous film.