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    How Do Actors Teach You About Their Character?

    Every actor I work with shows me something about the character, and often the play, that I did not see initially. Andréa Burns, who played Daniela in "In the Heights," is a perfect example.

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    How Do You Behave On a Project?

    "I've been working since I was 4, and my mom always told me, "Listen to everybody and do what you're told and have a great personality. Don't just be one of those vegetables." -- Sarah Hyland

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    Do You Read Reviews of Your Work?

    Positive or negative, I read reviews. Hearing other people's take on the productions I'm in is interesting to me.

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    Top Tips for Acing a Dance Sequence?

    "One of the things all dancers should do is be prepared as to what it is they're auditioning for. For instance, if they're auditioning for "Guys and Dolls," they have to understand that this is a period piece." - Sergio Trujillo

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    Look Like Someone Famous?

    "That's a tough one. [In] the casting director game, it's half this and half that. There are situations where it could help." -- John Papsidera

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    Repeating a Great Moment Night After Night?

    Stanislavsky discovered that the way to recall a past experience and express the emotion elicited by that experience is to be relaxed and in touch with your five senses.

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    Worst Acting Conditions?

    "Once I hit the stage and experienced the hot glare of the lights, the oppressive heat transformed me into a fountain of sweat, with my leather pants sticking to every inch of my lower body."

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    Qualities for Casting Comedies

    "I love when an actor focuses on the action and truth of the scene instead of trying to be funny." --Daniel Talbott, New York; founding artistic director, Rising Phoenix Rep

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    Actor's Responsibilties on Set?

    What do you expect from actors when they show up on the set? What are their responsibilities?

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    Can an Actor Infer from a CD's Thank You?

    I try to be kind and warm. I wouldn't quite say neutral, but I don't want to lead someone on. I try to give an honest assessment but at the same time be kind.