Stay Active While Isolated With Backstage’s Digital Seminars

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We’re not letting actors’ creativity and productivity stop in the face of coronavirus. While it’s of the utmost importance that everyone self-isolate and practice social distancing for the foreseeable future, Backstage is still here as your trusted guide in all things casting, acting, creating, and more.

Introducing: The Slate, our all-new digital and on-camera series featuring insights and direct feedback from casting directors, acting coaches, personal trainers, agents, actors, and creators. All conducted remotely during this period of COVID-19, we’re taking you directly to industry power players through Backstage Forums AMAs, Instagram takeovers and Q&As, YouTube Lives, and most excitingly, Zoom-hosted seminars for interactive group classes.

Catch up on everything you need to know below, both with what’s coming and our video archives of what you might have missed. So stay safe, stay healthy, and stay active—we’re all in this together.

For The Slates full, updated calendar, click here!

MONDAY August 3

Helen Behan, Actor (“The Virtues”)
Instagram Live: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Helen Behan is an Irish actor based in County Meath. She was BAFTA nominated for her role in Shane Meadows’ Channel 4 drama "The Virtues," starring opposite Stephen Graham. Following this, she went on to shoot "Elizabeth is Missing" for BBC, in which she stars alongside Glenda Jackson. Other credits include AMC's upcoming anthology series "Soul Mates." Don't miss our in-depth interview with Behan on all things acting!

WEDNESDAY August 5

Tom Ellis, Actor (“Lucifer”)
Instagram Live: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Actor Tom Ellis launched to international stardom thanks to his starring role on Netflix's hit series, "Lucifer," which returns with Season 5 later this month. We're sitting with the Welsh talent to deep dive on his career and how he builds such a memorable character.

THURSDAY August 6

Laurie Burke, Social Media Expert
YouTube Live: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK
As an actor, host, singer, and experienced voiceover actor Laurie Burke knows what a good voice over sounds like—and wants to teach you how to record a top notch one. Join her on Backstage's YouTube channel where she’ll give her tips on how to record the best sounding voiceover performance.

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TUESDAY July 28

Heidi Dean, Social Media Expert
YouTube Live: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
If you’re going to invest time running a Facebook Page for your acting career, you need to make sure it looks professional and shows us how to cast you. In this YouTube Live Heidi Dean, social media expert for actors, will show you how to use your Facebook Page as an effective marketing tool as an actor.

WEDNESDAY July 29

Laura Thede, Talent Agent
Zoom Webinar: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK
DDO Artists Agency made its mark in the entertainment business in 1969 when founder Dorothy Day Otis created an agency to focus on representing the youth of Hollywood. And it has grown today into a prestigious, well respected agency with offices in Los Angeles and New York City that provide performers representation across the country for commercial, TV, film, voiceover, print, theater, hosting, and sports & specialty. Kids Partner/Talent Agent Laura Thede will be joining managing editor Benjamin Lindsay for a sit-down interview and audience Q&A. Submit your questions beforehand to get them answered live on-camera!

THURSDAY July 30

Helen Clarkson, Talent Agent
Zoom Webinar: 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UK
Join Backstage and Curtis Brown Talent agent Helen Clarkson for this discussion and Q&A about what it takes to be discovered and represented by Curtis Brown, how they work with their actors to mold a successful career, and what you can do to build a great actor/agent relationship. Curtis Brown is one of the largest talent and literary agencies in U.K., representing some of the biggest names in acting, writing, and production. Since 2017, Clarkson has been representing her own roster of talent with actors including Layton Williams, Michael Ball, Bonnie Langford, Carmel Laniado, and casting directors Rachel Freck and Andy Brierly.

Joseph Pearlman, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Join celebrity acting coach Joseph Pearlman as he shows you how to create award-level performances by mastering one of the most powerful advanced tools in an actor’s toolkit.

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TUESDAY July 21

Alison Brie, Actor
Instagram Live: 4 p.m. ET/1 a.m. PT/9 p.m. UK
Alison Brie is simply one of our favorite screen actors working today—and her twice-Golden Globe–nominated turn on Netflix’s “Glow” is just the half of it. “Community,” “Sleeping With Other People,” “Mad Men,” her voiceover work on “BoJack Horseman” and her recent starring role in Sundance hit “Horse Girl,” which she also wrote, all solidify her as a multifaceted talent with only more to come! Next up is “The Rental,” a new thriller written and directed by her husband Dave Franco. Now she’s sitting with Backstage over Instagram Live to talk about it all.

THURSDAY July 23

Laurie Burke, Voiceover Actor
YouTube Live: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
As an actor, host, singer, and experienced voiceover actor Laurie Burke knows what it takes to make it in the voiceover business—including how to get an agent. Join her on Backstage's YouTube channel where she’ll break down the best way to get your first voiceover agent.

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MONDAY July 13

Bret Shuford, Life Coach
YouTube Live: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK
Join a chat with life coach and actor Bret Shuford as he dives into the 10 mistakes musical theater actors make—and how to avoid them. Coined "the Broadway Life Coach," Shuford's stage credits include "Wicked," "Paramour," and "Beauty and the Beast." His mission is to help actors find fulfillment no matter where they are on their path.

TUESDAY July 14

Paapa Essiedu, Actor (“I May Destroy You”)
Instagram Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Paapa Essiedu has been gracing stages and screens in the U.K. in consistently well-revered productions since the beginnings of his career: lead roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, and Royal Court, plus a string of impressive TV credits including "Gangs of London," "Black Earth Rising," "Kiri," and now "I May Destroy You." Join Backstage and Essiedu for this in-depth conversation about his acting career, advice, and his role on HBO. We'll be talking about how he navigates his way through major roles in U.K. theater and TV, how he prepares, maintaining your own wellbeing when playing sensitive roles, and much more.

Arden Kaywin, Voice Coach
YouTube Live: 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT/10 p.m. UK
Join voice teacher Arden Kaywin for a lesson on how the words singers choose to direct themselves affect how you embody technique and what happens to your breath support. She'll discuss three words that will have the biggest impact on improving your breath support.

WEDNESDAY July 15

Chrissy Metz, Actor (“This Is Us”)
Instagram Live: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
Thanks to her Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated work as Kate Pearson on NBC’s “This Is Us,” Chrissy Metz is one of those TV actors who feels like family. On Dan Fogelman’s hit ensemble drama, she’s one of the reasons audiences can’t keep a dry eye week after week. The singer-actor has also starred in “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser,” “American Horror Story,” and last year’s Oscar-nominated “Breakthrough.” Join us for a check-in with Metz on life in lockdown, navigating the biz, and her advice for fellow performers.

Esther Povitsky, Actor
Instagram Q&A: 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT/11 p.m. UK
"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," "Dollface," and "Alone Together" star Esther Povitsky is taking over our Instagram to answer your questions. Ask her about acting, writing, comedy, and her first stand-up special "Esther Povitsky: Hot For My Name"—she might just answer them!

THURSDAY July 16

Joseph Pearlman, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Join celebrity acting coach Joseph Pearlman as he shows you how to develop celebrity-level charismatic confidence, in minutes, to be instantly memorable and launch your career faster.

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MONDAY July 6

Natalie Roy, Actor
YouTube Live: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Join actor and co-founder of C.R.E.A.T.E., Natalie Roy, for a discussion about vital self-care for actors during this time live on Backstage’s YouTube channel.

Arden Kaywin, Voice Coach
YouTube Live: 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. UK
Join voice teacher Arden Kaywin for a lesson on how the words singers choose to direct themselves affect how you embody technique and what happens to your breath support. She'll discuss three words that will have the biggest impact on improving your breath support.

TUESDAY July 7

Heidi Dean, Social Media Expert
YouTube Live: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Twitter can be a fantastic platform to build your actor brand, build a following and make connections for your acting career. In this YouTube Live, Social Media for Actors Expert Heidi Dean will dive into 10 things actors can do right now to grow their following on Twitter so you can spread the word about your acting projects or build buzz for your acting career.

WEDNESDAY July 8

Kelly Valentine Hendry, Casting Director
Zoom Webinar: 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UK
Kelly Valentine Hendry is one of the biggest names in casting in the UK, casting huge TV hits including "Fleabag," "Broadchurch," "Gangs of London," "The Cry & Humans." KVH Casting definitely know a lot about British talent and what it takes to stand out and get cast in what could be your breakout role. Join us for this in depth conversation about Kelly's career, her casting process, what she's looking for and how she finds it and much more.

THURSDAY July 9

Laurie Burke, Voiceover Actor
YouTube Live: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
As an actor, host, singer, and experienced voiceover actor, Laurie Burke knows what it takes to make it in the voiceover business. Join her on Backstage's YouTube channel for her top five tips on how to have a successful voiceover career.

Giancarlo Esposito, Actor
Zoom Webinar: 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. UK
"Breaking Bad" and its prequel series "Better Call Saul" wouldn't be what it is today without the ruthless drug lord Gus Fring, fearsomely played by master of the screen Giancarlo Esposito. His return to the role earned him an Emmy nomination last year—which he's in contention for again this year with his work on Cinemax's "American Gangster" and Disney+'s "The Mandalorian" added to the mix. Join us for a deep-dive sit-down with the longtime character acter to talk all things craft, process, and more.

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MONDAY June 29

Heidi Dean, Social Media Expert
YouTube Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Social media is a double-edged sword. When wielded wisely it is an invaluable tool to research, build relationships and advance your acting career more quickly than ever before. When used carelessly it can do your acting career serious harm. In this YouTube Live, social media expert for actors Heidi Dean will help you fix the biggest social media mistakes that actors make everyday.

Ricky Gervais, Actor + Creator (“After Life”)
Zoom Webinar: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
An international titan of film and TV for the last 20 years, Ricky Gervais is at it again with "After Life" on Netflix, the second season of which premiered in April. Sitting once again with Backstage after his spring 2018 cover story, this 30-minute Zoom webinar will be a deep-dive craft and career interview along with a session-capping audience Q&A, so bring your questions!
* Please note this session will be capped at 1,000 participants.

TUESDAY June 30

Ncuti Gatwa, Actor
Instagram Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
For his portrayal of Eric in Netflix's "Sex Education," Ncuti Gatwa was been named one of New York Times' Best Performances of 2019, nominated for Best Television Actor at the Scottish BAFTAs in 2019, and has just picked up a nomination for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for the 2020 BAFTA TV Awards. Before his breakout role on "Sex Education," he starred on BBC drama "Stonemouth" and British sitcom "Bob Servant," in addition to establishing a very impressive theater career in starring roles at HOME Theatre, Manchester, the Duke of York Theatre, Sheffield Crucible, Yard Theatre, and The Globe. Join us for this Instagram Live conversation about his career and acting advice.

WEDNESDAY July 1

Manuel Puro, Casting Director
Zoom Session: 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UK
Join Backstage and Manuel Puro for this casting Q&A! Puro has over 20 years casting experience working across feature films, television, games, promos, commercials, and shorts. Projects include "Moon" and "Mute" directed by Duncan Jones, "Shaun of Sheep: Farmegeddon" for Aardman Animations and "Planet of the Apes: The Last Frontier," the first in-house video game from Andy Serkis’ The Imaginarium. In 2017 Puro created the Acting Habit, an innovative online platform where actors from all over the world can share their work, receive and give feedback, experiment creatively, and learn new technical skills.
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

THURSDAY July 2

Aisha Dee, Actor (“The Bold Type”)
Instagram Q&A: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
“The Bold Type” star Aisha Dee will be channeling her inner Kat and taking over our Instagram to spend the day with you ahead of that night’s big episode. Plus she’ll be answering any questions you have about acting, how she’s doing during lockdown, the hit Freeform show, and more.

Joseph Pearlman, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
With 20 clients booking leading roles this year, celebrity acting coach Joseph Pearlman will show you what it takes to launch your career faster from anywhere in the world and land a series lead before it goes to casting. Learn how to market yourself like a celebrity. Get a career-launching game plan that delivers instant results, and insider secrets from the industry's top movers and shakers. Discover how to supercharge your audition rate, and guarantee audition wins.

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SUNDAY June 21

Birgundi Baker, Actor
Instagram Q&A: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
Spend the day with “The Chi” star Birgundi Baker as she takes over our Instagram to give you a behind-the-scenes look of the hit Showtime show ahead of the season premiere and answer your questions along the way.

MONDAY June 22

Chris Meloni, Actor
Instagram Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Known for his varied work across screens big and small—“Oz,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Happy!,” and of course “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”—Chris Meloni is a veteran of the bizz with invaluable insight to spare. Next seen on Hulu’s “Maxxx,” premiering July 2020, Meloni sits with Backstage for this special Instagram Live interview to talk craft, career, and more.

TUESDAY June 23

David Mumeni, Artistic Director
Zoom Session: 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UK
What's wrong with access and opportunities within the U.K. drama training system? Open Door is a non-profit organization that helps talented young people who do not have the financial support or resources to gain a place at one of the U.K.'s leading drama schools. Join our discussion with the Founder of Open Door, David Mumeni, where we will be talking about his work with the org, the ongoing problems with access to training in the U.K., and how we can all work better as an industry to improve inclusion and equal opportunity.
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Bradley Whitford, Actor
Instagram Live: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
This one’s gonna be good! Two-time Emmy winner and three-time Golden Globe nominee Bradley Whitford (known best for everything from “The West Wing” to “The Handmaid’s Tale”) sits with Backstage’s managing editor Benjamin Lindsay to dive into the secrets of his years-spanning screen success.

Michael Cimino, Actor
Instagram Q&A: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK
The breakout titular star of "Love, Victor," Michael Cimino, wants to answer your questions! He's taking over our Instagram to answer your burning questions about his new Hulu series, acting, and more.

WEDNESDAY June 24

Andrew Byrne, Voice Teacher
YouTube Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Join voice teacher Andrew Byrne for an introduction to brain-based voice training. Byrne will discuss how learning voice is different from learning an instrument, three steps you must go through to make improvements in your voice, examples of brain-based exercises that can fix technical issues, and more.

Avy Kaufman, Casting Director (“Succession,” “High Fidelity”)
Zoom Webinar: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
Avy Kaufman's TV and film résumé is long and includes titles like "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," "Waves," "High Fidelity," and "Succession." She won an Emmy award for her work on "Damages." Don't miss this chance to ask her audience questions!
* Please note this session will be capped at 1,000 participants.

Carmen Cuba, Casting Director (“Stranger Things,” “Devs,” “Mrs. America”)
Zoom Webinar: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK
The Emmy-winning casting director behind "Stranger Things," "Mrs. America," "Devs," "Queen & Slim," "Just Mercy," and so much more sits down with Backstage to talk about her recent work, her casting process, and taking audience questions.
* Please note this session will be capped at 1,000 participants.

THURSDAY June 25

Paul Mescal, Actor
Instagram Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Since Paul Mescal's training in The Lir Academy, Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art, his career was immediately kick-started with consecutive leading stage roles in both Dublin and London before landing his leading role of Connell on the BBC and Hulu adaptation of Sally Rooney's "Normal People." Since its release, Mescal has quickly become a household name with critical acclaim for his multi-layered performance and onscreen chemistry with Daisy Edgar-Jones. We'll be talking with him about navigating a fast-propelling career, creating an authentic, bonded performance with your fellow actor, and the acting industry at large in Ireland.

Joseph Pearlman, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Join celebrity acting coach Joseph Pearlman as he shows you how to supercharge your audition rate by identifying, strategizing, and properly preparing for the different styles of auditions. There are over 20 different types of auditions. A callback should be approached with a very different strategy than a first read, and so on. Pearlman will help you learn the key differences.

Alexa L. Fogel, Casting Director (“Ozark,” “The Politician,” “Pose”)
Zoom Webinar: 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. UK
Emmy-winning casting director Alexa Fogel has put together the casts of projects like "The Plot Against America," "The Outsider," "The Politician," "Pose," "Ozark," and "Atlanta." She'll talk to Backstage about her recent projects and answer viewer questions live.
* Please note this session will be capped at 1,000 participants.

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MONDAY June 15

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

TUESDAY June 16

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Maisie Williams, Actor
Instagram Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Join Maisie Williams and Backstage's Hannah Marie Williams for an in-depth conversation about her acting career and experiences over the years she has graced our screens. Williams made her big break with her first acting gig on "Game of Thrones" in 2011, and alongside her eight years as Arya Stark, she's also starred on "The Falling," "Doctor Who," "iBoy," "Cyberbully" and onstage in "I & You" at the Hampstead Theatre. Upcoming projects include Marvel's "The New Mutants" and TV series "Two Weeks to Live."

Heidi Dean, Social Media Expert
YouTube Live: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Should you be on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, or TikTik for your acting career? Join social media expert Heidi Dean for a discussion about what social media an actor needs. Dean will walk through the pros and cons of each platform and the questions you need to answer before using any social network for your career.

WEDNESDAY June 17

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Anthony Mackie + Moni Yakim
Zoom Webinar: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
Join actor Anthony Mackie ("Avengers: Endgame," "The Hurt Locker") and celebrated movement instructor Moni Yakim (co-founder of the Juilliard School's drama program) in conversation with Backstage's managing editor Benjamin Lindsay. They'll be discussing acting training, craft, and career in light of the upcoming feature film documentary, "Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy."
* Please note this session will be capped at 1,000 participants.

Judy Bouley, Casting Director
Zoom Webinar: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK
Casting director Judy Bouley likes to be known for her creativity and kindness in the audition room. She wants to help actors stay creative now. The L.A.-based CD has worked with directors like Tom Hanks, Robert Zemeckis, and more and has worked around the world. Judy will instruct a class in auditioning essentials, how to be in service to yourself and your craft now, and will take questions from viewers who can use her casting expertise to take the next steps in their careers.
* Please note this session will be capped at 1,000 participants.

THURSDAY June 18

Mary Burch, Mental Health Counselor
Zoom Session: 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UK
How are you looking after your mental health at this time and in this high pressure industry? Industry Minds UK is the award-winning mental health support platform for the creative arts, a charity whose goal is to provide free and low-cost mental health support to anyone in the industry through therapy, seminars, and other useful tools. Join Backstage and Industry Mind's counselor, Mary Burch BEM this Thursday for an informative and practical talk on how we can work toward taking care of our mental health. Burch was awarded a BEM in 2016 and was nominated at the Evening Standard's Public Servant of the Year Awards for her services.
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Joseph Pearlman, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Join celebrity acting coach Joseph Pearlman as he shows you how to supercharge your acting career by letting go of the most common industry myths, limiting beliefs, misconceptions, and stories of suffering that hold actors back.

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MONDAY June 8

Ashley Walters, Actor
Instagram Live: 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT/3 p.m. UK
Join Ashley Walters for a Q&A over on our Instagram page. Walters is a leading British film and television actor who has been acting professionally since childhood, winning his first television role in "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" at the age of 10. Today he is best known for his roles in "Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ " and "Bulletboy," for which he won a BIFA Best Newcomer Award in 2004 and on television for his starring roles on "Top Boy" and "Bulletproof."

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Bret Shuford, Life Coach
YouTube Live: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
Join a chat with life coach Bret Shuford to discuss ways that we all can be actors and activists. Bret will outline three ways that we can grow, heal, discuss, and educate—because that’s where we flourish as artists. Coined "the Broadway life coach," Shuford's stage credits include "Wicked," "Paramour," and "Beauty and the Beast." His mission is to help actors find fulfillment no matter where they are on their path.

TUESDAY June 9

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Victoria Scott, Voiceover Coach
Zoom Session: 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT/6:30 p.m. UK
(**Please note: This session requests participants come prepared with a short scene to work on with Scott.**) Want to get better a voiceover while auditioning for remote acting gigs? Don’t miss this opportunity for hands-on, 1:1 feedback with voiceover coach Victoria Scott. A voiceover coach at the Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts, she will use this session with her years of experience to guide you inside to find your authentic and conscious voice.
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

WEDNESDAY June 10

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Andrew Byrne, Voice Teacher
YouTube Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Join voice teacher Andrew Byrne for a 20-minute pop-rock warmup. Byrne will explain the difference between warming up for pop-rock and musical theater, vocal exercises to build your pop-rock technique, and more!

THURSDAY June 11

Joseph Pearlman, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Join celebrity acting coach Joseph Pearlman as he shows you how to guarantee a win on your next cold read. Joseph will also set the record straight by debunking many common myths about the cold read (i.e. why "frozen" cold reads are abusive!). As always, Joseph will empower you to stand up for yourself with confidence and remind you that we're all in this together!

FRIDAY June 12

Laurie Burke, Voiceover Actor
YouTube Live: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK
As an actor, host, singer, and experienced voiceover actor, Burke knows how to make the perfect voiceover demo reel. Join her on Backstage's YouTube channel for tips you can make a great commercial voiceover demo.

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MONDAY June 1

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

***ALL PROGRAMMING POSTPONED TUESDAY June 2

Ashley Walters, Actor
Instagram Live: 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT/3 p.m. UK
Join Ashley Walters for a Q&A over on our Instagram page. Walters is a leading British film and television actor who has been acting professionally since childhood, winning his first television role in "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" at the age of 10. Today he is best known for his roles in "Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ " and "Bulletboy," for which he won a BIFA Best Newcomer Award in 2004 and on television for his starring roles on "Top Boy" and "Bulletproof."

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

WEDNESDAY June 3

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Andrew Byrne, Voice Teacher
YouTube Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Join voice teacher Andrew Byrne for a 20-minute pop-rock warmup. Byrne will explain the difference between warming up for pop-rock and musical theater, vocal exercises to build your pop-rock technique, and more!

THURSDAY June 4

James Pearson + Rosie Pearson, Casting Directors
Zoom Webinar: 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UK
Join Backstage and Pearson Casting for a chat and audience Q&A about casting for musical theater and overseas. Pearson Casting is an international, freelance casting house based in Liverpool and London, headed up by husband and wife team, James and Rosie Pearson. Their work spans film, TV, theater, overseas, and cruise ship casting with credits including "SIX The Musical" and "Jerry Springer: The Musical," plus ongoing work with TUI and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
* Please note this session will be capped at 1,000 participants.

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

***ALL PROGRAMMING POSTPONED FRIDAY June 5

Laurie Burke, Voiceover Actor
YouTube Live: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK
As an actor, host, singer, and experienced voiceover actor, Burke knows how to make the perfect voiceover demo reel. Join her on Backstage's YouTube channel for tips you can make a great commercial voiceover demo.

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TUESDAY May 26

Rafe Spall, Actor
Zoom Webinar: 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT/3 p.m. UK
Rafe Spall has had a busy year, appearing in the critically acclaimed "Just Mercy," BBC's "The War of the Worlds," BBC's "The Salisbury Poisonings," and having just come off a run of a one-man play at the National Theatre. Spall is on our screens at the moment on AppleTV+'s "Trying" which we will be talking about, along with discussion on his experiences and process and how it applies to the very varied roles he has performed in over his 20 years as an actor.
* Please note this session will be capped at 1,000 participants.

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

WEDNESDAY May 27

Louise Kiely, Casting Director
Zoom Webinar: 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UK
Pre-register to join Backstage U.K. Casting Specialist Hannah Marie Williams and Irish casting director Louise Kiely for this casting discussion and Q&A. We will be talking about the casting process for BBC and Hulu's "Normal People," the casting landscape in Ireland, and how Kiely is working at the moment. 
* Please note this session will be capped at 1,000 participants.

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

THURSDAY May 28

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Joseph Pearlman, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Join celebrity acting coach Joseph Pearlman as he shows you how to make the dangerous acting choices that stand out to book the job and reach Oscar potential on set. There’s nothing like the exhilaration of watching work that feels like it’s teetering on the edge of danger and sanity. Joseph will show how to make choices that take an audience’s breath away. The constant commitment to danger is what separates the “good actor” from the Oscar winner.

Ashley Nicole Black, Actor + Producer
Zoom Session: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK

Ashley Nicole Black is a six-time Emmy nominee (and one-time winner!) for writing on "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," and she stars in and co-wrote the HBO comedy series, "A Black Lady Sketch Show." She joins Backstage to discuss her writing process and advice for other creatives in the field.
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

FRIDAY May 29

Chris Schmidt + Brad Pankosky, Paradigm Talent Agency
Zoom Session: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK

A talent agent at Paradigm Talent Agency for nearly 16 years, Chris Schmidt’s clients include Titus Welliver, Aldis Hodge, Maggie Siff, and Brandon Micheal Hall. Brad Pankosky is a talent agent in the Beverly Hills office of Paradigm Talent Agency, where he represents talent clients including Emily Hampshire, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Brian Cox. Both are joining us for this very special Zoom session for an interview and audience Q&A.
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

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MONDAY May 18

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Bret Shuford, Life Coach
YouTube Live: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
Join a chat with life coach Bret Shuford for tips on how actors can structure their days during a times of crisis such as this one. Coined "the Broadway Life Coach," Shuford's stage credits include "Wicked," "Paramour," and "Beauty and the Beast." His mission is to help actors find fulfillment no matter where they are on their path.

TUESDAY May 19

CDA Panel Discussion
Zoom Webinar: 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT/12 p.m. UK
Backstage welcomes the Casting Directors Association and four of its board members for a panel discussion and Q&A about casting in the COVID-19 climate and how it might evolve post lockdown. Join our own Hannah Williams and CDs Kate Evans (Kate & Lou Casting), James Pearson (Pearson Casting), Andrea Clark, and Brendan McNamara (Beach Casting) for an informative session and some great chat.
* Please note this session will be capped at 1,000 participants.

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Linda Lamontagne, Casting Director
Zoom Webinar: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK

Linda Lamontagne has worked in both adult and child animation voice casting for shows like “BoJack Horseman,” Undone,” “Ben 10,” and “Infinity Train” and on feature films including “The Angry Birds Movie” and “The Nut Job 2.” Lamontagne will talk with Backstage about her casting process, how voice casting is different from live-action casting, and all the surprising places she’s looked for voices while she takes questions from viewers.
* Please note this session will be capped at 1,000 participants.

Laurie Burke, Voiceover Actor
YouTube Live: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK

As an actor, host, and singer, Laurie Burke has done it all—especially when it comes to voiceover work. Join her on Backstage's YouTube channel for tips on how to find out what kind of voiceover work is the best fit for you.

WEDNESDAY May 20

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Andrew Byrne, Voice Teacher
YouTube Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Join Andrew Byrne for a 20-minute mix-belt vocal warmup. Byrne will explain what mix and belt are, what vowels and exercises are best for developing mix and belt, how you can know if you're overdoing it, and walk you through an easy warmup flow everyone can follow!

Jeff Schaffer, Writer + Director + Producer
Zoom Session: 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT/10 p.m. UK

Jeff Schaffer has established himself as one of the key players in the world of comedy television, from "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to "The League" and hit newcomer "Dave." Over the past three decades, Schaffer has continuously contributed iconic moments to the genre across many titles as a producer, writer, and director. Join him and managing editor Benjamin Lindsay for an interview and audience talk-back.
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

THURSDAY May 21

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Panel: In-house Production in the Time of COVID-19
Zoom Webinar: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Join us for this exciting panel with some of the leading creative directors and digital strategists in the New York and U.K. markets! We will be providing insight on how the COVID-19 crisis has affected in-house production agencies and the advertising strategies businesses will be adapting moving forward.
* Please note this session will be capped at 1,000 participants.

Joseph Pearlman, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Join celebrity acting coach Joseph Pearlman as he shows you how actors of any level can now easily create a winning reel that looks and feels exactly like what celebrities are using. The structure of a high-level acting reel has fundamentally changed over the last three years. Actors are unintentionally closing more doors than they open with reels that don't deliver project relevant material. The industry is evolving at light speed right now. The actor's ability to rapidly adapt to these changes is essential to achieving major industry success.

Elwood Reid, Showrunner
Zoom Session: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK

Join our conversation with National Geographic's "Barskins" showrunner Elwood Reid to talk all things creative process, narrative structure, and more. He created and was the showrunner of the Peabody Award–winning series "The Bridge" for FX. He also acted as showrunner for the first season of Showtime’s critically acclaimed series "The Chi." Previous credits include network hits such as "Cold Case" and "Hawaii 5-0." Come ask all your questions and find out what a showrunner actually does!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Elle Fanning, Actor
Instagram Live: 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT/10 p.m. UK

Elle Fanning has been acting her entire life, growing up onscreen in both indie darlings and mainstream blockbusters. Since first appearing alongside her sister Dakota Fanning in “I Am Sam,” she has starred in “Super 8,” “Ginger & Rosa,” “Trumbo” (earning a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination), “20th Century Women,” “The Beguiled,” “Teen Spirit,” and as Princess Aurora in Disney’s “Maleficent” and its sequel. Now starring on Hulu's "The Great," she's joining Backstage for an interview diving deep on her craft and career. 

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MONDAY May 11

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Arden Kaywin, Voice Teacher
YouTube Live: 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT/6:30 p.m. UK
There's more that matters in your career than talent. Voice teacher, vocal coach, and vocal producer Arden Kaywin will discuss the importance of understanding that talent is universal, but opportunity is not. She'll explain how most successful singers are not the ones with the most talent but the ones who internalize this statement, how who you become and how you show up in your singing career makes the difference, and more.

Nathalie Kelley, Actor
Instagram Live: 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT/12 a.m. UK
A superstar now playing a superstar in ABC’s "The Baker and the Beauty," Nathalie Kelley joins Backstage on Instagram to chat craft, career advice, and life in quarantine. Audiences may know Nathalie from "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," "Body of Proof," "Dynasty," and "The Vampire Diaries."

TUESDAY May 12

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Jason Lockhart, Talent Agent
Zoom Session: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK

Jason Lockhart is a talent agent from Los Angeles who relocated to the Southeast market in 2017 as the Head of TV & Film at one of the most prestigious agencies in Atlanta. Also an accomplished filmmaker, actor, and author, Jason has over 20 years of experience and education in the industry, but after bouncing around several seats in Hollywood, he finds it most rewarding behind the talent agent's desk, where he helps others pursue their dreams. Tune in for this audience Q&A, where he will be answering all your burning questions!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Melia Kreiling, Actor
Instagram Q&A: 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT/7:30 p.m. UK
Keiling is a true multi-hyphenate, beginning her career as a classically trained dancer before moving into acting with "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Last Tycoon." Next, you can catch her on Fox's "Filthy Rich" and on Backstage's Instagram Stories answering all your questions about transitioning between careers, television and film acting, and more!

WEDNESDAY May 13

Lauren Evans, Casting Director
Zoom Session: 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UK

U.K. casting director Lauren Evans has worked on some of the biggest U.K. projects in recent years including "Game of Thrones," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "The Theory of Everything" and "The Immitation Game." Now having cast all the breakout roles on "Sex Education," she certainly has a keen eye for new talent and putting together an amazing ensemble. Join Lauren for this Zoom Q&A to learn more about her experiences, the casting process, and some insider tips.
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Andrew Byrne, Voice Teacher
YouTube Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Join voice teacher Andrew Byrne for a 20-minute legit vocal warmup session. Byrne will discuss a legit vocal warmup, why everyone should work on legit voice, how legit singing is different, what pure vowels are, and walk you through an easy warmup flow everyone can follow.

Anthony Anderson, Actor
Instagram Live Interview: 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT/10 p.m. UK
Anthony Anderson, a multiple Emmy Award nominee for playing the hilarious Dre Johnson on Kenya Barris' "Black-ish," is known for his comedic timing and effortless chemistry with co-stars. How does he do it? Anthony joins Backstage to impart wisdom to his fellow performers and help guide them through challenging times.

THURSDAY May 14

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Joseph Pearlman, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Join celebrity acting coach Joseph Pearlman as he shows you how to take any acting note from a director or casting director and turn it into an on-set or audition win. Getting a note from a director on set or from casting does not invalidate the choice you made—in many cases, it’s just the opposite. It gives everyone in the room a glimpse of how you like to work and shows that you can make fast adjustments on set.

Elle Johnson, Netflix Showrunner
Zoom Session: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK

Elle Johnson is the co-showrunner of the new Netflix series "Self Made" starring Octavia Spencer, Tiffany Haddish, and Carmen Ejogo. This is a four-part limited series, which follows the legendary entrepreneur Madam CJ Walker's unprecedented success story as the founder and owner of a haircare empire; she was considered the wealthiest African-American businesses woman and wealthiest self-made woman in America at the time of her death in 1919. Elle will be on-hand to answer all your questions about writing, directing, and creating your own work. 
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

How to Make, Pitch, + Produce Your Own Work, Panel Discussion
Zoom Webinar: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK

Artists wear many hats! This panel of experts (talent manager and publicist Lindsay Glicksten; author, producer, and writer Naomi McDougall Jones; and actor, director, and producer Jamie Monahan) will discuss how they made their own work and what they did to produce, develop, and pitch their material. Be your own best advocate in the business! From ideas to get you started on creating your own projects and PR, to a roadmap on how to deal with challenges along the way, this panel will inspire you to work on your own content and take control of your digital footprint as an artist.
* Please note this session will be capped at 1,000 participants.

FRIDAY May 15

Sophie Mensah, Actor and Acting Coach
Zoom Session: 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UK

Sophie Mensah is an actress and acting coach at many drama schools across the U.K. including; East15 Acting School, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, ALRA, St. Mary’s University, and more. This class will focus on how to approach a script and a character from scratch, from the first reading of the text to creating a timeline of events and how to work through the text and get all of the information you need to create your character. You will discover the initial detective work the actor needs to do when approaching a role and how to work on a text as a whole. This class will give you the confidence to tackle any script!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Heidi Dean, Social Media Expert
YouTube Live: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Social media expert Heidi Dean returns with YouTube tips for actors! Wondering if you should have a YouTube channel and what content you should put on it? Dean will answer these YouTube questions and more.

Brian Mait, Showrunner
Zoom Session: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK

Want to know more about what it's like running the show behind the scenes on a reality television show? What the casting looks like? Location scouting? Filming process? Join us for an in-depth conversation with Daytime Emmy-winning director and producer Brian Mait on all things television creation. A producer on NBC's "1st Look," he'll share his thoughts on developing content, overseeing production crews, establishing narratives, and more for networks including CBS, Comedy Central, Bravo, and MTV.
* Please note this session will be capped at 300 participants.

Robert Ulrich, Casting Director
Zoom Webinar: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK

Emmy winner Robert Ulrich has cast over 100 TV shows as part of the casting team Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer, including Amazon’s “The Boys and NBC’s “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” and he has collaborated with Ryan Murphy for more than a decade on series like “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” and “Feud.” Get advice straight from one of the top CDs in the business when Ulrich speaks with Backstage about his recent projects and takes your questions live on-camera.

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SUNDAY May 3

Nicole Kang, Actor (“Batwoman”)
Instagram Takeover: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK
This Sunday, May 3 at 4 p.m. ET, join Nicole Kang, one of the stars of The CW’s “Batwoman” for a behind-the-scenes gliQ&mpse of the show ahead of the new episode. She’ll also be answering your questions about acting, joining the DCTV Universe, and more!

MONDAY May 4

[***POSTPONED***] Leanne Flinn, Casting Director
Zoom Session: 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UK
Join award winning UK casting director, Leanne Flinn for this Zoom Q&A, which will be loaded with tips and info for all manners of casting. Flinn works across commercials, music videos, film and TV working with a mix of traditional casting methods and searching off the beaten track. As a trained actor, she knows how it feels to be the other side of the room and we will be discussing how that can help casting and actors in a session.

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

TUESDAY May 5

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Heidi Dean, Social Media Expert
YouTube Live: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Wondering how you can use social media to connect with casting directors, producers, and others? Join social media expert Heidi Dean for a lesson about how to network on social media. Dean will break down the who, where, and how of networking on social media for your acting career.

Hank Azaria, Actor
Instagram Q&A: 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. UK
Tune into our Q&A with “Brockmire” star Hank Azaria to get all your comedy, voiceover, and acting questions answered on our Instagram story! Known for his iconic VO performances on “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy,” Azaria has built an illustrious career on the small screen spanning more than three decades and six Primetime Emmy wins. He’ll be joining Backstage for an hour to talk shop.

WEDNESDAY May 6

Rachel Freck, Casting Director
Zoom Session: 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UK
Join Emmy Award–winning UK casting director Rachel Freck for a Zoom Q&A. Freck is responsible for casting great British comedies, "The Office" (UK), "Peep Show," "Him & Her," "Greenwing," films "Confetti" and "Nativity," and TV drama series "Tin Star," "Flack," and "Little Dorrit," which won her the Emmy. Join us for this hour of questions about casting for comedy and drama, nailing a self-tape, and much more.

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Andrew Byrne, Voice Coach
YouTube Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Join voice teacher Andrew Byrne for a lesson about fixing springtime allergies. Byrne will discuss the causes of allergic reactions, three sinus drills, a facial stretch to reduce allergic responses, and more!

Darren Barnet, Actor
Instagram Q&A: 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT/7:30 p.m. UK
Japanese-American actor and writer Darren Barnet (NBC's "This Is Us") takes his place among the next generation of Hollywood heartthrobs with a starring role on Netflix's coming-of-age comedy "Never Have I Ever," created and inspired by executive producer Mindy Kaling's childhood. Catch him taking over our Instagram stories to take your questions about the series, his career, and more!

THURSDAY May 7

Leanne Flinn, Casting Director
Zoom Session: 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UK
Join award winning UK casting director, Leanne Flinn for this Zoom Q&A, which will be loaded with tips and info for all manners of casting. Flinn works across commercials, music videos, film and TV working with a mix of traditional casting methods and searching off the beaten track. As a trained actor, she knows how it feels to be the other side of the room and we will be discussing how that can help casting and actors in a session.

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Joseph Pearlman, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Join celebrity acting coach Joseph Pearlman as he shows you how to instantly win over any room the moment you enter (virtual or in-person) by harnessing the power of your unique personality. The audition doesn’t begin when you start acting. It begins the second you show up!

Julie Tucker, Casting Director
Zoom Webinar: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK

Join an interactive talkback with Julie Tucker designed to quell some of your quarantine concerns. Tucker will be answering all your questions about connecting and building relationships with casting directors during this time.

Arturo Castro, Actor
Instagram Live: 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. UK
Creator, star, writer, and EP of "Alternatino," which premiered on Comedy Central this past year, Aruro Castro uses humor to navigate a tricky cultural conversation around immigration and American identity as a Latinx immigrant himself. He sits with us to talk about his comedy training, how he played 42 wildly different characters throughout the season, and advice for others in the field.

FRIDAY May 8

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Matthew Hougland, Voice Teacher + Performer
Zoom Session: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK

Matthew Hougland is a NYC-based voice teacher and performer. Having taught at NYU, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, and Rosie’s Theater Kids, Matthew is pumped to share his passion and knowledge, all while making some awesome face sounds! In this one hour session, Matthew will teach you the basics of straw singing and how it can make your voice feel like butta! AND it's not just for singers, all are welcome! Come and unlock the potential of your voice and we’ll have a candid Q&A about vocal health now and moving forward!

Judy Bouley, Casting Director
Zoom Session: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK

Casting director Judy Bouley likes to be known for her creativity and kindness in the audition room. She wants to help actors stay creative now. The L.A.-based CD has worked with directors like Tom Hanks, Robert Zemeckis, and more and has worked around the world. Judy will instruct a class in auditioning essentials, how to be in service to yourself and your craft now, and will take questions from viewers who can use her casting expertise to take the next steps in their careers.

Kristina Latour, Editor
Zoom Session: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK

Looking for ways to improve your demo reel? This session will feature demo reel and custom montage editor Kristina Latour of Latour de Force Productions giving constructive feedback you can apply to your own materials! Apply to have your demo reel assessed! Latour a SAG-AFTRA and AEA actor based in New York City. She is highly skilled in taking performance footage and creating reels that are both professional and appealing to watch.

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MONDAY APRIL 27

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Harriet Bass, Casting Director
Zoom Webinar: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK

Tune in for an open forum Q&A with New York's leading independent casting director Harriet Bass. She's cast theater, film, and television projects for ABC, Fox Television Studio, the Minetta Lane Theatre, La MaMa, and more, and is here to answer all your questions about booking work during isolation.

Tom Payne, Actor
Instagram Q&A: 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. UK
Tune in for a Q&A with the star of Fox's "Prodigal Son" Tom Payne on all things acting! Plus, the U.K. native will share his experience working on both sides of the pond!

TUESDAY APRIL 28

Matt Harrison + Anna Niland, Theater Director + Associate Director of National Youth Theatre
Zoom Session: 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT/3 p.m. UK

Join National Youth Theatre and award-winning director and theater-maker, Matt Harrison for a masterclass on making the most of your monologue. Matt will give participants a tool kit of simple and effective exercises you can use to break down a speech, empowering you as actors to make clear, bold and playful choices.

UPDATE: Steph VS, Fitness Coach***
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Unfortunately, Steph's morning workout has been cancelled this morning. But we have begun uploading his recorded sessions to our YouTube page! You can still get a good workout in with the video embed below:

Laurie Burke, Voiceover Actor
YouTube Live: 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT/11 p.m. UK
As an actor, host, and singer, Laurie Burke is well equipped to share how she applies her skills to her voiceover work! Join her on Backstage's YouTube channel for tips on how to choose the best microphone for you and your voiceover career.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 29

UPDATE: Steph VS, Fitness Coach***
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Unfortunately, Steph's morning workout has been cancelled this morning. But we have begun uploading his recorded sessions to our YouTube page! You can still get a good workout in with the video embed below:

Andrew Byrne, Voice Coach
YouTube Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Join voice teacher Andrew Byrne for a lesson on using your brain to combat performance anxiety. Byrne will discuss how the brain controls anxiety, offer two breathing drills that can help reduce anxiety, and more!

Rose Byrne, Actor
Instagram Live: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Fresh off a Drama Desk Award nomination for her devastating stage performance in "Medea" Off-Broadway, Rose Byrne is joining managing editor Benjamin Lindsay to discuss her latest stellar performance as feminist activist Gloria Steinem on FX on Hulu's "Mrs. America."

Raquel Gardner, Acting Coach
Zoom Webinar: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK

Are you new to acting? Join acting coach Raquel Gardner to get all your questions about being a new actor answered. Gardner will share her over 30 years experience in the industry and the tips for success that landed a few of her clients gigs on Netflix, Starz, FOX, NBC, and HBO. In 2015, she founded the Actors Mark, a safe space for actors to build a solid technique in their craft and understanding of the business side to their career. Preregister for this webinar at the link above.

THURSDAY APRIL 30

Sophie Holland, Casting Director
Zoom Session: 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UK
Join casting director Sophie Holland for an audience Q&A session on Zoom. Sophie's credits include Netflix's "The Witcher," and her experience spans across a wide range of genre in film,  TV, and theater. Come and learn from Sophie's incredibly varied expertise and get inspired by her positive movement, #castingcrushescorona.

UPDATE: Steph VS, Fitness Coach***
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Unfortunately, Steph's morning workout has been cancelled this morning. But we have begun uploading his recorded sessions to our YouTube page! You can still get a good workout in with the video embed below:

Joseph Pearlman, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Based on Anthony Hopkins' technique for seamless memorization, celebrity acting coach Joseph Pearlman will show you how to memorize your next audition with zero effort. You cannot be thinking about your next line while also delivering a truly "great" performance. Solid memorization allows you to seamlessly tune your heartbeat to the character's heartbeat to create dangerous and brave performances that stand out and get you booked.

Chaim Magnum, Vice President of Lemon Lime Agency
Zoom Session: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK

Lemon Lime is an unconventional and cutting edge commercial, modeling and influencer agency located in Los Angeles, California. Lemon Lime specializes in authentically cool talent and models. Join agency VP Chaim Magnum for this Zoom seminar where he will be taking all your questions on what he looks for in prospective clients, how actors can find success in commercials and modeling, and what today's climate of COVID-19 means for the industry at large. 

FRIDAY May 1

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Mary Page Nance, Broadway Performer
Zoom Session: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK

You can't attend a Broadway show, but you can dance like you're on one of its stages! Tune into this live hour-long dance class of the original choreography from Broadway's "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812" led by former ensemble member Mary Page Nance. In addition to "Great Comet," she was in the original cast of "Finding Neverland" on Broadway, and she toured the country with the First National Company of "Bright Star."

Lauren Corry, Associate Casting Director
Instagram Q&A: 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT/10 p.m. UK
An associate casting director at Rapaport/Baldasare Casting in Los Angeles, Lauren Corry will be offering her tips on self-tape success and audition etiquette! In the past three years, she has worked on shows such as "Arrow," "The Flash," "Riverdale," "Supergirl," and "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina." In addition, Lauren is currently casting a pilot for the CW titled "Superman & Lois" starring Tyler Hoechlin & Bitsie Tulloch!

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MONDAY APRIL 20

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Quentin Dunne, Mental Health Professional
Backstage Forums AMA: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
In these unprecedented times, taking care of your mental health is crucial. If you have specific questions or just need some guidance on how to get through this time, licensed therapist Quentin Dunne will be taking questions on the Backstage Forums today!

Wendi McLendon-Covey, Actor
Instagram Live: 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT/7:30 p.m. UK
Few actors can land a joke like Wendi McLendon-Covey. The actor, best known for sitcoms like "The Goldbergs," blockbuster comedies like "Bridesmaids," and now the highly anticipated reboot of "Reno 911!" on Quibi sits with managing editor Benjamin Lindsay to talk craft, career, comedy advice, and switching up genres as an actor. (She'll next be seen giving an off-brand, devastating turn in indie drama "Blush.")

Mel Mack, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
Learn the ins and outs of putting together a self-tape with Mel Mack! She'll walk you through her personal set-up before detailing specifics on eye-line, connecting with your reader, and more! Mel has worked in entertainment in New York City and Los Angeles for 18+ years and owns and operates the Mel Mack Acting Studio. She began teaching 15 years ago and helps actors gain on-camera confidence while finding comedic timing within scripts for TV and film—ranging from beginning to advanced levels as well as workshops, career coaching, and advice sessions.

TUESDAY APRIL 21

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Heidi Dean, Social Media Expert
YouTube Live: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Not sure what to post on social media for your acting career? Social media expert Heidi Dean will walk you through her three-step process for making sure you always have the right content to share.

Quentin Dunne, Mental Health Professional
Backstage Forums AMA: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
In these unprecedented times, taking care of your mental health is crucial. If you have specific questions or just need some guidance on how to get through this time, licensed therapist Quentin Dunne will be taking questions on the Backstage Forums today!

Mary Page Nance, Broadway Dancer
Instagram Q&A: 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT/7:30 p.m. UK
Need some advice for making it to Broadway? Tune in to our audience talkback with Broadway performer Mary Page Nance. She was in the original casts of "Finding Neverland" and "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812" on Broadway, and she toured the country with the First National Company of "Bright Star." She'll be taking all your questions on all things Broadway!

Steven Tylor O'Connor, Associate Casting Director
Zoom Session: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK

Tune in for a Q&A with casting associate Steven Tyler O’Connor, an Artios Award–winning associate for his work on Disney's "Andi Mack.” He was named the 2019 Casting Associate of the Year by the CSA and currently sits on their Inclusion & Diversity committee. A CD in his own right, Steven spends what little free time he has writing and producing.

Thea McLeod, Casting Director (**AU + UK**)
Instagram Live: 7 p.m. AU/10 a.m. UK
Thea McLeod of McLeod Casting is one of Australia's most prominent casting directors with a wide breadth of work ranging from international films to television, notably "Neighbours." Thea has cast many A-list actors including Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Rachael Taylor, Josh Lawson, Xavier Samuel, and a Academy Award winner Jackie Weaver. With a career spanning acting and casting in the UK & Australia, Thea has a passion for discovering and nurturing the next generation of A-lister from Australia and beyond.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 22

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Andrew Byrne, Voice Coach
YouTube Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Join voice teacher Andrew Byrne for a lesson in core training for performers.

Raquel Gardner, Acting Coach
Zoom Webinar: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK

Are you new to the business of acting? Join our conversation on how to kick-start your career as a beginning actor with Raquel Gardner, an acting coach with over 30 years of experience in the industry and a list of clients currently working on Netflix, Starz, FOX, NBC, and HBO. In 2015, she founded the Actors Mark, a safe space for actors to build a solid technique in their craft and understanding of the business side to their career. Preregistration for this webinar is required. Click the link above to sign up! 

Kristen Paladino, Casting Director
Backstage Forums AMA: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK
Knowing how to give a casting director what they're looking for in a self-tape is the key to getting your foot in the door for any role. Now's your chance to ask all your questions about how to do just that: CD Kristen Paladino is jumping on Backstage's forums! Kristen and her keen eye are renowned for uncovering hard-to-find, highly specialized, raw talent. Paladino Castings’ commercials are celebrated both domestically and abroad, while their films have screened at the world’s top festivals and venues including Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, and Cannes. Clients include Converse, Google, Adidas, Gerber, Dior, NBC, HBO, Facebook, Comedy Central, GLAAD, and multiple SVOD services.

Harvey Guillen, Actor
Backstage Forums AMA: 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT/10 p.m. UK
You may know Harven Guillen as Guillermo in FX’s hilarious and one-of-a-kind vampire series “What We Do in the Shadows,” from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. The GLAAD Award-winning actor and producer has also starred in “Eye Candy,” “Huge,” “The Magicians,” and “The Internship.” Join Harvey for a deep dive into his creative process, the secrets to delivering great comedy, and more!

THURSDAY APRIL 23

Emma Crompton, Casting Director and Associate 
Zoom Q&A: 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT/11 a.m. UK

Join us for a Q&A with UK casting director Emma Crompton. Emma has worked in casting on projects for Channel 4, BBC, ITV, Lionsgate, Disney, Sony, Universal, Netflix, Warner Brothers, and Amazon Studios. She will be giving advice on self-tape prep, auditioning for comedy roles, how she casts for main roles vs. smaller roles, and more!

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Alison Franck, Casting Director
Zoom Webinar: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK

Get a crash course on all things musical theater auditions with casting director and CSA member Alison Franck. Topics will include how to prepare a video submission for musical theater, what you can be doing to improve your audition skills while at home, and how to make sure you're in tip-top shape for your first in-person audition post-pandemic.

Joseph Pearlman, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
Join celebrity acting coach Joseph Pearlman as he shows you how to out-fun the many forms of fear. The single biggest thing that holds actors back from their dream careers is fear: fear of not being enough, fear of being too big with your choices, fear of pitching yourself on the phone, etc. You will learn some simple and impactful ways to burn through the fog of fear, in minutes, and reclaim total control of your career. Joseph believes that it's easier to launch your career faster and reach Oscar potential when you prioritize fun!

Kristen Paladino, Casting Director
Zoom Session: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK

Join us for a Q&A with casting director Kristen Paladino on all things casting. Plus, enter for a chance to receive personalized feedback on your reel, a run of sides, or your acting materials after the talkback. Paladino and her keen eye are renowned for uncovering hard-to-find, highly specialized, raw talent. Paladino Castings’ commercials are celebrated both domestically and abroad, while their films have screened at the world’s top festivals and venues including Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, and Cannes. Clients include Converse, Google, Adidas, Gerber, Dior, NBC, HBO, Facebook, Comedy Central, GLAAD, and multiple SVOD services.

FRIDAY APRIL 24

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Josh Hutcherson + Eliza Coupe, Actors (“Future Man”)
Instagram Live: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Eliza Coupe and Josh Hutcherson star as time-traveling heroes on Hulu’s sci-fi comedy “Future Man,” which recently aired its third season. Between Josh’s action bona fides (“The Hunger Games” franchise) and Eliza’s comedic chops (“Happy Days,” “Scrubs”), these co-stars are a match made in heaven. Both Eliza and Josh will appear on Backstage’s Instagram Live to chat life during the coronavirus crisis and take us behind the scenes of their hit series.

Gloria Calderón Kellett, “One Day at a Time” showrunner
Zoom Webinar: 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT/7:30 p.m. UK

Gloria Calderón Kellett is the executive producer, co-creator, co-showrunner, director, and actor on the critically acclaimed Pop TV sitcom "One Day at a Time," starring Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, and Todd Grinnell. She joins Backstage to speak on the effects of coronavirus on the television industry and offer her showrunner and industry pro perspective on how and when casts and crews can return to work safely. NOTE: This webinar requires preregistration, so be sure to register at the link above and tune in on Zoom!

Alexander Dreymon, Actor
Instagram Live: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK
Alexander Dreymon has earned global attention for his lead role as Viking hero Uhtred of Bebbanburg in the historical drama The Last Kingdom which returns to Netflix for a fourth season on April 26. He's sitting with Backstage in the lead-up to discuss the larger-than-life series, marrying technique with action sequences, and his best advice for those wanting to follow in his footsteps.

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MONDAY APRIL 13

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Shawn Allen McLaughlin, Actor + Headshot Studio Manager with Rex Lott Photography
YouTube Live: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Shawn has worked at a New York City photo studio for 12 years, and he brings tips and pointers to help actors best prepare for their headshot shoot: choosing a photographer, picking your outfits, and keeping your crazy in check.

Julia Flores, Casting Director
Zoom Session: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
Award-winning casting director Julia Flores is here to answer all your questions about the casting process plus how to stay active during quarantine. Based in Los Angeles, her casting work has been featured at the Boston Court Theatre, Ensemble Theatre Company, The Pasadena Playhouse, Universal Studios, and more.

Kayli Carter, Actor
Instagram Q&A: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK
Kayli Carter is taking over our Instagram to answer YOUR questions! A star on FX's "Mrs. America," in which she appears opposite Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, and Sarah Paulson, the New York–based actor has tons of advice to share. Tune in and don't miss it!

TUESDAY APRIL 14

Louise Collins, Casting Director (***MEMBERS ONLY***)
Zoom Session: 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT/11 a.m. UK
Please note: Submissions are now closed
Join casting director Louise Collins of Collins Casting for 1:1 sessions. Louise has cast for brands including Facebook, Nike, Mcdonalds, and Sony, along with music videos for Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi, and Ella Eyre. Collins Casting have also cast a great list of award-winning films including "The Fighter," winner of best short at BFI London Film Festival and "Devils Harmony," winner of the Jury Prize for short film at Sundance. Collins will be giving individual feedback in these 121 sessions, please apply via the Backstage link.

Elizabeth Stanley, Actor
Instagram Takeover: 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT/3 p.m. UK
Join "Jagged Little Pill" star Elizabeth Stanley as she takes you through her day in isolation, shows you how she stays busy, and answers your questions about Broadway, acting, and more!

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Heidi Dean, Social Media Expert
YouTube Live: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Wondering how you can make the most of Instagram to build your brand and make connections for your career? In this session, social media expert Heidi Dean shares her five game-changing Instagram tips for actors and why they're important for success.

Harriet Bass, Casting Director
Zoom Webinar: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
Tune in for an open forum Q&A with New York's leading independent casting director Harriet Bass. She's cast theater, film, and television projects for ABC, Fox Television Studio, the Minetta Lane Theatre, La MaMa, and more, and is here to answer all your questions about booking work during isolation.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 15

Matt Harrison + Anna Niland, Theater Director + Associate Director of National Youth Theatre
Zoom Session: 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT/3 p.m. UK
Join National Youth Theatre and award-winning director and theater-maker Matt Harrison for a masterclass on making the most of your monologue. Matt will give participants a toolkit of simple and effective exercises they can use to break down a speech, empowering them as actors to make clear, bold, and playful choices. We’ll be working on an example monologue from ‘The Fall,’ a play by Olivier Award–nominated writer James Fritz, which Matt directed for the National Youth Theatre in 2018 and which was nominated for three Off–West End Awards.

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Mel Mack, Acting Teacher + Casting Director
Instagram Q&A: 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT/4:30 p.m. UK
Get all your on-camera questions answered on our latest Instagram Q&A! From self-tapes to television, Melonie “Mel” Mack has got you covered. She's worked in entertainment in New York City and Los Angeles for over 18 years and owns and operates the Mel Mack Acting Studio. Mel began teaching 15 years ago and helps actors gain on-camera confidence while finding comedic timing within scripts for TV and film—ranging from beginning to advanced levels, as well as workshops, career coaching, and advice sessions.

Andrew Byrne, Voice Teacher
YouTube Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Join voice teacher Andrew Byrne for a lesson about using internal vs. external focus in your singing. Byrne will explain what internal and external focus are, provide a way for you to test which focus is better for you, and offer focus drills for each.

THURSDAY APRIL 16

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Katie Johannigman, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Musical Theater at CCM
Instagram Live: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Tap your troubles away with Katie Johannigman from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Join her for a tappy hour of musical theater tap for beginners (with a few advanced steps thrown in for good measure!) Starting with a warm up and a couple of technique steps, come learn a short, and fun combination in 40 minutes! You can take this in sneakers on your kitchen floor so your neighbors don't lose their minds, or get out those tap shoes, Francis, and brush up your steps!

Melanie Forchetti, Casting Director
YouTube Live: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
Casting director Melanie Forchetti will share her tips for maximizing your time now so you can hit the ground running when production resumes.

FRIDAY APRIL 17

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Joseph Pearlman, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Join celebrity acting coach Joseph Pearlman as he shows you why you're only one job away from something huge happening in your career. Major industry success is a result of impact, not effort. Joseph will show you how he helps actors launch their dream careers faster with less effort while helping you to destroy limiting beliefs and identify fear-based advice that holds actors back from their success potential. Get a winning strategy to have the best booking year ever—on your own terms!

Lauren Lapkus, Actor
Instagram Q&A: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
Lauren Lapkus is an actress and improviser best known for her role as prison guard Susan Fischer on Netflix's "Orange is the New Black," which won her a SAG award. She was most recently seen starring in Netflix’s "Between Two Ferns: The Movie" opposite Zach Galifianakis, and next will star in another Netflix feature, "The Wrong Missy," opposite David Spade and produced by Adam Sandler. In 2018, she starred in "The Unicorn," which premiered at SXSW. In 2017, she was nominated for an Emmy for her role of Samantha Newman on Funny Or Die's "The Earliest Show." She'll be taking over our Instagram to answer all your questions about how to turn your experience in improv comedy into a long-lasting on-camera career. 

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MONDAY APRIL 6

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK

Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Arden Kaywin, Voice Teacher
YouTube Live: 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. UK
Voice teacher, vocal coach, and vocal producer Arden Kaywin will discuss the secret to singing freely (aka how to never deal with tension and strain again). Join Kaywin for a lesson looking at how tension and strain impact singers and why you need to make these your new best friends.

Kevin Bacon, Actor
Instagram Q&A: 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT/10 p.m. UK
Kevin Bacon joins us live on Instagram for a sit-down interview with Backstage's managing editor Benjamin Lindsay. The Golden Globe winner is currently doing everything right during the COVID-19 pandemic and urging others to self-isolate with his #IStayHomeFor campaign. Plus, he gives one of the year's best television performances in Showtime's freshman drama "City on a Hill." He'll chat all that and more—and he might even take some audience questions before we're through.

TUESDAY APRIL 7

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK
Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Daryl Eisenberg, Casting Director
Instagram Q&A: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Eisenberg’s back with us! A managing partner over at Eisenberg/Beans Casting, this New York–based CD will be hosting an uncensored Q&A answering all the questions you’ve been too afraid to ask until now! Head to our stories on Instagram for the full debrief.

Laurie Burke, Voiceover Actor
YouTube Live: 6 p.m./3 p.m./11 p.m. UK
As an actor, host, and singer, Burke is well equipped to share how to set up the perfect at home voiceover studio! Join her on Backstage's YouTube channel for tips you can improve your voiceover set up while you’re stuck at home.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 8

Abigail Millar, Agent Assistant With Curtis Brown
Instagram Q&A: 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT/3 p.m. UK
Our rescheduled Q&A with Curtis Brown’s Millar, who will be taking all your questions! Don’t miss this opportunity to chat with a leading UK talent & literacy agency.

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK
Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Andrew Byrne, Voice Teacher
YouTube Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Join voice teacher Andrew Byrne for a lesson about how you can assess your breathing mechanics. Byrne will share four home tests you can use to see how well you're breathing, ways to assess the movement of your diaphragm, and more!

Julie Tucker, Casting Director at Tucker/Meyerson Casting
Zoom Session: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
Tucker’s first session was such a success, she’s back for another! The Emmy-winning casting director will be taking all your questions via Zoom—everything from audition techniques to self-tape advice to staying sharp during quarantine is fair game! 

Giada Matteini, Director of NYU Tisch’s Second Avenue Dance Company
Instagram Live: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK

Giada is the director of NYU Tisch’s Second Avenue Dance Company. As the instructor in charge of moving dance education online, she will speak on movement in small spaces, preparing your living room, and giving your home space the same energy and magic as the studio. Matteini is a choreographer and the artistic director of contemporary dance production Nutcracker NYC and as a Florence native has facilitated collaboration and exchanges between European and American dance companies.

THURSDAY APRIL 9

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK
Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Rikki Gimelstob, Casting Director
Zoom Session: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Join an interactive Q&A with New York–based CD Rikki Gimelstob! She worked as a staff member at Telsey + Company for five years and has also worked with Donna Grossman Casting and NBC/Universal. Her credits include everything from St. Ann’s Warehouse productions “THE JUNGLE” to Geico, Verizon, and Macy’s commercials.  

Joseph Pearlman, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Want to guarantee a win on your next self-tape audition? Pearlman, an acting coach and Backstage Expert, will show you what it takes to launch your career faster from anywhere in the world, and supercharge your booking rate. He’ll also discuss the technical expectations and must-haves for a winning video audition.

Robert Jr., Casting Director at Digital Dogs Casting
Instagram Live: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
For the actors out there thinking of launching their careers in commercials when everything is back up and running, prepare yourself with this Q&A session from the owner of boutique commercial and feature film casting company Digital Dogs. Topics will include what CDs look for in actor auditions, improving your self-tapes, updating your promo materials, and staying connected.

Brett Hahalyak, Casting Associate at Bullock & Snow Casting
Backstage Forums: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK
Not used to auditioning outside of your comfort zone? Bullock and Snow Casting Associate and former professional dancer Brett Hahalyak will be answering your questions about transitioning seamlessly into a different type of performance than you're used to. Hahalyak received his BFA in Dance from the University of the Arts and is based in Los Angeles. His credits include Nickelodeon hit shows "Henry Danger" and “Danger Force", so multi-cam TV audition questions are definitely welcome!

FRIDAY APRIL 10

Warren Blackmore, Production Company Founder + TV Commercial Director
Zoom Session: 8:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. UK
Edit your showreel content and cut your own reel from home with this tutorial with Warren Blackmore, owner of Lab Class Ltd. Please download the free seven-day trial to Adobe Premiere Pro if you want to work along: https://tinyurl.com/vb2tuf8

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK
Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

AnnaSophia Robb, Actor
Backstage Forums AMA: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Join "Little Fires Everywhere" star AnnaSophia Robb for an AMA on the Backstage forums! From acting advice to what it's like to star on major streaming series like "Little Fires" and "The Act," Robb will answer all your questions!

Coco Kleppinger, Casting Associate + Acting Coach
Zoom Session: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Want to take your audition technique to the next level? Join Coco Kleppinger as she walks you through some her best tips and answers all your questions!

Denise Simon, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. UK
Kid and teen actors (aged 7–18) can join acting coach Denise Simon for this lesson about creating your own content. Simon will discuss looking at your artistic skills and how you can use them to create content like a one-person show!

Sam Trammell, Actor
Instagram Takeover:6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT/11 p.m. UK
Star of stage and screen Sam Trammell will join his fellow working actors on Instagram to chat about his creative process and life amid the coronavirus crisis. A Tony Award nominee known for his work on "True Blood," "This Is Us," and "The Fault in Our Stars," Trammell now stars as a vice-president-turned-president on the thrilling final season of "Homeland."

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MONDAY MARCH 30

Finlay Robertson, Commercial Casting Assistant + Actor
Zoom Session: 7 a.m. ET/4 a.m. PT/midday UK
Join this UK-based industry pro for a talk and Q&A around casting for commercials! Alongside Finlay’s extensive TV and theater credits, he has also appeared in countless national and international commercials including recent campaigns for Renault, Bosch, Qualcomm, and Skoda. When not acting, he runs sessions for commercials casting directors such as Hammond & Cox, Hannah Birkett, and Belinda Norcliffe. This session aims at demystifying the casting process from both sides of the camera: how commercial castings work, how to book a job, and how to get the most out of that job.

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK
Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Heidi Dean, Social Media Expert
YouTube Live: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Not sure what you should be doing with your social accounts right now? Join our social media Expert as she offers 10 ways you can clean up your social media for your acting career.

Ken Davenport, Theater Producer
Zoom Session: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Are you aspirations of hitting the Broadway stage after this is all over really sinking in these days? We’ve got just the thing: 10 audition tips plus a Q&A with this Tony-winning Broadway producer. Davenport has done everything from “Once on This Island” to “Kinky Boots” to Deaf West Theatre’s “Spring Awakening.” Tune in and soak up the knowledge!

Kathryn Gallagher, Star of Broadway’s “Jagged Little Pill”
Instagram Q&A: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
Missing Broadway? So are we, and while it’s gonna be a little while until we can head to the theater again, we’ve got the next best thing: “Jagged Little Pill” star Kathryn Gallagher is taking over our Instagram to hang, answer your questions, and hold us over until the Great White Way is back up and running! Head to our profile, and check out our stories for the full brief.

Robert Jr, Owner of Digital Dogs Casting
YouTube Live: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK
For the actors out there thinking of launching their careers in commercials when everything is back up and running, prepare yourself with this Q&A session from the owner of boutique commercial and feature film casting company Digital Dogs. Topics will include setting career goals during this tough time, improving your self-tapes, updating your promo materials, and staying connected.

TUESDAY MARCH 31

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK
Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Sarah Dahnke, Movement Coach + Choreographer
Zoom Session: 1 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT/6 p.m. UK
Get the skills you need to get through a principal call as an actor who doesn’t really dance with this movement coach on Zoom!

Joseph Pearlman, Acting Coach
YouTube Live: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Join this acting coach and Backstage Expert for an hour-long class detailing fun and practical ways actors can train and stay proactive while practicing social distancing and self-isolation.

Zachary Spiegel, Associate Casting Director, Bullock & Snow Casting
Backstage Forums: 4 p.m. ET. 1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. UK
Are you a theater actor hoping to make the leap to on-camera, or vice versa? Get all your questions answered about the casting processes for theater versus multi-cam comedy television by Associate Casting Director Zachary Spiegel of Bullock & Snow Casting right here on Backstage’s forums.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 1

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK
Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Kristin Calabria, Yoga Teacher + Actor
Zoom Session: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Utilizing the foundations of the mindfulness practice, tune into Calabria on Zoom to reconnect knowledge of mind, body, and heart through movement and breath with a 45-minute, open-level vinyasa flow!

Julie Tucker, Casting Director at Tucker/Meyerson Casting
Zoom Session: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. GMT
This interactive talkback with Tucker just might quell all your quarantine concerns. Tucker will be answering all your questions about staying active over the coming weeks and more!

THURSDAY APRIL 2

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK
Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Julia Flores, Casting Director
Zoom Session: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Award-winning casting director Julia Flores is here to answer all your questions about the casting process plus how to stay active during quarantine. Based in Los Angeles, her casting work has been featured at the Boston Court Theatre, Ensemble Theatre Company, The Pasadena Playhouse, Universal Studios, and more.

Melanie Forchetti, Casting Director
YouTube Live: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. UK
If you’re looking for someone to answer all your self-tape questions during a time when they’re more important than ever, look no further than this Q&A on YouTube Live with Forchetti!

FRIDAY APRIL 3

Abigail Millar, Agent Assistant at Curtis Brown
Instagram Q&A: 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT/11 a.m. UK
UPDATE: We had technical difficulties with Abigail Millar’s Q&A and will be rescheduling for a new time soon! Apologies for the confusion and thank you for understanding.

Join Abigail Millar, Agent Assistant at leading UK talent & literacy agency, Curtis Brown, who will be taking your questions from our Instagram page.

*MEMBER EXCLUSIVE*
Sophie Kingston-Smith, Casting Director & Casting Associate, Rose Wicksteed Casting
Are you a UK-based actor seeking some personalized feedback on your work? Now’s your chance with Kingston-Smith who will be holding 1:1 sessions with a selection of Backstage members to critique and give tips on performance. Click here for more details.

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UK
Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him for a daily 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Bridie Coughlan, Makeup Artist
YouTube Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UK
Who know what will have changed about your look on the other side of self-isolation. Now’s the time to brush up on your makeup skills! Join Coughlin for a 30-minute tutorial on how to achieve various looks for on-camera and headshots.

Kristin Calabria, Yoga Teacher + Actor
Zoom Session: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/7 p.m. UK
Utilizing the foundations of the mindfulness practice, tune into Calabria on Zoom to reconnect knowledge of mind, body, and heart through movement and breath with a 45-minute, open-level vinyasa flow!

Kate Walsh, Actor
Instagram Live: 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT/11:30 p.m. UK
Kate Walsh joins us live from Australia(!) to chat craft, career, and staying creatively active in quarantine. Best known for her acclaimed performances on "Grey's Anatomy," "13 Reasons Why," "Fargo," and most recently "The Umbrella Academy" on Netflix, Walsh can next be seen in Mike Doyle's indie rom-com, "Almost Love."

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MONDAY MARCH 23

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/3 p.m. GMT
Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him on the Backstage Zoom for a 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Michael J. Brian, Casting Director
Instagram Story Q&A: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/4 p.m. GMT
Join this theater, film, and television casting director for 45 minutes of advice on how to stay sharp during quarantine, and answer your questions about auditions and technique on Backstage’s Instagram Story! His credits include theatrical shows at North Carolina Theatre, Pasadena Civic, and Laguna Playhouse, plus network pilots and episodics, films, and new media projects. 

Arden Kaywin, Voice Teacher
YouTube Live: 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT/9 p.m. GMT
Kaywin is a voice teacher, vocal coach, and vocal producer in Los Angeles with over 15 years of experience working with developing singers and nearly 20 years as a professional singer herself. Join her for a lesson in how to stay mindful through this challenging time on our YouTube channel.

TUESDAY, MARCH 24

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/3 p.m. GMT
Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him on Backstage’ Zoom for a 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Christine McKenna-Tirella, Backstage NY Casting Specialist + Casting Director
Instagram Story Q&A: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT/7 p.m. GMT
Curious about how to handle your auditions while at home? McKenna-Tirella will be answering all your questions on our Instagram Story! 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

Emily Fletcher, Founder of Ziva Meditation + Former Broadway Actor
Instagram Live: 10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. GMT
Emily Fletcher is the founder of Ziva Meditation and the leading expert in meditation for extraordinary performance. Join her for a 30-minute guided meditation using a powerful trifecta of mindfulness, meditation, and manifesting designed to unlock your full potential live on our Instagram.

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/3 p.m. GMT
Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him on Backstage’s Zoom for a 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Andrew Byrne, Voice Teacher
YouTube Live: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/4 p.m. GMT
Join voice teacher Andrew Byrne for a lesson on why singers should work on their balance on our YouTube channel. Byrne will cover what your balance system is, why it's important, drills you can follow, and more.

Kate Lumpkin, Casting Director
Instagram Story Q&A: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/8 p.m. GMT
Casting director Kate Lumpkin will be holding her Industry Office Hours live on Backstage’s Instagram!  Have questions about pilot season? Want to know how to make the most out of an open call? Curious about best practices for keeping in touch with creatives? Head to Backstage’s Instagram story for a one-hour Q&A session where Kate will be answering all of your industry questions!

THURSDAY, MARCH 26

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/3 p.m. GMT
Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him on Backstage’s Zoom for a 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Kelley Buttrick, Voiceover Actor
YouTube Live: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/6 p.m. GMT
Head to our YouTube channel to hear tips and tricks from Buttrick as she walks through marketing and business planning for voiceover actors. An award-winning voiceover talent she’s been featured on Disney, Michelin Tires, Country Crock, ESPN, McDonald’s, Target, IBM, Marriott, Pampers, Tennis Channel, Clinique, and others.

Laurie Burke, Voiceover Teacher
YouTube Live: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/8 p.m. GMT
As an actor, host, and singer, Burke is well equipped to share how she applies her skills to her voiceover work! Join her on Backstage’s YouTube channel for tips you can use to do the same.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27

Natalie Anson-Wright, Acting Coach
Zoom Session: 7 a.m. ET/4 a.m. PT/11 a.m. GMT
Join acting coach Anson-Wright on Zoom for a practical and informative session outlining the popular Ivana Chubbuck technique used by Charlize Theron, James Franco, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jared Leto to name a few. Natalie will be discussing how it can best help your craft and career, with exercises you can do at home!

Steph VS, Fitness Coach
Zoom Session: 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT/3 p.m. GMT
Steph VS is an NYC-based fitness trainer and expert. A professional field hockey player for almost 10 years, he represented Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Join him on our Zoom for a 40-minute weight- and equipment-less workout to kick off your day!

Daryl Eisenberg, Casting Director 
Instagram Story Q&A: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT/4 p.m. GMT
A managing partner over at Eisenberg/Beans Casting, this New York–based CD will be hosting an uncensored Q&A answering all the questions youve been too afraid to ask until now! Head to our stories on Instagram for the full debrief.

Karlee Fomalont, Casting Associate
Backstage Forum AMA: 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT/5:30 p.m. GMT
TV and film auditions might be on hold for a bit, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn't be prepared to handle them when they pick back up! Drop all your burning questions for Fomalont, a CSA Casting Associate with credits including The Post and The Get Down, on the Backstage Forums. She’ll be answering them!

Alexa Mansour, Star of “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”
Instagram Live Q&A: 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. GMT
Actor and singer-songwriter Mansour is ready to share how she’s dealing with quarantine as well as a song or two! Join her for a 30-minute Instagram Live.

Matt Bomer, Star of “The Sinner”
Instagram Live Q&A: 5 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. GMT
Fans of “The Sinner” listen up! This is your chance to join Emmy nominee and Backstage cover star Matt Bomer in a sit-down conversation with Managing Editor Benjamin Lindsay. We'll be diving deep on the series' thrilling season finale (airing on USA Network Thursday, March 26) while also picking the actor's brain on all things craft and career. We might even ask your questions live on our Instagram! Tune in!

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