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Behind the Scenes of THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM

In the beginning of March, I sat down with the understudies of the Off-Broadway musical The Robber Bridegroom. The hilarious one-act directed by Alex Timbers tells the tale of Jamie Lockhart (played by Steven Pasquale), a heartthrob by day and bandit by night. Understudies Graham Stevens and Marissa McGowan joined me between shows to chat about their experiences, and Jeremiah James added his thoughts in an email later that day. 

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Actor Audition Etiquette: 3 Mistakes to Avoid

We talk a ton these days about audience etiquette, but what we don’t discuss is actor etiquette. Not at shows, of course. Hopefully, knowing what goes into the making of a show keeps any actor from being a disrespectful audience member. But what about actor etiquette at auditions? It’s the height of audition season, and it seems like every actor in New York City is attending every single audition. That’s a lot of people to fit into a holding room! Here are a few things to think about at your next audition so that you’re not the story everyone is telling the next day.

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Dress for Success This Audition Season with These 4 Tips

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of shopping. It’s audition season again here in NYC and I’m going for a whole new look to complement my new type discoveries. I spent the winter doing a lot of research with the help of an audition coach (thanks The Biz of Show!). So now it’s time to try out what I’ve learned, and that includes trying out new outfits! I learned a couple of things while I was doing all my shopping and I thought I’d share my findings with all of you. Clothing plays a big part of both college auditions and day-to-day auditions so no matter where you live, this is something you should think about.

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Cutlets, Casting, and Karate: An Interview with Betsy Struxness

Recently, I got in touch with Broadway veteran Betsy Struxness. While she’s currently performing inHamilton, Betsy’s career has taken her through many national tours and Broadway shows. Her journey is one that many people pursuing show biz can relate to; she started performing at a young age and from there it’s been a long journey with lots of hard work. Although Betsy’s hectic schedule in a smash Broadway hit prevented us from meeting up, she was gracious enough to answer my questions by email. She gave some excellent, in-depth answers about what it was like to come from a performing arts background and make it all the way to Broadway.

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I've Got the Horse Right Here, His Name is...Fear!

I rode horses for fourteen years before moving to New York, so of course I like to keep up with what’s going on in that world. Recently, I read an article on one of my favorite equine news sites. The article, titled “Bravery is Learned. ‘Practice Your Guts.’,” is based on a quotation from famed horseman George Morris. In this quotation, Mr. Morris relates a story in which one of his riders opted to ride a difficult course in less than opportune weather. When asked why she did this even when she didn’t have to, the rider replied, “I’m practicing my guts.”

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The 7 Best NYC Historical Sites Referenced in Musical Theatre

This week’s blog is inspired, as everything is these days, by Hamilton. I recently discovered a historic gem in my own neighborhood and was thrilled to find out it had ties to everyone’s favorite contemporary musical. Then I began to realize that NYC is the birthplace not just of American Musical Theatre, but also of so much history! Let’s dive in and see how those two things connect. These are the 7 best NYC historical sites that cameo in musicals.

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Things Your College Theatre Program Didn't Tell You (Part 2)

Recently, I discussed some of the things that are important for every actor to know but which aren’t being taught in most theatre programs at the college level. This week, I’m rounding that out with information about showcases and agents. I’d love to hear your opinions or any questions you have about this blog and the last one, so feel free to reach out!

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Things Your College Theatre Program Didn't Tell You (Part 1)

This spring, I graduated college with a BFA in Musical Theatre. I can sing, I can act, I can sort of dance. I grew so much as a person and an actor while I was at college and I wouldn’t trade the lessons I learned for anything. But there are a lot of lessons I didn’t learn and those are costing me a lot in the real world. I spoke with a few of my friends who also graduated within the last five years and discovered that many college theatre programs, whether it’s a well-known school or one that’s still waiting for an alum to make it famous, are lacking in some very important ways.

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5 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU HIT THE REAL WORLD

This summer, I went back to my roots in a way. I went back to the summer camp I had attended in 2011, while I was preparing for college auditions. US Performing Arts runs a camp at UCLA and I was there for a full month when I was a camper, learning from some of the best teachers and actors in the country.

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TOP 10 CONTEMPORARY MT SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY

When I think of musical theatre, I think of New York City. Broadway, Times Square, Central Park, the Upper West Side – there are enough sightseeing opportunities in New York to last a lifetime. But it’s not just the gorgeous views, unique architecture, and incredible public transportation that keep people here; it’s the feeling you get when you’re fighting through rush hour crowds in Times Square or standing alone in Central Park in the fall. New York City makes everybody feel something. Here are 10 songs about just a few of those sensations.

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THE PROBLEM WITH CELL PHONES

We all know that the first week and a half of July was filled with news of cell phone fiascos in the theatre world. First was the Long Island moron at the Booth Theatre who thought he’d plug his phone in on the (fake) outlet built into the set of Hand to God. The very next day at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center, Patti LuPone got fed up with an audience member’s nonstop cellphone usage and used her exit as a chance to swipe the offending texter’s phone.

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