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Become a Part of SAG Foundation's Salon!

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The SAG Foundation is currently seeking submissions for the SAG Foundation Salon Reading Series. The Salon (sponsored in conjunction with The New School), is both a showcase for new work and an opportunity for members of SAG-aftra and Equity to meet the writers of tomorrow’s hit films and television shows. To be considered for either a screenplay of a television pilot, writers must be either in an Mfa program or a member of an affiliated union and the submission must appeal to a broad demographic. Recent Salon readings include John Yarbrough’s screenplay “Not My Beautiful Wife” and Tim O’Leary’s pilot “Wolf Island.” The selected submissions receive a staged reading, followed by a talkback with the writer and director. To submit, writer should email a short synopsis of the script to salon@sagfoundation.com. You will only be contacted if your submission is deemed well-suited to the Salon. »

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Announcing the Readers' Choice Nominees!

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They're here! After two months of taking nominations from you, the Backstage readers, the nominees for the 2014 Readers' Choice Awards are finally here! Starting Aug. 1, you'll have until Aug. 14 to cast your votes for your favorites. Check back here in August for more details on the voting process. In the meantime, here are the nominees who made the cut! Congratulations! NYC Headshot Photographer Barry Morgenstein, Barry Morgenstein Photography Peter Hurley, Peter Hurley Photography Xanthe Elbrick, Xanthe Elbrick Photography Douglas Gorenstein, Douglas Gorenstein Photography Taylor Hooper, Taylor Hooper Photography L.A. Headshot Photographer Paul Smith, Paul:Smith Photographer Cathryn Farnsworth, Cathryn Farnsworth Photography David Muller, David Muller Photography Joanna Degeneres, Joanna Degeneres Photography Stephanie Girard, Stephanie Girard Headshots NYC Dance Studio Broadway Dance Center Steps on Broadway The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Peridance Capezio Center Ripley-Grier Studios L.A. Dance Studio Edge Performing Arts Center Millennium Dance Complex Debbie Reynolds Dance Studios Blackbird, »

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7 Films You Can’t Miss This August

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It’s easy to feel like the summer’s coming to an end when August rolls around, but the following films prove the season isn’t even close to slowing down. From Marvel blockbusters to indie films to classic novel adaptations, August has it all for moviegoers.  So, which are you most excited to see? “Guardians of the Galaxy,” August 1If you love Marvel comics and film you’re going to want to catch “ Guardians of the Galaxy” this month. Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) gets himself wrapped up with the villain Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) after discovering a powerful orb. He and group of misfits who call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy are left to protect Earth from the evil Ronan. “The Hundred Foot Journey,” August 8A talented young chef and his family are displaced from their home in India. They settle in a small French »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘For the Love of God’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

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Talent is currently being sought for the short film “For the Love of God.” “For the Love of God” is a student film for Nyfa about two priests, one of whom confesses his reasons for leaving the church. Several roles are being cast for this unpaid production, and it will shoot in California on August 22 and 23. Auditions will be held Aug. 5 in Burbank, Calif. For more details, check out the casting notice for “For the Love of God” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Now Casting ‘Writing on Sand’ and Upcoming Auditions

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Talent is currently being sought for the feature film “Writing on Sand.” “Writing on Sand” tells the story of a woman who, while running a makeshift suicide hotline from her call phone, is pushed to take her own life. The lead role of Sidney and several supporting roles are being cast for this feature film, and actors will be compensated based on role. Submissions are being sought worldwide. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Writing on Sand” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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PBS Digital Is Focused on Offering Diversity

30 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT

PBS Digital Studios is eyeing minority actors for its upcoming scripted series. The online arm of the Public Broadcasting Service is set to debut inaugural scripted series “Frankenstein, M.D.” Aug. 19, with more expected to follow. That could translate into work for Hispanic, African-American, and Asian actors, Matthew Graham, senior director of PBS Digital Studios, told Backstage. “Diversity is incredibly important to us in terms of audience and on-camera talent.” “Frankenstein, M.D.,” which is being produced for PBS Digital by Pemberley Digital (the studio behind “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” and “Emma Approved”), has minority actors Steve Zaragoza and Kevin Rock among its five leads. Moreover, the title role of Mary Shelley’s undead monster has been reimagined as Victoria Frankenstein, a gender-bending role played by Anna Lore. “The idea of Digital Studios is that it allows us to do a lot of experimentation working with different producers, reaching different kinds of audiences, »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Bunnyman’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

30 July 2014 7:28 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the short film “Bunnyman.” “Bunnyman” is a student film for Nyfa “about a Hollywood delinquent and his struggle to reclaim his prized possession.” Both lead and supporting roles are being cast, as well as background roles.  Auditions will be held on August 5 in Burbank, Calif. and the production will shoot mid-August in Burbank, Hollywood, and Los Angeles. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Bunnyman” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Now Casting ‘Glass’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

30 July 2014 7:18 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the feature film “Glass.” “Glass” follows a man who, after his girlfriend is murdered, searches his way through the back alleys of NYC to find her killer. Several roles are being cast for this film, including the leading role of Glass. Auditions will be held August 2 in NYC, and this gig is paid! For more details, check out the casting notice for “Glass” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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8 Oscar-Winning Actors and Where They Trained

29 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Winning an Academy Award is a delicate balance of natural born talent and vigorous training, and these eight had to start somewhere. Here’s a list of admired Oscar winners and the places they studied before catching their big break. Click Here To View The Slideshow. Looking to improve your craft? Check out “Secret Agent Man’s 3 Ways to Become a Better Actor.” »

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Winners for the 2014 Nymf Announced

29 July 2014 8:54 AM, PDT

The winners for the 11th annual New York Musical Theatre Festival have been announced. “The Gig”—about a used car salesman, a dentist, a real estate agent, a financial advisor, a deli owner, and a teacher who drop their careers and families to pursue playing jazz in the Catskills—came out on top with four wins out of the 11 major categories. The production won for best writing for music and lyrics, best orchestration, and best musical direction, and landed an outstanding performance nod for Larry CahnJennifer Simard and Alyse Alan Louis from “Academia Nuts,” and J. Robert Spencer and Brian Charles Rooney from “Bayonets of Angst” also received performance nods; in addition, “Bayonets” also took the best book award. Other actor mentions included Rachel Dunham (“Oprahfication”), Kenita Miller (“Propaganda! The Musical”), Alexis Fishman (“Der Gelbe Stern (The Yellow Star)”), Erin Leigh Peck (“Mr. Confidential”), and Lynne Wintersteller (“Mother Jones »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Behave the Heaven’ and Upcoming Auditions

29 July 2014 7:29 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the short film “Behave the Heaven.” “Behave the Heaven” is a student film about friendship, betrayal, and redemption. Several lead and supporting roles are being cast for this short film, and submissions are being sought from Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Midway City. The production will shoot this September in Tustin, Calif. and pay will be based on experience. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Behave the Heaven” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Now Casting ‘Put It on the Table’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

29 July 2014 7:21 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the television series “Put It on the Table.” “Put It on the Table” is a comedy series “for and about millennials who are simultaneously cynical and genuine in their absurdity.” Several supporting roles are being cast for this TV show, and auditions will be held Aug. 14–16 in NYC.  For more details, check out the casting notice for “Put It on the Table” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Unpregnant’ and Upcoming Auditions

28 July 2014 7:08 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the short film “Unpregnant.” “Unpregnant” tells the story of a friendship brought on by an underage pregnancy, and is casting for the two lead roles. This is a paid gig and submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Unpregnant” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Now Casting ‘Such a Funny Life’ and Upcoming Auditions

28 July 2014 6:56 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the feature film “Such a Funny Life.” “Such a Funny Life” is a generational tale of friends and betrayal, and six roles are being cast. Submissions are being sought from NYC and auditions will take place in August. You should include a demo reel or video in your submission. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Such a Funny Life” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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Debbie Allen: Dancers Still Find Fame in NYC

27 July 2014 11:32 PM, PDT

While it may still be easier for New York dancers to break into the industry, the number of commercial jobs available in Los Angeles is rising, experts say. Debbie Allen, a veteran performer and choreographer, founded a dance school in Los Angeles but often advises students to go east when they start looking for work. “There are musicals, there’s Off-Broadway, there’s Off-Off-Broadway. We just don’t have the theater expansion in L.A.,” she told Backstage before a recent SAG Foundation event. “Most of the work here is cinema.” She noted that films like “Step Up,” which is in its fifth installment, and TV series such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” have given dancers opportunities in Hollywood. But for those starting out, the opportunities are limited.  In New York, meanwhile, even scripted series such as HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” hire dancers. »

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