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5 Chances to Get Cast

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Haven’t had a chance to browse our casting notices this week? Check out these five opportunities and see if any are right for you! “Follow The White Rabbit”Creators are casting supporting roles for this student short film about a young woman who meets a girl in the park and has her perception of life changed. Rehearsals will take place in Battery Park, NYC. Lunch and transportation will be provided. “South Pacific”Auditions are May 31 in Pleasanton, Calif., for all roles in this musical about love in island paradise during World War II. “Heathers: The Musical”Triangle Productions in Portland is casting all roles for the story about a beautiful and brainy girl who works her way into the most popular and ruthless clique in her high school. All roles are paid and rehearsals begin January 2016 with a March 10–April 2, 2016 run. “New York State Of Mind”The director for »

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Now Casting ‘The Other’ and Upcoming Auditions

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Talent is currently being sought for the film “The Other.” “The Other” follows a pair of siblings who take a road trip to settle the family business but uncover a terrifying secret that will change their family forever. This paid gig is casting six roles, and submissions are being sought from NYC and Washington, D.C. For more details, check out the casting notice for “The Other” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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Atlanta Now Casting ‘Devious Maids’ and Upcoming Auditions

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Talent is currently being sought for the TV series “Devious Maids.”  “Devious Maids” is set in a world where murder and mayhem collide in the mansions of Beverly Hills’ wealthiest and most powerful families. Class warfare has never been as fun and dirty as it is in the tiny enclave where the staff is as clever, witty, and downright as devilish as their employers. Background roles being cast for this production, and submissions are being sought from Atlanta, Ga. This is a paid gig! For more details, check out the casting notice for “Devious Maids” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Atlanta audition listings! »

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The Food & Wine Festival Plus 2 More Atlanta Events

21 May 2015 11:28 AM, PDT

Food, wine, and twerking. It's this week's Atlanta Events Roundup. Atlanta Food & Wine FestivalGet ready to eat, drink, and indulge as the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival turns five this May 28-31. It’s a decadent weekend of Southern food and drink while exploring the traditions and global influences that make the South the destination for culinary explorers. This four‐day event is designed to lead guests on a culinary journey through the region with a weekend of Learning Experiences and Tasting Tents. Prices, including Southern-inspired dinners and events, begin at $45.  Modern Atlanta Dance FestivalThe Modern Atlanta Dance Festival, now in its 21st year, will feature two nights of exceptional dance. Created by Douglas Scott and Full Radius Dance to showcase the diversity and excellence of the local dance scene, the Mad Festival strives to present the best of Georgia’s modern dance, allowing audiences to experience a variety of choreographers, »

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Watch: Anna Gunn’s Hilarious ‘Breaking Bad’ Audition

21 May 2015 9:27 AM, PDT

Fans of the hit AMC crime drama may have a hard time imagining anyone other than Anna Gunn play Skyler, the fraught and fierce wife to Bryan Cranston’s Walter White. But before two Emmy Awards and some of the loudest critical acclaim in television history, Gunn was just another actor showing up. As she told Backstage two years ago, her audition for Vince Gilligan involved miming the handjob Skyler gives Walter in the pilot episode. You can see in the video below a fully fleshed-out person, a distracted wife at the end of a long day casually giving her husband some attention. It plays as flat-out comedy as Gunn hits every beat—especially “I just, I really need you to mow at some point.” Cranston is not even in the frame and you can feel their breezy chemistry (no pun intended). With an audition this good, casting becomes a cinch. »

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Houston’s Memorial Day Carnival Plus 2 More Texas Events

21 May 2015 9:07 AM, PDT

Get to Houston before the parade passes you by. Meanwhile, the mystery of Edwin Drood may have been solved in San Antonio, and Slash comes to Houston's House of Blues. It's this week's Texas Event Roundup. Carnival Houston Show and ParadeThink Rio’s Carnival but in Houston. The Carnival Houston Show and Parade runs all weekend and features a masquerade ball, paint party, picnic, games, and a whole lotta parade, which will have over 1,200 participants.  The event also highlights diverse cultures in Houston; Houston was recently named the most culturally diverse city in America.  The Mystery of Edwin DroodCharles Dickens’ “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” is the eternal whodunit, as Dickens died before revealing who killed the main character (or even if the main character was really dead). The University of Buckingham recently made headlines by polling the public to see their opinions (spoilers here) but you can decide on »

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Network, Gain Confidence, and Book More Work at Backstage University!

21 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT

Next week at Backstage University, mingle with the industry, meet with an agent, improve your style, and learn how to book more jobs—with or without representation! On Tuesday, May 26, actors from all over the country will learn how to book more acting jobs, with or without representation. Celebrity on-set acting coach (and Backstage Expert) Joseph Pearlman will be leading the “How to Have the Best Booking Year Ever Without Representation” webinar, allowing readers to log in from anywhere and get all their burning questions answered. Do you think there’s something standing in between you and the booking rate of your dreams? Pearlman will break down exactly what you can do to rev up your career and book more jobs today. On Wednesday, May 27, we will be at a brand-new venue for our Actor Networking Event—Flatiron’s Taj Lounge. Buy your ticket in advance and get one free »

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SAG Foundation Golfs for Charity

21 May 2015 8:54 AM, PDT

The SAG Foundation is holding its 6th Annual Los Angeles Golf Classic to raise money for the nonprofit’s Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance Programs. The charity event will benefit SAG-aftra members and their families undergoing hardships, as well to celebrate the Foundation’s 30th anniversary. The Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 8 at an exclusive club in Burbank, Calif. “As actors, we are acutely aware of how vulnerable all performers are in this tumultuous business. And when crises do arise, the SAG Foundation is there to provide the necessary help with its Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance Programs,” said “The Night Shift” co-stars and hosts for the annual fundraiser Scott Wolf and Brendan Fehr, in a statement. “This year, we are proud to host the L.A. Golf Classic and support the Foundation and its programs that have stood by our fellow performers for 30 years. Raising »

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Now Casting ‘Perfect Arrangement’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

21 May 2015 7:33 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the production of “Perfect Arrangement.” “Perfect Arrangement” follows the Martindales and the Baxters who’s peppy, sitcom-like life is interrupted when a co-worker discovers their deepest secret. Seven roles are being cast for this production, and this gig is paid. Auditions are being held June 3 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Perfect Arrangement” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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Atlanta Now Casting ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ and Upcoming Auditions

21 May 2015 6:28 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the Tyler Perry TV show “Love Thy Neighbor.”  “Love Thy Neighbor” is about gun-toting Grandma Hattie, who manages the Love Train Diner with her brother-in-law Floyd, and dishes out justice in the best way, with love. Background roles being cast for this production, and submissions are being sought from Atlanta, Ga. This is a paid gig! For more details, check out the casting notice for “Love Thy Neighbor” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Atlanta audition listings! »

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The Amazing New Website for Film Geeks

20 May 2015 10:41 AM, PDT

Already watched everything worth watching on Netflix but are still craving that movie fix? The Academy has officially created an online oasis for movie geeks with ifyoulovemovies.watch. The online streaming site showcases videos in the Academy archives, all day every day. From an Oscar acceptance speech from the late Eli Wallach, to Academy Conversations with “Captain Phillips” director Paul Greengrass about casting Somali actor Barkhad Abdi, and the nitty-gritty creative process of Oscar-winning “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, it’s a non-stop, one-stop shop for some of film’s greatest accomplishments examined from all different angles. The production value is stellar and so is the insight. Get on now and see how long before you’re able to pull yourself away. Inspired by this post? Check out our film audition listings! »

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Brooklyn Cinephiles, Meet Your New Bff

20 May 2015 10:01 AM, PDT

The spirit of indie film will come alive in Brooklyn later this month. Since 1998, the Brooklyn Film Festival (Bff) has given the borough’s moviemakers and cinephiles access to some of the most dynamic, thought-provoking, and promising independent films out there. The not-for-profit’s mission, according to a statement, is “to draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema, to encourage the rights of all Brooklyn residents to access and experience the power of independent filmmaking, and to promote artistic excellence and the creative freedom of artists without censure.” Bff will be screening 108 films from 26 countries May 29–June 7 in four different venues: the Wythe Hotel, Windmill Studios NYC, Nitehawk Cinema, and the Made in NY Media Center by Ifp. The opening night movie kicking off the festival May 29 will be “Manson Family Vacation” (pictured), which centers on two brothers (Jay Duplass and Linas Phillips) reuniting to tour the »

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17 Stand-Up Specials All Actors Must See

20 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

Any aspiring comedic actor or comedian knows there are countless lessons to be learned from watching the greats. And with Jen Kirkman’s Netflix special, “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine),” out May 22, you have some catching up to do before you get to the new stuff. Here are 17 stand-up specials all actors should watch.  (Add yours! What are your must-watch comedy routines?) Maria Bamford, “The Special Special Special!”Released in 2012, Bamford (who’s also got an incredible résumé of voiceover credits—many of which she exhibits during her standup) performed “The Special Special Special!” for an intimate audience of two: her parents. From God to Kirstie Alley, Bamford covers it all in her very special special. (Currently streaming on Netflix!) Roseanne Barr’s 1987 HBO SpecialAs one of standup’s leading ladies, Barr helped clear the path for some of today’s favorites such as Sarah Silverman, »

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How Playwrights Horizons Led to New Backstage Profile Changes

20 May 2015 9:03 AM, PDT

When Playwrights Horizons’ casting director Alaine Alldaffer began the casting process for Taylor Mac’s upcoming play “Hir,” she expected to do something similar to what she’s been doing for years. “Originally I was thinking, I’ll throw in a few wild cards here and there and see what happens,” she says. But Mac was adamant that the actor playing the trans character in his play be an actual trans performer. “Hir” is about Isaac’s return home from the wars to care for his sick father as his mother—thrilled by her newfound freedom—seeks to destroy the patriarchy with the help of Isaac’s transgender brother, Max. Alldaffer, associate casting director Lisa Donadio, and casting resident Bailey Jordan Koch worked over the wording of the casting breakdown to carefully avoid gendered language. “Bailey wrote the first draft and then we went over it and tweaked things and put things back, »

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6 Pointers for College Acting Applicants to Remember

20 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT

From choosing and practicing your repertoire to compiling application materials and teacher recommendation letters, applying to college drama programs is essentially a full-time job. Thinking about the process as such will help prepare students for the onslaught of deadlines—and stress—that usually accompany the first months of senior year. “I have so many young people come to me three or four weeks before an audition needing to find a monologue, and that’s way too late,” said Jennifer Johns, founder and artistic director of Broadway Artists Alliance. In fact, she added, the application process should start as early as possible. “In your junior year you should be researching colleges, going to see the musicals at the colleges you’re considering, doing campus visits.” This is in part because many colleges and conservatory programs now include a prescreening audition to ensure interested students are qualified—but also simply because the competition is fierce. »

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5 Upcoming Series to Get Excited For!

20 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT

Now that the trailers for next season’s new TV series have all been watched and discussed at Backstage HQ, here are the five that we can’t wait to see, from “Supergirl” and “Grandfathered” to “Scream Queens”! “Grandfathered” (Fox) No, “Fuller House” is not the biggest, most exciting John Stamos news this month. That would be his return to sitcoms with “Grandfathered.” For the dedicated few who still mourn the loss of his last starring role on TV on “Jake in Progress”—in which Stamos peerlessly dissected the glib, handsome, smooth operator that he could have been in another life—“Grandfathered” looks like a welcome return to form for the actor as a successful, glib, handsome, smooth operator who abruptly finds out that he has a now-adult son and an infant granddaughter. Bets on how long it takes him to use that baby as bait for the ladies? —Mark »

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The SAG Foundation Series Helping Actors Create Their Own Work

20 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT

The rise of digital media has eased access to production tools and audiences. Whereas 10 years ago it would have been cost-prohibitive for an artist or group of artists to write and produce a series or feature film, it’s now possible to shoot a project on a modestly priced HD camera, edit it on a laptop, then take it to viewers via YouTube, Vimeo, or another such platform. But the fact that something is easy to do doesn’t mean that it’s easy to do well. For actors looking to learn more about how to create their own content, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation launched in 2013 its Salon Reading Series, a showcase for original feature film and television pilot scripts. The foundation is currently accepting and reviewing submissions for the series’ next installment, which it plans to host in September in New York. “The Salon Reading Series was created »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘For Sofia’ and Upcoming Auditions

20 May 2015 7:45 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the film “For Sofia.” “For Sofia” follows Alexa who, 20 years after witnessing the murder of her mother, seeks revenge on the man who killed her. Twelve roles are being cast for this production, and submissions are being sought worldwide. The film will shoot this summer in Los Angeles and Miami, Fla. For more details, check out the casting notice for “For Sofia” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Need Artistic Inspiration? Try 92Y’s Events!

19 May 2015 2:38 PM, PDT

Are you wandering the streets of New York City in desperate need of some inspiration? Artistic enlightenment? Mind-expanding conversation? Don’t forget 92nd Street Y, the cultural community center on Manhattan’s Upper East Side that organizes lectures, workshops, and performances from some of the most accomplished artists and performers working today. Actors looking to hear directly from cutting edge industry veterans should stay abreast of 92Y’s calendar of events, which spans music, dance, film, comedy, theater, and digital arts. Here are some upcoming highlights that those in NYC’s entertainment industry might be interested in attending: Fridays at Noon dance series, May 22 and June 5 at Buttenwieser HallSince 1986, 92Y’s Harkness Dance Center has sponsored this weekly dance performance series, featuring an eclectic mix of mid-career choreographers that make audiences think. Catch Walter Dundervill’s nature-inspired chaos on May 22, and a trio of exciting new choreographers June 5. Tickets go »

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Calling All Female Choreographers!

19 May 2015 12:33 PM, PDT

Attention female choreographers: The Fifth Annual International ChEck Us OuT Dance Festival has extended its deadline to apply to this year’s slate to May 22. Any dance performance, regardless of genre or style that can be adapted to an outdoor performance space, is eligible to submit. The festival is set to take place Saturday, July 18 at Solar One, New York City’s Green Energy Education Center, situated on the East River. Cuodf is completely green as well as free to audience members. “The festival seeks to showcase the talents of strong, female choreographers in a welcoming and fun environment,” said a statement from the company. “ChEck Us OuT Dance Festival is a carefully curated event that has featured the works of choreographers from across the globe, including California, upstate New York, and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.” Last year’s choreographers included Joya Powell of the Movement of the People Dance Company, »

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