Actors Today Don’t Just Read for the Part. Reading IS the Part

Young actors find steady employment as readers in the booming world of audiobooks, and some make it a career. Gabra Zackman is a new kind of acting star: she is heard, but unheard-of. Ms. Zackman had classical training through the Shakespeare Theater of Washington, has worked in regional theaters for the last two decades and Read MoreRead More

The Do’s and Don’ts of Improv Comedy with Liam Neeson, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Del Close

Open Culture culls together some tips of how to do improv comedy. Attention, all struggling comedians! There’s big money in teaching corporate executives the rules of improvisation. Not to prepare them for a highly lucrative second career on some late night, black box stage, but rather to hone their listening skills, teach them how to work Read MoreRead More

6 Insane True Stories Behind The Stage Names of Celebrities

Maxwell Yezpitelok examines the stories behind the stage names of 6 well known celebrities. As a teenager, Nicolas Coppola changed his name to stop other actors from teasing him. No, they didn’t tease him because his last name was Italian, or because it sounded like “copulation.” Some people claimed he only had an acting career because Read MoreRead More

Lee Strasberg Documentary “The Method Man”

Method Man is a wonderful 60-minute documentary about the life and career of Lee Strasberg, the acting teacher credited with the initial explosion of Method Acting in America. It covers in detail his work at The Actors Studio, New York, in the 50s and also his involvement in the Group Theatre in the 30s, as Read MoreRead More

On Story: James Franco: A Look Inside 127 Hours

James Franco reveals his unique experience working on 127 HOURS, including his faith in director Danny Boyle’s vision, and the collaboration approach from cast and crew to fulfill the tension needed to capture this true and tantalizing story. Followed by the allegorical short film, VOICE OVER, directed by Martin Rosete, about a few extreme situations Read MoreRead More

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