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Infographic: Pro tips for creating a top-notch presentation

Speaking to a crowd can be terrifying.That shouldn’t stop you from delivering an incredible performance, though.Preparation goes a long way in easing …

Public Speaking

Audition Book Checklist (From your friends at ACTOR THERAPY)

Your book should be an “ID card” of who you are.<p>In a perfect world, only YOU should have this combination of songs, and should someone pick up your …

Country Music

Preparing Students for College Musical Theatre Auditions

Source: https://tinyurl.com/y8npn3wp<p>In addition to this blog, I also run AuditioningForCollege.com, a site full of resources for prospective musical …

High School

5 Things Mentally Strong People Do to Bounce Back from Just About Anything

Who likes to fail, raise your hand? That's a question I often ask in speaking engagements. Truth is, no hands usually go up. Yet if you haven't been rejected a number of times, the current mantra goes, you just haven't experienced success.<p>Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, says, "Do not …

Bouncing Back

Malcolm Gladwell Just Shared a Counterintuitive Trick to Calm Your Nerves Before Speaking in Public

Advice on giving great speeches or presentations is as popular as that for raising high-achieving kids for a reason; it directly helps many overcome a vivid fear.<p>In a recent interview with Arianna Huffington on the Thrive Global podcast, none other than Malcolm Gladwell confessed that he had to …

Public Speaking

The definitive list of the BEST musical theatre programs in the United States

You’ve seen the lists all over the internet – “Top 10 BM Musical Theatre Programs” Top 25 BFA Musical Theatre Programs,” etc. (<i>Full disclosure: my</i> …

Musical Theatre

Shakespeare Learning Zone | Royal Shakespeare Company | Royal Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 and died in 1616. Although his plays were written 400 years ago they are full of characters, …

William Shakespeare

200 Contemporary Musical Theatre Songs for ‘Legit’ Sopranos & Mezzos

Hello, everyone! Kevin here. It’s been a while since I posted a major repertoire resource here on the blog. One topic I get asked about a lot is …

Music

Inside The Delightfully Quirky, Absolutely Fabulous, And Utterly Exhausting World Of Cruise Performers

Welcome to the new vaudeville circuit, where live entertainment hasn't died – It's just gone to sea<p>On the final night of a Caribbean cruise in March, the <i>Regal Princess</i> is charging home from Cozumel to Fort Lauderdale and the ship’s three-story atrium is thrumming with energy. The night before, a …

Jay Leno

Multicultural Britain revealed: Colour-coded maps show the UK cities that certain faiths are drawn to and the areas people of different religions choose to live in

Stunning new maps show the religious demographics of London, Manchester, Leicestershire, Tyne and Wear and West Yorkshire.<p>The maps, that look like …

Multiculturalism

The State of the Broadway Ensemblist

Which musical boasts the largest ensemble? How many men v. women are employed in a Broadway chorus?<p>From <i>42nd Street</i> to <i>A Chorus Line</i>, Broadway …

Broadway Musical

The best note-taking apps for class, work, and life

You might want a note-taking app as an artist, to take notes during a meeting to remember important feedback, or to jot down insights from a meaningful panel. Maybe you’re a celebrity who needs to publish a public apology to social media, and you need more space than a typical post affords. Often, …

Apps

Inside the Delightfully Quirky, Absolutely Fabulous, and Utterly Exhausting World of Cruise Performers

Welcome to the new vaudeville circuit, where live entertainment hasn't died—it's just gone to sea.<p>On the final night of a Caribbean cruise in March, the <i>Regal Princess</i> is charging home from Cozumel to Fort Lauderdale and the ship’s three-story atrium is thrumming with energy. The night before, a …

Jay Leno

How collaborative learning enhances computing (sponsored)

There is much in the news about how much employers value soft skills and how, to succeed in the world of business, soft skills are the winners over …

Why Being Lazy Is Actually Good For You

I’m a lazy person. This surprises some people, especially considering that I write productivity books for a living. Take a day off, for example. …

Time Management

16 Actions to Take to Achieve Any Goal

Get clear on your vision, make your plan, take action, reassess and then revise. Never fails.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Goal setting is essential to living a life with purpose and meaning. Goals give our lives direction and focus, and help us stay motivated over …

Motivation

Why Do People Procrastinate? A New Study Suggests It's A Lot To Do With Your Brain

Ever despaired at your endless capacity for procrastination? Find yourself completing even the smallest task at the very last minute? Are you …

Procrastination

I know how hard it is for working-class actors to succeed. We can change that | Eddie Marsan

​There are not only fewer working-class actors – ​there are fewer working-class writers, directors and producers too<p>I’ve been acting professionally for more than 25 years now, but I know what it’s like to have that dream jeopardised by a lack of money. I never received a grant for drama school. My …

Procrastination: It's pretty much all in the mind

<b>To procrastinate or not: the answer may be down to differences in how our brains are wired, a study suggests.</b><p>It identified two areas of the brain that determine whether we are more likely to get on with a task or continually put it off.<p>Researchers used a survey and scans of 264 people's brains to …

Procrastination

Why Former Cruise Ship Employees Make the Best Employment Candidates

Have you ever worked with or interviewed a former cruise ship employee? If you haven’t, then you’ve missed out on a treat. Crew members and managers …

Employment

IPA Charts

These charts will link you to a Flash animation of the sounds and names of the IPA symbols. The consonant chart, because it has so many …

How to Prepare for a Showcase

1 week ago<p>All the best advice for preparing a monologue successfully from Imelda Staunton, Alex Jennings and the Spotlight Showcase nominees and …

Acoustic Registration

Madde is a great tool for exploring harmonic/formant interaction. It’s free to download, and easy to learn to use. For download information visit our …

Reflections of a drama school graduate

Another Show, Another Opening Number!

There are some songs where the writing comes easy. Conflict numbers and comedic list songs are the quickest to materialize for me. Maybe for you it’s …

This theater company rebuilt the Titanic and sinks it in a lake every night

A theater company outside Atlanta is putting on a production of the musical <i>Titanic</i> that features an ambitious centerpiece: a massive three-story structure that sinks into the middle of a lake during the performance—only to rise again and do it all over the next night.<p>This innovative set design is …

Effective Study Habits | mylif-e

<b>Effective study habits -- studying smarter -- can be learned to improve your ability to better retain reading material. These habits include</b> …

Pharynx: Function And Definition

You likely have heard of a larynx but do you know what a pharynx does and where it is? The larynx is what most people call the throat. It is a …

DAVID RACKOFF LYRICS

As a lyricist, it’s my job to write things that people on-stage say. Lyrics should sound like real people talking. Every syllable and sentence should …

Color-Conscious Casting: Three Questions to Ask

I’ve got a big fat opinion on the term “color-blind casting,” which is that it doesn’t exist. I can’t think of an environment, in real life, where …