#BookedIt: Mark Andrew Garner

Actor Therapy alum snags his EQUITY CARD!

Actor Therapy alumni Mark Andrew Garner will take on the role of Neleus in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s production of Mary Poppins! The show runs July 5th - July 30th 2017.

Of course, we’re pumped that he’s #BookedIt, but we’re even more pumped that...he’ll be getting his EQUITY CARD! According to Mark, “It's been my goal this year to book EMC points...and I just so happened to negotiate this contract to equity. It's truly a testament to our work in the studio every week. Getting my book up to snuff, accountability in my acting choices, and consistency in confidently performing. As you know, I didn't have two/4 years of college training...but showing up (and SHOWING UP) to AT every week was difficult and challenging out of my comfort zone, but ultimately ridiculously rewarding.”

Mark Andrew Garner (Neleus/Ensemble) is making his ASF debut! Proud graduate of NYC’s Broadway Dance Center #ProSemNation, he was recently Swing and Young Max u/s on the Grinch National Tour at the Grand Ole Opry House. Off-Bwy: Brassheart (Royal Family), A Christmas Carol and The Little Mermaid (Players Theatre), N.A.A.P.’s Oliver! with Baayork Lee (Signature). Favorite Credits: Seymour Little Shop; Angel Rent, Ching Ho Millie, IQ Hairspray. Kudos to his agent Stefanie Field of S.T.E. and Kreindler/Super Mgt. <3TJS

“The “practically perfect in every way” nanny returns to the ASF Festival Stage. Young Jane and Michael Banks have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she teaches the entire Banks family how to value each other again.

Mary Poppins showcases some of the most memorable songs ever sung on the silver screen and stage including “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Jolly Holiday,” “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”

Recommended ages four and up.” (https://asf.net/project/mary-poppins/)

For tickets, click here: http://tickets.asf.net/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=11574

 

 

 

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#BookedIt: Gina Chapman

Actor Therapy’s Gina Chapman has #BookedIt!

Chapman will take part in new presentation of FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH

 

 

'For What It's Worth' is a new take on the classic story of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, using the power of music and movement as the language to tell this story of forbidden love.The play is a musical battleground - Jazz VS. Classical. The reason for this uproar is that lead musician on Trumpet, Christopher falls in love with lead violinist, Carolina.  Set in the 1930's, the show will feature all live music performed by the players.

 

Gina will play violin as Carolina's (Juliet) younger sister!

 

Gina Chapman is thrilled to make her NYC violinista debut in FWIW!  Originally from the Bay Area-CA, Gina is an as an actor, singer, dancer, and violinist who recently moved to New York.  She is a graduate from the University of Redlands with a BA in Theatre Arts with Honors & Vocal Performance Music Minor, and has also studied classical acting and musical theatre at LAMDA, NYFA and Lindsay Mendez & RSO’s Actor Therapy.  Favorite roles include Cathy in The Last Five Years, Fraulein Kost in Cabaret, Little Red in Into the Woods.  Gina loves incorporating violin into her characters whenever possible, and also enjoys choreographing, yoga, surfing, scuba diving, and her Pit-Mix pup Rylie!

Instagram: @GinaMarie0224

 

 

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH World Premiere!

Three performances only:

Sunday, April 30th at 2:00pm

Monday, May 1st at 7:00pm

Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00pm

 

Theatre 80 St Marks

80 St. Marks Place

New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $20

 

WEBSITE: https://www.forwhatitsworthnyc.com

Tickets are $20 (use promo code "EARLYBIRD" for $5 off)

Instagram: @fwiwnyc

BroadwayWorld Article:  http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Instrumental-Musical-Dance-Experience-FOR-WHAT-ITS-WORTH-Comes-to-NYC-20170406

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Lindsay Bridges at Don't Tell Mama

Actor Therapy's Lindsay Bridges will take the stage at Don't Tell Mama

Actor Therapy's Lindsay Bridges will bring her own cabaret evening to legendary NYC piano-bar Don't Tell Mama!

Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver's ACTOR THERAPY presents Lindsay Bridges at Don't Tell Mama
FRIDAY, MAY 12TH AT 9:30PM
Music Direction by Rodney Bush

$12 ticket with a $10 food/drink minimum.
NOTE: Don't Tell Mama is CASH ONLY
Seating starts at 9:00PM

With special guests Kirk Reeves Sobject, Brendan Paine, Desirée Dillon and Brandon Grimes!

Lindsay’s just a small town girl who moved to LA to pursue her singing career at the age of 18. She’s basically Sherie from Rock of Ages… except instead of becoming an exotic dancer, she joined a non-profit group and taught music to kids around the world.This is her first solo Cabaret since moving to New York City, so come out and meet the new girl in town!

Lindsay Bridges has performed alongside Hugh Panaro, and Brian Stokes-Mitchell in Les Misérables in Concert (U/S Eponine), as well as Kelli O'Hara and Shirley Jones in The Music Man (Ensemble) in Los Angeles. She has more recently been seen belting for her life on Carnival Cruise ships and opening for Vanilla Ice in Las Vegas. Her biggest claim to fame is being mistaken for Céline Dion on the street.

TICKETS: http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/shows/main/actor-therapy-5-12

Find Lindsay on social media:

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https://www.facebook.com/Lindsay.Cole.Bridges/

Anne Schroeder at Don’t Tell Mama

Friday, April 14th at 9:30PM

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A scintillating evening that examines the delicate intricacies of love and loss while navigating one’s personal journey towards the discovery of the true self….

IS #NOT WHAT THIS SHOW IS ABOUT.

Let another cabaret deal with heartbreak and passion, Anne is here to make the world laugh while the first amendment is still a thing. She put her Friday night plans with Don Drapper, Frank Underwood, and Buffalo Trace on hold to be a good friend and help you deal with that CNN alert you just received on your iPhone. She can’t put out the dumpster fires, but she can help you forget them for an hour.

Musical Director: Rodney Bush

Special Guests: Jon Vertuno, Vanessa Pereda-Felix, Jay Felix

Directed By: Eddie Schnecker

TICKETS: http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/shows/main/actor-therapy-4-14

Please Note: There is a 2 drink minimum alongside your $12 ticket. Don’t Tell Mama is CASH ONLY

 

Catch Lindsay Mendez in Significant Other

Actor Therapy co-creator Lindsay Mendez is currently starring in the Roundabout Theater Company’s production of Significant Other on Broadway!

Photo by Matthew Murphy (MurphyMade Photography)

Photo by Matthew Murphy (MurphyMade Photography)

Running through April 23nd, 2017, "Significant Other is a new Broadway play direct from a sold-out Off-Broadway run at Roundabout Theatre Company. The Broadway debut of playwright Joshua Harmon is complemented by the Broadway debut of rising young director Trip Cullman, who guided the play to its successful Off-Broadway engagement. Almost all of the Off-Broadway cast is back for the Broadway engagement, including Gideon Glick, Lindsay Mendez and Barbara Barrie" (Playbill).

For tickets, check out http://www.significantotherbroadway.com.

For more on Significant Other, check out:

https://twitter.com/significantbway

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https://www.facebook.com/SignificantBway/

 

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CASTING CALL for Travis Kent TV Pilot PLAIN JANE

AT Alumni Travis Kent is casting a TV Pilot!

Hey AT fam!

It's Actor Therapy and Broadway alum Travis Kent. I'm excited to share that I'm directing and producing a TV pilot that I created and wrote! The show is called PLAIN JANE, and it's about a former beauty queen turned housewife who, on her 70th birthday, leaps out of her comfort zone in suburban Texas and comes to NYC to at least try to live her forsaken dreams of stardom before it's too late. Is that an AT story or WHAT??

We need your help to tell this story! We're seeking actors to create two scenes:

1. Auditioners in a waiting room for a very, VERY downtown production of My Fair Lady. All genders and identities. All ethnicities. All ages. 

2. Beauticians in a barrio beauty salon. Latina ladies of all ages. 

Shoot dates are April 16-19, and you will be on set for one of these days for a few hours. This is a low budget production, so compensation will be craft services (food glorious food) and your name in the credits and on the IMDb page. 

Please send your headshot and resume to traviskentco@gmail.com for consideration. There are a limited number of spots available, and I want to feature as much Actor Therapy talent as possible. So the sooner, the better!

Be warm and well, friends! I can't wait to tell this story with you. 

- Travis Kent

Actor Therapy returns to Feinstein's/54 Below!

Don't miss an evening hosted by Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver!

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“ACTOR THERAPY goes Feinstein’s/54 Below! Hosted by award-winning composer-lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver (35mm, Darling) and Broadway actress Lindsay Mendez (Significant Other, Wicked, Dogfight, Godspell), ACTOR THERAPY is a series of masterclasses for performers looking to improve their auditions, build a better book, and expand their understanding of what it means to be an actor and song interpreter in New York today. Join Ryan Scott Oliver, Lindsay Mendez, and their cast of talented performers as they celebrate the alumni of this memorable program!”

TICKETS: https://54below.com/events/lindsay-mendez-ryan-scott-olivers-actor-therapy-2/

 

Musical Director: Rodney Bush

FEATURING:

Analise Rios

Anna Robbins

Brandon Grimes

Brendan Paine

Devon Chandler

Corey Desjardins

Dailee Morrone

Jaron Barney

Jayson Kerr

Katlyn Nicole Shaw

Kyle LeMaire

Lindsay Bridges

Marissa Mayer

Mark Andrew Garner

Mathew Bautista

Megan Griffith

Melissa Weyn

Nate Richardson

Nicholas Leung

Robin Van Zandt

Suzanna Champion

Tommy Mosqueira

Tess Richie

 

April 10th, 2016

DOORS OPEN AT 11:00PM

SHOW AT 11:30PM

COVER CHARGE: $15*

PREMIUMS: $30

*Additional $4 if purchased at the venue

2 ALCOHOLIC DRINK MINIMUM OR $20 FOOD & BEVERAGE MINIMUM

 

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Erin Rice at Don’t Tell Mama

Actor Therapy’s Erin Rice will take the stage at Don’t Tell Mama!

Photo by Matthew Murphy (MurphyMade Photography)

Photo by Matthew Murphy (MurphyMade Photography)

Lindsay Mendez & Ryan Scott Oliver present: ERIN RICE at Don't Tell Mama

Friday, April 7th at 9:30PM

Musical Direction: Rodney Bush

Direction by Brian Drummy

With special guests Josephine Spada and Mariel Blatt!

$12.00 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum per person

Seating begins at 9:00PM.

Approximate running time: 65 minutes

Join Erin Rice as she traverses the pages of her life that led her here: to her cabaret debut at legendary nightlife spot Don't Tell Mama! Hop on for a humorous, touching and slightly awkward musical carpet ride. This is a trip through a quarter of a life you won't want to miss!

 

Erin Rice is a NYC based actor, singer and dancer who holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She performed on Broadway in My Thing of Love. Other credits include: The Science Fair Project at Ars Nova, Urinetown at CAP21, The Cradle Will Rock (Moll), Hello Again (The Actress) and State Fair (Eleanor.) Erin is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.

For tickets, click here: http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/shows/main/actor-therapy-erin-rice-4-7

 

 

 

A Day in The Life with Lindsay Mendez

Spend a day with the Actor Therapy co-creator!

Recently, Broadway.com hung out with Actor Therapy co-founder Lindsay Mendez for a “Day in the Life”! Shot by photographer Matthew Murphy (Murphy Made Photography), Mendez brings us through her day...including Actor Therapy!

 

 

Check out Lindsay, currently starring in Significant Other on Broadway! For tickets, click here: http://www.significantotherbroadway.com.

 

For more on Matthew Murphy, check out http://www.murphymade.com. And, as always, for all your Broadway news, check out www.broadway.com.

 

 

 

#BookedIt: Emily Brennan

Actor Therapy's Emily Brennan Books the Weathervane Playhouse

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Emily Brennan has been cast in Weathervane Playhouse's Summer productions of Children of Eden where she'll be playing a storyteller and Aysha, Peter and the Starcatcher where she'll be understudying the role of Molly, South Pacific playing Sue Yaeger and A Comedy of Tenors playing the role of Mimi. The Weathervane Playhouse is Ohio's longest running not-for-profit professional summer stock theatre!

 

Emily Brennan grew up on Long Island and has been living in New York City for three years since attending Marymount Manhattan College. There she earned a B.A. in theatre performance, and since graduating in 2016, has done 2 short films and appeared as Beth in Little Women with the AlphaNYC Theatre Company.

 

Children of Eden: June 1st - June 10th

Peter and the Starcatcher: June 15th - June 24th

South Pacific: June 29th -July8th

A Comedy of Tenors: July 13th -July 22nd

 

For tickets and more information on the Weathervane Playhouse, check out http://weathervaneplayhouse.org.

 

For more on Emily, check her out online!

http://emilybrennanofficial.com

https://www.instagram.com/em_bren3/

https://twitter.com/Em_Bren3

 

Actor Therapy announces #SPRINGahead Sale

Enroll in any session this year and get $100 OFF!

Photo by Matthew Murphy (MurphyMade Photography)

Photo by Matthew Murphy (MurphyMade Photography)

Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver's Actor Therapy is launching a week-long #SPRINGahead sale! Students who enroll between now (March 6th) and March 13th are eligible to take $100 off their first-day balance.

All you have to do is put down the $75 deposit when you enroll at actortherapynyc.com, and the $100 will be deducted from your overall balance (due the first day of class). The sale applies for ANY session this year. What are you waiting for?

To find out more about what a session of Actor Therapy entails, click here: http://www.actortherapynyc.com/what-is-actor-therapy/

To enroll in a session (and get your $100 off), click here: http://www.actortherapynyc.com/enroll

 

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A Note from RSO: Audition Cuts

The best audition cut should start in the middle of your range.

Verses are usually too low.

Most often the best place is the bridge to the end.

Then you also have a good ending to your cut because it’s the end of the song.

Near the end of the cut you should show a high note.

Not you’re absolute highest note, maybe a step below.

Then you have a maximum of two bars after the high note to wrap it up.

 

Think of your book like your closet. Find songs that fit you.

You only need one song for each category i.e. folk, pop, country, legit… Unless it’s what you do best. You should have an uptempo, ballad, and comedy song in your specialty genre.

 

- Ryan Scott Oliver

@ryanscottoliver

ryanscottoliver.com

Actor Therapy presents: Matthew McFarland at Don't Tell Mama

Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver's Actor Therapy present Matthew McFarland

 

Musical Direction: Rodney Bush
Guitar: David Cinquegranna
Percussion: Seth Eliser

TICKETS: http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/shows/main/actor-therapy-matthew-mcfarland-2-22

$12.00 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum per person

CASH ONLY
Doors open @ 9:00pm

Approximate running time: 65 minutes

Matthew McFarland makes his NYC solo cabaret debut at Don’t Tell Mama. Raised in Los Angeles, McFarland found himself gracing the stages of the Mark Taper Forum, the Norris Theatre and Sterling’s Upstairs before receiving a BFA from the University of Southern California. Now, based in New York, Matthew is ready to show off his skills (and his cheekbones) alongside special guests Carrie St. Louis, Daniel Quadrino, and Kalli Siringas.

Matthew has previously appeared in Show Biz After Hours with Frank Delila at Birdland and 54 Celebrates/Sings… at Feinstein's/54 Below. Various readings and concerts with composers Ryan Scott Oliver, Madeline Meyers and Vinny Stodder. Favorite credits include 13 at Center Theatre Group, Wishes at Walt Disney Creative Entertainment and On the Town at USC. LA’s Next Great Stage Star finalist. BFA in Acting from USC School of Dramatic Arts.

ACTOR THERAPY BUSINESS CLASS

ACTOR THERAPY BUSINESS CLASS

1 FEBRUARY 2017

By Chelsea Moss

 

 

 

With one month of 2017 officially behind us, we here at Actor Therapy thought it was the perfect time to give our students a loving little kick in the butt Business Class. Led by our very own Ryan Scott Oliver, we talked about why goal setting and to do lists are important, how to stay on track with goals, how to minimize anxiety and maximize productivity, as well as how to stay true to oneself as an artist in this crazy industry we call Showbiz.

“When are your golden hours?” was the first question RSO asked our students. Golden hours can best be defined as the time of day when your brain is on and at its best; when you’re ready to do your creative work as an artist. For RSO, they’re from around 10 AM to 3 PM. Other students chimed in as well, with examples like 8 AM to 1 PM, 12 PM to 5 PM, and so on. They’re usually around five hour time periods. It’s important to know when those lovely golden hours strike for you, in order for you to best utilize your creative juices. Once you know those hours, it’s important to try to plan your day around them. “Artists are business people, first and foremost,” RSO explained to our students. “We are freelancers, and we have to show up to work every single day. Your art is your business.”

“Okay, Ryan,” you may be thinking, “that’s all good and well, but I have a job!” Girl, we hear you loud and clear. Ryan’s number one piece of advice? Wake up early. If you wake up early, and organize your day, you will be able to maximize the hours you have and hit the ground running. “If you’re like most people, and you have some kind of survival job that takes you out of the day for eight hours, that leaves you eight hours left in the day. Think about what you do with those eight hours.” Perhaps you hit the gym, maybe take a shower, ride the subway, etc. That leaves you about six hours. How much time do you spend with friends? Watching Netflix? On an average day, how many hours of downtime (anything that doesn’t help you in a financial, healthy or artistic way) do you allow yourself? Our group concurred that for a typical day, around two-ish hours of downtime is perfectly acceptable.  Most of us agreed that an hour in the morning, an hour at night, and perhaps an hour in the middle of the day was a really great way to incorporate downtime into a schedule.

Now that we had established some semblance of a routine, it was time to talk strategy. RSO’s number one tool? TO DO LISTS! “You cannot maximize your productivity without a to do list. Your brain simply cannot hold the amount of information that you need to accomplish.” He then asked our class, “How do you to do?” One student mentioned using a bullet journal (http://bulletjournal.com). Another mentioned having separate planners for work, personal and artistic tasks. A third said that she used the to do list app on her phone. The bottom line, we decided, was that the system must work for YOU. However, RSO cautioned, it is important that your to do list has these three components: the ability to cross off tasks on your to do list, the ability to move tasks that haven’t been accomplished to the next day, and the ability to incorporate long term planning. The purpose of an organized to do list is to provide you with the motivation you need to get shit done.

RSO gave us a little insight into his own to do list during this section of the class, and said that he divides his list into three separate categories. The first, which he called “Fast First,” was anything he could get done quickly. This could include answering emails, sending that text you’ve been putting off, reading a chapter in a book, etc. Each task takes about two minutes, so you can get a lot done in a small amount of time and feel super accomplished. The second category RSO mentioned was “Creative Work.” “Honor yourself as an artist and ensure that you are being creative every single day,” he stressed to our students. Anything that stirs you artistically can be classified as creative work. Finally, RSO’s third category was his “Business” category. This could include errands, meetings, phone calls, tasks for your survival job, etc. This should go in AFTER your creative work, and should be done in your tired hours.

While we were on the subject of productivity, RSO reminded us of the dangers of CAFFEINE! The amazing cup(s) of coffee that we drink each day can actually sometimes do more harm than good. He broke it down for us in MG. About 200 MG of caffeine each day is healthy. One K-cup of coffee has less than 60 MG. One hot Starbucks coffee is 260 MG for a tall, 330 MG for a grande, and 415 MG for a venti! Your maximum caffeine intake should not be more than 400 MG. When you have a caffeine overload, it creates anxiety, stress, and may also lead to a “crash” of sorts. This can also create the need for alcohol, which can be a whole other problem. When you partake in an evening of drinking, your following day dies. RSO encouraged each of us to check in with our intake of caffeine and alcohol. “A comfortable and healthy relationship is the ultimate goal.”

Finally, we talked long term. Specifically, RSO discussed the importance of creating a five-year plan. “It guides you,” he stressed, “you are forced to make a statement about what you want for yourself and where you expect to be.” There are four sections that should be included in a five-year plan. These sections are: Professional Goals, Life Goals, Personal Goals, and Adventure Goals. Professional Goals are often the easiest to classify. A Broadway credit, a dream role, an original show- anything of this nature could fit into your professional goal category. Life Goals could include getting married, adopting a pet, getting that dream apartment, etc. Personal Goals are, shockingly, personal to you. Goal weight, looks, or working on personal issues are all a part of that category. Lastly, Adventure Goals are essentially things that you want to do- a bucket list of sorts. Perhaps you want to move to a different country for a year, or go skydiving, see the Eiffel Tower, etc. Anything that is not associated with your professional aims. Write these goals as statements- “I will see the Eiffel Tower,” etc. You should have five to ten for each category, and check in on them every three months or so. “Remember, it is up to you to decide to actively pursue these goals. To say ‘This is important to me, and I want to focus on it,’ is half the battle!”

Next, Ryan brought up the artistry aspect of our industry. “You’re an ARTIST, damnit!” he exclaimed to the class. “There’s a place for each of us.” But finding that place requires a lot of self-exploration and thought. Each of us has an aura, or an essence, that we bring to a role. Understanding what that is, and how to utilize it, is key. Knowing what your unique strengths and weird idiosyncrasies are gives you the ability to separate yourself from everyone else. The more specific you can get, the better.

Some students pointed out, however, that how they see themselves in the industry is not exactly how the people behind the table see them. “Other people see you in a way that you don’t see yourself,” RSO admitted. “But, that’s a part of you that still exists. If that’s what they want from you, be that! Know where you fit in that show and be excited about it. Don’t ignore the part of yourself that you love, but also realize it might not be your INITIAL moneymaker.” We all agreed we have favorite parts of ourselves that we love to explore in a project, but came to the realization that sometimes we have to master what people want from us before we can do the artsy stuff that feeds our soul. “It’s something that’s a delicate balance for all of us.” After all, it’s still a business.

After we talked about who we were as artists, Ryan asked us a question. “If you were given a choice, would you rather get cast in a golden age musical theatre show, a contemporary musical theatre show with someone like Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, or an original work with a new composer?” A lot of students picked the original work. That is, until Ryan revealed that the original work is unpaid. He also revealed that the contemporary MT show is a $200.oo stipend. The golden age, however? $2,000.00/week. That had most of our students changing their tune! The point of the poll was this: What is your limit? What are you willing to sacrifice in order to work? What stories do you want to be a part of? Knowing this about yourself will help guide you throughout your career.

The class was then given another question, albeit a little more introspective this time… “If someone could write an original musical starring YOU, what would the story be?” Some of us knew, some didn’t. “This can be a guiding factor in what you choose to do. See yourself as a type of your very own.” Ryan encouraged us to think about reinventing the type. Each of us has something unique to give, something different than the next. Thinking about that when deciding who you are as an artist will propel you in a direction all your own. How can you explore your niche and create opportunities for yourself to employ that niche? What kind of art will you create?

Finally, we were given the bottom line: Work hard. Just do it. “Fill your days with works that propel you forward and inspire you in this industry. If hardballs come your way, take a minute to process them, but then move on. Tomorrow is another day.” And with that last little spark of inspiration, we were released back into the crazy world that is Musical Theatre- but this time, with a fire under each ass and a flicker of hope in every heart.

 

For more on Chelsea Moss, check her out at chelseamoss.com, and on

Instagram and Twitter at @chelseamoss812.

SOLD OUT: Josephine Spada at Don't Tell Mama

Actor Therapy's Josephine Spada sells out cabaret performance at Don't Tell Mama

UPDATE: Josephine’s performance is SOLD OUT! Join Josephine as she goes on a musical journey exploring all of the idiosyncratic human puzzle pieces that make her a strong, passionate, silly, and beautifully basic girl from Brooklyn. Come along for a night that will warm your heart and leave you feeling reconnected to each piece that makes your own human puzzle absolutely perfect. Musical Direction by Rodney Bush Direction by Melisa Lehman Guest Stars will include Jason Gotay, Hannah Kiem, Andrew Martin, and Erin Rice. $12.00 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum RESERVE TICKETS HERE: http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/shows/main/actor-therapy-josephine-spada-2-8 Josephine is an actor and singer who was born, raised and is currently based in Brooklyn. Recent theatre credits include the “American Idiot” National Tour, Nina in “In The Heights” at The Gallery Players and “Museum of Broken Relationships” at The Eugene O’Neil Theatre Center. For more information about Josephine, check her out at WWW.JOSEPHINESPADA.COM    

UPDATE: Josephine’s performance is SOLD OUT!

Join Josephine as she goes on a musical journey exploring all of the idiosyncratic human puzzle pieces that make her a strong, passionate, silly, and beautifully basic girl from Brooklyn. Come along for a night that will warm your heart and leave you feeling reconnected to each piece that makes your own human puzzle absolutely perfect.

Musical Direction by Rodney Bush

Direction by Melisa Lehman

Guest Stars will include Jason Gotay, Hannah Kiem, Andrew Martin, and Erin Rice.

$12.00 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum

RESERVE TICKETS HERE: http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/shows/main/actor-therapy-josephine-spada-2-8


Josephine is an actor and singer who was born, raised and is currently based in Brooklyn. Recent theatre credits include the “American Idiot” National Tour, Nina in “In The Heights” at The Gallery Players and “Museum of Broken Relationships” at The Eugene O’Neil Theatre Center. For more information about Josephine, check her out at WWW.JOSEPHINESPADA.COM

 

 

A Note from RSO: EXTERNAL ISSUES

You guys: External things can't fix external issues.

Do you find yourself thinking any of the following: 

  • If only I had an agent ...
  • If only I was Equity ...
  • If only I had better connections, knew better people ...
  • If only I had a better book ...
  • If only I had more credits ...
  • If only I had a better headshot ...

When we focus on the external factors of our lives, we're really saying that our skill set isn't good enough.

It's true that many high-powered people have trouble seeing past basic credentials like the things above.  But it is easy to focus on "the tyranny of being picked" — it's so unfair, because I'm ready.  And they won't consider me without the bells and whistles. 

But instead of stewing over what we don't have, we must consider what we do have, and what we DO have control over. 

We have control over ourselves, our work ethic and our attitude. 

OURSELVES: The artist inside.  If you have trouble finding material for yourself, I suspect that the inner artist hasn't been fleshed out.  Either you haven't developed the understanding of the search (a problem in and of itself), or you can't choose between an overwhelming amount of material (because you haven't taken a moment to define yourself).  What is your mission (what do you DO to attain your goals — routines and habits?)?  What is your vision of yourself (who WILL you be?)  And perhaps most importantly, what do you VALUE? 

WORK ETHIC: Only you know if you are working hard enough.  But some check-ins may be... do you ever feel bored?  Do you ever feel lazy?  If you're getting more than 8 hours of daily sleep, I think you may be sleeping too much.  (Sleeping in and napping are for people who have lost sleep and need to catch up).  When you end your day, is the only thing you can say for yourself that you went to your day job and saw friends?  Or can you point to 3, 5, 10 things you did for yourself and your career, despite not having much time to do it? 

ATTITUDE: It's vital to maintain perspective and to remember that we have a choice in how we feel about ourselves.  Even in the darkest times, people found a way to stay positive.  

I'm attaching a half-page chapter called "The Source of Your Anxiety" from one of my daily ritual books, The Daily Stoic.  It's brief and asks some big questions.

So:

  • Ask yourself, "Am I focusing too much on external desires?"
  • Make a list of 5 things you can do for yourself and your artist.  (Likely, they are things you've been thinking about and maybe putting off.)  Plot them out during your week... you have one week to do them, or at least get them started — and be sure to do at least ONE THING today!

- RSO

#BookedIt: Emily Durand

Actor Therapy's Emily Durand will take on the title role in The Rainbow Fish

 

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I'll be playing Rainbow in the "The Rainbow Fish" with ArtsPower National Touring! Theatre! We will be taking our show to 55 cities across the United States for three months. "The Rainbow Fish" musical is an adaption of the award winning children's story and international best seller by Marcus Pfister and teaches young audiences the importance of sharing your gifts with others in order to find happiness. In addition to workshops and question and answer sessions with young audiences following certain performances, this current tour of "The Rainbow Fish" will be doing its first ever sensory friendly performance for children on the autism spectrum. My contract begins January 16th and runs through April 30th. I'll be posting pictures of my journey on my Instagram: @durand_durand92.

Emily Durand

Twitter: @EmilyDurand

https://twitter.com/EmilyDurand?lang=en

Instagram: @durand_durand92

https://www.instagram.com/durand_durand92/

For information on ArtsPower National Theatre and The Rainbow Fish, check out:

http://artspower.org/shows/the-rainbow-fish/

#BookedIt: Bebe Browning

#BookedIt: Actor Therapy’s Bebe Browning and Priscilla Queen of the Desert

 

Photo by Matthew Murphy (Murphy Made Photography)

Photo by Matthew Murphy (Murphy Made Photography)

Actor Therapy’s Bebe Browning has been cast as part of the Norwegian Epic Cruise’s production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert! Traveling throughout Europe, Browning will be a rehearsal swing through the end of February.

Bebe Browning is a New York City based actress, singer, and dancer. Hailing from Mililani, Hawaii, Bebe has been the recipient of three Hawaii State Theatre Council Po'okela (Hawaiian for "excellence") Awards in the Hawaii community for her roles in MISS SAIGON (Kim), LITTLE WOMEN (Jo), and LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL (Vivienne). She was named "The Most Promising Trouper of the Year" in Hawaiian entertainment by renowned Hawaii columnist Wayne Harada in 2008. Bebe is a recent honors graduate of the University of Michigan with a BFA in Musical Theatre where she was involved in productions of LES MISERABLES (Ensemble) and CAROLINE OR CHANGE (Radio). She even originated a role in the original musical SEA LEGS: A NAUTICAL NEW MUSICAL (Tanzi), which moved on to be produced by the Araca Project in New York City the following year. Bebe has performed around the country, including in Santa Rosa, California with Summer Repertory Theatre and most recently, in Saugatuck, Michigan with Mason Street Warehouse. Bebe is also a Health Made Simple Pro and enjoys sharing her knowledge on healthy living.

You can find Bebe Browning on her website, bebebrowning.com, as well as on Instagram as @bebebrowning (https://www.instagram.com/bebebrowning/), and on Twitter as @Bebe_Browning (https://twitter.com/Bebe_Browning).

For more on the Norwegian Epic Cruise, check out their website: https://www.ncl.com/cruise-ship/epic

“Norwegian Epic is the ship of choice for those sailing on a Mediterranean cruise or one of our many Caribbean cruises. Norwegian Epic is offering world-class performers and a new wave of accommodations – from Studios, designed and priced for the solo traveler, to the private Haven. Norwegian Epic has taken having fun to the next level with a huge, multi-slide Aqua Park, a two-story Sports Complex with rock climbing and basketball court, and a fitness center complete with boxercise ring. Add more than 20 different dining options and you’ll understand why this is Freestyle Cruising on a truly grand scale.

Based on the Oscar winning film, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical tells the story of three drag performers who set off from Sydney across the Australian desert in a battered old bus, christened Priscilla. The show contains over 20 classic disco hits such as I Will Survive and I Love The Nightlife. This contract also includes Epic Variety; a farewell show that brings together the talented casts of Priscilla and Burn The Floor in one theatrical event.”

 

#BookedIt: Brad Giovanine

Actor Therapy's Brad Giovanine books The Great Comet on Broadway

Actor Therapy alumni Brad Giovanine recently took over in the ensemble of Broadway’s NATASHA, PIERRE, & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 at the Imperial Theater. Starting December 15th, 2016, Giovanine took over his ensemble track, utilizing his clarinet skills in the unique, immersive production. “Grammy-nominated multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban makes his long-awaited Broadway debut in The Great Comet, a unique theatrical experience taken from a 70-page slice of War and Peace by creator Dave Malloy. The piece was originally commissioned and developed at Ars Nova where it had its world premiere in 2012, and was soon-after transferred to a custom-built venue in the Meatpacking District in 2013. This production transforms the Imperial Theatre as well, putting audience members right in the middle of the action.” For more on THE GREAT COMET,  check out their website at http://greatcometbroadway.com. For tickets, go to https://www.telecharge.com/Broadway/The-Great-Comet/Overview. For more on Brad, check him out on social media! www.bradgiovanine.com Twitter: @bradgiovanine https://twitter.com/BradGiovanine Instagram: @bradford_ag https://www.instagram.com/bradford_ag/   For more on Actor Therapy: www.actortherapynyc.com https://www.facebook.com/ActorTherapy/ https://twitter.com/actortherapynyc https://www.instagram.com/actortherapynyc/  

Actor Therapy alumni Brad Giovanine recently took over in the ensemble of Broadway’s NATASHA, PIERRE, & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 at the Imperial Theater. Starting December 15th, 2016, Giovanine took over his ensemble track, utilizing his clarinet skills in the unique, immersive production.

“Grammy-nominated multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban makes his long-awaited Broadway debut in The Great Comet, a unique theatrical experience taken from a 70-page slice of War and Peace by creator Dave Malloy. The piece was originally commissioned and developed at Ars Nova where it had its world premiere in 2012, and was soon-after transferred to a custom-built venue in the Meatpacking District in 2013. This production transforms the Imperial Theatre as well, putting audience members right in the middle of the action.”

For more on THE GREAT COMET,  check out their website at http://greatcometbroadway.com. For tickets, go to https://www.telecharge.com/Broadway/The-Great-Comet/Overview.

For more on Brad, check him out on social media!

www.bradgiovanine.com

Twitter: @bradgiovanine

https://twitter.com/BradGiovanine

Instagram: @bradford_ag

https://www.instagram.com/bradford_ag/

 

For more on Actor Therapy:

www.actortherapynyc.com

https://www.facebook.com/ActorTherapy/

https://twitter.com/actortherapynyc

https://www.instagram.com/actortherapynyc/