29th July 2021

Lifestyle

Explore the lifestyle of working in the live entertainment and theatre industry. Professionals share their journey, insights and wisdom in the areas of finance, parenthood, relationships, politics, self-discovery, spirituality, travel, adventure, health and fitness.

career in acting
Acting & Singing
Artist's Strategy

Is a Career in Acting Worth It?

A few years back, I read an interview with Timothée Chalamet. In it he was asked to comment on his meteoric rise to fame and this was his response…

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good for brain
Artistic
Aimee Poulin

Theatre is Good for Your Brain.

Why should you go see theatre? What does watching a puppet show do for your child? Well, you might be surprised to find out that theatre and puppetry are ancient art forms that are not only steeped in tradition and craftsmanship, but they are also good for your brain.

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attention span
Artistic
Adam Unze

Alone, Together, In The Dark

It’s almost impossible to concentrate on what’s in front of us right now. We’re all so overloaded with stimuli that the average attention span has shrunk to goldfish lengths. My husband scolds me on a daily basis for scrolling through my phone as I half-engage with whatever TV show we’re watching. I sometimes find myself being surprised by plot points that occurred months ago because I was playing Best Fiends when they were introduced. That’s why I’ve always loved seeing movies in the theater. I turn my phone off, the lights go down and I’m laser focused on the giant screen in front of me for two hours. Unfortunately, many other cinemagoers are not as disciplined. I’ve seen people read the New York Post on gigantic iPads in the middle of a dark movie theater. Drinks and snacks are an essential part of the movie theater experience, but they create non-stop ambient noise. I also live in New York City and New Yorkers love to have full, one-sided conversations with characters in movies and are more than willing to loudly explain mundane plot points to their companions. So where can anyone go to have a chance of consuming entertainment without being distracted by their devices and their fellow culture enthusiasts? The theater.

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Learning and Participation
Artistic
Marcus Lilley

The Role of Learning and Participation in a Theatre

The role of learning and participation in theatre is vital. It develops relationships with the local community outside of the traditional theatre setting. The role of learning and participation teams in a theatre is instrumental in the civic role that theatres across the world play.

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#IAmMySong Campaign Reverses Ban On Girls Singing In Afghanistan - TheatreArtLife
Acting & Singing
Michelle Sciarrotta

#IAmMySong Campaign Reverses Ban On Girls Singing In Afghanistan

Afghanistan faced a major backlash to a new law, with the #IAmMySong campaign resulting in the government reversing a ban on girls over 12 singing in public, implemented on 10th March 2021. Issued by Kabul’s Ministry of Education, the ban would have meant that girls aged 12 and up could not sing in public arenas, which would include any participation in singing the National Anthem of Afghanistan.

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Sophie Lindner_ Interview With An Interdisciplinary Dancer & Health Expert - TheatreArtLife
Dance
Michelle Sciarrotta

Sophie Lindner: Interview With An Interdisciplinary Dancer & Health Expert

Sophie Lindner is the Head of Management at HE4DS (Health Education for Dancers) and Founder of the non-profit association Urban Dance Health. HE4DS stands for ‘Health Education for Dancers’ and is an integrative training, therapy and lifestyle method for the sustainable health care and performance enhancement of dancers. The non-profit association ‘Urban Dance Health’ carries out projects on dance and health education all around the world. 

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virtual audience
Lifestyle
Jared Scheinberg

10 Things I Learned About Performing for a Virtual Audience

Out of all of the play readings that I’ve been involved with, preparing and performing for a virtual zoom reading last year was truly unique. I learned a lot about myself both as a performer and individual trying to grapple with this new reality. Preparing and performing for a virtual audience was both challenging and exciting. Here are 10 things that I learned:

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get to work
Artistic
Chris Massimine

Part 1: Let’s Get to Work

Have you ever questioned your self-worth? Do you ever think no matter how hard you try at what you do and or for who you are, the effort isn’t good enough? You’re not alone.

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type
Acting & Singing
Artist's Strategy

Is Type Casting Bad?

Invariably when most actors begin to talk about business, all roads lead to this idea of “type”. It forces its way to the front of their minds when they get their headshots, when they talk to agents, when they write their website bios, or whenever marketing comes to play.

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Anita Martin
Artistic
Mitch Stark

Anita Martin: Writer and Editor – Theatre People

Another good day, Theatre People! Every day forward means one closer to the stages being fully open and, with a little luck, the ‘Roaring Twenties’ of our storytelling craft just around the corner. Today I’m so happy to introduce you to a colleague of mine who formerly worked as Managing Editor at the Educational Theatre Association, Anita Martin. Anita and I collaborated on a few articles I wrote for Teaching Theatre magazine. Without exaggeration, I can say working with Anita is about everything you’d dream about as a writer working on anything. She’s a sharp editor, an incredible writer herself, kind, generous, and very protective of a writer’s voice. She also has a great love and knowledge of theatre—which lifted my work to another plane entirely.

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