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Teen Contortionist Shows Mind-Bending Skills On 'America's Got Talent'

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.30.2016 | Teen

How often are you advised to go after what you want but be flexible? Sofie Dossi does both. The 14-year-old contortionist wowed the panel with her rou...

Theatre as Community

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 04.08.2016 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

I asked some respected theatre veterans and educators who work and teach in America's college theatre arena to comment on the role "theatre as community" has played in their own lives. This is what they said. Much of it candid, profound and personal.

Watch Daisy Ridley Nail Her 'Star Wars' Audition

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 04.01.2016 | Entertainment

For her "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" audition, Daisy Ridley mastered one of Rey's most difficult scenes: Kylo Ren's interrogation on Starkiller Base...

Actor McKinley Freeman of VH1's Hit the Floor Shares What He Did to Taylor Paige

Ilana Rapp | Posted 03.04.2016 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

McKinley Freeman likes to laugh a lot. It's contagious! Really - try conducting an interview with laughing tears coming out of your eyes. Plus he talks a lot, which I love.

What It's Like To Be A Backup Dancer At The Grammys

Ashley Everett | Posted 02.18.2016 | Women
Ashley Everett

It’s the biggest night in music, one of the most-viewed award shows in America and the music industry's highest honor. Every recording artist dreams...

What's the First Thing Actress Olga Fonda Does When She Arrives On Set of TNT's Agent X?

Ilana Rapp | Posted 02.01.2016 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

You know how we tend to follow actors we enjoy? That's what happened with Olga Fonda. You'll recognize her as Nadia, daughter of Katherine (played by Nina Dobrev), in The Vampire Diaries. Olga was just so damn good. It's no wonder TNT scooped her up!

Actress Isidora Goreshter -- 'My Audition for Shameless Was One of My Worst Auditions!'

Ilana Rapp | Posted 01.25.2016 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

'My audition for Shameless was one of my worst auditions! I remember calling my manager right after and apologizing in advance if she got really bad feedback from the casting directors.'

On Rejection and Resiliency in the Life of an Actor

Rebecca Strong | Posted 11.30.2015 | Arts
Rebecca Strong

On the whole, it seems that actors spend more time looking for their next gig than actually working on one. It's one of the many peculiarities of the ...

Auditioning For A Hollywood Part At Age 92

Phyllis Sues | Posted 10.14.2015 | Fifty
Phyllis Sues

I haven't auditioned in over 70 years, so doing an audition at this time in my life is not exactly the norm. Doing a simple audition with sides is one thing, but performing as a 'yenta' a gossipy Jewish lady with a heavy Yiddish accent is entirely another venue. Not entirely impossible, just challenging.

NBC's Blindspot Actor Johnny Whitworth Talks Behind the Scenes

Ilana Rapp | Posted 09.18.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Johnny Whitworth made my job real easy because really, how does one write an intro for a guy who plays an un-named mysterious character on NBC's new series Blindspot?

Austin Basis of 'Beauty and the Beast' - Bouncer, Mets Fan, Actor - Part II

Ilana Rapp | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

We tackled some heavy and fun stuff in Part II of my interview with Austin Basis. Now for Part II.

Setting Specific and Successful Goals for the New Dance Year

Karen Musey | Posted 09.14.2015 | Arts
Karen Musey

September is here! The back to school vibe is high in the air and your dance year is about to begin! It is an exciting time and now is the perfect time to figure out your goals for this dancing season.

Broadway's Christine Pedi: 'Find Your Voice'

GlassCeiling.com | Posted 09.10.2015 | Women
GlassCeiling.com

Christine Pedi earned her nickname, "The Lady of 1,000 Voices," from her ability to mimic celebrities -- in speech and song -- as shown in her current role in "NEWSical the Musical" and in her long run in the off-Broadway parody revue "Forbidden Broadway."

The Personal Promise That Cost Morgan Freeman Acting Jobs

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 08.13.2015 | OWN

It's hard to imagine that an actor as talented as Morgan Freeman would ever have trouble landing any role he auditioned for, but the 78-year-old Holly...

Women in the Performing Arts: Annette Tanner

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 07.05.2016 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

This spring and summer, I have been spotlighting a handful of remarkable women who are making their mark on educational theatre. With this final entry, I round out my series, Women In The Performing Arts.

French Actress Marie Mouté is a New Yorker!

Ilana Rapp | Posted 06.25.2016 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

French actress Marie Mouté. Photographer: Diana Ragland, Makeup: Agostina, Hair: Candace Bossendorfer, Wardrobe: Jordan Grossman. Marie's Website Ma...

Women In The Performing Arts: Cathy McNeela

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 06.18.2016 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

This is the second to last entry in my series, Women In The Performing Arts. Cathy McNeela is the director of the musical theatre degree on the beautiful campus of Elon University. She has built a dynamic performing arts program "with a heart." Another example of a power house female college theatre educator.

Meritocracy's Darker Notes

William Cheng | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
William Cheng

It's easy to assume that Americans' growing disillusionment with meritocracy stems mainly from the blunt facts of financial inequality. But there's another explanation. I think many of us, deep down, find that the very terms of meritocracy sometimes ask us to give up too much of what we hold dear.

The Worst 'Law & Order' Audition Of All Time?

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.13.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Before Zach Woods found success on "The Office" and HBO's "Silicon Valley," he had a ton of awful auditions, and he shared a few with HuffPost Live's ...

Student Actors, Now Read This!

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Mary Anna Dennard

For those of you who have been in the throws of the college audition process, things are finally beginning to wind down. You may now be twiddling your thumbs, having completed the whirlwind of applications, travel and a series of high stakes auditions.

Shut Your Mouth: College Audition Etiquette

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 04.01.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

To say you are not sizing up the competition would be a fabrication. Sound like an awkward situation? You bet it is. So what is the appropriate behavior, and how can you keep from embarrassing yourself?

Note to Self: 4 Reminders as My Child Heads into College Auditions

Anne Josephson | Posted 03.21.2015 | College
Anne Josephson

My youngest daughter set off on her very first college audition for theater BFA programs this past weekend. As the trip was some 2,500 miles from our home, I accompanied her.

New Year's Resolution: No More Helicopter Parenting

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 03.07.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

Why not take this new year's opportunity and resolve to back off? Trust your child to do the driving. Relinquish the temptation to take charge in matters concerning college applications, deadlines, coaching and audition schedules. Instead, let your student take the lead.

Show Me The Talent!

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 02.09.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

By all accounts there is an increase in gifted applicants to performing arts college programs, and an increase in the level of preparedness. This speaks well for the students themselves, and the families who support them in pursuing their dreams of a career in the performing arts. Good work!

Shortage of Spotlights for Actors

Jillian Sanders | Posted 01.18.2015 | Arts
Jillian Sanders

When I moved to New York in 2003 I had big dreams; acting in Broadway plays, scoring a breakthrough role in a small film, and generally becoming the next Meryl Streep. But after a few humbling auditions, I realized I couldn't pay my rent with my ambition.