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  • Joshua Siegel and his colleagues write helpful articles on numerous facets of the business, provide sample resumes, headshots, agentdirectories, and other actors' tools, and offer a selection of links to other acting sites.
  • PDF version of casting notices. The East Coast section is mostly student film. The West Coast section includes a list of 1999-2000 casting directors assigned all current television series (CD assignment list) as well as a list of those cast in all current television series (Series Regular list), both in PDF format.
  • Personal site with articles for beginning actors on how to get started in the business, contacting casting and talent agencies (withaddresses), advice about actor services and choosing monologues. Don't miss the FAQ on talent agents.
  • Represents actors and other professional performers and broadcasters in television, radio, sound recordings,non-broadcast/industrial programming and new technologies such as interactive programming and CD ROMs.
  • NYC theatrical agents and agencies from Address and telephone numbers only.
  • This Local of members living or working in and around New York City is the largest local union of professional musicians in the world. Includes orchestral musicians performing at Lincoln Center, Broadway pit musicians,freelance musicians performing in and around New York, jazz artists, hotel, club date and cabaret musicians, recording musicians, and musicians in the rock, blues and contemporary music scenes. Part of the AFM (American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada)
  • Hundreds of good links to all aspects of acting, including: Training, Unions & Associations Theaters & Theater Groups Casting Publications Scriptwriting Shakespeare Film Studios Film Festivals Booklists. Ideosyncratic but useful advice on different aspects of acting can also be found on the site.
  • A directory of regional combined auditions, with contact information for each.
  • The independent trade (labor) union for workers in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure and allied industries who are primarily based in the United Kingdom.
  • CSA is an organization of professional Casting Directors from all fields. Provides industry related links to PERFORMING ARTS UNIONS AND GUILDS , ELECTRONIC CASTING LINKS and OTHER FILM, TELEVISION AND THEATRE LINKS
  • Member information, news, magazine. Links to studio, distributors, reference, publications, and member home pages.
  • Various monologues from the East Los Angeles College writer's workshop.
  • Features and advice on acting and performing, audition notices, resources, profiles of performing arts organizations, & more.
  • An international organization using innovative digital technologies to create easily accessible, multimedia, and multilingual information resources for the study and preservation of the performing arts.
  • A chronology of Brecht's life, a history of the Berliner Ensemble, a list of Brecht's works in English, a bibliography, a forum for Brecht researchers to aid one another.
  • Full text of Grotowski's statement of ten principles for theater.
  • Kent State's excellent biography and papers on Joseph Chaikin. Descriptions of the papers box by box, with historical notes as needed.
  • Choose the casting option to access AWOL's comprehensive lists of online casting services, arranged alphabetically, with no annotation or indication of location.
  • Click on the "Monologues in Print" link for a listing of monologue sources from
  • Shared acting and/or musical auditions for Summer Theatre held in March in Boston, involving some 70 producers, talent agents, and training institutes in the New England area. Staff and tech interviews as well. Guidelines and applications for non-Equity performers are online.
  • A good partial listing of names, addresses and phone numbers of acting classes and schools in the New York area. Updated regularly.
  • Provides links to theatre company web pages organized by region.
  • Job postings by date.
  • Highly detailed full-text resource to the speeches and plays of the Bard.
  • The leading technical society for the motion imaging industry. Members include engineers, technical directors, cameramen, editors, technicians, manufacturers, educators, and consultants. SMPTE publishes ANSI-approved standards and guidelines, as well as a journal and peer-reviewed technical papers.
  • An independent labor union for stage directors and choreographers. The society is centered in New York City and includes approximately 1200 members and 250 associates in the United States and abroad.
  • Personal site which provides annotated listings of rehearsal spaces, theaters for rent, photographers and acting classes in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
  • Applications for summer theater auditions for non-Equity actors, staff, design and technical personnel.
  • For all entertainment professionals.
  • The website of this association of Playwrights, Composers, and Lyricists holds information about membership, copyright, contracts, events &amp seminars, ways to contact playwrights and their agents, and articles from The Dramatist.
  • Lessons on the anatomy and mechanics of voice and speech and other resources on voice training for actors. (This page is underdevelopment).
  • Listings of graduate programs in theater, with descriptions and contact information, in the U.S. and internationally.
  • The professional union for stage designers, scenic artists, and allied crafts. Recently affiliated with IATSE.
  • The oldest and largest consortium of professional theatre training graduate programs and associated theatre companies.
  • The labor union representing writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable and new technologies industries who live east of the Mississippi River.
  • The labor union representing writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable and new technologies industries who live west of the Mississippi River. The website includes resources helpful to beginning and seasoned screenwriters.
  • Links to web pages for selected agencies and for casting information for actors & other media professionals in the United States.

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