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Best of the Web: Performing Arts » General Resources
actingbiz: the online actors resource
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.
Actor Breakdown services and casting
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.
AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists)
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.
AllNY.com's general listings
NYC theatrical agents and agencies from ALLNY.com. Address and telephone numbers only.
American Federation of Musicians Local 802
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)
- ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)
AWOL's acting links
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.
AWOL's State and National Combined Auditions
A directory of regional combined auditions, with contact information for each.
BECTU (Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union)
The independent trade (labor) union for workers in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure and allied industries who are primarily based in the United Kingdom.
- Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) (Includes HyperRepertoire Song Search)
Casting Society of America
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
Directors Guild of America
Member information, news, magazine. Links to studio, distributors, reference, publications, and member home pages.
ELAC writer's workshop monologues
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.
GloPAC - Global Performing Arts Consortium
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.
International Brecht Society
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.
Joseph Chaikin and the Open Theater
Kent State's excellent biography and papers on Joseph Chaikin. Descriptions of the papers box by box, with historical notes as needed.
Listings of other Online Casting services
Choose the casting option to access AWOL's comprehensive lists of online casting services, arranged alphabetically, with no annotation or indication of location.
Monologues in print
Click on the "Monologues in Print" link for a listing of monologue sources from amazon.com.
New England Theatre Conference
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.
New York Schools of Theater and Drama
A good partial listing of names, addresses and phone numbers of acting classes and schools in the New York area. Updated regularly.
ONStage - The Actor's Resource
Provides links to theatre company web pages organized by region.
Playbill On-Line Job Notices
Job postings by date.
Highly detailed full-text resource to the speeches and plays of the Bard.
SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers)
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.
ssdc (the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers)
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.
Starving Actor Com
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.
The Actors' Fund
For all entertainment professionals.
The Dramatists Guild of America
The website of this association of Playwrights, Composers, and Lyricists holds information about membership, copyright, contracts, events & seminars, ways to contact playwrights and their agents, and articles from The Dramatist.
The Voice+Speech Source
Lessons on the anatomy and mechanics of voice and speech and other resources on voice training for actors. (This page is underdevelopment).
Theater & Drama Grad School Directory
Listings of graduate programs in theater, with descriptions and contact information, in the U.S. and internationally.
United Scenic Artists, Local 829
The professional union for stage designers, scenic artists, and allied crafts. Recently affiliated with IATSE.
URTA (University/Resident Theatre Association)
The oldest and largest consortium of professional theatre training graduate programs and associated theatre companies.
Writers Guild of America, East
The labor union representing writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable and new technologies industries who live east of the Mississippi River.
Writers Guild of America, west
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.
Yahoo Talent Agencies
Links to web pages for selected agencies and for casting information for actors & other media professionals in the United States.