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  • Regional dates, application forms, deadlines & guidelines are available online.
  • 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.
  • The Fund provides services for entertainment professionals nationwide. Comprehensive health and insurance options for the self-employed are listed by state. The Fund provides counseling, substance abuse and mental health services, senior and disabled care, nursing home and assisted living care, emergency grants for food, rent and medical care, the Actors' Work Program, and an AIDS Initiative.
  • Offers a variety of social, vocational, housing, and insurance services.
  • 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.
  • NYC theatrical agents and agencies from ALLNY.com. Address and telephone numbers only.
  • 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.
  • Click the Training button and highlight your state to retrieve a list of links to local acting training programs.
  • A directory of regional combined auditions, with contact information for each.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 amazon.com.
  • 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.
  • Performing, Technical, Design, Administrative, and Academic employment. Cumbersome to navigate. You must register with the Playbill Club for no-cost access.
  • Job postings by date.
  • Highly detailed full-text resource to the speeches and plays of the Bard.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Links to web pages for selected agencies and for casting information for actors & other media professionals in the United States.