How to Quickly Memorize a Monologue

Memorizing a monologue for a performance or audition can sometimes be a daunting task. When you have to do it quickly, it can be even more difficult. Whether your busy schedule lead to putting it off or you’ve been given a new piece at the last minute, there will come a time when you need to memorize a monologue – and memorize it quickly. Here are some tips to help you do just that. Don’t Panic The pressure of having to memorize a monologue in a short period of time can be stressful – especially if it feels like there’s… read more

5 Classic Films Every Aspiring Director Should Watch

With the many responsibilities that film directors shoulder, it can be hard to define what makes a great director. Pinpointing exactly what constitutes a well-directed film can sometimes be even harder. However, there are some films that were undeniably shaped and elevated by masterful directing. Whether they eschewed convention and embraced techniques that were groundbreaking for their time, beautifully and subtly told a complex story, or simply evoked passionate and connecting responses from viewers, these classic films set directing standards, and are worthy of critical viewing by any aspiring director. For the purpose of this list, “classic” films were defined… read more

5 Tips for Your Next Musical Theatre Audition

The lights! The audience! The music! For some actors, there is simply nothing better than performing on stage in musical theatre. But before the show can begin, and even before rehearsals, you have to focus on the first step to landing the role: the audition process. Below are a few tips that can help you make the most of your next musical theatre audition. 1.    Find Out What’s Expected Before you begin preparing for your audition, find out if there are any specific expectations, requirements or restrictions for what you should prepare or bring. For instance, a particular audition might… read more

KD Conservatory’s Rex McGee Talks Emmy Predictions

As an established and respected screenwriter, KD Conservatory instructor Rex McGee knows a thing or two about good, entertaining storytelling. That’s why he was the perfect guest to join WFAA-TV Dallas/Ft. Worth’s Jonathan Betz on the morning of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards to discuss his top predictions for category winners. During the discussion, McGee disclosed who his top picks were for three main categories – best comedy series, best drama series, and best miniseries – and shared his impressions on some of the leading nominees. So, how did he do? Were his predictions right? Let’s find out:   Outstanding… read more

4 Famous Animal Film Stars

After it’s release, the 2011 French film The Artist began receiving rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, and went on to win a number of awards including Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. But perhaps the most popular star of the film in the hearts of many was not an Oscar recipient, despite numerous campaigns and petitions – Uggie, the dog, was ineligible. This was far from the first time a furry (or feathered, or finned) actor stole scenes and delighted audiences, as animal actors have been enjoying the spotlight for decades. Below are a few… read more

4 Things to Consider When Choosing an Acting Program for Your Kids

Acting classes, camps and workshops can all be a great experience for kids, giving them the chance to have fun while gaining both acting experience and life skills. But how do you know which program is right for your child? Here are a few things you should take into consideration when choosing the right acting program for your kids.  Experience Level Matching your child’s level of experience with a program’s skill level is extremely important in finding a program that will be valuable in helping your child progress – while still having fun and enjoying themselves. A program that is… read more