Essential Vocal Warm-Up Exercises

For many performers, their voice is one of their most valuable tools. It needs to be strong, healthy, and controlled so that they can project their lines or lyrics to the audience. Just as with any other profession, keeping the tools of the trade in top condition is essential to succeeding in acting or performing. Whether acting, singing, or preparing to speak in front of a group, these basic exercises are essential to making sure your voice is warmed up is ready to go. Humming Not only are your vocal chords essential both speaking and singing, but they’re also at… read more

Networking Tips for Actors

They say that success isn’t what you know; it’s who you know. When it comes to acting, the truth is that it’s hard to get far without a little bit of both. While your skills and talents are essential to making it as an actor, having the right connections can help you find the opportunities to make it big. Luckily, getting to know the right people doesn’t require an uncle in Hollywood – with a bit of effort, anyone can start building a professional network. Here are a few tips to get you started. Use School Connections The people you… read more

How to Support Your Child’s Desire to Act

Ask any sizable group of young kids what they want to be when they grow up, and chances are there will be a few answers of “movie star” among them. Of course, you’ll likely also hear “princess” and “cowboy”, so parents are sometimes caught off-guard when their child begins to express a real, sincere interest in acting – especially when they have no background or experience in it themselves. If your child wants to act, here are a few things you can do to support and encourage their new interest. Show an Interest Many children love to share their excitement… read more

Dos and Don’ts for Your First Week on Set

Whether you’re an actor or working behind-the-scenes in the film production crew, your first experience working on a film or television production set can be exciting. But while it’s a huge accomplishment, it’s only the first step on your path to a career that is hopefully long and successful – and how you handle your first job can determine your future opportunities. Here are a few dos and don’ts that can help you get your first week on set started off on the right foot. Do: Take Care of Yourself! No matter what your job, days working on set can… read more

Michael Serrecchia’s Year of Murder and Mayhem

Director, choreographer, and KD Conservatory’s Musical Theatre Chair Michael Serrecchia reflects on the year that saw him, well…killing it. As I look back on 2012, I realize just how blessed and lucky I am to have the opportunity to work in the DFW theatre community. Over this last season, I had the joy of working with amazingly talented performers, designers, and producers who take great pride and pleasure in bringing the best of their talents to the audiences of our community. Not only was I lucky enough to be part of the team behind the scenes, but I also had… read more

Tips for Writing Your First Play

Whether writing for your own theatre group or creating a play with aspirations of seeing it turned into a major production, playwriting requires patience, dedication, and practice. The moment you see your script come alive on stage, however, it will all be worth it.  While attending musical theatre classes can give you far more in-depth knowledge, here are some tips to keep in mind when writing your first play. Watch – And Read – As Many Plays as Possible Just as aspiring film screenwriters are encouraged to read screenplays and watch movies with a more critical eye, aspiring playwrights can… read more