How to Conquer Stage Fright

            Stage fright is said to be the number one fear reported by adults, topping flying, sickness, and even death. So how do we conquer the stage when we can’t stop thinking about the audience? Just by facing your fear, you will develop an empowering confidence in yourself. We asked our Alumni what they do to combat their stage fright, here’s what they said: You’re going to be nervous and that’s ok! It’s about controlling that energy and using it to your advantage before and during the experience. Stand or sit in a confident posture before… read more

Conservatory graduate takes on a ‘Whole New World’

KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts congratulates alum Clinton Greenspan on landing a role in the North American tour of Aladdin, produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. Greenspan will be in the ensemble as well as act as the Aladdin understudy. Performances begin April 11 at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre, prior to the tour’s official opening April 19. “We are so proud of Clinton,” said KD Conservatory Co-Founder Kathy Tyner. “This is a huge step in his career, and we continue to applaud his growth. He has a bright future, this opportunity will inspire others to work just as… read more

Student Spotlight: Brooklyn McDaris

Meet Brooklyn! She is a 20-year-old from Temple Texas, studying Musical Theatre here at KD Conservatory. We sat down with Brooklyn to discuss why she chose KD, her favorite part about studying at the Conservatory, and her career goals after graduation. KD: Hey Brooklyn, thanks for taking the time to chat with us. So tell us why did you decided to attend KD? BM: I decided to attend KD because it had all the specific classes and training needed to be an actress. The classes are very focused on a particular craft. I originally thought I would attend a University, but… read more

Spotlight On: KD Conservatory’s Musical Theatre Program

Does your dream career involve performing under the bright lights of the stage, or working hard behind the scenes in musical theatre? To succeed in a career in musical theatre, the first thing you’ll need is a strong background through education and experience. That’s where KD Conservatory’s Musical Theatre Degree Program comes in. Think this program could be right for you? Read on to learn more about what our Musical Theatre Degree Program has to offer. What to Expect KD Conservatory’s Musical Theatre Degree Program is a four-semester program in which students will earn their Associate of Applied Arts in… read more

Famous Film Stars Who Turned – or Returned – to Broadway

Many Hollywood stars got their start on the stage before they found success in film acting. Often, actors feel pulled towards one path or the other, choosing to either pursue film or in theatre and largely leaving the other behind. But what about the A-list stars who indulged their love for theatre after making it big in movies or television? Below are four famous stars who joined the growing ranks of those who moved from Hollywood to Broadway, either for the first time or returning to their original acting passion. Hugh Jackman Known For: Hugh Jackman is best known for… 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

6 Common Theatre Superstitions

With a performance’s success relying on so many little things going right, it’s no surprise that those in theatre are, as a whole, a superstitious lot. But in addition to the traditional superstitions, there are a few that are unique to the theatre environment. Here are six of the more common superstitions you’re likely to run across in a theatre. 1. “Break a Leg” Nearly everyone, whether an actor or not, is familiar with the tradition of telling someone who is about to perform to “break a leg”. But where did this tradition come from? There are a few theories… read more

5 Songs to Skip at Your Next Musical Theatre Audition

Choosing just the right song for your upcoming musical theatre audition can be stressful. What genre should you choose? What would the casting director want to hear? How do you even begin to narrow down the choices? While there are a number of great options available that would be perfect for your individual needs, there are some others that you should absolutely avoid. Here are five songs that you should cross off the list of choices for your next musical theatre audition.  1.    The Overdone There are some musical theatre audition songs that seem like obvious choices: they’re popular, time-tested,… 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

Stage Presence: What it Means, Why it Matters, and How to Improve it

Whether you call it “star power”, “the x-factor”, or simply “It”, stage presence can be hard to describe – but easy to spot. Stage presence refers to the certain charisma and charm that a theater actor or performer possesses that draws in an audience and commands their full attention. But does stage presence really matter? And how can you improve it? Does it Matter? Stage presence can, quite simply, be a defining factor in an actor’s success. Of course, it’s not everything; an actor can still be considered talented at their craft without exceptional stage presence, and all the stage… read more