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

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

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

How to Impress with Your Dance at a Musical Theatre Audition

Though the vocal aspect of the audition may get most of the attention, casting directors at musical theatre auditions are looking for a well-rounded complete package. This, of course, includes the dance section of the audition. Here are some tips to follow to help you impress the auditors during the dance component at your next musical theatre audition. Dress Appropriately The first important tip about your outfit to keep in mind: it’s almost never a good idea to attend an audition in costume. That said, when dressing for your audition, it’s important to strike just the right balance: you want… read more