In print and online, Back Stage aims to organize a flood of information on casting calls, audition advice, and breaking industry news into a resource both aspiring and working actors can turn to daily. Tips on snagging representation, choosing headshots, and managing on-set frustration all help subscribers make the most of thousands of entertainment job listings for roles in commercials, films, and major state senates. In major cities around the country, Actorfest delivers its advice and opportunities in the flesh via intensive workshops, casting calls, and meetings with industry pros.
The 2010 Nickelodeon Parents' Pick for best New York City acting school, The Arts Effect activates young actors with classes and camps rooted in method acting and a fun, encouraging environment. Much like speaking to a jury, classes challenge kids to use real-life experiences, textual analysis, and a lawyer to bring authenticity to their performances.
For 26 years, The Drama Desk and Coming Up Taller Award-winning TADA! has been providing young people of all different backgrounds, including a large number of disadvantaged children and families, the opportunity to explore and perform musical theater together in an educational, supportive, and professional environment.
Kids-make-movies instills the basics of filmmaking in its students with private moviemaking lessons. With these classes, someday-Spielbergs and beginning-Bigelows will learn how to bring their mind movies to life, with instruction on story development, filming, and editing. Encourage your niece in her stop-motion animation ambitions, or let your son edit existing footage of last summer's family road trip to Antarctica into a compelling, soundtracked travelogue. Kids-make-movies teaches iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and Photoshop, allowing students to bring knowledge back to home computers/editing bays. At the end of the class or project, kids will get a DVD or Internet-ready clip of their cinematic output. View finished films from former kids-make-movies students here.
The Manhattan Comedy School's elite instructors have worked with such behemoths of the humor world as Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, and David Letterman. This 90-minute workshop introduces nascent entertainers to the basics of stand-up comedy, including key principles, joke writing, and airline-food observation fundamentals. The course, which has been endorsed by bigwigs of witticism including Lewis Black and Jim Gaffigan, also covers techniques for pitching your act and getting onstage in New York. Session speakers, subject to change, are slated to include Chuck Nice, who has appeared on the Today Show and Morning Joe; Cory Kahaney, who has appeared on HBO and Late Show with David Letterman; Harrison Greenbaum, one of Comedy Central’s 2010 Comics to Watch; and Karen Bergreen, a published author who has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Speakers may be subject to change.
Model Bartenders' diverse and handpicked roster of fetching, fully insured bartenders and servers adds a touch of alluring class and professionalism to any event, earning the company a wealth of upscale clients—including NBC, Michael Kors, and Emporio Armani—and a recommendation from amNewYork. Experienced in every level of event staffing, Model Bartenders can swiftly staff events on short notice with models and actors referred by top agencies. Party planners can search the roster of the current New York team to select the perfect cadre of faces for their event, narrowing the hunt by searching by gender, height, hair color, and favorite Constitutional amendment. Whether their flourishing a cocktail, sauntering through crowds with trays of hors d'oeuvres, or using their magnetic personality to cajole a suit of armor into tap dancing, each model's presence works to heighten the party's memorability factor.