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IMPACT THEATRE AUDITIONS

Impact Theatre seeks actors for two shows in our 12/13 season: As You Like It, directed by Melissa Hillman, and Vs., written and directed by Jon Tracy.

Vs. is a world premiere play with music about Black Revolutionary War figure Colonel Tye. The role of Colonel Tye is precast. Seeking actors who can sing for other roles.

All races, ethnicities, ages, and genders strongly encouraged. Non-AEA only; all roles receive a small stipend.

As You Like it rehearses and performs Jan – April 2013
Vs. rehearses and performs March – June 2013

Auditions are Sunday July 15, 12-5PM and Monday July 16, 7-10PM.
All auditions, rehearsals, and performances are at La Val’s Subterranean Theatre in Berkeley.

Each auditioner will have two minutes. Please prep a comic classic and/or a dramatic contemp. You will not be asked to sing at this audition. Please bring a hs/res to the audition.

For an audition appointment, please contact Luisa Frasconi at luisa@impacttheatre.com.
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I wrote a blog for Theatre Bay Area in response to Carey Perloff's HuffPo article.
Not Lost: On Cultural Relevance and “Sellability”
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Check out my Berkeley Rep School of Theatre class! If you know (or are) a teen who's interested, there's still room! My class starts May 8.
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OMG. Someone patented the idea of interactivity in performance and is suing theatres that use tweet seats.
 
The topic of “Tweet Seats” has gotten a lot of media attention, a significant amount of it negative, from those who believe the use of cell phones and social media at performances have no place in our theatres. But the qualitative issues may be superseded by legal ones, as an inventor and his legal team are claiming that Tweet Seats fall under an existing patent, and therefore cannot be used without paying a license fee, Hate ‘em, like ‘em, jury’s still out: now the question is whether someone can or does own an increasingly common manner of communication at live events.
I had been planning to write about the pros and cons of “Tweet Seats,” weighing the potential of technology to complement live entertainment against its potential for intrusion and distraction. Whatev...
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Fair enough. People: I am extrapolating "lawsuit" as a probable outcome of the liberal distribution of C&Ds. I want to be clear that I have no particular knowledge of any of these events and that the prediction of "lawsuit" is my own, not derived from anything any theatre, or Howard Sherman, has communicated with me.
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Get this: Backstage Magazine is trying to assert ownership of the word "backstage" and force http://backstagejobs.com to change their name. FAIL.
We've been posting job listings for free for 15 years. Now we'd like the 5000 of you who visit BackstageJobs.com each day to donate just $10... to Behind The Scenes. BackstageJobs.com has been...
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I just tagged you in a tweet abt 5 minutes ago joking that they were coming after you next- haha
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THEATER REVIEW: BERKELEY Titus Andronicus, Impact Theatre. By Sam Hurwitt Titus Andronicus is William Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy, and for centuries ...
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Part interview, part Titus review-- check it out!
Melissa Hillman likes to wear many hats: artistic director of Impact Theatre, teacher with a dramatic arts PhD from Cal and self-proclaimed nerd. Above all, Hillman is also a mother. Not that her resp...
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Brilliant post by Alona Bach of Up Next. How teens perceive your theatre and its marketing, by a teen.
But last night, I was in Minnesota instead of my Bay Area home (What to do on a night off in a new city? See theater! Of course.), and I went to see a show at a small theater company that I'd neve...
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Thanks, Melissa. Good read. Nice insight from Ms. Bach.
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"[U]ntil the media shift their focus to off-Broadway and regional companies—which is just as unlikely—then live theater, important and vital though it is, will remain on the margins of the larger American culture, vaguely respected but increasingly ignored."

The important point isn't how can Broadway be rehabbed, but how can we get the national media to recognize the majority of professional theatre in this country?
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Impossibly painful. Everyone who thinks racism is over needs to read this.
The good news? The Hunger Games made $155 million at the box office its opening weekend, making it the third-best debut in North American box office history.
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This is truly, truly terrible.
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One of my favorite moments EVER in the history of Impact Theatre: This group of teens came to Titus Andronicus and all held up spoons when the pie came out. I grabbed this picture after the show.
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This is, literally, almost the entire group of teens I directed in Titus at Cal Shakes last summer...
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Artistic Director of Impact Theatre in Berkeley. 501st TIE pilot. Jewess. Card-carrying nerdgirl.
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Artistic Director of Impact Theatre in Berkeley. 501st TIE pilot. Purveyor of hijinks and monkeyshines. XBox addict. Jewess. Card-carrying nerdgirl.
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Whore of Babylon, Mommy