Closing Night Toast

Left to right: Laura Kepley, Artistic Director of The Cleveland Playhouse, Margaret Reed (Masha), John Scherer (Vanya), Gregory Isaac Stone (Spike), Toni DiBuono (Sonia), Danielle Lee Greaves (Cassandra), and Maren Bush (Nina). Closing matinee farewell toast from the lovely and wonderful staff CPH staff. A great time was had by all of us because we were so very well taken care of. Thank you, you Tony Award winners!!! April 26, 2015.

Left to right: Laura Kepley, Artistic Director of The Cleveland Playhouse, Margaret Reed (Masha), John Scherer (Vanya), Gregory Isaac Stone (Spike), Toni DiBuono (Sonia), Danielle Lee Greaves (Cassandra), and Maren Bush (Nina). Closing matinee farewell toast from the lovely and wonderful staff CPH staff. A great time was had by all of us because we were so very well taken care of. Thank you, you Tony Award winners!!! April 26, 2015.

Farewell Tony Award Winning Cleveland Playhouse

Masha as Snow White in #VanyaandSoniaandMashaandSpike written by Tony Award winning playwright, Christopher Durang directed by Bruce Jordan Photo By Roger Mastroianni http://www.rogermastroianni.com

Masha as Snow White in #VanyaandSoniaandMashaandSpike
written by Tony Award winning playwright, Christopher Durang
directed by Bruce Jordan
Photo By Roger Mastroianni http://www.rogermastroianni.com

Farewell @ClevePlayHouse Cleveland Playhouse. We’re gonna have a blast with our final performance here this afternoon. “It’s been fun!…Remember, true silence is…” bad for the box office. “Oh, never mind.” LOL
CONGRATS ON YOUR 2015 TONY AWARD!!!

This made my day

What an honor to be on the cover of the brochure for the Tony Award Winning Cleveland Playhouse's 100th season! I am overwhelmed with pride and joy to be involved with this unprecedented 100th season regional theatre company.

What an honor to be on the cover of the brochure for the Tony Award Winning Cleveland Playhouse’s 100th season! I am overwhelmed with pride and joy to be involved with this unprecedented 100th season regional theatre company.

Cleveland Playhouse wins 2015 TONY AWARD!

The Cleveland Playhouse, on the eve of their unprecedented 100th Season, is the winner of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award!  I was so incredibly proud to be playing their Masha in the 2013 Tony Award winning play, #VanyaAndSoniaAndMashaAndSpike by the Tony Award winning playwright, #ChristopherDurang when their #TonyAward was announced on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The Cleveland Playhouse, on the eve of their unprecedented 100th Season, is the winner of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award! I was so incredibly proud to be playing their Masha in the 2013 Tony Award winning play, #VanyaAndSoniaAndMashaAndSpike by the Tony Award winning playwright, #ChristopherDurang when their #TonyAward was announced on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Masha Blog_Scary Snow White

Every performance of #VanyaAndSoniaAndMashaAndSpike, before I go onstage, this is the image my Snow White costume projects at the top of the stairs, offstage right, before I descend into Act 1 ii; foreboding the biting things that Masha/Snow White blurts out to poor Nina, i.e. Dopey, (played by the ever-delightful Maren Bush.) The lighting & costume design are in cahoots with Masha's inner demons. LOL

Every performance of #VanyaAndSoniaAndMashaAndSpike, before I go onstage, this is the image my Snow White costume projects at the top of the stairs, offstage right, before I descend into Act 1 ii; foreboding the biting things that Masha/Snow White blurts out to poor Nina, i.e. Dopey, (played by the ever-delightful Maren Bush.) The lighting & costume design are in cahoots with Masha’s inner demons. LOL

Is Your Resume in .PDF?

#ActorsResume

1. Create a .pdf file of your #resume.
2. Label it effectively.

Before you do that, though, email your .doc or .txt, (or whatever file you have it in,) to yourself to see how the margins and tabs are all over the place on different receiving devices (phones, computers, iPads, etc.)

Then create the .pdf, email it to yourself, and you’ll see that everything is in a professional order. Isn’t that much easier to read?

EXAMPLE: See the difference these in these two resumes.

The incorrect resume needs these 4 corrections:
1. It is labeled ineffectively as “ActingResume 2015.doc”.
2. It is formatted so that it appears to the receiver in 2 pages.
3. The margins and tabs are off because it is still in a .doc file.
4. The information needs to be streamlined, corrected, and edited.

The corrected resume is on the right. Isn’t that easier to read and comprehend?

Also, LABEL your resume file this way: Margaret Reed_Resume_Feb. 2015.pdf. And for your headshot: Margaret Reed_Headshot_Feb. 2015.jpg. Think from the RECEIVER’S perspective, not how you might find the file on your personal computer.

If you’d like help with your #acting #resume or other acting-related #coaching, please contact me at Maggie@YourSitComCoach.com. Purchase sessions here: FREE session with volume purchase. Actor Resume_IncorrectACTOR RESUME_CORRECTED

Articulation & Breath Exercises

Hello there,

Thank you for volunteering to help with this test audio of the Articulation & Breath Exercises. Please let me know any and all of your thoughts about it at Maggie@YourSitComCoach.com. It’s around 20 minutes at this point because the instructions are a part of it. Another shorter version will be recorded that just has the exercises on it without the explanations, which can be used once the exercises are understood. Use the written instructions below to help guide you along.

Would it help to have this as a video instead? Or in addition to having the audio version? Thanks. And have a great, gentle but invigorating, warm-up. :) Maggie@YourSitComCoach.com

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8vhvmmakskhty5n/AAAe2xSX6wCrfDzxgk9iJBNta?dl=0

ARTICULATION & BREATH EXERCISES

1. Gently blow through your lips with no tone, 3 times, breathing into your diaphragm deeply, letting your ribs expand without your shoulders rising up, before each blow. Then, blow through your lips 3 times, but add the tones of the musical scale. See how many notes you can EASILY reach while warming up your lips and your vocal folds.

2. Now try tongue trills. 3 times with no musical tones, then 3 times with musical tones up and down the scale.

3. Now, repeat each of the 3 articulator exercises below, 3 times, without straining or harming your voice. This requires a large breath, (expanding your ribcage, without your shoulders rising up,) before each repetition.

Tongue exercise:
(Back of the throat to the lips):
Kah, kah, kah
Gah, gah, gah,
Tah, tah, tah,
Dah, dah, dah
Bah, bah, bah
Pah, pah, pah

Cheeks, mouth, and facial muscles exercise:
Wee-ooo, Way-ooo, Wah-ooo

Lips, tongue, mouth, and facial muscles exercise:
MahMahLah, PahPahLah
MayMayLay, PayPayLay
MeeMeeLee, PeePeeLee
MowMowLow, PowPowLow (like the word “low”, as in “not high”)
MooMooLoo, PooPooLoo

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Breathing from the diaphragm, (expanding your rib-cage out, without your shoulders rising up), practice these nursery rhymes, from memory, until you can recite them at least TWICE at a moderate speed on ONE breath. Control your breath, letting it out SLOWLY, so it runs out as the last recitation ends. See if you can get to 7 times in one breath, once you’ve practiced many times.

Mary had a little lamb. Twinkle, twinkle little star
Its fleece was white as snow. How I wonder what you are.
And everywhere that Mary went, Up above the world so high,
The lamb was sure to go. Like a diamond in the sky.

Joy. That’s our business.

Joy. That’s the business we’re in. We, in the entertainment biz, are in the business of sharing and inciting Joy. In our audiences, in our collaborators, in ourselves. And not just happy-peppy, feel-good Joy, which of course, is a delight. But, also, the joy that comes from a deeply felt insight, an epiphany, or an acknowledgment of a perspective that one might not have thought of before. Thoughts about that idea?
As I describe my objectives for my prospective logo to designers, that emotion keeps coming up. Finding ways to produce it, to create it, to help others feel it. That’s my mission with my newly-titled coaching biz, YourSitComCoach.com. To produce joy by helping actors and standup comedians craft joy through their creations.
So, here’s a giggly story from Taylor Negron through The Moth. “No matter how horrible your day is, no matter how scary your night is, everything can turn on a dime, and with a knock on the door….” http://themoth.org/posts/stories/california-gothic
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If you haven’t discovered TheMoth.org yet, you’re in for a treat of the imagination, like back when radio was the only home entertainment. Since the visuals aren’t there, your imagination gets to create all of them in your head. So sit back, listen, and enjoy. It’s very funny. http://themoth.org/posts/stories/california-gothic
If you have a story to tell, check out how to do it here: https://pitchline.themoth.org/pitchl…/tell-a-story/index.php.