Author: Amanda Chin (Amanda Chin)

How Many Absences are Too Many?

How Many Absences are Too Many?

This is the age-old question, right up there with what is the meaning of life, and where do we go when we die?
Believe me when I say there is no easy answer to this question. And we get it all the time (or some variation of it).

Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development saying, "It's one banana, Michael. What could it cost, ten dollars?"

What’s in a Budget?

It’s unusual that adults have to pay to be in a show. Sure, there are community theaters that have nominal dues for their members. But actual tuition to be in a show? It’s not very common.

Still from "The Princess Bride" with text that reads, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Words I Don’t Use a Whole Lot

Language is a strong tool. Aside from the obvious benefit of communication, the words we choose have the ability to strengthen or reinforce our principles and values. I often find myself saying, “that word is not in my vocabulary,” where what I’m actually saying is, “that word doesn’t reflect my beliefs.”

Movie still of 9 to 5 with the caption, "Why don't we make some changes that really count? Yeah."

AfterWork Theater: Where Careers Go to Die

Before I was the ED of AWT, before I worked part-time here running operations, and before I was a board member, I had a neat little career in marketing, working primarily for early and mid-stage startups. My entire career had been in advertising or marketing, and I enjoyed the work…for a while. As I was about to discover AWT as a participant in 2014, I was finding myself getting bored with my jobs quickly, and my tenure at each position was getting shorter and shorter.

Post-its with participant names and photos used during a casting session

Casting Demystified

I don’t actually get a lot of questions about AWT casting before people sign up for a show. What I do hear about are a lot of reactions after cast lists come out. And when I say “hear about” I mean, people rarely come to me with their thoughts, questions, feelings or concerns, but the AWT grapevine is strong and has many branches. It’s totally ok, casting is a touchy subject.

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