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How Radio Plays Saved My Love of Performing

  • Paul Safyan, Guest Blogger
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Over 40 years ago, a friend of mine saw me moping around after starting the process of a divorce and all-but-ordered me to take part in a play she was directing. The part consisted of walking across the stage twice and making some off-stage noises. From that point on, I was “hooked” on being a thespian.

Being on stage has continued to satisfy a number of emotional needs for me. I like to engage people in what I’m doing. I like to be noticed. I love to make people laugh or, at least, react to what I do. And I like to try on other personas besides the one I inhabit on a daily basis.

Learning to Listen in a Loud World

  • Jil Robinson, Guest Blogger
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We live in times when the visual is paramount- look! A celebrity got a new haircut! On the red carpet, who are you wearing? It's what you see that is deemed important. Think of Lady Gaga's meat dress…or Bjork’s swan outfit. Now think about this – why did they choose that look? Or get that haircut? Perhaps it is a need for attention, that desperate inner child saying “Look at me!” Or, perhaps it is part of an image they are trying to create, or a message they want to get across to their fans. Rarely do the entertainment reporters talk about what is going on inside a celebrity's mind, explore the motivation for why they look the way they do. They just focus on the pageantry and entertainment value.

New Beginnings, Risk-Taking and What’s in Store for TesserAct in 2019 and beyond

  • Artistic DIrector, Tamara Kist
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“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” ― Seneca 

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” ― Lao Tzu

 They say new beginnings can feel like endings.

 They aren't wrong.

Audition Tips, Part Two: How Not To Freak Out on Your Big Day

  • Artistic DIrector, Tamara Kist
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As promised, here is part two of Tate's Audition Tips! Remember, to work you gotta get out there and be seen!  And, once you are seen, you will want to be your absolute best self, so here are some hopefully helpful reminders.

It's Almost Showtime!

The night before and the day of the audition, be nice to yourself. Don't eat a tub of ice cream, or run a marathon unless you do those things every day. Take it easy. Get plenty of rest, fluids and eat healthy foods. Run your monologue in your head before you fall asleep. You have done all the work, you will rock it!

Audition Tips, Part One

  • Artistic DIrector, Tamara Kist
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For actors the new year means auditions and more chances to land their next favorite role.  (My favorite show is almost always the one I am working on, how about you?) Many theater companies hold auditions near the beginning of the year and TesserAct is no exception.  We will host auditions for The Sedgwick Stories the first week of year, (Sunday, January 6th &Tuesday, January 8th). I'll include a link to our website below if you'd like to consider auditioning.) As a way of helping you prepare for your next set of auditions, wherever they may be, I have compiled a list of tips. 

About TesserAct

Based in the northwest suburbs, TesserAct Theatre Ensemble is a 501c3 Illinois non-for-profit corporation, founded in 1993 by Artistic Director, Tamara Jackson-Kist.

The name of the company was inspired by her favorite book from fourth grade, A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle.