Photo Source: Photo by cottonbro from Pexels Article by Joanne Baron – originally written for Backstage. One might look at the pandemic and think only of all the limitations and challenges it brought, missing the fact that—although we were not together in person—many lessons were learned and opportunities given. We can
Photo Source: Photo by cottonbro from Pexels Article by Joanne Baron – originally written for Backstage. An actor has to be flexible. Casts change, scripts change, directors change, and you need to be ready to adapt. There are extreme, almost unthinkable changes in the world—like the recent pandemic. This stunning change
Photo Source: Photo by Porapak Apichodilok from Pexels Article by Joanne Baron – originally written for Backstage. Monologues should showcase an actor’s strengths and talents, and be chosen with an awareness of who the audience is that it’ll be performed for. If a monologue is being done for an agent
Photo Source: Pexels Article by Joanne Baron and D.W. Brown – originally written for Backstage. There is something very exciting and attractive about the idea of taking a short-term class, be it a one-day seminar or workshop, a four-day Master Class, or a six-week intensive. These short classes and workshops
Photo Source: Shutterstock Article by Joanne Baron and D.W. Brown – originally written for Backstage. The dictionary says ethics are “moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity.” In this social media-driven, instant result-oriented world, ethics may seem old-fashioned or like they have little importance.
Photo Source: Antoine Verglas/NBC (Hargitay) Article by Melinda Loewenstein – originally written for Backstage. Before she was known as the tough but empathetic Det. Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Mariska Hargitay studied Meisner technique with acting coach Joanne Baron of the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio in
Photo Source: Photo by Sergi Dolcet Escrig on Unsplash Article by Joanne Baron – originally written for Backstage. There are certain issues that seem to rear their heads on a rather consistent basis with most actors. These are very easily identifiable—even by actors who suffer from them themselves—when watching other