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An artist tends to put forward notions and expresses perspectives through an art form. This very art form will be the one that guides that particular individual as he/she goes through life. But for that method expression, they need to choose an art form and moreover also find a venue that will help him/her learn […]

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The Best Schools for Acting

An artist tends to put forward notions and expresses perspectives through an art form. This very art form will be the one that guides that particular individual as he/she goes through life. But for that method expression, they need to choose an art form and moreover also find a venue that will help him/her learn to express. So without making things dramatic, we are going to cut to the chase. Yes, we are talking about acting and some of the top schools in the world that teach the same. As far as an artist is concerned, picking one out of these schools will help him/her reach places. Hence, here are some of the best schools for acting.


The kind of talent that Yale puts out is beyond comparison, and also some of them have stood forward to receive an academy. Yes, that’s right, Yale has brought out actors that can transform into any character and make you believe in things. The likes of Lupita Nyong’s and Winston Duke need to be mentioned since they are all graduates from this great school of acting.

UC San Diego

The teachers at UC San Diego are individuals who have a lot of commitments. Their schedules are packed with different kinds of workload emerging from Hollywood and various other places. The main reason behind the same tends to talk about the type of quality and focus they maintain on their students. Numerous artists have found their purpose through UC San Diego, as the classes help you get connected to the craft like never before. Be it intense coaching or practical ones; they have it all. Hence, by all means, you will make a mark for yourself by visiting UC San Diego.


Juilliard has produced people for the craft and has explored matters through the process. Their mode of teaching helps individuals understand the purpose of acting and also help for smoother transformation. Through expert professors that have a big name in art, Juilliard will bring out the artist in you and awaken a different spirit. Their programs have a classic reputation and has also been around for over six years. So, go ahead and learn all about Juilliard in New York.

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London is another highly regarded acting institutions from all over the world. Top actors and professionals have emerged from this school, and their craft tends to highlight their unique talent. With various methods and programs, Royal Academy also states to help you understand all about acting. Hence, that concludes our list of some of the best acting schools. Make sure you take your craft to the next level and explore the field of acting.

Terrible Night!

I hate to even mention it, but a friend and I were the victims of an attempted robbery. I dedicate this blog to self defense since this is what saved us from a bad outcome. Sometimes off-Broadway theaters are in strange, dangerous locations. There is safety in numbers, or so we thought, until a mugger appeared in our path. It was a cold, dark night—just the kind you imagine when you think about assailants. Being bundled up in a lined parka doesn’t nothing for your sense of safety. Long ago, I learned that city dwellers have to take precautions. There are many aspects to self defense that you can read about here: While I love them in principle and as a great form of exercise and social recreation, I don’t expect to ever be that good such that I can fend off aggression. You never know if your attacker also knows how to kick and jab.

Given that it is rare for the average individual to master a martial art, it is wise to be vigilant and on the alert. Your self confident walk can in itself deter a thief. Beginners to the subject of safety and self-protection have many products to choose from that can be operated quickly and with ease. Most of these come in small sizes and are portable in a pocket or on a keychain. Shining a light in the face of a mugger is one tactic you can try that won’t provoke him to use a gun, and you can even use your cellphone to do that if you’re on Facebook when you get approached. Most theater goers carry them to read the program in the dark. If he is high on drugs or particularly cocky, you may want to resort immediately to a stun gun, Taser, pepper spray, or baton. I took a self defense class so that I could become familiar with all of them and decide which one I prefer. It might be a bit much to possess them all as you walk home from a bar, restaurant, concert, or theater venue. I know that most men on a date feel protective.

The first step is to become familiar with your options and make your choice. The second is to buy a product and role play using it with a relative or friend. Practice various situations in which the mugger is more or less aggressive. How fast can you pull out your “weapon” of choice? Do you expect to panic and freeze? Which device do you feel most comfortable using? They all are deterrents and have been known to work well as an alternative to fighting back. I feel that you have maybe one chance when you are accosted and it had better work least it anger the assailant and provoke him to do harm. Thieves may be quick to become angry and feel as vulnerable as you. Most people are beginners at self defense because it rarely happens. You don’t want to be an expert unless you teach a class. Read up on the subject and get in the know. Better yet, don’t walk in the dark in creepy places.

Props Magic

To some, the theater is highbrow, too much so for movie going lovers who prefer the silver screen. This is certainly not the case for me. I have my preferences and they are strong. Theater for me is the pure hybrid art, a combination of acting, good writing (the play in its natural state), props and set design, and the magic of being transported to other times and places. I attend whenever I can and sometimes more than once for a favorite performance.

Fortunately, there is always something on stage nearby, even at the small local level. That will do in the absence of major works. Or I can travel to see the latest blockbuster hits. I pay attention to the Tony awards and wait for something to come to a close by town. You can bet that I am more than willing to travel when I have vacation time. New York is a special treat that I afford myself rarely, but when it happens, I am in ecstasy. This is the hub of the theater. There is so much to see. I read the reviews and I get to know the performers—what other plays they have been in or what TV shows on which they have had guest roles. Thus, I have a little background on the cast and can appreciate how they transform their parts.

Theater is a realm unto itself. I do like to read plays as I did when I took literature courses in college, but it is not the same as the live experience. Plus there is the entire backstage area in which the play gets ready to unfold. Crew members are hustling and bustling around making adjustments and readying the curtain. Actors are prepping their lines, the last minute lighting cues are changed, and any set changes are quickly made. I get lucky once in a while if I can meet the actors after the show and that sometimes means backstage. You usually have to know someone. Recently I was lucky to have a friend who worked as part of the crew. I wanted my playbill signed by the lead actress and he made the arrangements. Since the actress in question was changing out of her costume, I had a little time to kill. My friend on the crew offered to show me around and reveal a little of the magic. I was led about guided by his tactical LED flashlight that he told me he bought online from,which illuminated the rear of the set and the table of props.

It was fascinating to see the play from another inactive dimension. It was like the play was stopped in time. But soon the actress I wanted to meet appeared and she was happy to sign my playbill and personalize it to me. I love these mementos that I keep of the theater. I have collected more than a few. They remind me of wonderful experiences. Otherwise, as time goes on, I often forget what and who I have seen.

Experiencing a Broadway Show

I can’t really describe the feelings and experience one gets from seeing a live performance on Broadway. Its just something that you need to experience for yourself. Its not like seeing a film, where the show is safely on the big flat screen. With a Broadway show you become immersed in the acting and music. You feel like you are part of it, or at least that is how I feel. Of course, Broadway shows are not everyone’s thing. I had one friend whose first experience was at an opera and he didn’t like it. He also thought all Broadway shows would be like this. It wasn’t until he took his kids to see Wicked that he understood the brilliance of Broadway theatre. It definitely changed his mind in the end.

When I go to see a show I make it a full blown experience that doesn’t just include the show. Most shows start at night and I like to go to a nice restaurant to eat before I head off to the theatre. I tend to plan 2 hours before the show so that there is enough time to enjoy your meal without feeling rushed. At the theatre there are concession stands where you can buy snacks and souvenirs, in case you choose to do the meal after the show.

There are usually a couple of intermissions between acts that allow you to get up and stretch your legs, use the bathroom, or get a drink. I like to go for an after show drink to wind down a bit. I mean, most performances are full of energy, lights, and music. To me, winding down at the end is important.

I’ve been asked how one chooses a show and what to expect along the way. The first thing you need to do is pick a show that you think you will enjoy. What are you basing your choices on? A particular actor that you would love to see?Or maybe an adaptation of a favourite book or film? If you are winging it then make sure you check out some reviews of the show before you dive in.

Next you want to decide on the type of theatre you want to go to. The bigger Broadway theatres pack in a larger crowd. Some people love those big crowds! But others may want a more intimate setting that you can get from an Off Broadway show.

Your next step is getting those tickets. Many legitimate websites that sell tickets for shows offer discounts online. Keep in mind that the more popular productions tend to sell out fast and you may not be able to grab a ticket at the spur of the moment. Plan in advance! Be wary of people trying to sell you tickets on the street for low prices. These are scalpers and they tend to offer tickets that are counterfeit. You can sometimes buy tickets at the theatre but you will end up paying full price more times than not.

Once you are there an usher usually hands you a playbill and shows you to your seats. All you have to do now is sit back and enjoy the show!

How the Stars Relax

There are many joys of the acting profession. Night after night you pour out your heart on stage to a mute, sedentary audience. On good nights, they come alive. If they are welcoming and responsive, it gets you going. You treasure those claps and shouts, those moments of loving recognition. You seem to have endless energy and commitment when it happens. But whatever is out there, faceless in the seats, you are a pro, trained and conditioned to perform repeatedly–the same material, music, or dance, for the run of a show. This is heaven to an unemployed thespian and you cherish such roles. When you get them, you hope they last forever.

It is magic to be on stage and acting is thus much more than a daily craft that is routine. It takes talent to be sure, but it is also a way of life. Adjustments have to be made: burnout can be the enemy of any art. You have to pace yourself and watch levels of fatigue. Sometimes there is no turning back if it gets out of hand. It helps to eat well, get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and work out. The more fit you are, the more stamina during performance. The more you can have other interests, the more focused on your career you will be. It pays to have contrast and variation in your life.

One way actors of all kinds relax and unwind is water recreation. I don’t just mean swirling about in a Jacuzzi for a few heated minutes. I am talking about a big Olympic size pool maybe with lanes and a diving board, or perhaps doing what a lot of the stars seem to be doing, which is taking up the new sport of stand up paddle boarding. It is beyond pleasure and enters the realm of real sport. Consider it a challenge as well as a stress release recourse. For relaxation, it rivals a nice glass of wine any time.

Swimming vigorously helps weight loss of course, and it lubricates joints and muscles. Dancers, in particular, get a heavy workout and need the therapeutic services of water. Without some relief, they feel that they just can’t go on. Water is innately soothing and a universal principle of health. It also clears the mind and frees it from too much reflection on those negative reviews! You hope there aren’t many. But if there are, you can have a pure escape from your usual craft, and thus water sports are advised.

Fitness trainers and physicians know the many benefits. They prescribe water recreation widely, so the positive aspects they tout are now being passed on here to you. In addition to all of the above reasons to indulge, you can adapt yourself to a new schedule and routine. Since actors generally perform at night, or occasionally on week-end for matinees, they have the mornings free for a refreshing clear-the-head swim. They can go to a public outdoor facility or an indoor gym as they desire. Each has its attributes. Often, groups of actors from the same play will go together and indulge in water volleyball or polo for a bit of team spirit.

Camaraderie thus can be added to the list of reasons to swim. We have the physical reasons—weight loss and fitness—and we have the mental ones—freedom from anxiety and stress. We have body conditioning, joint lubrication, and just plain fun. Swimming or any form of water recreation is a real mood booster. It’s a far healthier practice than drinking or drugs. You can get hooked on it, too.

Schedules are hectic in the theater business, with long, sleepless nights. You are so keyed up post-show and you need to relax. A quick night swim is not out of the question. So many actors stay up after a show, drinking too much coffee and smoking too many cigarettes as they rehash the good and bad of the performance. What is notable here is that people who love swimming soon become more vigilant about their general health and will cease negative habits even apart from their water recreation time.

Water activity seems to be a panacea for theater people and it can extend to directors, wardrobe mistresses, lighting crew members, and more. Everyone can literally get into the act. It is something to look forward to during off season as well when you start to become restless as you anticipate new jobs. You have to have something to do with your time. If you are no reader, not a big music buff, or hate the gym, the answer is clear.

Feet on the Big Stage

Exposed feet means that people will see everything. Are they clean, are the nails polished, are they rough? Would Dr. Scholl’s cringe? Imagine a beautiful actress with tresses reaching to her waist walking the red carpet in style, one delicate food in front of the other. Envision a mid-calf princess gown cut in layers of silk tulle. Your eye takes in her svelte body and graceful elegance, but then it wanders to the feet. Yikes! Open toe sandal heels reveal toenail fungus of the very worst kind. Yellowish black goo is visibly present and no amount of red polish will disguise it. Run for cover lady!

Well, such a spectacle is pretty funny and probably seldom true. The same goes for bare feet on the stage. This might be more likely to happen. Actors don’t always groom for each part they play; and if it requires no shoes, they go for it, no matter the condition of their toenails. They are busy learning their lines and getting into character with no particular concern for their feet.

Toenail fungus is an issue for many, and I bring it up because I have it. I therefore see how it affects various parts of public life. There are a lot of new things on the market: just take a look at the numerous TV ads for Jublia and the like. This problem must be rampant to warrant such air time.

You used to have to have your liver examined before you could take pills, but they worked at least for a while. Often the dreaded scourge came back with a vengeance. Now you have a topical solution that will not harm your insides as it is not systemic. You get a little redness, burning at the application site, swelling, and tenderness—but alas, your fungus will go away.

When you are on stage, the audience takes you in as a whole and using the principle of “willing suspension of disbelief” to see you as your character. If you don’t “break character” you will do well in portraying a person of a specific place or time. But sometimes during a lot of dialogue and not much action, their eyes will start to wander. If they hit your feet and take in the toes, woe be it to anyone with fungus.

This is a kind of symbol to me of being convincing on stage and not having your real self break through. It is about sustaining a role from beginning to end of a play without cracks in the mirror so to speak. In filming TV and movies, you can do a retake. Not so on the stage! In movies and TV you can do short spurts, one at a time. A play is one continuous experience.

The theatre is thus an art form like no other, taking place live in real time. This is part and parcel of its magical appeal. You have the actors physically present and you can see every facial expression or gesture of the hands and arms. There is nothing but that actor coming alive as a character before your very eyes.

Costuming is thus a significant element in staging. It is, of course, in films and TV, but it is taken for granted much of the time. It is realistic or not depending upon the concept. Usually you have a real scene that fights for attention with the actors unless the camera goes to close up. On the stage, there is an entire room or outdoor setting as the case may be as well; but there are the actors as focal points in a different way, especially when they move or speak their lines. You see the entire person all of the time. Because they are there before you, you are often rapt if they are doing a good job. Theater is the supreme art for many.

Great skill is required to perform on stage and not all TV and film actors are successful. If it is a musical extravaganza, all the more so. There are techniques and tools of the trade that differ in kind from other forms of performance. Some people like Hugh Jackman or Neil Patrick Harris do find in any context. Others have not fared so well.

So toe fungus aside, feel free to engage mentally with actors on stage and to enter their portrayed realm. Take in their facial expressions, their body movements, and their costumed appearance. It all forms a totality with lighting, props, and sound.

Keeping the Show on the Road

The life of a theatrical touring company is a bit like the circus. There are insiders, stars, backup people, and a variety of equipment and gear to tote. It is a world unto itself that keeps the spirit of drama alive. You want to bring entertainment of the very best kind to the masses. It is a treat and a treasure to those normally not exposed.

So just what happens behind the proverbial scenes. You will see real people that transform themselves into characters at the drop of a hat. The good ones can be anyone at any time from King Lear to Curly in Oklahoma. They are real pros, versatile and trained. Some can sing, perform athletic feats, and dance. They can do comedy or tragedy at will, miraculous embodiments of the most unpredictable kind. These stiff requirements of the theatrical arts take their toll. You have to keep mentally and physically in shape.

You might find hidden amid the portable trunks of costumes and boxes of pancake makeup a scale or two out of sight. Actors need to know how they are doing weight wise. They have to fit into their costumes and can’t grow even one size. They also want to stay fit and healthy to keep the show alive.
They know a lot of others depend on them.

Plenty of water and good nutrition are key, even though it may be hard when you are not at home where you can control your normal food consumption. Drinking lots of fluids will help to prevent fainting on stage. Those foot lights are really bright! I remember one young man who seemed like the epitome of health, but his role was demanding and he had to execute a lot of intense movements. One time, he did not drink his normal bottle of water before going on stage. As you can guess, he fainted at one point.

The moral of the story is simple and obvious. Take care of yourself on a routine basis and do not neglect bodily needs. Stage work burns up a lot of calories and sweating likewise for water. Some actors have those big bottles of the stuff lined up in their dressing rooms so they can grab them throughout the show. Missing just one can mean the difference between energy and defeat.

Getting back to the original topic of weight, a few words of wisdom here might suffice. Heavy people get tired fast and it pays to be on the lighter side. If you need a good quality set of bathroom scales to remind you, so be it. In the theater, practicing the refinements of the trade, you want to be at your best. I know there are plenty of character actors (including women of course) who stake their reputations on their appearance, and that often means pudgy to obese. But most of the time excess weight is a detriment.

When you pack on the pounds, you alter the exterior nature of your given role. The director who hired you no doubt had a certain look in mind. He or she wants that look to remain intact and be consistent throughout a traveling show. It is your obligation to follow suit and eat accordingly.

When you think of stage actors, you don’t think of weighty types. Perhaps these people have will power and perhaps it is vanity. No matter, it works. Motivation allows actors to remain a certain type. They become known as such and their roles are tailored to their appearance. The leaner you are, no doubt the more roles for which you qualify.

People expect film and TV stars to be attractive visually. No wonder we spend so much time perusing their Instagram posts.We want them to be larger than life and better than average. We want to idolize them, seeing them in some kind of Edenic, perfect realm. While stage actors are usually less well known as “names,” unless they come from other arts, they are also in the same category. Audiences expect a modicum of perfection in terms of the physical self.

Keeping that scale handy in a dressing room is a symbol for actors to stay slight and look the part. Unless they are Big Daddy in Tennessee William’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, they want to be as lean as Brick and as beautiful as Maggie. We go to the theater to see real life, but one that is magnified in proportion and also mythic in content. Theater is thus a higher slice of life laden with meaning and import.

Water for Words

The day the water broke was almost catastrophic. I am not talking about a pregnant member of the cast. That would be odd, and a rarity, indeed. Who would go on the road expecting a child! I am talking about a hot summer night in Arizona while the company I was in was on tour. Man, you could easily see one hundred plus degrees—at night. You therefore stayed inside as much as you could for protection and self-preservation.

Often in the theater, especially if it is a local or community affair, you go out the backstage entrance and have a smoke, join a conversation on your phone, or just socialize with cast members or crew that want a break now and then. It is a little mini refresher that helps you refocus and get back to the thespian business at hand. I, for one, like to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated before going on stage. Bottles are usually provided near the dressing room area, but not always.

Clean, filtered water is usually available in rest areas. This way, you can have it cold and not lukewarm. There are some who take precautions and tote their water in ice chests, but to me this is all too much effort. I rely a lot on the ubiquitous dispensers that will take care of my every thirsty needs.

But back to the day the water broke. It turned out to be that the water filtration system was not working as it should. No children were born. At least it wasn’t the air conditioning. That would have been so much worse and the show would not have gone on. That particular day I did not bring water as I had to leave my car outside for several hours while doing errands; and in the hot Arizona sun, that did not make for a good plastic bottle conservation experience. I know those little vials would be destroyed in the heat, tainting the water inside no doubt.

I need to perform at my peak wherever I am—little theater to big concert hall. I need regular doses of liquid purity to stay alive. You actually can sweat while acting. It is not hard to imagine. Remember those big flood lights? Well, they emit enormous amounts of heat. If you don’t hydrate enough, the warmth will boil you alive.

So the system was down that fateful night and everyone was hoarding what bottled water they had left. No sharing, my friend, was the message. We sent a crew member out for replenishment, but of course we had no idea when he would get back. I assumed it wouldn’t be long so I went on without my usual water intake.

Ten minutes into act three, the lights seemed brighter than ever. They glowed in a threatening manner, making my head spin. I mumbled my lines, sweat pouring from my weary brow. When you are hot, your body rebels and recoils. It certainly did it this night. You start to feel sluggish and every move is a burden.

I managed to recover for a few seconds, although a large drop of sweat had fallen in my eye, burning with intensity. I blinked furiously to lessen the pain. Another ten minutes to go. All of a sudden the seconds seemed like minutes, and the minutes like hours. I was moving in slow motion and the words wouldn’t come. I felt faint and beyond light headed. The room was spinning around.

I heard a thud and a clunk. Something had fallen on the stage. Was it a klieg light or a prop? No, it was my body, doubled over in two. No one was surprised more than me. The audience woke up from their heat-laden slumber and emitted a short “oh.” I managed to rise from the wood planks with my pride intact, thanks to the help of a fellow cast member. I shook myself off, opened my eyes, and went on with the show.

Now that is a sad story, and a cautionary tale of the harsh realities of the theater. Ha! I guess you never know what can happen, do you. Water is a necessity that you take for granted, filtered or not, so you never suspect any lack of it would be a culprit affecting a performance. I learned my lesson the hard way and believe you me, ever since I have checked beforehand at each theater on our tour list. Do they have a filtration system and especially, do they have a backup generator.

Daniel Radcliffe Reveals All

article-0-02CD3C3D00000578-707_634x864Who doesn’t love the Harry Potter franchise? Who doesn’t love Daniel Radcliffe? He is recognized worldwide for his stellar role in the series, one coveted by many actors of similar ilk. He embodies his character fully. But did you know that he is also known as a fine stage actor, having played a part in Equus on the London stage in the famed West End. Critics and fans were ebullient about his raw and enraptured performance. This first stage role was in 2007 at the Gielgud Theater. He enjoyed the direction of Thea Sherrock which brought him to major recognition when he was named as the outstanding actor in a play as acknowledged by the Dramatic Desk Award.

This award-winning play by Peter Schaffer written in 1973 has made the rounds of theaters worldwide, having been revived numerous times, including the West End appearance by Radcliffe. It is a gripping highly dramatic tale of a young man obsessed with horses that merits psychiatric help. It comes in the form of Dr. Martin Dysart who hopes to uncover the reason the boy, Alan Strang, has blinded six horses in a small rural town. The two are the real focal points of the production, and as the plot unfolds, so do the characters.

It is like a detective story in which the psychiatrist tries to uncover the reason for the heinous act. In the process, the characters come to know themselves and their role in life. There is the theme of ritual sacrifice and religious fanaticism. Neither role is easy and Radcliffe is captivating as the boy who has constructed an odd and personal mythology around horses with the godhead he calls “Equus.”

There is plenty of social commentary and sexual innuendo in the plot that is full and rich in implications. Radcliffe is the penultimate troubled youth who has to come to terms with his violent act. By playing games and with consistent questioning, the boy’s life is laid bare. Some of it is through dreams and hypnosis and some by association with the Bible, his exposure to which occurred through his mother throughout his youth. Alan’s sexual attraction to horses is a powerful dramatic device.

Radcliffe is emotionally exposed, but also physically in a scene in which he rides Equus unattired. How does an actor prepare for such a moment? You have to be tough enough to go this route. There is no hiding out. While Radcliffe admitted to having his bottom waxed for the show, he did not take whip out the body hair trimmer before taking his clothes off and taking to the stage.

The barebacked horse and naked rider become one fused entity in this critical scene. Alan is a kind of king facing his mental enemies. The stable is also a key element in the play and no mere background. This is all the more true in the blinding scene where the boy commits his act of protection. He doesn’t want the horses to witness any more of a soul-wrenching attempt at a sexual act.

Radcliffe has the guts to be unclothed in much of the play. Fortunately, he looks good being young and somewhat virile. Older actors do not always fare well when they take their garb off for all to see. It is a dramatic device to appear naked that is shocking enough, and leaves the character vulnerable and exposed. You get based the body to delve into the deeper soul. It is still uncommon in the theater, but when it works, it is gripping and emotional.

Alan is an impressionable youth to be sure. He has his manias and obsessions that come from years back. His life has not been easy, hence the odd sexual and religious commitments. Everyone is a product of their past and their parents’ inadvertent actions. This boy’s life took a unique turn. The culminating act with Jill in the staples is prophetic and telling. Alan’s character has been blunted and he turns to equine beings for redemption.

There are few plays this “heavy” or intense. It is brilliant dialogue and exceptional staging. Radcliffe is up to the challenge and his performance rivals the lad in the film. It is a memorable experience of the highest theatrical caliber. The world famous Radcliffe had no difficulty assuming the role and performing it as originally planned. He claimed that he did not want to see the old film so he could be true to the original writing and conception. He entered into a fine tradition and achieved remarkable results.

The Tony Awards: Biggest Night on Broadway

The Tony Awards Biggest Night on Broadway

There is no night bigger for awarding excellence in the world of theatre than the Tony’s. Here is where aspiring actors, writers and musicians vie to have their hard work recognized by the masses and rewarded. How did the Tony Awards come about though?

It was in 1947 that a group called the American Theatre Wing (ATW) put together an awards program that would acknowledge and celebrate the achievements in the art of theatre. The award itself was named after Antoinette Perry, a woman who was a producer, actress, director and important leader of the ATW during wartime. The award ceremony started after her passing. It was a dinner gathering, which was hosted in the famous Waldorf Astoria hotel’s Grand Ballroom in 1947. The evening, a black tie event, hosted entertainment, dancing and dining. 11 Tony Awards were presented for 7 different categories alongside 8 special awards.

The first two years that the Tony Awards took place, there was really no official award presented. Instead, winners of this coveted award where given a scroll and a small memento, such as an intricate compact case for the ladies and a golden money clip for the gents.

In 1949 a contest was sponsored by the United Scenic Artist to find an appropriate design for an award. It was Herman Rosse who submitted the winning model, which was a medallion in the shape of a disk that had the well known Comedy/Tragedy masks that is associated with the theatre. The other side of this medallion had a profile image of Antoinette Perry. It has since been the official award presented at the Tony’s. In 1967 an addition was made to the medallion; a black pedestal that had a curved arm holding the medallion.

Fun Fact: The awards presented do not have the names of the winners on them. This is done after the ceremony, where the winners names are engraved onto the award.

Today, the Tony Awards are still considered the highest honour one can be given in the U.S. industry of theatre and is deemed to be the equivalent of motions picture Academy Awards, music’s Grammy Awards and television’s Emmy Awards.

The big night is usually held in June and at the famous Radio City Music Hall. Its an event that is televised but thousands flock to the scene to get a view of the many famous artists that attend the ceremony, all dressed to the nines in their glamorous, and sometimes over the top, outfits.

During the era of television it was the television station CBS who started airing the one hour Tony Awards show in 1978, which featured live entertainment performed by well known actresses and actors and the presenting of the awards. For some it was the only chance they had to be part of this glorious evening. I myself got the chance to be part of one of these big nights and the throngs of adoring fans and theatre goers was enormous! Television just cannot do this big night justice. The bright lights, vivid colours, and upbeat vibe can make you feel like you are witnessing royalty. You should make a point of being there at least once in your life.


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Stars Relaxation

How the Stars Relax

There are many joys of the acting profession. Night after night you pour out your heart on stage to a mute, sedentary audience. On good nights, they come alive. If they are welcoming and responsive, it gets you going. You treasure those claps and shouts, those moments of loving recognition. You seem to have endless […]