Our Gang: Performing and Belonging

Our Gang: Performing and Belonging

Why does it feel so good to be part of a group of creative individuals?

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The Death of Jeff Loeffelholz and Theater’s Ugly Secrets

The Death of Jeff Loeffelholz and Theater’s Ugly Secrets

On June 22, Jeff Loeffelholz was subjected to a humiliating dressing down after 22 years as a standby for the Broadway production of Chicago. One week later, he took his own life.

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The Sweet Definition of Success

The Sweet Definition of Success

Maybe success is best thought of as a verb rather than a noun.

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Inner Mission: Living and Working with Pain

Inner Mission: Living and Working with Pain

Like others of my generation, I was raised inside “the man box,” which insists that boys don’t cry and men don’t complain. I believed my story was thoroughly mundane. “Suck it up, go about your business and don’t go looking for sympathy. No one respects a man who appears weak or needy.”

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Narcissism and You

Narcissism and You

Are all performers narcissists? Is that a bad thing? Bill Harrison explores the relationship between a performer and a healthy bit of narcissism.

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Final Curtain: Knowing When Enough Is Enough

Final Curtain: Knowing When Enough Is Enough

By the age of 30, more than half of American actors and dancers will have given up their professions.

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Self-Blame: Abuse, Misogyny and Shame

Self-Blame: Abuse, Misogyny and Shame

From stalking and verbal harassment to rape and domestic violence, victims far too often believe they are responsible for the other person’s damaging behavior. Why do we blame ourselves when we are the victims of verbal or physical violence?

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The Power of Relationship: Sanford Meisner and Psychotherapy

The Power of Relationship: Sanford Meisner and Psychotherapy

There are many ways to train as an actor, just as there are various ways to practice psychotherapy.

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Failing Well: What To Do When You DON’T Get The Job

Failing Well: What To Do When You DON’T Get The Job

INNER MISSION: Failing Well: What To Do When You DON’T Get The Job Psychotherapist and performer Bill Harrison’s column on life as an artist. There’s plenty of advice out there on how to succeed at auditions, from Michael Shurtleff’s classic Audition to our own Jane Brody’s recently published Actor’s Business...

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Why Do I Act Like That?

Why Do I Act Like That?

Being home for the holidays is an excellent opportunity for you to examine how your family’s dynamics have shaped your personality. If you’re an actor, you can use the experiences to grow your awareness of human nature and, of course, apply it to your creative work.

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