Is it true? Am I really seeing audition posts for actual, live, in-person theatre? It’s a slow roll, and yes, the projects are few, and the casts are small, but I’ve seen them. And while we are ALL excited this may mean live theatre is in our near future, we…


Hi there, like many of you I fell off the face of the earth this year. It’s hard to write about your passion/industry when everything associated with it comes to an abrupt halt. And frankly, other things in my life have pushed their way to the front of the line…


I’m going to wade all the way into the deep end of the pool today. But the times demand it. I’ve read dozens of amazing social media posts from BIPOC friends over the last two weeks, sharing their experiences in our local community theaters. I’m presuming you have as well…


I’m officially shifting gears. When this pandemic started, I think we all thought that by summer we’d be back to our usual routines of rehearsing and performing together. Shelter in place was a temporary state we could just wait out for a month or two or three. We turned our…


The news is so, so bad all the time. Who knows when any of us will be able to make music and art with each other again? But rather than a gloom and doom post, I thought it would be much more helpful to try and make you laugh through…


I know the world is upside down right now, and those of us lucky enough to have “day jobs” are perhaps riding things out a bit more smoothly. My heart breaks for so many full-time artists out of work! If you are about to make the jump from full time…


My usual full disclosure: I am NOT an expert at this. I’m learning and navigating this just as you are, but there is something even us casual musical theatre folks are now going to need to master RIGHT NOW — the “SELF TAPE” audition. If you are Equity or professional…


I had a different blog already partially written, but that will have to wait until next time, as there are pressing matters at hand. Everyone is in mourning today. And not just those of us involved in theatre, but high school students who had their proms cancelled, little league players…


Everyone comments that the Bay Area theatre scene is so small. Everyone knows everyone. Which is true, but it’s also true that Bay Area Theater Folks has 15,000 members. And there are 7–10k members in several other local Facebook groups. That is a LOT of people. Now granted, they are…


“Auditions are the worst possible way to cast a show, except any other way,” legendary Broadway director Hal Prince.

I’ve been to quite a few auditions recently and while I love them, they are 1) nerve wracking, 2) confidence shaking or bolstering (depending on feedback and outcomes), and 3) often…

Susan Tonkin

Musical Theatre actress. Jazz singer. Product Marketing/Analyst Relations professional. Mom.

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