Building Your Theater Career: From Regional Theater to Broadway

Hosted by Uma Incrocci and Christian Pedersen

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Uma Incrocci and Christian Pedersen

Webinar hosted by: Uma Incrocci and Christian Pedersen

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Uma Incrocci’s TV credits include appearances on “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Jane The Virgin,” Hulu’s new show “The Path,” “Bored to Death,” “Louie,” “Pan Am,” “Lipstick Jungle,” and “Chappelle’s Show.” She’s also been in a wide variety of indie films as well the Jason Bateman comedy, “The Longest Week.” She’s recently relocated to her hometown of Los Angeles, after many years in New York, where she worked extensively in regional and New York theater. She also co-produced and co-wrote the pilot Living in Captivity (official selection, NY Television Festival and LA’s Independent Television Festival), and co-wrote the book and songs of the rock musical Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood (FringeNYC; and Winner, New Jersey Playwrights Contest), which is currently in the fundraising stages for an off-Broadway run. Christian Pedersen has appeared on “The Good Wife”, “Damages”, “Fringe”, “Royal Pains,” and has had recurring roles on the daytime dramas One Life to Live, Guiding Light and All My Children. He is fortunate to have performed in dozens of plays in New York, Los Angeles and all across the country. Christian is also an award-winning composer who, along with his partner Uma, has just finished his second rock musical entitled Grandma’s Ring. Together, they’re a husband-and-wife songwriting, producing and teaching team. Between the two of them, they’ve attended over a hundred casting director workshops, acting classes, and business of acting courses, and been on hundreds of auditions. They’ve worked in every area of the business from commercials to TV to webseries to audiobooks. Both have degrees in Theater and are thrilled to share their experiences in the business with the Stage 32 community. Plus, as an exclusive bonus, they’ll then be joined by legendary Casting Director Erica Jensen, who has cast Broadway shows (including Hedwig and The Angry Inch and the recent Of Mice and Men with James Franco) and major off-Broadway and regional theaters (including Classic Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Williamstown Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville and Playwright’s Horizons).   Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

 

Are you an actor looking to make the leap from educational theater to professional theater? Or have you built an on-camera career but would like to work in theater more? Outside the major markets of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, there is a lot of work for actors in Regional Theaters all over the country. Building a career in theater requires a strong working knowledge of the business, how to build relationships with casting directors, and how to best market yourself.

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, actors Uma Incrocci and Christian Pedersen will walk you through each step of advancing your career in theater. They’ll share from their own experiences auditioning for and working in Regional Theaters, tours and off-Broadway.

 

Special Guest, Broadway Casting Director Erica Jenson will join!

Plus, as an exclusive bonus, they’ll then be joined by legendary Casting Director Erica Jensen, who has cast Broadway shows (including Hedwig and The Angry Inch and the recent Of Mice and Men with James Franco) and major off-Broadway and regional theaters (including Classic Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Williamstown Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville and Playwright’s Horizons). This class is a unique opportunity to hear about the theater casting process from both sides of the table – from the actor’s preparation, to what the casting director expects, to their different experiences of the room. 

We’ll also talk about the big question for many theater actors as they build their careers: “Do I need an MFA?” Erica attends showcases from all the major programs and she’ll share her opinions and insight. We’ll talk about the realities as well as the joys of a career on stage. 

Join us for this one of a kind webinar – we'll have 3 incredible professionals discussing the theater industry!

What You'll Learn

  • A breakdown of the different major markets
  • Different Equity contracts, how much they pay and what they mean – the difference between LORT, SPT, etc
  • How to get your Equity Card
  • Apprentice/Intern Programs at Regional Theaters
  • “Do I need an MFA?” An in-depth chat about this very present question for actors, with insight from Erica Jensen who attends many MFA showcases every year in New York
  • Equity Open Calls – how to prepare, and many tips from both sides of the table
  • Working in Union, Non-Union and Educational Tours
  • Doing your research – resources for looking ahead at theater’s seasons, plus tools and hacks for being proactive about pursuing shows you are right for
  • Ways to use the Equity rules to your advantage and be seen for more auditions
  • Make the trip! Inquire about auditions whenever you are anywhere that has a regional theater
  • The actual audition: how to prepare, dealing with the reader, callbacks, blocking
  • Casting director classes – especially for theater, this is a great way to meet CDs. Erica will share from her own experiences calling in actors from her classes.
  • How to build relationships with Casting Directors to help you get an agent
  • You booked the job! A rundown of how the job will go.
  • The realities and joys of life as a working theater actor

About Your Instructor

Uma Incrocci’s TV credits include appearances on “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Jane The Virgin,” Hulu’s new show “The Path,” “Bored to Death,” “Louie,” “Pan Am,” “Lipstick Jungle,” and “Chappelle’s Show.” She’s also been in a wide variety of indie films as well the Jason Bateman comedy, “The Longest Week.” She’s recently relocated to her hometown of Los Angeles, after many years in New York, where she worked extensively in regional and New York theater. She also co-produced and co-wrote the pilot Living in Captivity (official selection, NY Television Festival and LA’s Independent Television Festival), and co-wrote the book and songs of the rock musical Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood (FringeNYC; and Winner, New Jersey Playwrights Contest), which is currently in the fundraising stages for an off-Broadway run.

Christian Pedersen has appeared on “The Good Wife”, “Damages”, “Fringe”, “Royal Pains,” and has had recurring roles on the daytime dramas One Life to Live, Guiding Light and All My Children. He is fortunate to have performed in dozens of plays in New York, Los Angeles and all across the country. Christian is also an award-winning composer who, along with his partner Uma, has just finished his second rock musical entitled Grandma’s Ring.

Together, they’re a husband-and-wife songwriting, producing and teaching team. Between the two of them, they’ve attended over a hundred casting director workshops, acting classes, and business of acting courses, and been on hundreds of auditions. They’ve worked in every area of the business from commercials to TV to webseries to audiobooks. Both have degrees in Theater and are thrilled to share their experiences in the business with the Stage 32 community.

Plus, as an exclusive bonus, they’ll then be joined by legendary Casting Director Erica Jensen, who has cast Broadway shows (including Hedwig and The Angry Inch and the recent Of Mice and Men with James Franco) and major off-Broadway and regional theaters (including Classic Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Williamstown Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville and Playwright’s Horizons).

 

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