All stories by John Byrne on BroadwayStars

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Careers Clinic: What can I do to build my confidence? by John Byrne

I have always toyed with the idea of trying my luck in the US, so when a friend of mine asked me

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Actor Gary James: Soak up criticism, thrive on direction and don’t mumble by John Byrne

My first paid job was in a play called Who Knows? with the Gay Sweatshop Theatre Company in 1979. The part came

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Dublin’s Flying Turtle Productions director Kathleen Warner Yeates: ‘I am always learning and get to create stories’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? I began acting and singing as a teenager in the US, doing high school musicals. I

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Choreographer Dada Masilo on her first job: ‘I was auditioning with more than 250 other dancers’ by John Byrne

I have pretty much been self-employed throughout my career, so in that sense, I have created my own jobs. However, the one

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Teesside University’s Sharon Paterson: ‘Think creatively about how you can apply your skills to earn a living’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in dance/theatre? I studied for a Drama and English degree at Goldsmiths, University of London. I loved

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Could a postgraduate theatre degree boost your acting career? by John Byrne

From those who studied a non-theatrical undergraduate degree, to those who have no degree at all – a master’s could be the

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Careers Clinic: Is a night shift the perfect ‘day job’? by John Byrne

I have tried various day jobs over the years, but have never found one that worked for me. The boring ones just

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Not sure about going to drama school? Try a foundation course first by John Byrne

For school leavers wishing to pursue a career in the performing arts or actors keen to brush up their skills, a foundation

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Sound designer Philip Matejtschuk: My first job taught me to juggle productions by John Byrne

My first professional sound design job came while I was still studying for my postgraduate diploma at RADA in 2014 – a

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Lir Academy’s head of stage management Kate Ferris: ‘Good communication is key’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? I attended an arts-focused secondary school in Australia called St Ursula’s College. After leaving and being

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Careers Clinic: Did a joke ruin my audition chances? by John Byrne

I just had what I felt was a good audition for a soap part I would love to land. The casting director

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Actor Derek Fowlds: ‘I was lucky to experience the rep system in my first job’ by John Byrne

My first professional job was appearing in weekly rep at the Prince of Wales Theatre in Colwyn Bay in 1958. I got

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PPA principal Louise Pieri: ‘Training can change the industry for the better’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in performance? I started performing as a child in Yorkshire, then moved to London at the age

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Careers Clinic: How do I make the most of my TV role? by John Byrne

Earlier this year I did my first prime-time TV job. It was only a few lines in one episode but my scene

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Agent Leah Schmidt: ‘My first job was selling Star Wars merchandise for Lucasfilm’ by John Byrne

I majored in film production at university, but spent my free time stage-managing and generally helping out in the student theatre. When

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Inverness College’s Lesley Mickel: ‘Seize every opportunity that comes your way’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? At school I was always keen to get involved backstage rather than up front. I

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Lion and Unicorn artistic director David Brady – ‘There is never enough time or money in fringe theatre’ by John Byrne

Although I had been working with my own company since 2016, I have learned so much from my first experience in the

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Manual therapist and vocal coach Stephen King: ‘Take vocal health seriously’ by John Byrne

Where do you work? In addition to my work with my own company, King Manual Therapy, I have also taught vocal anatomy

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Careers Clinic: What should we look for in a stage school? by John Byrne

I am asking this question on behalf of three people – myself, my husband and our 10-year-old son. He is currently in

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Careers Clinic: How do I stay motivated at Edinburgh? by John Byrne

I’m in a cafe in Edinburgh with more than half of the fringe run under my belt, reflecting on how things have

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Squint artistic director Andrew Whyment: ‘In a good training environment, anything is possible’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I went to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when I was 14 and wanted to

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Careers Clinic: How can I attract agents to my show? by John Byrne

I finished studying at drama school last year but didn’t get an agent offer following the showcase. I haven’t let that hold

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Meaghan Martin: ‘I got my first job after auditioning for one of my heroes’ by John Byrne

My first job was the role of Kendra in a workshop of Jason Robert Brown’s musical 13. It was in Los Angeles

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Director of ArtsEd Extra Jonathan Goodwin: ‘Dare to take risks and embrace failure’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in performance? Many of my teachers were inspirational, as well as my youth theatre directors. They guided

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Missed out on your first-choice drama school? UCAS Clearing is not just a last resort by John Byrne

So the exam results are in and it looks like you might have to think again. Don’t get down, says John Byrne.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Careers Clinic: How do I keep up with fringe partying? by John Byrne

In some ways, I’m having a great first fringe run. Although it’s early days, our show has already had some good reviews,

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Guildhall’s Lopa Sarkar: ‘See yourself as your own brand’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I am a dancer and then became a choreographer and artistic director for my own

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Careers Clinic: Should I study what I love, or what I excel at? by John Byrne

I’m an A-level drama student and soon I’ll need to start making choices about university and drama school courses. I adore musical

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

City Lit’s head of voice and speech Vernon Thompson: ‘Believe in yourself – it’s catching’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in performance? I trained at Central School of Speech and Drama as a voice coach. What is

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Miss Hope Springs performer Ty Jeffries: ‘What makes you different is what makes you beautiful’ by John Byrne

Let me take you back to the early 1980s (which is before I was born if you believe my Facebook age). My

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Careers Clinic: Should I go to mum’s wedding or a casting? by John Byrne

Since graduating, my acting jobs have been steadily increasing in size and profile, although my first role only had one line so

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