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How to Keep Your Audience From Falling Asleep [Video]

One of the fears that used to stop me from creating my one person show was that I thought I would bore people with my story and one by one they’d start snoring. In this video I’ll share 5 ways that I use to keep my audience engaged and interested in what’s going to happen next. They also happen to …

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No Need to be Meryl Streep to Play Multiple Characters

“How do you come up with all those different characters?” There are lots of ways to come up with and play different characters.  Some characters you might be so familiar with – for example your mother or sister – that you don’t even have to think about “creating” them.  Others may not come so easily. You don’t have to be …

How to Get in Shape for Your One Person Show

Entertaining an audience while on stage alone for an hour takes quite a bit of physical, mental and emotional stamina. I’ve found that the stronger my body is, the clearer my mind is and I can better handle the stress leading up to the show, as well as the nervousness that naturally comes just before I claim center stage. In …

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Demons Headed for New York City!

“It felt like a sign.  I applied.  I got in!” My one-person show “Dancing with my Demons” has been accepted into the 9th Annual ONE Festival in New York City, April 21-27!! I don’t typically do theatre festivals, because travel costs can make them expensive, but my friend and fellow solo performer Ernie Silva, who travels internationally with his show …

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How Do You Memorize All Those Lines?

Sometimes I ask myself the same thing.  I freak out about lines on opening night and even after doing the show a year later.  A big advantage to enjoy about being the playwright as well as the performer is that when you have difficulty memorizing lines, you can always change them to make the script easier to remember! As for …

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Stand-up vs. a Solo Show

When I tell people that I’m doing a one person show, many people say “Oh, is that like stand up comedy?” and I say “Yes, but without a microphone, two-drink minimum or hecklers.” I have the utmost respect for people who do stand-up.  I believe it’s flying without a net and you need balls of steel to literally stand up …