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HOW TO CREATE A ONE-PERSON SHOW: Actor Resources for Theater Artists

Are you a theater actor looking for a reliable source of income in these tough economic times? Need to get casting directors' attention? Reinvigorate your career? Acting Solo has been used in acting classes and solo performance courses for years, at Brown University, Georgia State, University of North Carolina, University of Missouri, Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska and elsewhere.

Now author-playwright-consultant Jordan Young will show you what it takes to succeed with a one-person show, how to craft you, and help you decide what model, motif, and style will work best for you and your career. One by one he deconstructs the award-winning solo work of Spalding Gray (Swimming to Cambodia), Anna Deveare Smith (Twilight: Los Angeles 1992), Julia Sweeney (God Said, Ha!), Simon Callow (The Mystery of Charles Dickens), Julie Harris (The Belle of Amherst) and others to determine what makes them great, what works with audiences, and what doesn't, and why. 

Jordan's non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post; he has written special material for the Grammy Awards. His books include The Beckett Actor, Spike Jones Off the Record, and The Laugh Crafters: Comedy Writing in Radio and TV's Golden Age. Jordan's plays and monologues have been presented by California Artists Radio Theatre in Hollywood (with an all-star cast headed by William Windom and John Astin), Melbourne Fringe Festival, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Firecracker Productions in New York City, South Coast Repertory, Laguna Beach New Works Festival, and Newport Theatre Arts Center.

Seminars can be tailored to suit groups of various levels of experience.

2014 Schedule TBA

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Photo courtesy of Joseph Abeles: Jack MacGowran in the Works of Samuel Beckett, New York Shakespeare Festival, 1970.
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