Friday, August 28, 2009

First Top 25 List of the 25th Anniversary Season!

In honor of our 25th birthday, we're going to be compiling Top 25 Lists. Here's the first one:

Top 25 things an actor should never say

“I only had a few drinks before fight call.”

"Do I have to read the whole play?"

“Bummer. I was hoping the dressing rooms would be unisex.”

“When you say nudity, do you mean like, naked nudity?”

“You’re doing a great job as the lead, but I have a few notes for you if you’re interested in some feedback.”

“When there’s a long pause after you stop speaking, I’ll know it’s my line.”

“Sorry about my acid reflux in our love scene tonight. Those burps really burn and I just have to let ‘em out.”

“Can everyone be quiet before the show? I need four hours of complete silence before I go on.”

“Can you give me a little more in this scene? Because whatever you’re doing, I don’t really get it.”

“We can take it on the road!”

"I'll try that action but I'm sure is not going to work."

"My character would never do that."

“But what’s my motivation for the kick ball change, jump jump freeze?”

“Do you think this sequined unitard makes me look fat?”

“I can definitely learn classical guitar for the role by the end of our two week rehearsal process.”

“I’m sorry, I got a pilot.”

“Can I get a cue light for that? I don’t want to have to listen to the play, I’m really sick of it actually.”

“Hmmmm Me May Mi Mo MUUUUU! Can I get one Power Ball and a pack of Camel Lights? And $30 on pump 6.”

“I kicked the light two weeks ago but I think I moved it back to the right spot.”

“Is it ok if I just paraphrase this speech? I don’t think the exact words really matter here.”

“What’s your name? I know you’re not that important to the production, but I like to appear friendly.”

“Boy, sucks to be you after that review in the paper. Do you want me to read it to you before you go on tonight?”

“Am I supposed to remember everything we did yesterday?”

“What’s wrong with punching someone for answering their cell phone during the show?”

“What I really want to do is direct.”

Additions? Suggestions? Shout it out!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Shoutout to Alums!

Whutup, PACtors? That's what we call those who have been through the two years of growth, challenge, bonding and sometime insanity we call Portland Actors Conservatory's Two Year program. Some of you may be reading this before dashing off to rehearsal, and some of you may be feeling a deep yearning to hit the boards again after being away for too long. But one thing is true: you indubitably possess the skill, the training, and the experience to pursue your craft with tenacity and tenderness. We promise.

In short, the world is a PACtor's oyster. A good way to keep this in mind is to reconnect with fellow actors from your class, or even from other Conservatory classes. Sometimes losing the small, tightly-knit (some would say crocheted) community of your class after graduation can be a swift kick to the support system. But the reality is, we're all in this big world of professional theater together - and the good news is that the world is not really that big.

Need a good talk with Beth? Or just to vent about an audition with someone who understands? Want to celebrate getting the role, or seeing yourself on the small screen? I promise you, there's a fellow alum out there who wants to do it with you, and that Beth would love to hear from you.

Ways to Connect

You can start right here by commenting on this post. Or you can write your OWN darn post by emailing here: It'll go into drafts and then I publish it, easy peasy.
Facebook -
Twitter - Follow us at @pdxconservatory or go to
Email List - - Make sure to check "Alumni News" under your interest areas for targeted alum-specific updates!

We're planning to do more Alumni Meetups like the one at Aura Restaurant and Lounge on Aug. 26, where PAC's first-ever alumni theater troupe will be sharing some info on their Fall show and I'll be giving you a heads up on some new programs for alums and prospective students this year. Want to get involved in the next gen of PACtors? Or just see some familiar faces? Come on down and chow some complimentary appetizers on us!

Lastly, who am I and what in the world do these silly videos have to do with PAC alums? I'm the new marketing coordinator, silly! If you haven't met me yet, drop me a line at and tell me what you're up to. I love hearing from you guys! And the videos - just keeping you entertained, and reminding you that all the world's a stage, my friends.