resources

I created this Talking Theater Resources page to help you with deciding what tools, services, and sites to go to and use. I personally know how stressful and frustrating it can be to make a choice on what to use or buy. With all the tools and services available, it's really easy to get overwhelmed. Hopefully this page will ease your mind a bit.

I'll be adding more to it as I learn and test out new things. In future posts I will reference this page quite often, so I recommend bookmarking it for your own personal reference and convenience. Thanks!

Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links on this page are affiliate links, and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. These are all things that I currently use or have used before and I am recommending them because they are helpful and are companies that I trust. My promise to you is that I will not list any resource on this page unless I’ve used it and believe in it.

theater

Books:

“Must See or Read” Plays from Talking Theater Guests:

Acting:

  • How to Stop Acting – Guskin reveals the insights and techniques that have worked wonders for beginners as well as stars like Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, and many more.
  • The Intent to Live – I devoured this book and made many comments and notes in the margins. Moss is a master teacher from the foundations of script analysis to the nuances of physicalization and sensory work.
  • An Actor’s Companion – Barrish is the co-founder of The Barrow Group. He breaks down acting in a way that's ideal for both seasoned professionals and beginning actors.

Directing:

  • A Sense of Direction –  From the great director William Ball, he shares his method of working including the choice of a play's essential elements, preproduction homework, casting, and rehearsal techniques.
  • Creating Life on Stage – This book from one of my directing teachers, Marshall W. Mason, shows how a director can take a vision and bring it to life through the actors.

Playwriting:

  • Invisible Ink – This 2017 book isn't specifically about playwriting, but it is about how to create stories. McDonald shares techniques for building a compelling story around a theme, engaging audiences with writing, and creating appealing characters

Design:

  • Unmasking Theatre Design – This guide shows you how to cultivate creative thinking skills through every step of theatre design – from the first play reading to the finished design presentation.

Political Theater:

  • Beautiful Trouble: A toolbox for revolution – This current book showcases the synergies between artistic imagination and shrewd political strategy, It's for everyone who longs for a more beautiful, more just, more livable world – and wants to know how to get there.

blogging & podcasting

Website/Blog Platform:

  • WordPress.org – The #1 and most recommended Free platform for your website or blog. Just pick a web host service and install WordPress in 5 minutes.

Web Hosting:

  • Bluehost – They are incredibly easy to use, especially their 1-click automatic WordPress installation and excellent customer service – via phone and via chat. I highly recommend using Bluehost to anyone who is just starting out.

Web Themes

blogging

Email Marketing:

  • AWeber – I absolutely love AWeber. Their support and user friendly interface is amazing. If you’re looking to get more out of your email list-building service, then AWeber is what you need. Try it out with a 30 day free trial.

Analysis and Tracking Results:

  • Pretty Link – The BEST link tracking and url shortener for WordPress blogs. Best feature is that it converts keywords on your blog with the actual links you cloak. A true autopilot plug-in.
  • Google Analytics – Google’s free website tracking and analytical tool. A must-have for anyone with any type of website.

design

Web Design

  • DJY Design – Check out Deborah's portfolio at her site. She does amazing work (including the Talking Theater site), and she's so easy to work with. Deborah is also an award-winning professional playwright, so you'll be supporting theater when you hire her!

Logos & Graphics:

  • 48 Hours Logo – If you’re looking for something designed quickly, 48 Hours Logo is a good option. It’s set up as a design lottery. You submit how much you’re willing to pay, and interested designers submit designs for you to choose from. The Talking Theater podcast logo was from my winning designer at 48 Hours Logo.
  • Fiverr – Just $5 for artwork, voice-overs, content writing, etc.

Easy DIY Design: 

  • Canva – Made for the non-designer who wants to design their own stuff. Super easy and intuitive platform for all kinds of social media design projects.
  • PicMonkey – Available as a free service to do quick edits, cropping, and resizing of your images.

If you have any questions about any of these Talking Theater resources, feel free to contact me.

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