Got a Question for a Working Actor?

Got a Question for a Working Actor?

December 2, 2011


Do you have a question for a working actor? Back Stage columnists Michael Kostroff and Jackie Apodaca want to answer your questions.

The Working Actor column is a weekly web and print column where Michael and Jackie answer any question actors have about personal and professional life as an actor. Read recent Working Actor columns here.

Send your questions to theworkingactor@gmail.com today!

About Michael Kostroff

Michael Kostroff writes the Working Actor advice column for Back Stage (with Jackie Apodaca). He's also a working actor, best known for his five seasons on HBO's "The Wire" and two seasons on Disney's "Sonny With a Chance."

He's guest-starred on "Without a Trace," "The Middle," "The Closer," "Cold Case," "Party Down," "Weeds," "Brothers and Sisters," "Boston Legal," "ER," "The West Wing," "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," "The King of Queens," and many other TV shows, done national tours of "The Producers" and "Les Misérables," and appeared in regional theater all over the country.

He's the author of "Letters From Backstage" and creator of the Audition Psych. 101 workshop.

About Jackie Apodaca

Jackie Apodaca received her BFA in acting at U.C. Santa Barbara, with high honors and distinction, and an MFA in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory. She has worked in theater for more than 20 years, with companies such as the Roundabout Theatre Company, the Denver Center Theatre Company, Summer Repertory Theatre, and the Elephant Theatre Company, which produced her first play, "My Only Hopeless."

She served for many years as the producing director of Shakespeare Santa Barbara, where she directed "The Taming of the Shrew" and played Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Viola in "Twelfth Night," Mistress Page in "The Merry Wives of Windsor," and Beatrice in "Much Ado About Nothing."

Apodaca has been associate artistic director of Venice Theatre Works and a resident artist at the Uprising Theatre Company, where she directed "How Our In-Laws Ruined Our Wedding."

Apodaca spent several years as the head of production for Modern Media, a Los Angeles–based commercial production company. She has produced several indie films and has appeared in numerous commercials. For many years she taught production, acting, directing, and a course on the Hollywood industry at U.C. Santa Barbara.

Apodaca is a senior columnist for Back Stage, for which she has been writing The Working Actor, the paper's signature advice column, since 2003. She is also an associate professor of theatre at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore.


Got a Question for a Working Actor?

December 2, 2011


Do you have a question for a working actor? Back Stage columnists Michael Kostroff and Jackie Apodaca want to answer your questions.

The Working Actor column is a weekly web and print column where Michael and Jackie answer any question actors have about personal and professional life as an actor. Read recent Working Actor columns here.

Send your questions to theworkingactor@gmail.com today!

About Michael Kostroff

Michael Kostroff writes the Working Actor advice column for Back Stage (with Jackie Apodaca). He's also a working actor, best known for his five seasons on HBO's "The Wire" and two seasons on Disney's "Sonny With a Chance."

He's guest-starred on "Without a Trace," "The Middle," "The Closer," "Cold Case," "Party Down," "Weeds," "Brothers and Sisters," "Boston Legal," "ER," "The West Wing," "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," "The King of Queens," and many other TV shows, done national tours of "The Producers" and "Les Misérables," and appeared in regional theater all over the country.

He's the author of "Letters From Backstage" and creator of the Audition Psych. 101 workshop.

About Jackie Apodaca

Jackie Apodaca received her BFA in acting at U.C. Santa Barbara, with high honors and distinction, and an MFA in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory. She has worked in theater for more than 20 years, with companies such as the Roundabout Theatre Company, the Denver Center Theatre Company, Summer Repertory Theatre, and the Elephant Theatre Company, which produced her first play, "My Only Hopeless."

She served for many years as the producing director of Shakespeare Santa Barbara, where she directed "The Taming of the Shrew" and played Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Viola in "Twelfth Night," Mistress Page in "The Merry Wives of Windsor," and Beatrice in "Much Ado About Nothing."

Apodaca has been associate artistic director of Venice Theatre Works and a resident artist at the Uprising Theatre Company, where she directed "How Our In-Laws Ruined Our Wedding."

Apodaca spent several years as the head of production for Modern Media, a Los Angeles–based commercial production company. She has produced several indie films and has appeared in numerous commercials. For many years she taught production, acting, directing, and a course on the Hollywood industry at U.C. Santa Barbara.

Apodaca is a senior columnist for Back Stage, for which she has been writing The Working Actor, the paper's signature advice column, since 2003. She is also an associate professor of theatre at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore.
 
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