A Master Class with Allan Corduner

Allan Corduner, an internationally renowned actor, is best known for his role in the Oscar-winning movie, “Topsy-Turvy.” He is currently starring in the critically-acclaimed Broadway revival of “My Fair Lady.” His Master Class, taking place on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Theatre Row, New York City, will provide an opportunity to explore voice technique for stage, screen, and voiceover. Participants will learn the basics of preparing for auditions, developing a character, and exploring vocal possibilities for audiobooks, radio, podcasts, and interviews. All ages and levels of theatrical experience encouraged. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are expected to prepare a short piece of text of their choice to work on. Pre-registration is required in order to participate, and can be done online at http://unitedsolo.org/us/uedu — there you will find more details available as well. Sign up now!

 

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The 2018 United Solo AWARDS Have Been Announced

After a run of ten weeks that presented 130 one-person theatre productions from six continents, the world’s largest solo theatre festival concluded its ninth season at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in New York by presenting this year’s awards. On behalf of the United Solo Academy, Dr. Omar Sangare, the artistic director of the festival, presented the United Solo Special Award to Renée Taylor for her performance in “My Life on a Diet.” In her acceptance speech, Ms. Taylor said: “I’m very grateful for receiving an award from United Solo — it’s a very prestigious honor,” and added, “Now I can say: I am an award‑winning show! Thank you.”

 

 

In addition to the Special Award, the festival presented awards to its participants in categories such as Best Production, Best Direction, Best Actor and Actress, as well as the Backstage and United Solo Audience Award, chosen in an online popular vote. All About Solo presented its Critics’ Award, selected by the staff writers of that online publication.
 
It is noteworthy that the majority of solo productions at this year’s festival were one‑woman shows, many of which addressed issues of gender discrimination, sexual assault and non‑acceptance. United Solo is proud to provide a platform to empower social movements, and promotes meaningful stories written and performed by women. The United Solo Gala featured a special appearance by the internationally acclaimed, award‑winning actress and singer Ali Harper, who performed a selection of legendary songs made famous by Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, and Billie Holiday.
 
The festival, whose season began on September 13, offered a robust selection of performances in many categories, such as drama, comedy, stand‑up, musical theatre, dance, and performance art, among others. Sixty shows sold out and received additional performance dates by popular demand. Numerous shows were presented in a special ENCORE category, which featured work by artists and companies returning to United Solo after successful performances in past seasons.
 
In its ninth season, United Solo has once again supported members of the performing arts community by fundraising for The Actors Fund, which helps professionals during times of transition. “We entertain, educate, and support,” said Omar Sangare, founder and artistic director of United Solo. “Our mission has been realized by bringing people together. Whether at our theatre space or in the rehearsal studio, where we offer our Master Classes, we welcome anyone with passion and dedication for the performance arts.”
 
Since its first season in 2010, United Solo has presented more than 1000 productions at Theatre Row and overseas. The festival also offers Master Classes in its United Solo Master Series program. This year, sessions with Anne Bogart, Allan Corduner, Olympia Dukakis, Austin Pendleton, and Fiona Shaw garnered interest from dozens of participants. The training program will continue year‑round, offering classes for theatre enthusiasts of all ages and levels of professional experience.
 
As this year’s season ends, the festival is already in the process of collecting submissions for 2019, which will be its 10th‑anniversary season. Artists and companies interested in applying can find more information on the festival’s website: www.unitedsolo.org/submit
 
The full list of award winners at the 2018 United Solo Festival includes:
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2019 Submissions NOW OPEN

The 10th annual United Solo Festival invites local and international artists to submit their shows to the world’s largest solo theatre festival. World premieres and already-produced shows are equally welcome. Submitted proposals may represent storytelling, improv, dance, musical, puppetry, multimedia, variety, spoken word, cabaret, stand-up, magic, tragedy, comedy, and other forms of solo performance. Selected shows will be presented between September 12 and November 24, 2019 at Theatre Row in New York City. Detailed information and the application form can be found at www.unitedsolo.org/submit
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