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Acknowledgments 9 Preface II PART I EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW 13 ABOUT WORKING IN REGIONAL THEATER ... FROM THE PROFESSIONALS! Life Lessons from America's Artists and Executives 14 PART II A BRIEF HISTORY OF REGIONAL THEATER 39 Carrying the Artistic Torch 40 PART IIII CAREER PLANNING 81 Career-Planning Needs 82 Networking Survival Skills for Theater Pros 85 Young and Old Strategic Time and Life Management for Savvy 90 Regional Theater Artists 10 Timely Tips for Savvy Regional Theater Artists 94 19 Terrible Distractions that Erode Productivity 98 29 Wonderful Ways to Seize Control of Your Own Life 102 Understanding Human Behavior Is the Key 108 to Successful Work in the Arts Advice to Regional Theater Workers Everywhere 112 16 Wonderful Ways to Improve Your Life in the Theater 5 Tips for Starting a New Job 116 A Short Cast of Characters: People You Need to Know 117 in the Theater Sample Organizational Chart 120 PART IV THE REGIONAL THEATER 123 EMPLOYMENT UNIVERSE 100+ Prime Sources 10 Pertinent Publications 125 10 Web Sites to Open Up Your Web World 128 10 Challenging Books to Power Your Acting Career 130 10 Bountiful Books on Directing, Design, Producing, 132 and Production 10 Largest American Cities in Order of Size 134 10 of the Friendliest Theater Cities for Your 142 Consideration 10+ Service Organizations 150 10 Regional/National Audition and Job Sites 156 10+ City and Surrounding Area Web Sites 162 10+ Unions/Alliances/Societies/Guilds/Agencies 164 PARTV AMERICAN THEATER'S MAJOR EMPLOYERS 171 Totaling Over 1,000 Theater Companies 99+ Major American Theaters 172 Including League of Resident Theatres (LORT), Non-LORT Theaters Operating on the LORT Contract, and Other Professional Theaters in the US 400+ TCG Theaters 280 250+ Shakespeare Festivals 294 130+ Children's Theater and Youth Theater 311 Programs 140+ Musical Theaters 315 Including an Introduction to NAMT and ASCAP 112+ Outdoor Theaters 322 300+ Theater Opportunities You Seldom Hear 337 About in Major Trade Magazines 25+ Cruise Line Producers 337 40+ Dinner Theaters 339 60+ Touring Theater Companies 344 100+ Murder Mysteries 345 S110+ Theme and Amusement Parks 346 50+ Universities Affiliated with Professional Theaters 347 PART VI SURVIVAL STRATEGIES AND 351 DIRECTORIES FOR LIFELONG PLANNING 12 Tips for Stress Reduction: Staying Fit for Life 352 A Brief Directory of Theater-Related Labor Unions, Guilds, and Associations 357 PARTVII LEAVING A LEGACY 363 Lively Stories of Mentoring Glories 364 A Final Note 374 Bibliography 375 About the Author 379