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What would you do if you lost your agency after tweeting a photo of a casting note you found sexist? You'd probably quit the industry, right?  That's exactly what Rose McGowan did. But don't take her decision to leave the industry as a sign of weakness. In fact, the last thing McGowan is, is weak. After 25 years working as an actress, she has endured many instances of sexism including the casting note from Adam Sandler asking for her to wear a form-fitting tank top and a push-up bra. Read More
You’re probably most familiar with Aasif Mandvi from his work as The Daily Show’s “Senior Foreign-Looking Correspondent,” “Senior Muslim Correspondent,” and “Senior Brown Correspondent.” On that show, he’s managed to get a GOP chair to admit he’s a bigot (the man later resigned),make a Fox commentator look a fool, and all while maintaining a steely—and hilarious—composure. Given his mad improvisation skills, you’d think that Mandvi came up on the comedy circuit. But you’d be wrong. Read More
  We’ve all had a handful of teachers whom we will never forget, right? Maybe that teacher inspired you to pursue what you love, or in the case of Natasha Vaynblat’s class, banging a frying pan to bring order to her students. After teaching in the public schools of NYC, Natasha was compelled to create a show highlighting her experiences. Vaynblat recalls, “We spent most of the [professional development] session singing a revised version of "So Happy Together" that was supposed to improve our teaching practices. Read More
In an age when technology continues to grow exponentially while cultural conventions are still residual from a century ago, society becomes riddled with contradictions and people struggle to cope with their conflicting social expectations.  In the incredibly relevant and scandalous play, The Feminism of a Soft Merlot or (How the Donkey Got Punched), these contradictions are thoroughly explored from a feminist perspective. Read More
Jennifer Sky is most famously known as the red-headed, kick-ass warrior princess Amarice on the hit 90s show Xena: Warrior Princess. But before she became an actress on the cult show, she took a stab at a modeling career. In a recent New York Times Op-Ed piece, Sky says the fashion industry is anything but a dream. As Sky starts out her op-ed, her memory ignites with stories of all the fashionable youngins hurrying to catch the subway in order to be on time for their next show. This was the last remotely nostalgia-worthy note of her time in the modeling world. Read More
The June issue of The Hollywood Reporter features a roundtable of six well-respected dramatic actresses in anticipation of the Emmy Awards, coming up this September (for which Neil Patrick Harris was just announced as host!)  The actresses are Monica Potter of Parenthood, Kerry Washington who heads Scandal, Kate Mara who stars in critically acclaimed Netflix original House of Cards, Connie Britton from Nashville, Elisabeth Moss in Mad Men, and Anna Gunn who plays the matriarch in Breaking Bad. Read More
You probably know her from Mrs. Doubtfire or as the beloved titular bookworm in Matilda – Mara Wilson, former child actor, opened up on her (very well-written) blog, Mara Wilson Writes Stuff, about her take on the nature of the film acting industry. “Here is something no real celebrity will ever tell you,” she writes. “Film acting is not very fun.” The repetitive nature of film acting – doing take after take after take – limits the actor’s creative expression. Read More