StageAgent staff consists of theatre experts with extensive on-stage, back stage and academic experience. We love theatre, and members of our team currently perform, direct and teach in New York, London, San Francisco, Dallas, Portland and Los Angeles. You can read our staff writers' bios on our contributors page.
Originally started as a class project in a Stanford University dorm room, StageAgent has expanded dramatically to become what is now the most widely used theatre resource online.*
Successful theatre artists need to be fluent in a wide array of literature. Artists are constantly performing research and struggling to stay up-to-date with both classic and contemporary materials. Our founder, Jason Engleman, realized that this time-consuming research process could be made far more efficient by harnessing the power of the internet. While at Stanford, he developed on online database of theatre characters. In the subsequent years, he worked with theatre experts to add full guides for shows, sample audition/practice materials and social networking capabilities.
In January of 2016 we launched the StageAgent Pro subscription service with the goal of giving actors, directors and back stage staff access to comprehensive theatre research and networking tools.
During the 2017/2018 school year we launched the StageAgent for Schools program to better empower drama teachers and help students succeed.
* "Top Theatre Resources" Alexa.com Web. 27 April 2018
StageAgent Founder & CEO
As a director, I strongly encourage performers to study StageAgent's show guides before coming to an audition. Their expert-written plot summaries and character breakdowns give you a leg up over the competition!
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As an actor I find StageAgent very helpful as I am always on the lookout for new auditions. It also makes it really easy to study characters and shows. I recommend it to all stage performers!
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StageAgent is great for finding monologues for auditions. It's so helpful because StageAgent not only provides the monologue, but also the associated character description and show summary providing a wonderful context for the piece.
StageAgent is my go-to resource to study character breakdowns. As an actress, I love having one reliable source for show and character information, monologues and audition songs. StageAgent helps me come better prepared to auditions and feel that much closer to booking the role.
Now you don't have to rely on guesswork to figure out which roles are right for you, or what audition song will help you land a part. It's like an encyclopedia for theater and musicals, but way more clear and easy to search. I highly recommend StageAgent.
StageAgent easily summarized each character's role so that I knew what I was getting myself into before walking into the audition room.