Life’s never easy for an aspiring actor. It’s even harder when you don’t find out about your dream job until the audition already passed. And that was the idea behind the Society for Theatrical Artists’ Guidance and Enhancement—or S.T.A.G.E., as they like to be called—to serve as a support group of sorts for frustrated actors and actresses trying to make in big in Big D.
S.T.A.G.E. started in 1981, when Leslie Evans-Leach and P.L. Moore decided to set up an organization whose primary purpose was to notify actors of upcoming theater, film, voiceover, and other auditions in Dallas-Fort Worth. As the group began to grow, so did the concept. Today, S.T.A.G.E. offers resume consultation, rentable studio spaces, a library of scripts, and lists of agents, casting directors, and photographers. Though S.T.A.G.E. doesn’t put on any shows of its own, the education, training, and services it offers to the acting community have cultivated the talents and opportunities of many aspiring performers, making its contributions a vital part of the Dallas arts scene.