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Extra! Extra! An Interview with Ben Cook: He’s Home and He’s...

Ben Cook is returning home and will be dancing his heart out in Newsies at The National Theatre. I had a chance to catch...

Stage Dad: ‘Young Adult Author – Tim Federle – Teaches Lessons...

Of all the people we have met during our family’s “reality show,” Tim Federle is one of my favorites. Tim was one of the choreographers...

Stage Dad: “Life in the ‘Dead Zone’ by Glenn Cook

My son and I seem to be in a “dead zone” career wise, and neither of us is too happy about it. The difference, of...

Stage Dad: ‘So Long Billy! It’s Been Good to Know You!’...

No question, it’s time. I knew those words would come at some point, so it’s not a shock to the system, but I’m somewhat surprised...

Stage Dad: ‘Talking to Other Parents’: Part Three: ‘Parents Give Their...

Over the past two columns, I have written about what other parents have to say about raising a child in show business. We’ve looked...

Stage Dad: ‘Talking to Other Parents’: Part Two: ‘What Other Parents...

What Other Parents Wish They Had Known… One of my favorite television shows is Friday Night Lights, a beautifully written, small-scale drama that focuses on...

Stage Dad: ‘Talking to Other Parents’: Part One by Glenn Cook

Balance is something every parent wants. Vertigo is what we can get, if we allow it to happen. That’s true for all parents, but the...

Stage Dad: ‘The Art of Sacrifice That Olympic Athletes and Actors...

Being the parent of a child actor comes with a learning curve that has the potential to throw your life into chaos at any...

Stage Dad: ‘A Better Dad Now’ by Glenn Cook

I became a better father when my dad died. It was five years ago this past week – a lifetime in many respects. Dad had...

Stage Dad: ‘At This Performance the Role of Billy Will Be...

I still get nervous when I see my children perform. It’s almost a reflex, a parent’s prayer to a higher being that they will...

Stage Dad: ‘Jace Casey: Finding a ‘Mindset’ at The Capital Fringe...

For teen performer, escaping the ‘dead zone’ requires a certain ‘Mindset’ Many child actors who start their professional careers in the Washington, D.C., area take...

Stage Dad: ‘Ben Finally Plays Billy’ by Glenn Cook

Child actors face an inevitable reality – growing up. And that inevitable reality means they likely will be out of a job. Think about it:...

Stage Dad: ‘Four Kids: Four Stars’ by Glenn Cook

It’s still somewhat difficult to fathom that I’m the parent of a college student and, in a few months, three high school students. Somewhere...

Stage Dad: “What I Wish I Had Known…” by Glenn Cook

Occasionally, I get questions from others whose children are interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts. Usually, they want to know how...

Stage Dad: ‘A Lesson From Dance’ by Glenn Cook

Like many parents with school-age children, a standing feature on many of our Saturdays is toting the kids to various lessons. For all of...

Stage Dad: ‘A Triathlon in Chunks’ by Glenn Cook

Being the parent of a professional child actor has a lot in common with triathlons. Sometimes you run, sometimes you spin around in circles,...

Stage Dad: ‘Three Simple Rules’ by Glenn Cook

Everyone has heard horrible stories about stage parents. Reality shows paint the worst pictures in vivid, cable-ready HD. Tabloids are littered with tales of the...

My New Column ‘Stage Dad’ by Glenn Cook

“I saw my sis go pitter pat. Said I can do that. I can do that.” Five and a half years ago, my little boy...

Schmoozing with Helen Hayes Awards Nominees Ben Cook and Chris Dinolfo...

Nominees Ben Cook and Chris Dinolfo talk about their performances in Billy Elliot and King Lear. Their performances were full of passion and energy...

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