Shellen Lubin

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Shellen Lubin  is a veteran of both the cabaret and theatre worlds as a director, songwriter, performer, and voice and acting teacher/coach; she has directed the Bistro Awards for the last eight years. She is currently director/dramaturg in development with projects by Lanie Robertson, Stuart Warmflash, Amy Oestreicher, and more. Proud member of SDC and most unions and guilds in the theatre industry; Co-President, League of Professional Theatre Women; Past President, Women in the Arts & Media Coalition; Chair of the National Theatre Conference's Women Playwrights Initiative. She writes a weekly think piece read by thousands called "Monday Morning Quote."  www.shellenlubin.com, www.mondaymorningquotes.com, @shlubin

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Thinking of Doing a Tribute or Themed Show? Then, You Gotta Get an Arc!

Thinking of Doing a Tribute or Themed Show? Then, You Gotta Get an Arc!

July 19, 2020 | By | 2 Comments

Article #7 in this running series. Let’s say you’ve been in love with Judy Garland and the songs she made famous for years, and you want to do a tribute to her in your next cabaret show.  Or, you think Janis Ian is an underrated songwriter and you want to do a night of all […]

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What is Patter and Why Is It So Important?

What is Patter and Why Is It So Important?

June 29, 2020 | By | 2 Comments

Article #6 in this running series. Patter is such a seemingly trivial term for the talk between songs in a cabaret act. However, the multiple definitions of the word are not all as superficial as the word itself might seem. Patter in the dictionary is 1) the talk with which an entertainer accompanies a routine; […]

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A Great Show Tells a Great  Story

A Great Show Tells a Great Story

May 28, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Article #5 in this running series. A key factor to creating a successful cabaret act or revue is to give the show an emotional throughline underpinning it. The classic notion of choosing a bunch of songs that you like, and then alternating uptempos with ballads, can create a haphazard and unfocused experience, even if it […]

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Tailoring a Song for the Perfect Fit

Tailoring a Song for the Perfect Fit

May 17, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Interpretation, not imitation! Article #4 in this running series. Most of the time and, in most performance situations—particularly in cabaret, you’ll want to give every song you perform your own stamp. Why? If you’re trying to find your own voice as a performer and an interpretive artist, the last thing you want to do is […]

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Choosing Songs That Are Right for You

Choosing Songs That Are Right for You

May 4, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Article #3 in this running series. What draws you to a song and why does it matter? If you like a song, shouldn’t you just go ahead and sing it? Yes, it does matter. And depending on why you fall in love with a song, it may or may not be right for you. Songs […]

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The Importance of Knowing Who You Are

The Importance of Knowing Who You Are

April 12, 2020 | By | 5 Comments

Article #2 in this running series. “Just be yourself on stage.” Sounds easy, right? The truth is it’s anything but easy. Every time you go on stage, you’re playing the role of some person. In theatre, it’s through a character. In cabaret, the person is you. Defining who you are on stage—the aspect(s) of yourself […]

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The Development of the Medium We Call Cabaret

The Development of the Medium We Call Cabaret

April 5, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

This is article #1 in this new running series by Shellen Lubin. You go to see a show. It’s in a nightclub, or a concert hall, or outdoors in a park. There’s one person onstage, or a few people, or maybe there’s no stage at all. They’re singing, and maybe they’re talking, too. There’s one accompanist […]

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