Broadway Teaching Group

2016 Broadway Teachers Workshop Summary

The 2016 Broadway Shows:

2016 Sessions:

Session A:   July 7 - 9, 2016   SOLD OUT!

One Day Tech Event:   July 10, 2016

One Day Music Director Event:  July 10, 2016

Session B:  July 11 - 13, 2016   SOLD OUT!

Session C:  July 14 - 16, 2016   SOLD OUT!

One Day Common Core Event:   July 19, 2016

Session D:  July 18 - 20, 2016   SOLD OUT!

Session E:  July 21 - 23, 2016   SOLD OUT!

2016 Special Broadway Guests:

Tony Award Winner LIN MANUEL MIRANDA
Tony Award Winner LESLIE ODOM JR. 
Tony Award Winner RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY
Tony Award Nominee CHRISTOPHER JACKSON
Broadway Actor JAVIER MUNOZ
Tony Award Nominee BRAD OSCAR
Head of Musical Theatre, Stella Adler Conservatory, PETER FLYNN
Associate Choreographer for School of Rock PATRICK O’NEILL

2016 Workshops & Masterclasses:

OPENING SESSION: Make a Connection and Be Inspired

Led by Susan Blackwell, our opening session will provide a fun, relaxed opportunity for you to meet your fellow participants. Once we've had a chance to get acquainted, Susan will moderate a discussion on inspiration--how we inspire others, and how we access our own inspiration.

EXPLORING HAROLD ARLEN

Join Music Director David Loud (Scottsboro Boys, Curtains, The Visit) in another of his delightful inquiries into the songs of our greatest theatre composers.  Collaborating with such superb lyricists as Yip Harburg, Ira Gershwin and Johnny Mercer, among others, Arlen wrote the music for “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “The Man that Got Away,” and “Stormy Weather.”  Yet Arlen is one of our most under-celebrated masters.  Discover more about this melody-spinning maverick, and learn about this great source of music for your students. 

BROADWAY DANCE CLASS: On Your Feet!

Join Luis Salgado from the cast of Broadway’s On Your Feet! for a high-energy dance combination direct from the show.  This class is for all levels of experience.

STAGE MANAGEMENT

Led by Broadway Production Stage Manager Sherry Cohen, this class will take you through many of the skills and methods for good stage management – scheduling, notating, supporting the creative vision, creating a warm but disciplined environment, creating a calling script and maintaining a show.

PUPPET THEORY

This workshop led by James Ortiz and Will Gallacher (The Woodsman) will teach would-be puppeteers the art of animating the inanimate. Students will learn the basics of multi-performer bunraku puppet manipulation, which includes a crash course in lecoq style mask work, elemental exploration, and learning how to work together with other puppeteers in order to bring a single character to life.

MEET THE ARTIST: Lin Manuel Miranda

MEET THE ARTIST: Christopher Jackson

MEET THE ARTIST: Javier Munoz

MEET THE ARTIST: Leslie Odom Jr.

MEET THE ARTIST: Renee Elise Goldsberry

 

CHOREOGRAPHY FOR EVERYONE

Let's face it: most young theatre kids haven't spent years locked away in a dance studio perfecting their technique. So what do you do when you've got a bunch of "movers" and a five-minute production number to stage? Don't panic! Let's get through this together. During this workshop, we will develop the vocabulary to approach dance from the perspective of a young actor, finding ways to empower kids to get out of their comfort zone. As choreographers, we will discover how to get away from "dance steps" and instead use character driven movement to connect your kids to stories they are telling. Exploring musicality and dramatic architecture will bring a flood of creativity that will leave you wishing that five minute number went on forever! This workshop will be led by School of Rock Associate Choreographer Patrick O’Neill.

CURRICULUM MAPPING: Seeing Where Our Lessons Can Lead Us!

Curriculum Mapping allows a teacher to take their students on a journey of discovery through the discipline of theatre. In this session drama teachers will begin the development process by tapping into their own core values as teachers as a starting point. Curriculum maps built from that point forward will then be developed fully aligning to national and state standards and will explore how various forms of assessments can strengthen and anchor the curriculum mapping process. This session will be led by Jennifer Katona who is currently the Director of the Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at the City College of New York.

DIRECTING: The Importance of Table Work

We often talk about table work, but what is it really? How does table work affect the entire process and not just the first few days? What are the best ways to maximize your time around the table to set the right tone, and empower your actors to do their best work? This workshop will be broken into three sections: 1) Discussing the rehearsal schedule and table work’s role within it. 2) Doing actual table work with two actors on a scene from Our Town and exploring how to maximize table work. 3) Engaging in an open discussion about table work and the rehearsal process in general.

COLLEGE AUDITION PREP: MUSICAL THEATRE

Besides appearing in this season's Shuffle Along, Leo Ash Evens is the Assistant Director for MTCA (Musical Theatre College Auditions). In this class, Leo will explore the audition process for musical theatre university programs, selecting and delivering the best audition material - and some fundamental skills and techniques for fine tuning your students' auditions and musical theatre performances.

NEW PRODUCTION IDEAS and A SNEAK PEEK PERFORMANCE from a new musical

Spend some quality time with your friends from MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL who will introduce you to the latest tools and resources for making your school production a knockout success - and preview the newest shows about to become available for license. This summer, the MTI crew will be joined by composer and performer guests who will perform material from a new musical, written especially for students. Note: Be prepared to test your theatrical knowledge and win prizes in the legendary MTI musical theatre challenge game. 

COMMUNICATING DESIGN

Led by Tobin Ost (The Newsies) this class will focus on the various ways design for theater can be communicated as well as effective collaborative strategies a director can utilize when working with design and technical teams.  We will take a look at the arc of the design process -- from initial text reading through design development; presentation of designs through sketches and models; budgeting and subsequent cuts; amendments, construction, technical rehearsals and ultimately performance.  The current production of Goodspeed Musical’s Bye Bye Birdie will be used as an example of this process. Plenty of time will be given towards the end of the class to answer questions and discuss thoughts and issues relevant to participants’ own productions.

ACTING / INTERPRETING SONG

What’s the best way to attack the acting values when singing musical theatre songs? How do we stop students from focusing too much on the sound of their voice and not enough on the given circumstances of the scene? And what’s the best way to encourage movement and staging that feels organic and true to the piece? This workshop will tackle these issues and give practical tips and techniques for directors and music directors looking to get the most from their students. Guest performers will join the session to help illustrate key points. This workshop will be led by two time Tony Award nominee, Brad Oscar.

BACKSTAGE TOUR OF THE LYRIC THEATRE

Ever wonder what the backstage looks like at a Broadway Theatre? This exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the beautiful Lyric Theatre will be led by house props master Joseph Harris and will give you an insider look at the inner-workings of this incredible space.

WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY FRIEND HAROLD: PRACTICING THE META SKILLS OF IMPROV

Long-form improv structures like Harold (a form created by improv guru Del Close) offer players a chance to practice deep listening, generosity, and group vision as they create a performance piece spontaneously from random offerings.  Often, in the process of harvesting ideas, remembering and recycling offerings, and discerning patterns in story-telling, a group mind emerges that is more attendant, resilient, and innovative than any one mind.  This workshop will introduce ways that teachers can use the principles and structures of Harold in classroom exercises, group composition and performance.

 PATH TO BROADWAY: Meet The Artists 

No one has better back stage stories than this group of Broadway’s brassiest veterans.  Join us for an insider look at the different paths they have taken to Broadway – from formative high school experiences to further training options, higher learning, and great audition stories.  They will also perform some of their favorite audition songs!

PLAYING WITH CLASSICS: Making Compelling Theatre With What You Have! 

The celebrated Bedlam Theatre Company is committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience, creating theatre in a flexible, raw space for contemporary reappraisals of the classics, new writing, and small-scale musical theatre.  In this workshop, led by Bedlam director of outreach Stephan Wolfert, you will leap right into Shakespeare’s text the instant you walk through the door. Working with the shared lines of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth from Shakespeare’s Macbeth ACT II, scene 2, we will take a hands-on approach to both teaching verse "on the fly” as well as making compelling theater with “what you have” (in the Bedlam aesthetic of making theater with just the actors, audience, and the script). Participants will leave with a text exercise handout, handouts to help create future workshops, and hands-on experience of how to create a short performance.

FINAL NIGHT MIXER AT SARDI'S

SARDI'S Spend some purely social time with your BTW peers – trade contact information, compare notes, and share impressions of your BTW experience in a private room at Broadway’s legendary meeting spot.



2015 Broadway Teachers Workshop Summary

The 2015 Broadway Shows:

2015 Sessions:

Session A:   July 6 - 8, 2015   SOLD OUT!

Session B:  July 9 - 11, 2015   SOLD OUT!

One Day Tech Event:   July 12, 2015   SOLD OUT!

One Day Music Director Event:   July 12, 2015   SOLD OUT!

Session C:  July 13 - 15, 2015   SOLD OUT!

Session D:  July 16 - 18, 2015   SOLD OUT!

One Day Music Director Event:   July 19, 2015   SOLD OUT!

2015 Special Broadway Guests:

Broadway legend CHITA RIVERA
Broadway Director and Tony Award winner DAVID HYDE PIERCE
Broadway and TV star TONY DANZA
Tony Award winner and star of TV's 'Smash' CHRISTIAN BORLE
Tony Award nominee BRAD OSCAR
Tony Award nominee JOHN CARIANI
Broadway Music Supervisor DAVID LOUD
Broadway Choreographer DENIS JONES
The STORY PIRATES
Director of Theatres, NYC Dept of Education PETER AVERY
Broadway Performer/Writer SUSAN BLACKWELL
Head of Musical Theatre, Stella Adler Conservatory, NYU PETER FLYNN
Broadway Director, GABE BARRE
Broadway Conductor, MATT PERRI
Obie Award-winning Director LIESL TOMMY
American Theatre Wing former President, HOWARD SHERMAN
Broadway Choreographer, WENDY SEYB
And Broadway cast members from An American in Paris, Kinky Boots,
Something Rotten, The King and I
and Fun Home

2015 Workshops & Masterclasses:

CONNECT AND SHARE: Choosing Repertoire

Teaching Artists Susan Blackwell, Kate Grant and Nicole Kempskie will lead group members in an idea-sharing session with an interactive format focusing on repertoire.  Meet your colleagues, share experiences, brainstorm solutions, and identify common issues as they relate to choosing material for your production.

DIRECTING SCENE WORK

Join Liesl Tommy (Public Theatre, Juilliard, Disney Creative) for a scene study class looking at the unique contribution a director makes to a play, breathing new life into existing work, where directorial presence (or concept) enhances or overwhelms it, and how to get the best performances from a young cast. We will break down and put up a scene, using professional actors and class members as volunteer directors - and investigate the various choices a director makes.

BROADWAY DANCE CLASS: Something Rotten!

Join Stacey Todd Holt from the cast of Broadway’s Something Rotten! for a high-energy dance combination direct from the show.  This class is for all levels of experience!

CREATING CHOREOGRAPHY

Join choreographer Wendy Seyb to explore the creation of a musical number - and how it can apply to the work you do. Together, we will build from idea to gesture to choreography, breaking down music into simple counts of 8 and making choreography accessible to everyone, dancer and non-dancer alike.

DESIGN FOR EVERYONE   

Join Broadway designer Jen Caprio for an exploration of design as the foundation for story telling.  Using text from 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, we trace the process of conceptualizing, creating and realizing simple yet theatrical and effective costume and scenic designs for your school shows.  This class will cover an array of design related questions including the creation of ground plans, drawing costume designs and creating image boards, having successful collaborations with your team, and practical tricks for creating instant theatre magic with easily accessible materials.

PATH TO BROADWAY: New Musicals in the Making

Join a panel of New York's most exciting new composers and lyricists to explore their process for creating new work, how they developed as artists in high school, and to hear selections from their new shows in the works for Broadway, as well as the shows they currently have available for licensing.

STAGE MANAGEMENT

Led by Broadway Production Stage Manager Julia Jones (Fish In The Dark), this class will take you through many of the skills and methods for good stage management – scheduling, notating, supporting the creative vision, creating a warm but disciplined environment, creating a calling script and maintaining a show.

STORY PIRATES: Making Theatre Come Alive for Young People

The people behind the off-Broadway hit Found, the Story Pirates are known for their wildly entertaining theatrical adaptations of stories created by students. Their curriculum focuses on core elements of National Standards for Arts Education and English Language Arts, while providing rich cultural experiences that push the boundaries of traditional enrichment to tackle substantive educational goals like vocabulary development, story structure, revision, and confident self-expression. This master class writing workshop brings teaching concepts to life and explores methods for developing student's stories into theatrical songs and scenes.

STAGES OF THEATRE EDUCATION: PLANNING AND PREPARATION

The rehearsal process provides a model for inspired experiential classroom learning. Join Peter Avery, Director of Theater for the New York City Department of Education, to explore how to structure dynamic lessons and document them to share with colleagues and supervisors.  Consider how aligning to Arts Standards and The Common Core Learning Standards can strengthen your own work and invite non theater educators into the conversation, to support why theater education matters.

SINGING COLE PORTER - Musical Theatre Song Interpretation

Join Broadway Music Director David Loud (The Visit, The Scottsboro Boys, Porgy and Bess, Curtains, Sondheim on Sondheim, Ragtime, Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and Jersey Boys) for an examination of the sexy, sophisticated, soigné work of the ultimate moderne.  How did the boy from Peru, Indiana become the toast of Broadway, author of timeless standards such as “Begin the Beguine,” “Night and Day,”  “You’re the Top,” “So in Love,” “I Concentrate on You,” “Love for Sale,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare?”  With the assistance of Broadway performers Lewis Cleale (The Book of Mormon), Mary Michael Patterson (The Phantom of the Opera), and Matthew Scott (Jersey Boys), the class will cover song interpretation, historical context, finding contemporary relevance in period material, and acting through song.

CENSORSHIP: NOT ON THIS SCHOOL’S STAGE YOU DON’T! 

Whether choosing tried and true school favorites or trying to push the envelope in selecting plays and musicals for school production, drama teachers and directors can run up against opposition to content from parents, administrators, members of the community – and even students. How do you endeavor to avoid such conflicts – and what can and can’t you do when they arise? The workshop will include case studies of recent incidents, effective responses for teachers and students, and legal and contractual issues to consider when efforts are made to alter or entirely suppress dramatic works that students should be allowed to tackle.

MEET THE ARTIST: CHITA RIVERA

MEET THE ARTIST: TONY DANZA

MEET THE ARTIST: DAVID HYDE PIERCE

MEET THE ARTIST: CHRISTIAN BORLE

MEET THE ARTIST: JOHN CARIANI

MEET THE ARTIST: BRAD OSCAR

 

STAGE COMBAT

Safety and preparation are the keywords in this exploration of the building blocks for creating believable and safe fights on stage. You'll learn how to break down some basic moves and how best to implement them into your next production. 

NEW PRODUCTION IDEAS: Music Theatre International

Spend some quality time with your friends from Music Theatre International, who will introduce you to the latest tools and resources for making your school production a knockout success - and preview the newest shows about to become available for license. Note: Be prepared to test your theatrical knowledge and win prizes in the legendary MTI musical theatre challenge game.

DIRECTING SONG  

Explore ways to make the musical score shine while still focusing on the acting values a show requires. How can specific choices inspire more interesting song interpretation? And how can you help young actors achieve a seamless transition from scene to song? This workshop will tackle these issues and give practical tips and techniques for directors and music directors looking to get the most from their students. Guest performers will join the session to help illustrate key points.

INTRO TO VIDEO AND PROJECTION CREATION  

Thanks to lower cost technology, video projections are now within reach of virtually anyone with a smartphone and a computer – or a library card.  No matter how limited the budget, your school can incorporate projections into production.  That opens up a world of scenic and theatrical possibility.  Working with a Broadway projection designer, we will investigate the various options for using projections in your shows – in terms of practical hardware and software as well as design choices. This class will also include time to answer your practical questions, unique to your facility.

BACKSTAGE TOUR of the LYRIC THEATRE

Ever wonder what the backstage looks like at a Broadway Theatre? This exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the beautiful Lyric Theatre will be led by house props master Joseph Harris and will give you an insider look at the inner-workings of this incredible space.

FINAL NIGHT MIXER AT SARDI'S

SARDI'S Spend some purely social time with your BTW peers – trade contact information, compare notes, and share impressions of your BTW experience in a private room at Broadway’s legendary meeting spot.



2014 Broadway Teachers Workshop Summary

The 2014 Broadway Shows:

2014 Sessions:

Session A:   July 7 - 9, 2014   SOLD OUT!

Session B:  July 10 - 12, 2014   SOLD OUT!

One Day Tech Event:   July 13, 2014   SOLD OUT!

One Day Music Director Event:   July 12, 2014   SOLD OUT!

Session C:  July 14 - 16, 2014   SOLD OUT!

Session D:  July 17 - 19, 2014   SOLD OUT!

2014 Special Broadway Guests:

SUSAN STROMAN, Tony Award winning Director - Choreographer
ZACH BRAFF, star of Bullets Over Broadway
MICHAEL GREIF, Tony nominated Director of If/Then & Rent
TOM KITT, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning composer of If/Then and Next To Normal
ANTHONY RAPP, star of If/Then
ANDY KARL, Tony nominated star of Rocky
LARRY O'KEEFE, Creator of Heathers & Legally Blonde
SETH RUDETSKY, host of Sirius XM's Broadway Channel

2014 Workshops & Masterclasses

OPENING SESSION: Connect and Share

Teaching Artists Kate Grant and Nicole Kempskie will lead group members in an idea-sharing session with an interactive format.  Meet your colleagues, share experiences, brainstorm solutions and identify common issues, challenges and interests to explore during your workshop experience.

RUNNING SUCCESSFUL STUDENT AUDITIONS

Join Broadway's Mark Schneider, a director and coach of young actors on such shows as Annie, 13 and Billy Elliot, for tips and techniques on getting the best auditions out of your students. Some of New York's best and brightest young actors will be on hand to demonstrate and share their own auditioning insights and experiences.

BROADWAY DANCE CLASS: ALADDIN

Join Daisy Hobbs from the cast of Broadway’s Aladdin for a high-energy dance combination direct from the show.  This class is for all levels of experience!

DIRECTING

Join Sheryl Kaller, director of this season’s Mothers And Sons, for a scene study class looking at the unique contribution a director makes to a play, breathing new life into existing work, where directorial presence (or concept) enhances or overwhelms it, and how to tease out the best performances from a young cast.  We will break down and put up a scene from Mothers And Sons, using class members – and investigate the various choices a director makes.

THE PROP MAKERS CHALLENGE

From Pinocchio's nose in Shrek to that special knife in Sweeny Todd, this class addresses the top 10 headaches every prop person faces in producing popular plays and musicals. You’ll learn tips, tricks, methods and techniques through a Q & A with Broadway prop designer Jennie Marino.

MUSIC DIRECTION: ENSEMBLE SINGING

What are the best ways to make the musical score shine when you have a large ensemble of singers at different ability levels?  How can you help every member of your ensemble feel important and connected to the music – and the narrative of the show?  How can the dialogue between a director and musical director encourage the best vocal and acting performance from an actor? Led by David Holcenberg (Broadway music supervisor of Rocky, Matilda & Mamma Mia), this workshop will provide helpful tips and techniques to bring back to your productions. A guest Broadway performer will join to help demonstrate the process.

STAGING SHAKESPEARE

A favorite from last summer, John Basil, creator of the renowned Playing Shakespeare series, returns, building on last year’s class and focusing on staging Shakespeare.  The practical workshop will demystify Shakespeare and explore the First Folio method to unlock the clues in Shakespeare's text and approach the many challenges that students face when acting Shakespeare. (This approach is believed to have been the original practice utilized by Shakespeare.)

CREATING CHOREOGRAPHY

Join Broadway choreographer Denis Jones (Honeymoon in Vegas, Hee Haw, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Piece of My Heart) as he explores the creation of a Broadway musical number – and how it can apply to the work you do.  Together, we will build from idea to gesture to choreography.

PROJECTION DESIGN FOR EVERYONE

Thanks to lower cost technology, video projections are now within reach of virtually anyone with a smart phone and a computer – or a library card.  No matter how limited the budget, your school can incorporate projections into production.  That opens up a world of scenic and theatrical possibility.  Working with Broadway projection designer, Michael Clark, we will investigate the various options for using projections in your shows – in terms of practical hardware and software as well as design choices.  It’s a thrilling world of possibility!

BRINGING STUDENTS INTO THE DESIGN PROCESS

Join Rob Bissinger for a practical exploration of how best to engage your students in the design process.  This workshop will arm you with resources, methodology, and creative ideas for getting the whole school involved.   From the art department to science class, design capitalizes on a unique mix of skills that make for great collaborations.     

NOW. HERE. THIS.  Oral Communication for Artists and Teacher

In a fun, focused class, Susan Blackwell will teach you methods that will vastly improve your listening, communication and conflict resolution skills. Themes of this workshop include: up-leveled communication skills, improved performance, team building, conflict resolution, contributing to a collaborative process, and leadership development.

NEW PRODUCTION IDEAS 

Join the Music Theatre International team, who will introduce you to the latest tools and resources for making your school production a knockout success - and preview the newest shows about to become available for license. Note: Be prepared to test your theatrical knowledge and win prizes in the legendary MTI musical theatre challenge game.

PATH TO BROADWAY: Up Close & Personal with Broadway’s finest Performers 

No one has better back stage stories than this group of Broadway’s brassiest veterans.  Join us for an insider look at the different paths they have taken to Broadway – from formative high school experiences to further training options, higher learning, and great audition stories.  They will also perform some of their favorite audition songs!

STAGE MANAGEMENT

Led by Broadway Production Stage Manager Ira Mont (Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, The Producers), this class will take you through many of the skills and methods for good stage management – scheduling, notating, supporting the creative vision, creating a warm but disciplined environment, creating a calling script and maintaining a show.

AN INTRO TO DIRECTING

Created for those newer to the world of directing – this comprehensive seminar traces the basic skills and methods that you need to helm a production.  From picking a project, to first reading the script, to casting, to design, to staging and choreography, we will provide the road map required for successfully mounting your school play or musical. Filled with tips and ideas for maneuvering through the difficult process of putting on a show, you’ll learn how these basics can empower you and work as the foundation for directors and productions at every level.

DRAMA HIGH: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater

Join Lou Volpe, the teacher who inspired the book, the book’s author, his former student and New York Times writer Michael Sokolove – along with Broadway producer Jeffrey Seller (Rent, Avenue Q) and MTI’s John Prignano for a panel discussion on the challenges and rewards of creating theatre in schools.
Lou Volpe is the subject of the new book “Drama High.”  He retired last year after teaching theatre for 40 years in a low-income community in Pennsylvania.  Initially hired as an English teacher, he knew very little about theatre when he accepted the Drama position.  In 40 years, he produced 43 shows, staging the first high school versions of Les Miserables, Rent and Spring Awakening.

MEET THE ARTIST: SUSAN STROMAN

MEET THE ARTIST: ZACH BRAFF

MEET THE ARTIST: LARRY O’KEEFE 

MEET THE ARTIST: TOM KITT

 

FINAL NIGHT MIXER AT SARDI'S

Spend some purely social time with your BTW peers – trade contact information, compare notes, and share impressions of your BTW experience in a private room at Broadway’s legendary meeting spot.(cash bar)

 


2013 Broadway Teachers Workshop Summary

The 2013 Broadway Shows:

2013 Sessions:

Session A:   July 8 - 10, 2013   SOLD OUT!

Session B:  July 11 - 13, 2013   SOLD OUT!

One Day Tech Event:   July 14, 2013   SOLD OUT!

Session C:  July 15 - 17, 2013   SOLD OUT!

Session D:  July 18 - 20, 2013   SOLD OUT!

2013 Special Broadway Guests:

Matthew Warchus (Director of Matilda),
Andrea Martin (star of Pippen),
Ken Ludwig (author, Crazy for You, Lend Me A Tenor),
Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana (stars of Cinderella),
Chet Walker (choreographer of Pippen),
Josh Rhodes (choreographer, Cinderella),
Deborah Abramson (Children's music director of Matilda),
Jeff Calhoun (Director, Newsies),
Tobin Ost (Scenic Designer, Newsies),
John Rando (Tony Award winning Director, Urinetown),
Lauren Ward (star of Matilda),
Richard Maltby (Lyricist, Miss Saigon, Baby, Big),
Mary Rodgers Guettel talking about her father (Richard Rodgers) and his work - as well as her own shows, CinderellaWorking, Once Upon A Mattress and Freaky Friday,
David Loud (Music Director, Sondheim On Sondheim, Curtains, First You Dream),
Steven Malone (Music Director, Newsies),
John Cariani (Tony Nominated Actor & Writer of Almost, Maine),
Betsy Wolfe (Bullets Over Broadway),
Liz Callaway (Miss Saigon, Cats, Baby),
Lewis Cleale (The Book Of Mormon),
Ann Harada (Avenue Q, Cinderella, Smash),
Billy Tighe (Pippen),
Julia Murney (Wicked)
and many more. 

2013 Workshops & Masterclasses:

AUDITIONING YOUNG ACTORS

How do you get the best out of your students in an audition situation?  What are the benefits of having group auditions vs. private auditions?  How best to prepare students for the vulnerable and sometimes challenging experience of an audition?  This workshop will explore methods for getting the best out of student performers - and streamlining the casting process for your productions.  With Mark Schneider, Associate Director, Anny & Billy Elliot.

DIRECTING I: SCENE STUDY

Once you have selected which show to direct, you have a thrilling multi-tiered process awaiting you as director.  This workshop will help you get started by breaking down scenes into dramatic beats -- and mining them for all their values.  Working from the pages of classic plays and musicals, we will analyze scenes together and then split into groups to dissect and discuss excerpts from scenes in various styles.  This is a great way to help you find inspiration and excitement about your material.

DIRECTING II: BLOCKING ACTORS

This workshop takes you through a rehearsal process of blocking scenes from classic plays and musicals in various styles.  Explore techniques used by different directors for creating scenes that clearly tell a story, help keep student performers focused, and make best use of your students' strengths.  Splitting into groups, we will direct and perform excerpts from scenes in various styles and assess which ideas and methods worked best for each of us.

DIRECTING III: THE DESIGN PROCESS

In a world where information flows ever faster and special effects make movies and television bigger, quicker and more visceral, what can theatre do that is uniquely powerful?  How can you make shows that harness the special power of theatre through theatrical devices, conventions and fresh ideas?  This workshop will take you through the process of designing a show, from scenery to costumes, from lighting to music.  How can you reinvent the way a story is told?  Do you need to fully illustrate every location or can you create an environment using simple found pieces?  Working with a design team means having a strong vision but remaining flexible and open to collaboration. 

CHOREOGRAPHY FOR EVERYONE

Working with Josh Rhodes, choreographer of Broadway's Cinderella, we built a musical number from the ground up.  Learn five great building blocks for creating choreography, a combination you can use for your dance auditions - and easy methods for assessing your students dance skill, technique and style..  Think of this as your personal bag of tricks!

SOUND ADVICE: BODY MICS 101

Explore the tricks of the trade for using wireless microphones in your production.  This workshop will give you a basic working knowledge of how wireless microphones function, which sound systems will work best for your specific needs and resources, and where to look for more equipment, consultation and advice.

SCENIC DESIGN: SOFT GOODS

Explore the affordable scenic solutions available to you by incorporating cycs, scrims, and drapes to create an environment on stage.  With a few simple pieces, you can dramatically alter the look and feel of your show.  This class will arm you with resources, ideas, methodology, and direct contacts for sourcing materials.

IMPROV COMEDY

The best and most interesting performers have a spark to them that feels like they are always in the process of inventing, even as they perform.  More and more, theatre artists are training in improvisation to keep their imaginations vivid, their acting fresh, and to free them as writers as well.  Working with Sarah Saltzberg, creator and star of Broadway's 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, this workshop will arm you with surprisingly effective exercises and techniques to delight and inspire your students.

SPECIAL EFFECTS CREATIONS

Join top Broadway prop creator Jenny Marino for an introduction to various fast and easy secrets for creating props and effects for your shows.  Whether it's a glass of champagne that won't spill, a dagger, or a body part, she'll share some of her best methods for making realistic and affordable props.

PROJECTIONS DESIGN

Now that consumer technology has brought the use of projections within reach of virtually anyone with a laptop, we thought it was a prime subject to explore this summer.  Join one of Broadway's top projection designers who will discuss both conceptual and practical use of projections; how to execute ideas on a tight budget - and most importantly, how to encourage student participation..

PLAYWRITING 

Explore the central tenets for creating new works - plays and musicals.  This session will arm you with the elements of good playwriting and building blocks for lesson plans to bring back to your students.

PATH TO BROADWAY: The Audition!

Every Broadway performer has a nightmare audition story - and a dream job.  Explore a handful in the intimacy of our classroom as we visit with some of Broadway's hottest performers, who share stories, educational choices and even perform a number for us. 

THE BROADWAY DANCE COMBINATION

Learn a combination from one of the shows we are seeing and refine your inner Broadway dancer!

MUSICAL THEATRE INTERPRETATION

Acting a song is as important as vocal production.  Breaking down songs for acting beats, actions and focus will make them as thrilling and dramatic as the best scene. We will work with a director and two Broadway performers, who will perform and adjust their material for you.  Then, take your turn in the spotlight as we become the panel for two of your peers.

SHAKESPEARE  

Led by John Basil, creator of the renowned Playing Shakespeare series, this practical workshop on teaching and acting Shakespeare will explore the First Folio method to unlock the clues in Shakespeare's text and approach the many challenges that students face when acting Shakespeare. This approach is believed to have been the original practice utilized by William Shakespeare and his company.

CLOWNING AROUND

Come discover the playful, reckless abandon that is the world of the clown!  In this workshop, we will explore key concepts that make the fool so fun- such as spontaneity, imagination, comic timing, breaking the fourth wall, physical improvisation, and the joyful truth of failure.  We will move a lot, laugh a lot, and unleash our inner delight-maker in this high-energy workshop experience.

STAGE MANAGEMENT AND SCHEDULING

At the heart of every production, the stage manager is responsible for a show's rhythm and tone - for organizing rehearsals - and for maintaining the quality and precision of the production.  Meet with a Broadway stage manager to explore the tricks of the trade - skills and secrets that make the job simpler and more accessible to your students - from scheduling to blocking notation to calling a show.

STAGE COMBAT

Safety and Building Blocks: All new techniques for creating realistic — and safe – stage fights that impress.

MAKEUP - UP CLOSE!

In front of the mirror, all those in this class will transform themselves under the guidance of one of Broadway’s most accomplished make up designers.  Set your goals for this class and work toward them with our resident Broadway experts.  Those wishing to participate in this class will be asked to bring their own stage makeup.

THEATRE GAME JAM

This workshop features a non-stop whirlwind of theatre games to take back to your students. The class will cover everything from the basics to brand new ideas for games that will enhance all the fundamental skills your students need to grow as artists and creators.



2012 Broadway Teachers Workshop Summary

The 2012 Broadway Shows:

2012 Sessions:

Session A:   July 5 - 7, 2012   SOLD OUT!

One Day Tech Event:   July 8, 2012   SOLD OUT!

Session B:  July 9 - 11, 2012   SOLD OUT!

Session C:  July 12 - 14, 2012   SOLD OUT!

Session D:  July 16 - 18, 2012   SOLD OUT!

2012 Special Broadway Guests:

Bobby Lopez, Composer of The Book of Mormon
Charles Strouse,  Composer of Annie and Bye Bye Birdie
Roger Rees, Director of Peter and the Star Catcher
Rick Elice, Writer of Peter and the Star Catcher
Greg Pliska, Music Director of War Horse
Adrienne Kapstein, Movement Director of War Horse
Matt Acheson, Puppetry Associate of War Horse
David Loud, Music Supervisor of Porgy and Bess
Danny Goldstein, Director of Godspell
John Cariani, Tony Nominated Actor & Writer of Almost, Maine
Jess LeProtto,  Newsies

2012 Workshops & Masterclasses:

PROJECTIONS IN SCENIC DESIGN

Now that consumer technology has brought the use of projections within reach of virtually anyone with a laptop, we thought it was a prime subject to explore this summer.  Join one of Broadway's top projection designers who will discuss both conceptual and practical use of projections; how to execute ideas on a tight budget - and most importantly, how to encourage student participation.

LESSON PLAN BOOSTER

We like to make sure the workshops give you plenty to bring back home to your students -- both in terms of information and inspiration.  So this year, we're adding a class that specifically gives you ideas, methods, theatre games, exercises and lessons that will help expand your repertoire and inspire new ideas for classwork in the coming year.

COSTUME DESIGN

While it is impossible to transport the entire group to a costume shop, this workshop will bring elements of the costume shop to us. Look for a session that addresses the costume design process from initial concept to execution, and explore shortcuts for attaining fresh ideas on a limited budget.

THE AUDITION!

Every Broadway performer has a nightmare audition story - and a dream job.  Explore a handful in the intimacy of our classroom as we visit with some of Broadway's hottest performers, who share stories, educational choices and even perform a number for us.

DIRECTING FOR NOVICES

Created for those new to the world of directing musicals - and those who work in other aspects of theatre and want a window into the world of a director - this session traces the basic skills and methods you need to mount a production.  From first reading the script, to casting, to design to staging and choreography, we will provide a road map for getting the job done well!

ADVANCED DIRECTING

For those with directing experience, this session explores various techniques for getting the best possible work out of your cast.  With particular focus on working with young actors, we will trace the rehearsal process from first read through to first performance.  This class includes an observational lab session with a director and young actors.

THE BROADWAY DANCE COMBINATION

Learn a combination from one of the shows we are seeing and refine your inner Broadway dancer!

RETHINKING THE CLASSICS - a Director's Concept

How many ways can you do Fiddler On The Roof?  There are as many as there are directors!  This class will discuss options for rethinking classic shows to make them feel fresh, exciting and accessible to your students.  We will also open a conversation about when reinventing the wheel might be appropriate and when it might not. 

MUSICAL THEATRE INTERPRETATION

Acting a song is as important as vocal production.  This workshop will break down songs for acting beats, actions and focus to make your song as thrilling and dramatic as the best scene.  We will work with a director and two Broadway performers, who will perform and adjust their material for you.  And then take your turn in the spotlight as we become the panel for two of our peers.

VOICE PRODUCTIONS AND MUSIC CREATION FOR STUDENTS

Young people, whose voices are still maturing, offer a different set of challenges for a vocal coach.  This session will explore techniques for expanding vocal range, physical and vocal warm-ups and breath control by working on a section of a new piece of music. 

LOW COST SCENIC DESIGN SOLUTIONS

Created especially for those of you working on tight budgets, this class will address the most resourceful ways to create scenic designs without spending big bucks.  Working from the text, create a world for your show that tells the story, creates theatrical opportunity, and offers all the solutions you need to stage the show effectively.  And we’ll discuss how to do it without hydraulics, fireworks or expensive set pieces.

CHOREOGRAPHY ELEMENTS

Learn five great building blocks for creating choreography, a combination you can use for your dance auditions - and easy methods for assessing your students dance skill, technique and style..  Think of this as your personal bag of tricks!

PLAYWRITING

Explore the central tenets for creating new plays and musicals. This session will arm you with the elements of good playwriting and building blocks for lesson plans to bring back to your students.

STAGE MANAGEMENT 

At the heart of every production, the stage manager is responsible for a show's rhythm and tone - for organizing rehearsals - and for maintaining the quality and precision of the production.  Meet with a Broadway stage manager to explore the tricks of the trade - skills and secrets that make the job simpler and more accessible to your students - from scheduling to blocking notation to calling a show.

EXTREME STAGE COMBAT

This workshop explores new techniques for creating realistic and safe stage fights that impress.

MAKEUP - UP CLOSE! 

In front of the mirror, all those in this class will transform themselves under the guidance of one of Broadway’s most accomplished make up designers.  Set your goals for this class and work toward them with our resident Broadway experts.  Those wishing to participate in this class will be asked to bring their own stage makeup.