Broadway Teaching Group

2017 Broadway Teachers Workshop Summary

The 2017 broadway shows:

2017 Sessions

2017 DATES

Session A:  July 6 - 8, 2017 - SOLD OUT!

One Day Tech Event:  July 9, 2017 - SOLD OUT!

One Day Music Director Event:  July 9, 2017 - SOLD OUT!

Session B:  July 10 - 12, 2017 - SOLD OUT!

Session C:  July 13 - 15, 2017 - SOLD OUT!

One Day Choreographer Event:  July 16, 2017 - SOLD OUT!

One Day Director Event:  July 16, 2017 - SOLD OUT!

Session D:  July 17 - 19, 2017 - SOLD OUT!

Session E:  July 20 - 22, 2017 - SOLD OUT!

2017 Workshops and Masterclasses

EXPLORING FRANK LOESSER: A concert and class with Broadway Music Director David Loud

Join Broadway Music Director David Loud (Scottsboro Boys, Curtains, The Visit) in another of his delightful inquiries into the songs of our greatest theatre composers.  Frank Loesser has been called the most versatile of all Broadway composers. His five Broadway musicals, each a unique contribution to the art of the American musical theatre, were as different from each other as they were from the theatre of their day: Where’s Charley?, Guys And Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, Greenwillow, and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. As a lyricist, he enjoyed a successful Hollywood career penning standards with Jule Styne, Hoagy Carmichael, Burton Lane and Arthur Schwartz. Discover more about this musical giant, and learn about this great source of music for your students. 

David Loud is a Broadway Music Director and Vocal Arranger.  His credits include the original Broadway productions of Kander & Ebb’s The Visit, starring Chita Rivera and Roger Rees, The Scottsboro Boys, Sondheim on Sondheim, starring Barbara Cook,  Curtains, starring David Hyde Pierce, Ragtime, Steel Pier, The Look of Love, and A Class Act, as well as revivals of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, Sweeney Todd, starring Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris, She Loves Me, starring Boyd Gaines, and The Boys From Syracuse.  Recent concert work includes The Story Goes On: Liz Callaway sings the songs of Maltby & Shire, A Good Thing Going: the Harold Prince Stephen Sondheim Collaboration, and First You Dream, which was broadcast on PBS.  As an actor, he originated roles in Terrence McNally’s Master Class and Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We roll Along.  He has been on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama and Fordham University, and he will be be the Music Director for the new Bachelor’s degree program at the Manhattan School of Music.

Paul Masse’s Broadway conducting credits include:  The Scottsboro Boys, Holler If Ya Hear Me, It Shoulda Been You, Fun Home, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Avenue Q, Wicked.  Over 20 other Broadway shows as a pianist and accordionist.  Musical Supervisor for London's West End premiere of The Scottsboro Boys.  Off-Broadway:  The Landing, Inner Voices ("Borrowed Dust"), The Scottsboro Boys, Jacques Brel....  Regional:  Sense and Sensibility, First You Dream.  1st National/LA:  Wicked. Various Film/TV soundtracks.  Original cast albums:  The Landing, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, She Loves Me (2016 Revival), The Scottsboro Boys (Original Cast and West End Cast), Noel and Cole.  Concert performances with NY Pops, Orchestra of St. Luke's, and NY Philharmonic (PBS Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of Show Boat).

Lindsay Mendez appeared this season as Laura in Significant Other on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Elphaba in Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture and Grease. Off-Broadway, she created the starring role in Dogfight at Second Stage, for which she received Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations. She also created the role of Laura in Significant Other in its Off-Broadway run at Roundabout. She appeared in The Rose Tattoo with Marissa Tomei at Williamstown, The Winters Tale at Shakespeare In The Park/Delacourt, and in 35mm. On television, she appeared on ‘Smash’ and in concert at Lincoln Center, Library of Congress and with the American Pops.

Laura Darrell is a conservatory-trained actress in LA (USC), NY (NYU) and the UK (BADA.) Shel has acted professionally since the age of 10, starting off in regional theatres before making the move to NYC and LA. To date she has appeared in several independent feature films, indie shorts, and webseries, many of which have appeared in major festivals, including Sundance and Cinequest. Laura has also performed lead roles in theaters across the country. Laura just finished working on Encores! The Golden Apple at New York City Center, directed by Michael Berresse. Before that she was Suze in John Kander and Greg Pierce’s new musical Kid Victory, which ran Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theater, directed by Liesl Tommy and choreographed by Christopher Windom.  The official Off-Broadway Cast Album will drop in September 2017. Before that she debuted as Anna in the opening cast of Frozen Live at DCA, also directed by Liesl Tommy. And with its 2017 release, she will be seen playing the role of Eileen, a tough mean girl, in the feature film ‘Creedmoria’, starring Stef Dawson (Hunger Games) and directed by Alicia Slimmer, which has won many awards including best comedy at the Cinequest Film Festival. She can also be seen in several independent shorts, including ‘Hands to the Sky,’ directed by Kimberly Townes (HBO) starring Theo Perkins.

Jeffry Denman starred in the original company of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, for which he was nominated for a Fred and Adele Astaire Award. He was Munkustrap in the final cast of Cats and was featured in the original company of The Producers which led him to pen the memoir, ‘A Year with The Producers.’ Jeffry's other Broadway and New York performing credits include: Face the Music and Of Thee I Sing at Encores!, and Dream and How To Succeed on Broadway. He choreographed his first Off Broadway show in 1999, Naked Boys Singing, which ran for over 12 years. He was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and an SDC Joe A Callaway Award for his choreography in Yank! at the York Theatre and worked alongside acclaimed director David Cromer on the subsequent workshops. Other off-Broadway credits include providing choreography and/or staging for Assistance (Playwright's Horizons), Bullet for Adolf (New World Stages) and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (NYMF Award - Honorable Mention - Best Choreography). Regionally, at Ogunquit Playhouse, he choreographed The Music Man (Broadwayworld Award nom) and directed and choreographed Damn Yankees: The Red Sox Version starring Carson Kressley. He graduated from the University of Buffalo where he was mentored by acclaimed musical theatre educator and director/choreographer Lynne Kurdziel-Formato (currently a professor at Elon University) and was exposed to all styles of dance including contemporary, ballet, ballroom/partnering - all of which influence his theatrical choreographic style.

BROADWAY DANCE CLASS: Hamilton

Join Eliza Ohman from the cast of Broadway’s Hamilton for a high-energy dance combination direct from the show.  This class is for all levels of experience. And yes, your students will be jealous!

Eliza Ohman was the Universal Swing for Hamilton on Broadway and was previously seen in The Muny's 42nd Street as well as Shakespeare Theatre Company's production Kiss Me, Kate. Previously onstage at Radio City Music Hall in the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Eliza has also been lighting up the screen on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, America's Got Talent, and Carly Rae Jepsen's music video "I Really Like You". 

Raised outside of Denver, Colorado, Eliza received her early dance training at Parker Dance Academy. At 15, she was chosen to be part of Professor Robert L. Reed's elite tap company, the St. Louis Hoofers Club, where she was also selected as Dance Captain for the company's Colorado chapter. Through Professor Reed's mentorship, Eliza learned to perform with the heart and tenacity of the art form's legacies and is humbled to trace her tap lineage back to Maceo Anderson of the Four Step Brothers. Throughout this time Eliza continued her training in all other styles and attended summer intensives around the country.

 

MEET THE ARTISTS:  PASEK and PAUL (Dear Evan Hansen)

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the Tony, Oscar® and Golden Globe-winning songwriting team behind the Broadway musicals Dear Evan Hansen (Tony, Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Helen Hayes Award) and A Christmas Story, The Musical (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations). Other musicals include Dogfight, (Lucille Lortel Award winner, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, London Evening Standard Awards nominations), James and The Giant Peach, and Edges. Film projects include: La La Land(Lionsgate); Trolls (Dreamworks Animation); Tom and Jerry Return to Oz (Warner Bros Animation). Upcoming film projects include The Greatest Showman (FOX); Snow White (Walt Disney Pictures); Medusa (Sony Pictures Animation). TV credits include Smash, Sesame Street, The Flash and Johnny and the Sprites. Additional honors: Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre (American Academy of Arts and Letters); ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award; Jonathan Larson Award. Both are graduates of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre program and members of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.


STAGE MANAGEMENT with Linda Marvel (Finding Neverland)

Led by Broadway Production Stage Manager Linda Marvel, 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.

Linda Marvel (Production Stage Manager) was most recently the Production Stage Manager for Finding Neverland. She has over 25 years of experience working on and off Broadway and in regional theatres.  Selected credits include PSM for the Broadway productions of Noises Off, Side Show, Hands on a Hardbody, Fela!, 33 Variations, and The Little Dog Laughed.  Linda is also a stage manager at Radio City Music Hall, has stage managed corporate events throughout the U.S. and internationally and is an adjunct professor for the MFA Stage Management program at Columbia University School of the Arts.

FREESTYLE RAP and The New Broadway Musical with Anthony Veniziale and Chris Shockwave Sullivan

Join members of Freestyle Love Supreme, the improv group created by Lin Manuel Miranda that inspired the style and story-telling of Hamilton, for an amazing ride. The Love of Freestyle workshop introduces you to the basic principles of freestyle rap, with a focus on self-expression and jumping in. Everyone will receive a beatbox lesson and be encouraged to freestyle in the class. This is the great way to bring theatre into a mode of expression your students will find familiar and exhilarating. Freestyle love isn’t about doing it right... just DOING IT!

Anthony Veneziale is the conceiver of Freestyle Love Supreme. Veneziale attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and graduated with a BA in Film Studies. In New York City he started a production company with three friends called Back House Productions. After five years of blood, sweat, and tears our first musical, In the Heights, went Off-Broadway and then two years later opened on Broadway (where it went on to win the Tony Award for best new musical of 2008). He has helped five new plays get openings Off-Broadway as a producer and developed over thirty new plays with readings and workshops. Veneziale has acted in two feature length films (including Che! directed by Steven Soderberg), five television shows (All My Children, Trauma, Very Funny Live, The Electric Company), directed spots for AMC and appeared in numerous commercials (both featured in and voice over). In 2007 he helped to redevelop the children’s television show The Electric Company that is now airing on PBS (as a creative producer, writer, lyricist, and actor). Most recently he appeared on ESPN2's SportsNation doing freestyle raps for football celebrities during Super Bowl week (Jerry Rice, Cris Carter, Eli Manning to name a few). In San Francisco, he founded a comedy improv troupe, HUGE and also a west coast version of FLS called The Freeze. When not producing or acting he is an editor, writer and director for Lekker Media. He also gets paid to help develop viral videos, write songs, and create new shows.

Chris ‘Shockwave’ Sullivan: Hailing from Mission:IMPROVable, Chris began his NYC career as house band for Variety Underground back in 2002 - and it's been beats and comedy ever since. He started at the UCB interning, working crew for Kilgore, vocal accompanied Harold team Filth and performed in the 3 on3 Improv Tournament. He continued on to accompany countless artists and musical comedians with beat box and sound effects all over NYC. Becoming an original member of Freestyle Love Supreme in 04, Shockwave has toured the world making up beats, soundscapes, and jokes- playing The Aspen Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival, and the 10th Anniversary for UK Paramount Comedy. He's worked regularly with Beat boxer Entertainment on the Hip-Hop Subway Series and performing with such greats as Doug E. Fresh, Rahzel and Biz Markie. He's also performed/produced ongoing shows: Shockwave: THE MIXTAPE at Ars Nova Theater, The 8-Track: A Seamless Blend of Comedy and Music at The Green Room, and The BEAT down at Mo Pitkins and The UCB. Featured on "The Today Show", MTV's "The Elements" and "The How-To Show", FUSE, Nickelodeon, and The Daily Show, you can now catch Shock teaching kids how to read on "The Electric Company" on PBS and with Freestyle Love Supreme making musical make-em-ups at COMIX.

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!

Chad Kimball currently appears in Come From Away on Broadway. He originated the role of Huey Calhoun in the Tony Award winning Broadway Musical Memphis (The Shubert), earning him a Tony Nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical as well as nominations for the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Actor. Mr. Kimball was also seen on Broadway as John Lennon in Lennon (The Broadhurst). He donned the guise of Milky-White in the Broadway revival of Into the Woods (also at the Broadhurst) with Vanessa Williams. Other Broadway credits include The Civil War (The St. James) and Good Vibrations (The Eugene O'Neill). Off-Broadway: Finian's Rainbow (Irish Repertory Theatre), My Life With Albertine (Playwright's Horizons) Godspell (York Theatre) and Murder in the First (The Director's Company). Regional theatre includes Sweeney Todd(Signature Theatre), Baby (Papermill Playhouse) Chess in concert and Little Fish (The Blank) and Come From Away (La Jolla Playhouse), among others. Mr. Kimball won a Bistro Award for his solo concert, which he reprised at Joe's Pub. He is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory.

Astrid Van Wieren currently appears on Broadway in Come From Away. She is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre school, where she was awarded the Robert Christie award for Best Actress upon graduation. She also won the Dora Mavor Moore Award (Toronto's 'Tony') for her dramatic work in This Wide Night (mercury/mermaid). And this season she is nominated again for a Dora for best Featured Actress in a musical for Come From Away.  In the last few years, Astrid originated the lead roles of Beulah (& Others) in Come From Away (La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Ford's Theatre, Mirvish Toronto and Broadway) and Sheilagh Fielding in Colony of the Unrequited Dreams for Newfoundland's premiere theatre company, Artistic Fraud. She also lead the beautiful Belles Soeurs company as Germaine Lauzon - a stunning, new musical. Other recent, favourite roles include (all premieres): Grandma in The Way Back To Thursday (Passe Muraille); Huhu in Ubu Mayor (One Little Goat) and Holly in Myth of the Ostrich (Toronto Fringe Festival). She was also in the original North American premiere of Mamma Mia! and the subsequent First U.S. national tour.  Last summer, she co.wrote, co.produced and starred in the indie feature ‘The River You Step In…’

Olivia Puckett understudies Alana and Zoe in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. She last appeared on Broadway in Motown the Musical and on tour in Motown the Musical and American Idiot. She is a recent graduate of Wagner College with a Bachelor of Arts.

TECH ROUNDTABLE: Practical solutions for all of your production challenges from a panel of Broadway’s top designers

Join Broadway scenic designer Rob Bissinger (Spiderman, Turn Off The Dark), lighting designer Cory Pattak (Newsies, Peter And The Starcatcher) and projection designer Daniel Brodie (Aladdin, Motown, The Musical) as they tackle your toughest design questions. This session will explore a series of crowd-sourced questions from our attendees about the scenic, lighting and projection issues that perplex them the most. There will also be time for questions from the floor as these experts share their time, wisdom and resources with the group.

Rob Bissinger is a designer for the theatre and live events for over 15 years, with his work having been seen by millions of people worldwide. He is a cofounder of ARDA Studio, Inc, which provides production design for large scale international spectacles, including the Pan American Games Closing Ceremony, and the 2015 Baku European Games Opening Ceremony, as well as Art Direction the for the 2014 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia, for which he received an Emmy nomination. In addition to his extensive background as a veteran Broadway Associate Designer, his work has been seen all over the United States in regional productions, and in touring productions worldwide.

Cory Pattak is a New York City based Lighting Designer whose New York design credits include Stalking the Bogeyman (New World Stages), Revolution in the Elbow…(Minetta Lane), Handle with Care (Westside Theatre), Witnessed by the World, COAL, Do Not Disturb (59E59),  and Skippyjon Jones (Theatreworks USA.) Regional credits include Flashdance: the musical (US National Tour), Dog and Pony (Old Globe), The Fabulous Lipitones (Goodspeed), A Little More Alive (Kansas City Rep), Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods (Portland Stage), The Audience, Other Desert Cities, Me and My Girl (Maltz),  Associate/Assistant: Newsies (Paper Mill, Broadway, US Tour, Theatrical Film), Peter and the Starcatcher (NYTW, Broadway, New World Stages, US Tour - Tony Award), A Time to Kill, An Evening with Patti Lupone & Mandy Patinkin, The Story of My Life, Irena’s Vow (Broadway), Heathers: the musical (New World Stages), Band Geeks, How to Succeed… (Goodspeed), Daddy Long Legs (Off-Bway, London), Chicago, Wizard of Oz (US Tours.)Cory holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Design/Technical Theatre from Syracuse University.

Daniel Brodie was born in Las Vegas and now lives in Brooklyn. He graduated with a degree in theatre and media design from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. He designed the projections for Christopher Wheeldon’s Winter’s Tale (Royal Ballet) and Cinderella (Dutch National Ballet and San Francisco Ballet) and has worked regularly with puppeteer Basil Twist, both on The Winter’s Tale and Cinderella and on Twist’s Behind the LidArias with a Twist and The Rite of Spring. Brodie’s Broadway credits include Motown the Musical and Disney’s Aladdin. He has also created large-scale video designs for Kanye West, Mariah Carey, and for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Brodie’s awards include the United States Institute of Theatre Technology’s Rising Star Award (2011). He has also worked as a guest lecturer at Yale University and NYU.

BONUS WORKSHOP! PLAYBILL 101: How To Create a Successful Fundraising Program

Join Playbill’s Sarah Jane Arnegger as we explore and create new fundraising strategies for your school or arts organization. We’ll tackle platforms such as social media, program development, advertising, and sponsorship deals, exploring opportunities to engage your community and help build sustainability within your program.

ACTING/INTERPRETING SONG with Tony nominee Jenn Colella (Come From Away)

Join Tony nominee Jenn Colella (Come From Away) as she focuses on acting through song. The session will explore how to find clues provided in the music and lyrics of a song to interpret material, and how to turn that interpretation into an authentic, meaningful and vital performance.

Jenn Colella currently stars as Beverly in Come From Away on Broadway, for which was nominated for a 2017 Tony Award. She originated the role at La Jolla Playhouse, Fords Theatre and Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre. She made her Broadway debut as Sissy in Urban Cowboy and has appeared in the musical adaptation of High Fidelity and as Hedda Hopper in Chaplin. She has also appeared in the Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey musical If/Then directed by Michael Grief. Her off-Broadway credits include Closer Than Ever, Lucky Guy, Beebo Brinker Chronicles and Slut. She graduated with an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of California at Irvine.

FIASCO: Ensemble Creation and the Beautiful (if sometimes exasperating) Rigors of Text Work

To risk fiasco is to find the beating heart of your proposal. Failure breeds ingenuity. Treat old plays like new plays. Treat new plays like classics. Alongside artists from the acclaimed Fiasco Theater, you will learn ensemble-driven techniques to discover the play "In The Room!" Learn how to bring your ensemble to the play and how to make the play through your ensemble. What do you hear? What do we hear? How can we make this scene happen now - with only what we have?  Participants will come away with tools, exercises, and experiences to enliven, invigorate, and stimulate ensemble creation and ideation. Group-think, Group-listen, Group-create!

Paul L. Coffey has taught classes and workshops at NYU-Gallatin, Louisiana State University, Marquette University, Appalachian State University, Duke University, The Far Brook School, First Stage, The 52nd Street Project and Fiasco Theater's Free Training Initiative.  As a company member Paul has appeared in numerous Fiasco productions, including Into the Woods (Roundabout Theatre Co., McCarter Theatre Center, Old Globe and London's Menier Chocolate Factory), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Theatre for a New Audience, Folger Shakespeare Theatre), Measure for Measure (Long Wharf, New Victory Theatre), Twelfth Night and Cymbeline(Barrow Street Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience, Napa Valley Shakespeare and others),  Paul is a graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. Acting Program. 

Emily Young appeared on Broadway in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Other credits include the London production of Into The Woods at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Off- Broadway: Fiasco’s Measure for Measure, New Victory Theater, Cymbeline, TFANA/Barrow Street Theater; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Public Theater; Romeo and Juliet, Theater Breaking Through Barriers; Colorado SPF ‘04. Regional: Into the Woods, Old Globe; King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival; Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Cherry Orchard, Trinity Rep; Emma, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Festival. Workshops/readings: New York Stage and Film, Sundance Theater Lab; Film: God of Love, Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short 2011, Manhattan Melody (Telluride, Woodstock, Atlanta), Natives, SXSW. Training: MFA – Brown University/Trinity Rep; BA – Brown University.

DIRECTING: NEWSIES, Scene into Song with Jeff Calhoun (Director of Broadway’s Newsies)

Explore ways to help your students understand character, relationship, action, and objectives in scene work that transitions seamlessly into song. How can specific choices inspire more interesting song interpretation? And how can you help young actors make scenes funnier, more human, and more personal? 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. Broadway director Jeff Calhoun takes you through his process on the musical Newsies, using scene and song from that show, along with guest performers to help illustrate key points.

Jeff Calhoun has been associated with 17 Broadway musicals. Originally a performer, Jeff's last role as an actor was replacing the vacationing Tommy Tune in My One and Only at the St. James Theater on Broadway. Since then, he has become a director and choreographer, helming productions across the US and abroad. He directed the Broadway production of Disney’s Newsies, for which he earned his second Tony Award nomination for Best Director of a Musical. Jeff also received critical acclaim for his groundbreaking Deaf West production of Big River. A special Tony Award was presented to this production for its integration of both hearing and deaf actors. His other Broadway credits include: Grey Gardens, Jekyll & Hyde, Bonnie and Clyde, Brooklyn, Taboo, Bells Are Ringing, Annie Get Your Gun, Grease, and The Will Rogers Follies.

CHOREOGRAPHY FOR EVERYONE with Joann Hunter (School of Rock)

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!

Joann Hunter has 20 Broadway shows to her credit as either a Choreographer, Associate Choreographer or performer. Choreography for Broadway: School Of Rock, Disaster, On A Clear Day… with Harry Connick Jr.  Off Broadway: Dedalus Lounge, The Twelve(workshop). National Tour/Regional: Harmony by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman at the Ahmanson Theatre, LA, World premiere of Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes’ The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Pump Boys and Dinettes (PMP), Grease (PMP), Oliver (PMP), Curtains (PMP/TUTS). She has directed Debra Monk in her one woman show with special guests Ron Rifkin, Andrea Martin, Victor Garber, Charlotte D’Amboise, Jimmy Newman, Brandon Victor Dixen and David Hyde Pierce and The Drama League Galas honoring Angela Lansbury, Kristen Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris. In development for RFP of Rock And Roll Refugee about the life of Genya Raven, Lourds Lane superhero rock musical Chix 6 and Perfect Spiral, a ballet with words about the will to do what you were born to do regardless of a possible outcome, the loss of your own identity. Associate Broadway Choreographer: Spring Awakening, Curtains, The Wedding Singer, All Shook Up. As a performer, she has done 12 Broadway shows.

Creativity and Connection: with Susan Blackwell ([title of show]) 

In this fun, festive session, Susan Blackwell energizes your Broadway Teachers Workshop with a bang! This year's theme is CREATIVITY and--as always--the discussion will be spirited, the ideas shared will be inspiring, and the connections made will lay the foundation for a warm, wonderful BTW adventure!

Susan Blackwell is on a mission to free people’s creativity and self-expression. She champions this cause as a performer, writer, educator and business consultant. She played a character based on herself in the original Broadway musical [title of show} and the Off-Broadway musical Now. Here. This. She created and hosts the freewheeling chat show ‘Side by Side by Susan Blackwell’ on Broadway.com. As the founder of Susan Blackwell & Co., she partners with like-minded compassionate artists and thought leaders to deliver inspiring entertainment and educational offerings aimed at freeing people’s creativity and self-expression.

PRODUCTION IDEAS and A Sneak Peek Performance from Band Geeks!: 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. This summer, the MTI crew will be joined by composer and performer guests who will perform material from Band Geeks!, a musical written especially for students with flexible production possibilities. Note: Be prepared to test your theatrical knowledge and win prizes in the legendary MTI musical theatre challenge game.

CASTING ON BROADWAY: Eric Woodall, Casting Director, Disney’s Aladdin

Over coffee and pastries at The New Amsterdam Theatre, meet with special guest Eric Woodall of Tara Rubin Casting.  Eric will chat about his casting process, what he looks for, how they create sides, schedule, identify candidates and ultimately fulfill the great casting puzzle on Broadway.

Eric Woodall has been a casting director at Tara Rubin Casting since 2002. Some casting credits include the Broadway/National Touring productions of Aladdin, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot, Ghost, A Little Night Music, Scandalous, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia! Mary Poppins, and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway/Regional: Hunchback of Notre Dame (Papermill/LaJolla), Next To Normal (Alliance), A Room With A View (The Old Globe), Into the Woods, Harbor (Westport County Playhouse); Cat on A Hot Tin Roof, Carnival, Mame (Kennedy Center); Privilege, Birdie Blue, Swimming in the Shallows (2nd Stage Theatre.) Originally from North Carolina, Eric earned a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University and began his career as an actor. In addition to casting, Eric works as a freelance director and guest teacher at regional theatres and universities around the country. He served as a Resident Director of Mamma Mia! (Broadway, Touring, Las Vegas and Cruise productions.) Member of SDC and CSA.

BACKSTAGE AT THE LEGENDARY NEW AMSTERDAM THEATRE

Ever wonder what the backstage looks like at a Broadway Theatre? This exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the beautiful New Amsterdam Theatre will give you an insider look at the inner-workings of this incredible space. This elegant, 1,700-seat Art Nouveau landmark has been a staple of the Great White Way for over a century. Its deep red curtains and gold-lined stage have hosted some of the most famous plays in history. Learn about one of Broadway’s most famous landmarks from the in-house historian, from the Ziegfeld Follies days to the classic Disney musicals The Lion King, Mary Poppins and Aladdin. And if you've ever wanted to really understand what it's like to be in one, you can satisfy your curiosity in the prop room. Here you'll see robes, manes, set pieces, and other key props from legendary Disney musicals.

BRINGING MAGIC INTO YOUR SCHOOL PRODUCTION: with the Disney Education and Creative Development Team

Spend some time with the Disney Licensing, Education and Creative Development teams, who will talk you through ideas and methods for bringing some of the classic Disney magic into your school productions, options for producing various Disney properties, and production challenges and innovations. This talk is focused on finding solutions and opportunities for your students, via the ever-expanding catalogue of beloved Disney properties.

 

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.