Broadway Teachers Workshop A
2019 Schedule

Monday, July 8, 2019

Open Jar Studios; 1601 Broadway, 11th floor, New York, NY 10019

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.            

Registration/Meet and Greet Your Peers          

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.          

OPENING SESSION: RISE UP AND CREATE!

In this fun and inviting opening session, Alicia Albright (Frozen) and Todd Woodard (Broadway Teaching Group) will lead group members through a series of exercises and discussions that will prime you for your three days ahead. They will share tips and techniques to help you become a connected teacher, an empowered artist, and a creative collaborator. 

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.            

A) EXPLORING RODGERS AND HART with David Loud (Curtains, Scottsboro Boys, Sondheim on Sondheim), Laura Darrell (Sweeney Todd), Lewis Cleale (Book of Mormon), CJ Eldred (Rock of Ages), and Kirsten Scott (American In Paris)

Join Broadway music director David Loud (Scottsboro Boys, Curtains, The Visit, Sondheim on Sondheim) in another one of his delightful inquiries into the songs of our greatest composers. This year he is tackling Rodgers and Hart, the songwriting team that collaborated on such classic songs as "There's A Small Hotel," "I Wish I Were In Love Again," "My Funny Valentine," "Where Or When," "The Lady Is A Tramp," "Spring Is Here," "Falling In Love With Love," "Sing For Your Supper," "This Can't Be Love," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Bewitched," "I Could Write A Book," "Nobody's Heart," and "Wait Till You See Her." Discover more about this remarkable duo and learn about this great source of music for your students.

B) DANCE CLASS with Kate Marilley (The Prom)

Join Kate Marilley from the cast of Broadway’s The Prom, for a high-energy dance combination direct from the show. This class is for all levels of experience.

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.              

Lunch Break

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.              

A) CREATING ORIGINAL NON-FICTION THEATRE: Interviewing - Tectonic Theatre Project (The Laramie Project) with Amanda Gronich and Brandon Anderson

How do you work with students to create original non-fiction theatre? This workshop will focus on the art of interviewing for the theatre - how to capture people's lives, not just their opinions - and how to craft student-led subjects into powerful non-fiction storytelling. Through discussion and hands-on interviewing techniques, we will uncover story-development tools that lead to insightful and thought-provoking student theatre.

B) COACHING STUDENT ACTOR/SINGERS with Tony Award winner Michele Pawk (Hollywood Arms, Beautiful, Mamma Mia, Suessical, Associate Professor, Theatre, Wagner College)

The goal of this workshop will be to provide the actor with skills that will enable him to synthesize music and acting. In an open work session environment using student volunteers, we will play to free the young actors so they are present, connected to their bodies, and committed to their stories. All while honoring the composer and style in which the song was written. 

3:45 p.m.  - 5:00 p.m.         

A) TEACHING (and Acting) SHAKESPEARE with John Basil (Associate Professor, Marymount College)

Led by John Basil, author of WILLPOWER, "How to Act Shakespeare in 21 Days", and former artistic director of the American Globe Theatre, this workshop will introduce students to the First Folio method. This teaching practice was used by Shakespeare's original company and helps young actors break down the challenges when approaching Shakespeare by unlocking hidden clues in the text.   

B) STAGE MANAGEMENT with Victoria Navarro (Matilda, Seussical, Annie)

Led by Production Stage Manager Victoria Navarro, 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.

7:30 p.m.                  

TOOTSIE Performance & post show discussion
Marquis Theatre; 210 West 46th Street (between Broadway & 8th Avenues)
Running time: 2 hours, 35 minutes & 20 minutes for cast discussion

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Open Jar Studios; 1601 Broadway, 11th floor, New York, NY 10019

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.          

ALL CONFERENCE: TONY AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR OF HAMILTON, IN THE HEIGHTS, GREASE LIVE & FOSSE/VERDON, THOMAS KAIL

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.          

A) IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY with Michael Hartney (Artistic Director, Upright Citizens Brigade)

In this workshop, Michael Hartney from the Upright Citizens Brigade will introduce you to some of the core concepts of long-form improv. You will explore the idea of "yes”, get comfortable developing comedic ideas together, learn to share focus, and understand the essential building blocks of scene work. You'll be as funny as Amy Poehler* in no time!
*you probably won't, but it'll still be fun.

B) CHOREOGRAPHY FOR NON-DANCERS
with Michelle Phillips (National Dance Institute)

What do you do with your big number when you are given a group of “singers who move well?” How do you encourage your less experienced students in a welcoming and nonthreatening environment? Led by Michelle Phillips (National Dance Institute), this workshop will give practical advice on how to get everyone to embrace their inner dancer.         

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.   

A) DIRECTING YOUNG ACTORS with Jeremy Dobrish (Second Stage, MCC), Stephanie Kurtzuba and Patricia Noonan

Join Jeremy Dobrish for a scene study class, working on scenes from Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, 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.

B) PUPPETRY IN KING KONG - AND IN YOUR SCHOOL with Danny Miller (King Kong)

This class, led by King Kong puppeteer Danny Miller, will take you through the production and puppet's journey to Broadway and how it is operated, maintained, and used to enhance the theatrical experience of the show. Through a deep dive into "Trash Puppets", a concept developed in Australia involving puppets made from recycled materials, you will continue to explore how puppetry can enhance both your theatrical and academic experiences with students, covering concepts including sustainability, creativity, problem-solving, team building, inclusivity, performance opportunities and general play.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.              

Lunch Break

3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.       

PUTTING IT TOGETHER - PRODUCE YOUR BEST SHOW YET WITH MTI'S NEW AND ENHANCED RESOURCES FOR MUSICAL THEATRE. 

Over the last 18 months, MTI has introduced several new and innovative resources to help enhance the work of your music, production and marketing teams. Designed to ensure rehearsals and performances run smoothly every time, MTI is thrilled to offer solutions like mobile apps that help cast members rehearse music without an accompanist and perform a musical’s score without access to a full orchestra. Come learn about these and other exciting products, as well as participate in a discussion about the important topic of replica productions and related copyright issues. Attending MTI’s workshop gives you the chance to ask those burning licensing questions, learn about our new shows and offerings, and win some fabulous prizes.

7:00 p.m.                        

AINT TOO PROUD Performance and Post Show Discussion
Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street (btwn Broadway and 8th Ave)                             Running time: 2 hour, 30 minutes & 20 minutes for cast discussion

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Open Jar Studios; 1601 Broadway, 11th floor, New York, NY 10019

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.            

ALL CONFERENCE: MAKING MAGIC ON STAGE - with Skylar Fox (U.S. Magic and Illusions Associate for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child)

As theatre makers, we are always striving to create special, indelible, meaningful moments on stage. More than ever, magic is being embraced to help delight audiences and tell stories powerfully. Skylar Fox, downtown director and U.S. Magic and Illusions Associate for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway, will walk you through the principles and practices of creating magical moments onstage to bring stories to life. You do not want to miss Skylar’s class! 

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.           

A) SOUND DESIGN with Matt Kraus (Liza’s at the Palace, Disney's “Broadway Hits”, Papermill Playhouse)

Get practical answers to your sound-related questions in this workshop that explores the fundamentals of using wireless body microphones for your student productions. Where do I start? How do I grow my existing sound system? What are the building blocks and techniques for creating professional sounding productions that enhance the theatrical experience for both students and audience members. This class will help you use your resources (however limited they may be) to your best advantage.

B) ROCK THE AUDITION with Sheri Sanders 

In this class, volunteers will be prepped ahead of time by Sheri to present an audition cut in four different styles of popular music currently represented on Broadway. From our collaboration, you will learn how to choose appropriate audition material and properly research how to synthesize the body, voice and emotion of each style we cover. This will enable you to teach your students how to more effectively match audition material to the shows they’re auditioning for. 

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.           

A) THE COLLEGE APPLICATION AND AUDITION PROCESS with Brent Wagner (University of Michigan)

Brent Wagner was chair of the Department of Musical Theatre for 32 years and is credited with building the department into one of the top musical theatre programs in the world. This workshop will offer tips and techniques for guiding your students to BFA Musical Theatre Programs. Topics will include: the four stages of college applications and how to understand and navigate each step, the questions to ask in the exploration process, and the qualities and skills schools seek in their applicants.

B) PATH TO BROADWAY

No one has better backstage 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! With…
Euan Morton (Hamilton)
Rashidra Scott (Ain’t Too Proud)
Jeff Kready (Tootsie)

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.            

Lunch Break

2:00 p.m.                          

THE PROM Performance and Post Show Discussion
Longacre Theatre, 220 West 48th Street (between Broadway & 8th Avenue)
Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes & 20 minutes for the cast discussion

8:00 p.m.                          

KING KONG Performance and Post Show Discussion
Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway (between 52nd and 53rd Streets)
Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes & 20 minutes for the cast discussion

11:00 p.m.                        

Final Night Mixer: 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)


SARDI'S – 234 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenues), 2nd floor

Program Coordinator
Lizzy Emanuel 

Co-Artistic Directors

Gordon Greenberg
Pam Pariseau