PREVIOUS Broadway Teachers WorkshopS
The 2019 WORKSHOPS
2019 Broadway Guest ARTISTS:
Tony Award Winner THOMAS KAIL
Tony Award Winner DES MCANUFF
(Director, AIN’T TOO PROUD, JERSEY BOYS, TOMMY)
Tony Award Winner JASON ROBERT BROWN
(Composer, LAST FIVE YEARS, PARADE, HONEYMOON IN VEGAS)
Tony Award Winner SANTINO FONTANA
Tony Award Nominee ALEX BRIGHTMAN
(BEETLEJUICE, SCHOOL OF ROCK)
Tony Award Nominee JOE ICONIS
(Composer, BE MORE CHILL)
The Tectonic Theatre Company
Olivier Award Winner MARTIN LOWE
(HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, MAMMA MIA)
Stage Illusions Designer SKYLAR FOX
(HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD)
Broadway Music Supervisor DAVID LOUD
(SCOTTSBORO BOYS, CURTAINS, SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM)
Broadway Choreographer CONNOR GALLAGHER
Puppetry Designer DANNY MILLER
Tony Award Winner MICHELLE PAWK
(SEUSSICAL, MAMMA MIA, HOLLYWOOD ARMS, BEAUTIFUL)
Professor BRENT WAGNER
(UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Musical Theatre Department)
Professor PETER FLYNN
(STELLA ADLER CONSERVATORY, NYU)
2019 Workshops & Masterclasses:
THE 2018 WORKSHOPS
2018 Broadway guest ARTISTS
Tony Award nominee LEIGH SILVERMAN
(Violet, Sweet Charity, Well, Chinglish)
Tony and Olivier Award Winner DAME DIANA RIGG
(Medea, My Fair Lady, Jumpers, Abelard and Heloise)
Broadway Music Supervisor DAVID LOUD
(The Scottsboro Boys, Curtains, The Visit, Sondheim on Sondheim)
Tony Award nominee LONNY PRICE
(Sunset Boulevard, Lady Day…, 110 in the Shade, Master Harold...and the Boys)
Tony Award nominated Scenic Designer TOBIN OST
(Newsies, Disaster!, Jekyll and Hyde, Bonnie and Clyde)
(Associate Music Director, Hamilton)
Tony Award nominee JOHN CARIANI
(author of Almost, Maine, actor in The Band's Visit, Something Rotten)
(The Real Thing, The Coast of Utopia, ‘13 Reasons Why’)
TECTONIC THEATRE PROJECT
(The Laramie Project)
Tony Award Nominee ANDREW RANNELLS
(Book of Mormon, Falsettos, Boys In The Band, ‘Girls’)
(Director of Theatre, NYC Department of Education)
Tony Award Nominee SHERYL KALLER
(Last Fall, Mothers And Sons)
(Stage Manager, The Play That Goes Wrong, Beetlejuice)
EXPLORING THE SONDHEIM/PRINCE CONNECTION with David Loud (The Scottsboro Boys, Curtains, The Visit, Sondheim on Sondheim)
Join Music Director David Loud in another of his delightful inquiries into the songs of our greatest theatre composers. This year he is taking on the collaborations of Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince. Discover more about these titans of musical theatre 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.
DIRECTING with Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet, Sweet Charity, Well, Chinglish)
Join Leigh Silverman for a scene study class looking at the unique contribution a director makes to a play. In this session, she will work with young actors on a scene from Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, modeling methods, styles, scene analysis, and blocking for the class.
Leigh Silverman is one of Broadway’s busiest and most vibrant directors. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her direction of of Violet, starring Sutton Foster and recently directed the reimagined Sweet Charity also starring Sutton Foster, for the New Group Off-Broadway. She also directed David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish on Broadway and Lisa Kron’s Well on Broadway. She recently directed the world premiere of the new Jeanine Tesori/David Henry Hwang musical Soft Power for the Ahmanson in Los Angeles and A.Ct. in San Francisco. Off-Broadway: American Hero (2ST); Kung Fu (Signature Theatre); The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons); The Call (Playwrights Horizons); The Madrid (MTC); Golden Child (Signature Theatre); No Place to Go (Public Theater; Two River Theatre); In the Wake (Center Theatre Group/Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Public Theater, Obie Award, Lortel nomination); Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award); From Up Here (MTC, Drama Desk nomination); Yellow Face (Center Theatre Group/The Public Theater); Coraline (MCC/True Love); Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons); Well (The Public Theater; Huntington Theatre; ACT); Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Second Stage Theatre). Recent regional: The Heidi Chronicles (The Guthrie); American Hero (WTF); Chinglish (Goodman Theater, Jeff nomination; West Coast/Hong Kong tour).
Josh Hamilton is one of New York’s most prolific actors and can currently be seen as Matt Jensen in “13 Reasons Why” on Netflix. His other film and television credits include starring roles on “American Horror Story,” “Gracepoint,” “Madame Secretary,” “The Bourne Identity,” “J. Edgar,” “Ice Age,” and “Alive.” His Broadway credits include: Tom Stoppards’ The Real Thing, Dead Accounts, Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia (Lincoln Center Theatre), Proof, and Brighton Beach Memoirs. Off-Broadway, he has starred in many plays including Hurlyburly for The New Group, The Cherry Orchard at B.A.M., This is Our Youth, Suburbia (LCT), and A Dolls House at Williamstown Theatre Festival.
DIRECTING MUSICAL THEATRE - with Tony Award nominee Lonny Price (Sunset Boulevard, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, 110 in the Shade, Master Harold...and the Boys)
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.
Lonny Price directed Glenn Close in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard on Broadway and at the English National Opera, Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel at the ENO and Lincoln Center, and Carousel starring Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins at the ENO. His Broadway credits include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill starring Audra McDonald (also on the West End and for HBO), 110 in the Shade, ‘Master Harold’ ... and the Boys, Sally Marr and Her Escorts (co-written with Joan Rivers and Erin Sanders), Urban Cowboy, A Class Act (Tony nomination, Best Book, with Linda Kline). His work with the NY Philharmonic includes Company, ‘Sondheim: The Birthday Concert’ (Emmy Award), and ‘Passion.’ He directed television captures of his Sweeney Todd (Emmy Award), Company, Camelot, and Candide. His documentary, ‘Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened,’ premiered at the New York Film Festival, and was named one of New York Times’ Top 10 Films of 2016, and is currently streaming on Netflix.
DEVELOPING DESIGNS FOR YOUR PRODUCTION with Tobin Ost (Newsies, Disaster!, Jekyll and Hyde, Bonnie and Clyde)
Working from a specific segment of a classic musical, this workshop will explore scenic design in action through a roundtable workshop. This session will address design ideas, different theater spaces, budgets, and other considerations. Emphasis will be placed on: developing designs organically, thinking as a director, and making choices based on what works for one’s own theatre organization rather than what has been designed for past productions. We will address the communication of these ideas through research, language and sketching, although it should be noted that no drawing skill is necessary; a good idea can be communicated in any number of useful, dynamic ways.
Tobin Ost’s Broadway credits include: Newsies (Tony nomination for Best Set Design of a Musical); Disaster!; Jekyll & Hyde; Bonnie & Clyde; The Philanthropist (costume design) and Brooklyn – the Musical (costume design). His Off-Broadway credits include: Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life; Nightingale; Grace; The Overwhelming (costume Design); Zanna–Don’t! (co-set and costume design); Almost Heaven (costume design) and Fighting Words. Selected regional credits include: Between the Lines (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Ripcord (Huntington Theatre Company), Bye Bye Birdie (Goodspeed Opera House); Harmony (set and costume design – Ahmanson and Alliance Theaters); Emma and Himself and Nora (set design – Old Globe Theatre); Freedom’s Song, Violet, The Civil War and Shenandoah (set design – Ford’s Theatre) and Nightingale and Pippin (set design -- Mark Taper Forum.) Tobin is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
MUSIC DIRECTION with Ian Weinberger (Associate Music Director, Hamilton)
How can you encourage a large ensemble of singers to engage actively with the text and dramatic beats, as if they were all soloists? In this workshop, we'll talk about rehearsal techniques to help keep a larger group active during a music rehearsal and during a performance.
Ian Weinberger is the Associate Music Director of Hamilton on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots, A New Brain (Encores! Off-Center), Titanic (Avery Fisher Hall) and Nobody Loves You. His orchestrations of Titanic were recently heard in the Griffin Theatre Company production at Theater Wit in Chicago, as well as in productions in London, Tokyo and Toronto. Broadway/Off-Broadway orchestras: Rocky, Side Show, Chaplin, Little Miss Sunshine and Death Takes a Holiday. TV: Peter Pan Live and The Sound of Music Live (NBC). Proud native of Evanston and graduate of Northwestern University.
STAGE MANAGEMENT with Matt DiCarlo (The Play That Goes Wrong, The Color Purple, Honeymoon in Vegas)
Led by Broadway Production Stage Manager Matt DiCarlo, 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.
Matt DiCarlo is the production stage manager for Broadway’s The Play That Goes Wrong. Other Broadway stage management credits include The Color Purple, Honeymoon In Vegas, and Rock of Ages. He has also worked extensively Off-Broadway and regionally from the Paper Mill Playhouse to his most recent project, the new musical A Walk On The Moon at A.C.T. in San Francisco. He holds a B.F.A. from Rutgers University.
PLAYWRITING - John Cariani (author of Almost, Maine, actor in The Band's Visit, Something Rotten)
Join John Cariani, currently starring in The Band’s Visit, and writer of Almost, Maine (the most widely produced play in the United States and currently the most frequently produced play in American high schools) for a workshop that will cover the fundamentals of playwriting. The session arm you with exercises that will cultivate the playwright in each of your students.
John Cariani currently stars as Itzik in the Broadway production of The Band’s Visit. Other Broadway credits: Something Rotten! (OCC nom); Fiddler on the Roof (Tony nom.; OCC Award). Off-Broadway: The Atlantic, The Public/NYSF, Transport Group. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Old Globe, Center Theatre Group, Barrington Stage Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Television: best known for recurring roles on ‘Law & Order,’ ‘Numb3rs,’ and The Onion News Network. Several films. Playwright: Almost, Maine; Last Gas; Love/Sick; cul-de-sac, all available through DPS.
DEVISED THEATRE: TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT
Pioneered by Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project, Moment Work is a devising method that explores the theatrical potential of all the elements of the stage to create strong theatrical narratives. Used to create such works as The Laramie Project, Moment Work is highly collaborative, creative, and engaging, and it can be used to create new work as well as to re-imagine existing texts.
Tectonic Theater Project is a theater company based in New York City. Guided by founder and artistic director Moisés Kaufman, Tectonic’s work has been seen by millions worldwide. In its twenty-five-year history the company has created and staged over twenty plays and musicals, including Moisés’ Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Laramie Project (written by Moisés and members of the Tectonic Theater Project company), Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, and Moisés’ Tony Award-winning 33 Variations, which starred Jane Fonda. Moisés and members of the company also co-wrote and directed the HBO film adaptation of The Laramie Project, for which they received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Writer along with a nomination for Best Director for Moisés.
PATH TO BROADWAY: Meet The Artists!
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!
Etai Benson is a New York-based Israeli-American actor, who currently stars as "Papi" in the Tony Award winning Broadway musical The Band's Visit. Most recently, Etai played the role of Adam Hochberg in the First National Tour of An American in Paris. On Broadway, he was the lovelorn munchkin Boq in the smash musical Wicked. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan's acclaimed BFA Musical Theatre Department and the Moscow Art Theatre School. Other credits include: Arthur in The Fortress of Solitude (world premiere, Dallas Theatre Center); Asher in My Name is Asher Lev (GableStage); Henry in Next to Normal (Weston Playhouse); Arpad in She Loves Me (Caramoor); Freddy Honeychurch in A Room with a View (world premiere, The Old Globe); Con Man in Windows (premiere, American Opera Projects); Les Miserables, Annie, Gypsy, High School Musical (The Muny); Fiddler on the Roof (Kansas City Starlight). Readings and workshops: Newsies, Little Miss Sunshine, Nobody Loves You, and Stars of David (Concert, 92Y). TV/Film credits include: Guest Star on ‘Suddenly Rich’ (TLC) and ‘Seeking: The Web Series.’
Will Burton currently stars as Ambrose Kemper in Hello Dolly on Broadway, a role he originated with Better Midler and David Hyde Pierce. Other Broadway credits: An American In Paris, for which he understudied the roles of Adam and Henri, and Holiday Inn, for which he understudied and performed the lead role of Jim Hardy. He appeared in the Roundabout benefit concert reading of Kiss Me, Kate and regionally at Arena Stage (The Music Man), Goodspeed Opera House (Fiddler On The Roof), Paper Mill Playhouse (South Pacific), and The Muny (My Fair Lady). He is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan’s musical theatre program.
Kenita Miller currently appears in the Broadway company of Once On this Island as Mama Euralie . Other credits include: Broadway: The Color Purple (Celie), Xanadu (Erato/Kira understudy) Off Broadway: Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Granny) Encores!, Bella: an American Tall Tale (Miss Cabbagestalk/Mama), Merrily We Roll Along (Encores!), Wild Party (Encores!), Langston In Harlem (Zora Neale Hurston-Drama Desk Nom./ Audelco Award), Working (Drama Desk Award), Avenue Q. Regional: Parade(Minnie McKnight, Angela/2014 Barrymore Award Outstanding Featured Actress), Once On This Island (Timoune/ Mama Euralie), Ragtime (Sarah) Film/TV: “Sesame Street,” “Hostages,” “Blacklist.”
DANCE CLASS - MEAN GIRLS with Jonalyn Saxer (Mean Girls, Holiday Inn, Honeymoon in Vegas)
Join Jonalyn Saxer from the cast of Broadway’s Mean Girls for a high-energy dance combination direct from the show. This class is for all levels of experience.
CHOREOGRAPHY: BUILDING BLOCKS with Alex Sanchez (Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Encores!)
Join choreographer Alex Sanchez to explore the creation of a musical number and learn a systematic template that can apply to the work you do. Together we will discover how to create an idea that builds to gesture that becomes the foundation to choreography that is accessible to everyone.
Alex Sanchez most recently choreographed Guys and Dolls for Goodspeed Opera (Connecticut Circle Award nomination for Best Choreography). New York choreography: Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons), Fiorello and Where's Charley? (City Center Encores!), Giant (The Public Theater - Lucille Lortel nomination), Red Eye of Love (Dicapo Theatre). His regional credits include Follies (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre - Broadway World Award & Joseph Jefferson Nomination), Far From Heaven (Williamstown Theater Festival), Roman Holiday (Guthrie), 42nd Street (Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Broadway World Award), Giant (Dallas Theater Center), Camelot (Glimmerglass Opera), Mary Poppins, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid (St. Louis Muny), On the Town and Mary Poppins(Marriott Theater), West Side Story (Riverside Theater & Woodminster Amphitheatre), A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theater Group), The Little Mermaid (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), and In the Mood (National Tour Revue). Mr. Sanchez was a soloist with Ballet Chicago & Ruth Page Ballet. On Broadway, he performed in the original cast of The Red Shoes, Carousel(Broadway Revival), Big The Musical, Fosse, Follies (1st Broadway Revival), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Chita Rivera The Dancer's Life. Other Broadway credits include Once Upon A Matress, Love! Valor! Compassion!, and Wonderful Town. Teaching credits include ballet faculty member at New Jersey Ballet School, and ballet & jazz faculty member of Oakland School For The Arts. He has also been guest teacher at Jacobs Pillow Jazz Intensive, NYU Tisch, Pace University, and Southern Methodist University.
HOW DO WE KNOW WE ARE GOOD THEATRE TEACHERS? with Peter Avery, Director of Theatre, NYC Department of Education)
How often do theater teachers have the opportunity to observe colleagues in order to hone their own practice? This session will provide practical hands-on techniques and explore effective theater teaching through a facilitated reflection on footage of their peers in action (one elementary and one high school). The goal is for participants to model approaches as well as consider their own habits, strengths, and areas for growth in order to best unleash creative expression and support theater learning for all their students.
Peter Avery is the Director of Theater for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). He oversees all aspects of theater education for the world’s largest school system -- striving to ensure all students develop life-long skills for the stage and beyond through opportunities to explore their creativity, learn theater techniques and artistically collaborate with peers and professionals. His responsibilities include professional development for theater teachers and school leaders; producing new initiatives with Broadway, theater organizations and higher education; arts education policy and advocacy; and promoting student theater study and performance opportunities. Avery directs major initiatives such as the Digital Theater Project, Shubert/MTI Broadway Jr, and the theater component of Arts Achieve—a federally funded i3 project focused on arts assessments and teacher effectiveness to enhance student learning in the arts. His background includes theater education, outreach and advocacy, directing, teaching, performance and arts management. He presents on theater education at conferences and universities locally, nationally and internationally. Avery was a contributing writer to the landmark Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Theater for the NYCDOE. Previously, Avery developed and directed Disney Theatrical Group’s first ever Education department and served as Director of Education for the TADA! Youth Theater and The Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, D.C. As a teaching artist, Avery has taught and directed theater for youth and adults across all abilities. He has taught theater at the University Maryland, American University and New York University. Avery received his MFA in Theater Management with a concentration in Education from the University of Maryland.