Join Broadway stars Liz Kimball (South Pacific, World Goes Round, Hairspray) and James Sasser (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Secret Garden, She Loves Me) for a week-long experience in learning scenes, solos, ensembles, and choreography from a large variety of musicals that will challenge and enrich the development of a young artist!
This year’s goal: the numbers chosen for performers will be focusing on the process of truly polishing and creating finished pieces. More Quality over Quantity. During the camp, instructors will save a special time for self reflection and attention techniques in reference to auditioning, rehearsing, and general well being.
This week ends in a final performance for the public. No dance experience necessary, but special classes will be offered for dancers and singers. Even if you are not a dancer, you will have a chance to move! Private lessons with artists available as well.
Deadline for Registration and Audition Video Submission or Participation in LIVE Audition: April 27, 2018
|January 8||Registration Open|
|April 20||Registration Deadline|
|April 27||Live Audition Day (@4:00 – 8:30pm) or Video Submission Deadline|
|June 22||Bring it to Broadway Casting and Track Assignments|
SUNDAY, JULY 22
|4:00-6:00 pm||Meet the Artists and Orientation|
JULY 23 – 27
|10:00 am – 12:00 pm||Camp Begins and Track Rehearsals start with Liz and James|
|12:30-1:15 pm||Release and Reflection Activity (varies on each day)|
|1:15-2:15 pm||Break Out Group Scene Rehearsal|
|2:15-3:15 pm||Break Out Group Scene Rehearsal|
|3:15-4:00 pm||Break Out Group Scene Rehearsal and Full Cast Focus|
|4:00-6:00 pm||Optional Classes (TBA)|
JULY 28: Location TBA
|10:00-12:00 pm||Final Track Scene and performance Rehearsal|
|12:30-2:30 pm||Final Group Rehearsal|
Liz is thrilled to join the students and faculty at Bring it to Broadway and Dana V. Music. A New York City based director, choreographer, coach, educator, and writer, Liz is dedicated to telling transformational stories that lift the spirit, and empowering artists of all ages to flourish. She has been involved in over sixty productions across the country, most recently directing and choreographing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s *South Pacific* and *Carousel* at the Barbara B. Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Favorite directing and choreography credits include *The Gondoliers* (OperaDelaware), *Happy Foods*(co-conceiver, The Music Theatre Company), *Heart and Music *(conceiver, The Paramount Theatre), *Once Upon a Mattress* (Northwestern University), *The Visit, The Sixth Man *(The University of Texas at Austin). She designed a two-year program in Artist Entrepreneurship that she currently teaches at The New School for Drama BFA Program, and has been a lecturer and/or guest speaker at universities and programs across the country including NYU, Temple University, The Atlantic Theatre School, The Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Mount Holyoke.
Liz performed professionally for over two decades, and appearing at theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, The York, La MaMa, Walnut Street, Weston Playhouse, Arizona Broadway Theatre (*World Goes ‘Round* – Zoni Nomination, Best Actress), Indiana Rep, as well as in a few fun film/tv projects. Favorite roles include Hermione in *The Winter’s Tale, *Betsy / Lindsey in *Clybourne Park, *Penny in *Hairspray*, and Olga in *The Three Sisters.* Awards include Austin Critics’ Table Award, Austin Live Theatre Recognition, and the Sarah Siddons Award for Excellence in Theatre. Liz was a founding ensemble member of The Music Theatre Company, and has served as voice/dialect coach for a multitude of productions. Liz is also the Founder of The Artist Mastermind, (an NYC-based community to help artists grow their careers), and The #C15s (online experiences to deepen courageous creativity).
She graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University, received her M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, is a Certified Professional coach (CPC), and a member of Actors Equity. Liz coaches one on one in her studio and all over the country on Skype, and her clients have gone on to book Broadway shows, land recording contracts, and be accepted into top acting schools. She loves writing about the creative life at lizkimball.com/blog, and was recently published on Oprah.com
With a performance career spanning Broadway, off-Broadway, and opera and concert stages around the world, James has been involved for two decades in the development of dozens of new musical works as an actor, writer, and producer. He has worked with organizations ranging from Riverdance to Sundance, Jesus Christ Superstar to Forbidden Broadway, to TheatreWorks, Ars Nova, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists, Goodspeed Opera House, The Vineyard Theatre, The O’Neill, Playwrights Horizons, and many more. Favorite roles as a performer include Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar, Archibald in Secret Garden, Georg in She Loves Me, Rutledge in 1776, numerous Sondheim romantics as well as Shakespearean villains, and being a singer for Riverdance on Broadway, among others.
James is a multiple festival official selectee and award winning writer. His musicals include CUBAMOR with Charles Vincent Burwell, with whom he has also written the musicals BLACK COUNT (about Alexandre Dumas’s father and the real Count of Monte Cristo), and BOTTLE SHOCK (based on the cult 2008 wine film), which will have its world premiere in San Francisco in 2018. He is currently at work on the brand new Christmas musical LOOKING FOR CHRISTMAS with country superstar Clint Black. Burwell and Sasser’s songs have been heard at Lincoln Center, 54 Below at Studio 54, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York, Ars Nova, A Little New Music in L.A., Feinstein’s at The Nikko, and other venues in between and on both coasts.
He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member of the theatre department at Santa Rosa Junior College, and has taught acting, playwriting and vocal arts courses and master classes at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Western Washington University, the Alvin Ailey Dance Center, CSULA and with many different not for profit arts organizations across the country. He is strongly committed to diversity and unsung voices in theatre, has served on the boards of Renegade Performance Group (RPG), and HeArts Without Borders, as well as written and taught for Artists Striving to End Poverty in Bangalore, India. He has been Assistant to the Chief Diversity Office of Ogilvy’s New York Headquarters, and was the Institutional Gifts Associate for choreographer/director and multiple Tony award winner and Kennedy Center Award winner Bill T. Jones during the New York Live Arts merger with the legendary Dance Theatre Workshop.
With Burwell and New York based director Kent Nicholson of Playwrights Horizons, they have formed The 959 Group, a theatrical development, production and investment strategy LLC. Their latest endeavor includes The Great Comet, which marks vocal sensation Josh Groban’s Broadway debut and was nominated for twelve Tony awards.
*This year, the show will be cast ahead of music distribution. Teachers will decide on a specific track (Singing, Acting, Dancing or some of each) for you based on audition and how you fill out your application.
Please save the date:
Live Audition Day at Dana V. Music will be April 27, 2018 from 4:00-8:30 p.m.
On this day, students will be scheduled for live auditions and will be asked to present:
1) 32 Measures of an MT (musical theatre) piece of your choice. Please pick a piece that speaks to you and shows you at your best. You are asked to have an intro and chorus of the song to give an idea of the piece. It should be a piece that you feel shows your vocal ability, but also make sure it is a song that you feel comfortable singing and that you know well. Please don’t stress!
If you are not sure and would like to run some song titles by me or you need suggestions, please feel free to email with questions: (email@example.com).
Email Dana Vachharajani
2) A monologue or excerpt of your choice. Under a minute long, please OR 32 Measure of another MT song that is contrasting to you first.
NEW DANCE TRACK: If you want to be considered for a Dance track as well, please add to your submission or live audition with Singing and Monologue:
Students are asked to dance to up to 32 bars or a minute of music in the style that they feel most shows their ability. If you are sending a video, please introduce yourself, your piece, years of study on each dance style and then play your music! If you are coming to a live audition, please bring a CD or iTunes, iPhone with music. (For Dance Only)
Please be prepared with:
32 Measures of an MT Piece
32 Measures of a contrasting MT Piece
Dance Optional (See Dance Track above)
32 Measures of an MT Piece
A monologue or excerpt of your choice (Under a minute, please)
Dance Optional (See Dance Track above)
Please make sure that the second piece CONTRASTS the mood, tempo and character of your song piece. The monologue does not have to be from a play. There are many monologues that you can download online or find in compilation books.
We have many samples in the studio if you would like to read and choose some ahead of time.
IMPORTANT: Please notify office if you are unable to attend the Live Audition Day (April 27, 2018).
You will be asked to submit a video of your audition by June 1st. If you would like assistance from Dana V. Music to film, we are happy to help. Please send video submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org and Title email: Bring it to Broadway Audition: (List student Name) MP4, Youtube links, etc. are all accepted!