By Carey Purcell
05 May 2014
The intensives presented by the national non-profit training program will offer attendees personalized musical theatre training and mentoring in acting, dance and vocal technique through week-long performing arts intensive workshops. Students will also learn how to improve their audition skills and have the opportunity to audition and perform for casting directors and agents from New York.
Following the sessions, attendees will perform in a concert alongside Broadway performers.
The tour will kick off May 31 at Hawkins School of Performing Arts in Sacramento, CA; followed by the Atlantic Lyric Theatre in Atlanta, GA; the Anne and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School in Los Angeles, CA; Omaha Performing Arts in Omaha, NE; Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA; and Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY.
The creative team includes directors Stafford Arima (Allegiance, Carrie), Dan Knechtges (Lysistrata Jones, Xanadu) and Matt Lenz (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can) along with Emmy Award-nominated choreographer Spencer Liff ("So You Think You Can Dance," Hedwig and the Angry Inch).
The team also includes BDF artistic director Nicholas Rodriguez (Tarzan), education director Craig D'Amico (Fiddler on the Roof), executive director Annette Tanner, Tituss Burgess ("Taken," The Little Mermaid), Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime), Meg Gillentine (Cats, The Producers), Gregory Haney (Bring It On The Musical), Luke Hawkins (West Side Story, Cirque du Soleil), Michele Lynch (Everyday Rapture), Craig Meyer (Almost Elton John), Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ragtime), Christiane Noll (Ragtime), Nicole Parker ("MadTV," Wicked), and musical theatre writers Drew Fornarola (College The Musical) and Marshall Pailet (Triassic Parq). Additional Broadway faculty will be announced at a later date.
"There are many performing arts programs to choose from," BDF executive director Annette Tanner said in a statement. "However, at BDF we go above and beyond to ensure that each student gets the training and connections they need to succeed in a very competitive industry. When you enroll in a BDF program, you're paying for a week, but I guarantee that you'll get a life-time of support."
Alumni include Emerson Steele (Violet), Ryann Redmond (If/Then); Ariana Groover (Holler If Ya Hear Me); Paris Nesbitt (The Book of Mormon); Gabby Bradbury (Annie); Katie Huff (Evita); Lindsay Roberts (Porgy and Bess); Rodney Earl Jackson, Galen Williams and Melanie Evans (Motown); and Greg Kamp (Harmony).
For more information on The Broadway Dreams Foundation, visit mybroadwaydreams.com.