Improve your craft! Register today for virtual training from professional artists!
Now is your chance to receive direct training from professional theatre artists from Broadway, film, and television! Register today to participate in a live virtual masterclass to receive direct feedback from instructors. Learn the essentials of acting and auditioning, get moving to some Broadway choreography, or master storytelling through musical theatre performance!
Broadway Bound with Lora Lee Gayer
Monday, August 3 at 5:00PM EST
Recommended ages: 12+
Do you want to perfect your musical theatre style? Are you trying to find the right song or monologue for an upcoming audition or are you just trying to find your niche? Join Broadway actor Lora Lee Gayer as she leads you through choosing your repertoire, songs, and monologues for auditioning, as well as receive personalized feedback on a prepared song and/or monologue!
LORA LEE GAYER BROADWAY: Holiday Inn (Roundabout Theatre Company); Doctor Zhivago (Broadway Theatre); Follies (Marquis Theatre). OFF BROADWAY: Pipe Dream (New York City Center Encores!); These Seven Sicknesses (Exit, Pursued by a Bear). REGIONAL: The Kennedy Center, The Ahmanson, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Alley Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival. FILM: The Post. TELEVISION: The Tick (Amazon Studios); House of Cards (Netflix); Law and Order: SVU (NBC); Little America (Apple TV+). EDUCATION: Carnegie Mellon University; Interlochen Arts Academy. AWARDS: Helen Hayes Award, Chita Rivera Award, NFAA finalist, National Arts and Letters Award, Lotte Lenya Young Artist Award. Lora Lee has performed both nationally and internationally with symphonies and orchestras. She is the founder of The Hysterical Womxn’s Sociwty, a non-profit aimed to give platforms to those fighting for human rights. @LoraLee_Gayer
The Actor Prepares with Jillian Gray and Brett Stoelker
Wednesday, August 12 at 5:00PM EST
Recommended ages: 12+
Do you want to prepare for the life of an actor? Jillian Gray and Brett Stoelker are here to teach you everything you need to know! From auditioning, to performing on regional tours, in New York, and at Walt Disney World, Jillian and Brett can help you succeed on your journey to be a career actor.
Jillian Gray was the female swing in the Broadway National Tour of Les Miserables and performed as the title role of Nemo in Walt Disney World’s Finding Nemo-The Musical in Animal Kingdom. Other Regional Credits include: Titanic (Kate McGowan), Les Miserables (Cosette US), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Narrator), Evita (Mistress) Jesus Christ Superstar, and All Shook Up to name a few. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Acting and minor in Musical Theatre.
Broadway Dance with Adam Cates
Tuesday, August 18 at 5:00PM EST
Recommended ages: 12+
Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or looking to pick up a new skill, join Broadway choreographer Adam Cates as he teaches you the steps to the Diana Ross and the Supremes cover of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from the musical Funny Girl! If you are missing the excitement of dance as we quarantine at home, this is a great way to get up and get moving while also learning dance techniques from a professional choreographer!
Adam Cates lives in New York City. After years as a professional dancer, he has gone on to direct and choreograph musicals, concerts, operas and more across the US, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. For Gulfshore Playhouse, Adam has choreographed hit productions of My Fair Lady and A Funny Thing…Forum. Adam is on the Commercial Dance faculty at Pace University, teaches at Broadway Dance Center and Steps, and is the author of the guidebook for aspiring professional performers: The Business of Show. His Broadway credits include the hit musicals Anastasia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, and Anything Goes. He co-wrote The World According to Snoopy, in association with Peanuts Worldwide and licensed by Concord Theatricals, which he staged for Theatre Under the Stars in Houston and Theatre Aspen. He has directed productions of A Gentleman’s Guide… (Playhouse on the Square), Maria de Buenos Aires (Anchorage Opera),Mamma Mia, Big River, Anything Goes, A Christmas Carol, and others. Recent choreography credits include La Boheme (Santa Fe Opera), Jeeves & Wooster (Hartford Stage), Cubans in Paris (Lincoln Center/Juilliard),Beauty & the Beast (Music Theatre Wichita), The Little Mermaid (Arkansas Rep), The Magic Flute (Lincoln Center/Juilliard), Cinderella (Lincoln Center/Little Orchestra Society), Halka (Bard Festival) and episodes of 90210 (CW), Live from Lincoln Center (PBS), and Chicas de Viaje (Argentina). He is a creative director/consultant for Celebrity Cruises, having just worked on their newest ship: APEX. Adam is a founding faculty member of Commercial Dance Intensive and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art & Performance Creation from Goddard College. @adamcnyc adamcates.com
The Audition Process
Wednesday, August 26 at 5:00PM EST
Recommended ages: 12+
From Broadway to National Tours, Nick Duckart and Mariand Torres have decades of experience performing off and on Broadway in hit shows like Wicked, Come From Away, Prince of Broadway, and many more! Don’t miss your chance to learn from the masters about how to nail your upcoming audition, practice your songs and monologues, and learn what it takes to be a career actor!
Nick Duckart currently stars as “Kevin J. & others” on the North American Tour of Come From Away (original cast). Nick has also appeared at Gulfshore Playhouse in the critically acclaimed productions Venus in Fur (Thomas) and A View From the Bridge (Marco). Favorite regional credits include: “Juan Peron” in EVITA (Asolo Rep, Olney Theatre Center, KC Rep) “Usnavi” in IN THE HEIGHTS (Actors’ Playhouse) “Nikos” in ZORBA! (Palm Beach Dramaworks) and many more regional productions. TV: “The Blacklist”, “The Arrangement”, “Burn Notice”. Nick is also a three-time recipient of South Florida’s CARBONELL AWARD. Education: New World School of the Arts/University of Florida. For more info, visit www.nickduckart.com
Mariand Torres recently wrapped her run as “Elphaba” in the National Tour of Wicked, which was immediately followed by a run of the musical Fun Home at Kansas City Repertory Theater. Credits include: Broadway: Wicked (Elphaba Standby), Original cast of Broadway’s first Acapella musical, In Transit. National/International Tours: Wicked (Elphaba), Japan world premiere of Prince of Broadway, directed by Harold Prince/Susan Stroman. Off-Broadway: Natasha, Pierre and the the Great Comet of 1812 (Original Off B’way Cast), School of Rock (Gramercy Theater World Premiere). Regional: “Eva Peron” in Evita (Kansas City Rep), “Helen Bechdel” in Fun Home (KC Rep) “Lady of the Lake” in Spamalot (Connecticut Rep), world premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s Giant (Signature Theatre), and Murder Ballad at Actors Playhouse in Coral Gables, Florida, for which she won a Carbonell Award for Featured Actressin a Musical. TV: “Madam Secretary”. Mariand has participated in the development of newmusicals with New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, LAByrinth Theatre Company,New York Stage and Film, Sundance Theatre Lab, The Old Globe and Yale Rep, among others.She has performed in concerts throughout NYC (Lincoln Center, Birdland Jazz, Joe’s Pub andothers), with the American Pops of Washington, DC and as far as Beijing,China. Education: Bachelor of Music, Musical Theater, University of Miami. Upcoming: Pre-Broadway engagement of Lempicka, directed by Rachel Chavkin, at La Jolla Playhouse.