Professional Guest Artist Master Class Series 2018

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Broadway Dance: Fosse!
with STEPHANIE POPE

Monday, July 9
6:30 - 8:30pm
Age 16 and older
Cost: $30
Option to observe only: $10

CLASS AGENDA
* Dancers should be warmed up and ready to dance before the class begins
- 15 minutes: a brief history of Bob Fosse
- 30 minutes: Fosse "technique" (style)
- 60 minutes: teach "Bye-Bye Blackbird" from the Broadway show FOSSE
- 15 minutes: Q & A

 

About the Artist:

STEPHANIE POPE

is a dancer, singer and actress and a musical theater veteran having appeared in over 10 Broadway shows with a career spanning over 35 years. Broadway and touring credits include the revival of Pippin , for which she received an Astaire Award nomination, an ACCA Award and the beloved Gypsy Robe, CHICAGO (Velma Kelly), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Muzzy Van Hossmere), FOSSE (Leading Player), SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Cafe (Brenda), A FUNNY THING...FORUM(Gymnasia), KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (Stand-by for Ms. Chita Rivera) , JELLY'S LAST JAM (The Hunnies) and THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES...just to name a few.

Stephanie has the distinct honor of having been hand-picked to work with the legendary director/choreographer, Bob Fosse, along with his former wife and muse, Gwen Verdon on her first two Broadway shows, the revival of SWEET CHARITY starring Debbie Allen and Bebe Neuwirth and BOB FOSSE'S BIG DEAL. She holds the distinct and treasured title of being a "Fosse Dancer".

In addition to her work with Mr. Fosse and Ms. Verdon, Stephanie has shared the stage with such luminaries as Chita Rivera, Ben Vereen, MariLu Henner, Gregory Hines, Brian "Stokes" Mitchell and Nathan Lane. She has worked with directors and choreographers such as Tommy Tune, Christopher Chadman, Chet Walker, Anne Reinking, Rob Marshall, Kathleen Marshall, Peter Gennaro, Michael Kidd, Michael Peters, Jerry Zaks, George C. Wolfe, Hal Prince, Alex Sanchez, Diane Paulus and Regina Taylor.

Stephanie was trained at The Dance Theatre of Harlem School and received a scholarship to study at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and the Broadway Dance Center under Frank Hatchett as well as many dance studios in the NY area.

In addition to her work on the stage, screen and television, Ms. Pope is a certified Hot Yoga instructor. In 2008, in an effort to give back to her Harlem community she opened Bikram Yoga East Harlem, which she operated for eight years and was named one of the top 10 hot yoga studios in the country. She continues to teach hot yoga whenever her schedule permits incorporating her understanding of the human body learned through her years of dancing.


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The Art of Clowning

with ERIC ROBERTSON

Monday, July 16
6:30 - 8:30pm
Age 16 and older
Cost: $30
Option to observe only: $10

Through games, discussions and exercises, this class will help actors explore a physical space, learn to feel more comfortable in that space, and discover the magic they can achieve when they unlock the power of that space. Participants will discover their "inner clown",  and really live in the moments before the response, where even the actor doesn't know what's going to happen, or even what they're going to say or do. Every scene, every line, every moment in any performance contains two elements: the stimulus, and the response. She jokes, he laughs.  He pushes, he falls. But there is something that is even more potent, more exciting, more vital, than either of those elements. And that is the space BETWEEN them. It is a space that is too often ignored, sometimes because it's a very scary place.  But that is EXACTLY WHERE THE CLOWN LIVES.  That space of unlimited potential.

About the Artist:

ERIC ROBERTSON

the artist is the sum of very diverse parts.  As an performer he's acted in film and TV, theatre, and musical theatre, on Broadway, all over the US and his native Canada.  He's directed many productions around NYC, including the off-Broadway show "Gym Shorts: The Show," which he also wrote.  He trained at the Barrow Group in NYC, where he was first introduced to the art of clowning.  It was this course, and this philosophy, that transformed his acting more than anything else, and he is very excited to be able to share what he learned.

 

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Contemporary Musical Theatre Audition Technique

with MICHELLE PRUIETT

Monday, July 23
6:30 - 8:30pm
Age 16 and older
Cost: $30
Option to observe only: $10

Put your best foot forward from beginning to end! Everything from how to get into the room with a headshot and resume review, to what to do from when you enter the room to when you leave it. Including finding the appropriate song choice for your audition, to engaging the table when you walk in, how to talk to an accompanist about your music, and how to tell a story in a 16 or 32 bar cut. Michelle will work to help you present your best self in a supportive environment as a singer and actor auditioning with contemporary music and style.

About the Artist:

MICHELLE PRUIETT Broadway: Ariel u/s THE LITTLE MERMAID.  Tours:  JERSEY BOYS, SWEET CHARITY , BEAUTY AND THE BEAST,  NY Theater: York Theater: Lady Thelma Furness ONLY A KINGDOM, Midtown Int’l Thr Fest.: Louise MISS PELL IS MISSING, and others.  Regional: Florida Studio Theater :Wanda BEEHIVE, Dyanne MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, Playhouse on Park: Cassie A CHORUS LINE,  Tuacahn CPA:  Ariel (US Premiere) THE LITTLE MERMAID, Alabama Shakespeare Festival: Ariel THE LITTLE MERMAID, Sugar Loaf PAC: Day by Day GODSPELL, Sacramento Music Theater: Rumpleteazer CATS, and many others.

While Touring the country and when in NYC Michelle has taught master classes with Broadway Classroom, Broadway Connection as well as many performing arts schools and programs throughout the country. Michelle also currently does private college audiiton coaching and muscial theater coaching.   www.michellepruiett.net  


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