Professional Guest Artist Master Class Series *New Spring 2021 offerings*

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Playhouse Theatre Academy offers programs, workshops and Master classes in special topics that allow teens and adults to connect with professional artists and expand their skill set. Past topics have included Improvisation, Broadway Dance: FOSSE, the Art of Clowning, and Contemporary Musical Theatre Auditioning.

Master Classes will be conducted virtually using Zoom.

Breaking Down The Song
"God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys


April 21, 2021
The class is observation only, with opportunity to ask questions

The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” is arguably one of the most well-written songs of all time. But what makes it so good? In this master class, we are going to find out. This virtual class will explore how the form and shape of a song can help tell a story. Colin will analyze and deconstruct songs from the American songbook and pop songs to give participants a deeper understanding of the songwriters' intent. You'll also gain some new vocabulary for how to describe and explore music, regardless of whether you're an experienced musician or a dedicated shower singer. People of all backgrounds, interests, and ages are welcome to attend.

About the Artist:

COLIN BRITT currently serves as Choir Director at Rutgers Preparatory School, as Artistic Director and Conductor of the West Village Chorale, and as Music Director for Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City, and he recently completed a sabbatical replacement as conductor of the Rutgers University Voorhees Choir. Prior to his current appointments, he served on the conducting faculty at SUNY New Paltz, and directed Amuse Singers and North River Sing. He has also taught on the faculty at the Hartt School and conducted the Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers.

His musical direction credits include Cabaret, Chicago, Company, Swingin' on a Star, and The Last Five Years at Playhouse on Park, Sweeney Todd, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing..., and The Scarlet Pimpernel in his home state of Maine, and Peter Pan, The Who's Tommy, and Singin' in the Rain with theatres in Connecticut and New Jersey. With Darlene Zoller, he has provided music for 14 (and counting) productions of Mama D's Outrageous Romp. Colin holds degrees from the Hartt School, the Yale School of Music, and Rutgers University. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, actress Victoria Britt, their dog Mari, and they are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the newest member of their family this summer!


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Virtual Jumpstart Playwrighting Class for Adults


April 8 and 15, 2021
7:00 - 9:00pm
Cost: $45 per active participant
Age 18 and older

JUMPSTART is for playwrights, actors, directors, designers and anyone interested in exploring the creative process and broadening their skills in storytelling. Whether you are new to playwriting or in the middle of a project, you already possess, deep inside you, everything you need to jumpstart your art and bring forth your unique voice For theatre artists and writers of all genres looking for ideas, this workshop includes a series of in-class exercises which reveal a roadmap to the wonders and revelations of the unconscious mind.

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Re-Imagining The Classics


May 3, 2021
from 5:30 - 7:30pm
Cost: $60
Age 18 and older

What do Shakespeare’s words mean to you today? And how might that inspire audiences and collaborators to listen and connect in new ways? This acting workshop will guide performers through the process of making unique, distinctive, imaginative choices with classic monologues. This workshop is focused on empowering the performer’s voice and the freshness of their perspective in how they approach texts that have been passed down for hundreds of years.

About the Artist:

MADELINE SAYETT is a citizen of the Mohegan Tribe and the Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. For her work as a director, writer, and performer she has been honored as a Forbes 30 Under 30, TED Fellow, MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, National Directing Fellow, Native American 40 Under 40, and a recipient of The White House Champion of Change Award from President Obama. Her play Where We Belong, first shown in London at Shakespeare's Globe, will have its US Premiere in DC as part of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's current season. Recent directing work includes: A Tlingit Christmas Carol (Perseverance Theatre), Staged at Home: a Virtual Benefit Concert (Long Wharf Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (South Dakota Shakespeare), Henry IV (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Whale Song (Perseverance Theatre), She Kills Monsters (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), As You Like It (Delaware Shakespeare), The Winter’s Tale (Amerinda/HERE Arts), Poppea (Krannert Center, Illinois), The Magic Flute (Glimmerglass), Miss Lead (59e59).

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