UM Musical Theatre Students and Alumni Participate
in Invited 3-Day Musical Theatre Intensive, NYC
Theatre Program recently participated in a 3-Day Invited Musical Theatre
Intensive in NYC, January 13-15, 2011, with the Amy Murphy Studio in
Birmingham/NYC. 11 UM Theatre majors were involved including 3 first year
students, as well as 3 alumni living in NYC. Overall, there were 33 participants
including students from other theatre programs around the US and several other
young professionals living in NYC.
students had a variety of workshops including two sessions with actors who have
recently appeared in Broadway musicals, Christopher Jackson and Hunter Ryan
Herdlicka (IN THE HEIGHTS and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC respectively). Both actors
talked to them about building a career in the arts and in NYC, and then worked
on their songs. They also had a “question and answer” session with actress Jenn
Collela who has appeared in many Broadway musicals and TV work as well.
rest of the 3 day intensive consisted of auditions, including a dance audition
from OKLAHOMA! , which guest artist Parker Esse recently choreographed at Arena
Stage in Washington D.C. (Esse has also worked as an Associate Choreographer on
several recent B’way productions). They also received coaching tips in how to
approach a dance audition and feedback on their work from three choreographers.
students also participated in two vocal/monologue auditions for panels of up to
12 guests including choreographers, directors, casting directors, agents and a
representative from Interscope records. They received written feedback and
suggestions on their work and also had verbal follow up sessions with NYC
casting director/producer Dave Clemmons; director Chan Harris and Choreographer
of the students were able to stay with UM theatre alums in the city or with
actors they know from their own summer theatre work out of state, which also
helped them experience what it’s like to really live, work and audition in NYC
(snow and all!).
www.amymurphystudio.com for additional details on the 3-day Intensive