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College Audition Intensive

College Audition Intensive


July 31 - August 2, 2015

Preparation For Entrance Into College Musical Theatre Programs


Goodspeed’s Audition Intensive is a unique and comprehensive program offering invaluable training and insider tips for the aspiring musical theatre college student. The program will prepare high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors for college musical theatre entrance auditions. Students will receive individualized monologue and song coaching, participate in group exercises, learn about Goodspeed Musicals, and engage in discussions covering all aspects of the college audition process. Students will also participate in mock auditions and a panel discussion, exposing them to renowned professors and industry professionals.

Audition Intensive

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If you have any questions, please contact Kate Micari by email or at 860.873.8664, ext. 373.


Registration is currently closed. To be notified of the 2015 Intensive, please contact Kate Micari by email or at 860.873.8664, ext. 373.


According to survey results, 100% of the 2010-2012 Audition Intensive participants would recommend the Audition Intensive to their friends and 100% of the 2012 participants said that Goodspeed’s Audition Intensive met their expectations.

 “My daughter hasn't been as excited as when she got back from the Goodspeed Audition Intensive in quite some time. She had absolutely nothing but positive things to say about the program and those who ran it, and sounds like she benefited enormously from the feedback. She appears all the more confident going into her college auditions now.”
-Eric Nielsen, Audition Intensive Parent

“I am so grateful for the incredible tools the intensive has given to me and I will definitely take them with me and pass them on to others as well. I found it extremely productive to work in groups and by the end I really felt myself rooting for every single member of my group. It was amazing to get to watch other people work and then to watch their audition knowing what work had gone into it. I would do the intensive again in a heartbeat not because I didn't learn enough the first time, but simply because it was a unique and exciting way to work through an audition and it was so amazing to have such unbelievably talented people working alongside you.”
-Katherine Logan, Audition Intensive Participant

“It was so helpful I believe that anyone going into this field or even considering it should go through this intensive as it will help them to decide whether they really want it or not.”
-Jared Starkey, Audition Intensive Participant

“I came out of this program feeling that all of my questions about the auditioning process were answered. I feel as though I received top notch training and preparation that I will certainly use next year when auditioning!”
-Kendra Oates, Audition Intensive Participant

“The workshop was a huge confirmation that I am headed in the right direction. It helped me learn how to choose appropriate material and I'm far less scared of auditioning. I thought I was way behind but I genuinely found so much confidence at the workshop and am so excited for college. I look forward to working with more passionate people like the workshop staff.”
-Jonathon Garrity, Audition Intensive Participate

Past Participant College Acceptances

·Adelphi University
·Emerson College
·Elmira College
·The Hartt School of the University of Hartford
·Hofstra University
·Ithaca College
·Muhlenberg College
·Nazareth College
·New York University Tisch School of the Arts
·Northeastern University
·Rider University


·Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
·Shenandoah University
·Texas State University
·University of Arizona
·University of Connecticut
·University of Miami
·University of Northern Colorado
·University of the Arts Pre-College Program
·Webster University
·Western Connecticut State University

2015 Program Description

• One-on-one monologue and song coaching
• Mock auditions with personalized feedback
• Musical theatre dance audition training
• Introduction to the college audition process
• Tips about essential audition techniques
• Headshot and resumé preparation
• Informational session and Q & A for parents
• Opportunity to see Goodspeed's production of La Cage aux Folles


Friday, July 31, 2015
6:00pm - 9:30pm

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

*Times subject to change


Larry McMillian Rehearsal Studio
21 Norwich Road
East Haddam, CT 06423

2014 Teaching Artist

Robert H. Davis ROBERT H. DAVIS is Professor of Acting and Voice & Speech at The Hartt School Theatre Division at the University of Hartford. As a professional actor and vocal coach, he has worked in New York and at regional theatres across the country. He appeared in Show Boat at Goodspeed Musicals. At Hartford Stage he regularly appears in A Christmas Carol as Bob Cratchit and shared the role of the Stage Manager in Our Town with Hal Holbrook. He received a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for his performance in The Exonerated at TheatreWorks of Hartford and has served as voice and dialect coach at Yale Repertory Theatre and for Hartford Stage productions of To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Abundance. Once upon a time he was seen on television’s Sesame Street. Bob is a Designated Linklater Voice teacher and has served as a teaching artist for Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts and for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut. He has also offered classes and workshops at Trinity College and Wesleyan University. For several years he has been a master teacher for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare.
Eliza Ventura

ELIZA VENTURA is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of CAP21. For CAP21, Eliza has developed and produced over one hundred new works (musicals and plays) for The CAP21 Theatre Company. In her capacity of Artistic Director, Dramaturge, and Producer, she has collaborated with many writers on new worksthat include; The Immigrant,(Stephen Alper, Sarah Knapp, Mark Harelik); moved to Denver Center Theater, Coconut Grove and New World Stages NYC, The 60’s Project (Janet Brenner and Richard Maltby) moved to Goodspeed, One Child Born-The Songs of Laura Nyro(Kate Ferber and Louis Greenstein) moved to Joe’s Pub and numerous venues in Philadelphia, The Daughters, a folk funk opera by Shaina Taub (Jonathan Larson winner), The Next Thing You Know (Ryan Cunningham and Joshua Salzman) winners of the 2013 Jonathan Larson Award, Cloaked (Danny Larson and Michelle Elliot, Jonathan Larson Award for both writers and Kleiban Award for Michelle Elliot) moved to The Village Theater, The Trouble With Doug (Daniel Mate and Will Aronson), chosen NAMT Festival, moved to Barrington Stage Co. and Daniel Mate received the Kleban Prize, Bigfoot And Other Lost Souls (Mark Hollmann and Adrien Royce), Soul On Vinyl (Fengar Gael and Dennis McCarthy); Southern Comfort by Julianne Wick Davis and Dan Collins was aNew York Times Critic’s Pick, chosen by The Advocate as one of the top ten New York Productions in 2011.The CAP21 Theatre Company production won the 2012 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater; Off Off Broadway. In 2012,the writers of Southern Comfort  won the Jonathan Larson Award, and were chosen for The NAMT Festival 2012 which led to production by The Barrington Stage Company.

Eliza has produced over 20 new musicals and plays as well as 9 Festivals of New Work for CAP21. Eliza developed the CAP21 Conservatory curriculum,she chaired the Conservatory Acting Department for a decade and has a distinguished teaching career in Acting. Off Broadway and representative regional theatre acting credits Include: Killing Louise opposite Rosemary Prinz (CAP21 Theatre Co.), Laughing Wild opposite Tom Riis Farrell (Capital Rep), Asylum (Naked Angels) Aspirin and Elephants (American Stage Co.), directed by Jim Dale, Police Boys (Playwrights Horizons), Brass Birds Don’t Sing opposite Harrison Young (Manhattan Theatre club), Andromache (Pearl Theater Co.), Evidence of Things Unseen (CAP21 Theatre Co.), Malice Aforethought (ChiswickTheatre Boston). Representative TV and Film principals: Second Thoughts opposite James Byrne, New York News opposite Gregory Harrison, Law and Order opposite Richard Brooks, New Candid Camera,As the World Turns, Days of Our Lives, Guiding light, The Cotton Club, and Prodigal Child opposite Anne Pitoniak.

Frank Ventura

FRANK VENTURA is the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21), an award winning non-profit Theatre Company and Conservatory dedicated to creating new work, developing new talent and building new audiences.

NEW YORK: BROADWAY: Period Movement, Etiquette & Choreography: The Winslow Boy (Roundabout Theatre Company), The Importance of Being Earnest (Roundabout Theatre Company), The New York Idea (The Atlantic Theatre Company), After Miss Julie (Roundabout Theater Company); Top Girls (Manhattan Theater Club); The Constant Wife (Roundabout Theater Company); Tartuffe (The Public Theater-Shakespeare in the Park); For The Shakespeare Theatre, D.C: The Heir Apparent, The Liar, The Way of The World; The Misanthrope (Classic Stage Company). Assistant Director: Annie Warbucks; Choreographer: Winchell (Broadway Workshop). OFF-BROADWAY:Director/Choreographer: Marrying George Clooney,Six of One, The Library, One Tough Cookie, and The Game. Choreographic Credits: Girl Crazy, Kiss Me Quick Before the Lava Reaches the Village, and The No-Frills Revue. ADDITIONAL NY/REGIONAL PRODUCTIONS: Director/Choreographer: Evita, Sweeney Todd, City of Angels, Wonderful Town, Godspell, Finian’s Rainbow, Carousel, Working, Jacques Brel, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy and Pippin. As a performer Frank appeared in the National Companies of Godspelland P. S. Your Cat is Dead.

Company Member of Chicago’s Free Street Theater. He has served as President of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, and holds a B.A. in Speech and Drama from Catholic University, as well as a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Acting from the Goodman School of Drama.Frank has served on the Faculties of CAP21, Grad Acting(NYU), and the Lee Strasberg Institute.


2014 Mock Audition Judges

  VICTORIA BUSSERT balances the professional and academic worlds dividing her time between an active career as an award-winning free-lance director while holding the positions of Director of Music Theatre for Baldwin Wallace University and Resident Director for Great Lakes Theatre. Nationally, her work has been seen at Manhattan Theatre Club, York Theatre, New World Stages, Goodspeed Opera, Playhouse Square, Portland Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Anchorage Opera, Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, Skylight Opera, Cleveland Opera and the Beck Center for the Arts among others. Her international credits include Friar Tuck in Russia, The Who's Tommy in Brazil, the Danish Premiere of Avenue Q (2012 Reumert Award Nomination) and the European Premieres of LIZZIE and [title of show] for the Fredericia Teater in Denmark. Recent productions include the award-winning SWEENEY TODD for Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theatre; CARRIE for the Beck Center for the Arts and the non-union regional premiere of MURDER BALLAD for Playhouse Square.
  MICHAEL O'FLAHERTY is in his 22nd season as Goodspeed’s Resident Music Director, having conducted 35 musicals at the Opera House and five at The Norma Terris Theatre. His musical arrangement credits include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Broadway), Reunion-A Musical Epic in Miniature, Carol Hall's To Whom It May Concern, and Red, Hot and Blue! (GOH and Paper Mill Playhouse). He has worked at North Shore Music Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Ford's Theatre, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, The Smithsonian Institution, and was the Musical Supervisor and Cabaret Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival for 11 years. Michael conducted the Goodspeed Musicals productions of By Jeeves and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on Broadway. His original musical Genesius, for which he wrote the music and lyrics, was recently showcased in NYC.


Sponsored in part by:

Adolph & Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation

The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre

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