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Advanced Master Class Series

Advanced Master Class Series

Performers ages 18 and older are invited to register for a series of 8 Master Classes taught over Zoom video chat by professional artists who have performed on the Goodspeed stage, in NYC, and around the country. Our Advanced Master Class Series will provide one-of-a-kind live, online instruction in various styles of musical theatre dance, acting, and vocal performance, in which you will gain new insight and perspectives, receive individualized feedback from our faculty, and connect with other artists around the country in a supportive environment.



Classes are limited to six or eight students per Master Class, depending on the format of the class. All classes will have a wait list once full, and additional class sessions may be added.

  • Registration Fee: $45 per student, per class
  • Upon registration, students will receive a link via email to join the class, along with further instructions for participation.


The Advanced Master Class Series will take place virtually over Zoom, a popular video chat software program. Registrants will be sent a link via email to join the class and will be held in a virtual “waiting room” until the class time begins. Each Master Class will be monitored by a member of Goodspeed’s Education Staff. For more information about the virtual class format, as well as helpful tips to set yourself up for success, please read the Virtual Master Class Safety & Security Tips at the bottom of this page!

JULY 1, 2021 | 6:30-8pm

Acting the Song with EJ Zimmerman

In this master class, EJ Zimmerman helps you transform into a character through lyric and musical analysis. Drawing on her background of playing rich and multi-dimensional characters such as Eponine in Les Miserables (Broadway), Nancy in Oliver! (Goodspeed), Christmas Eve in Avenue Q (National Tour), and Kim in Miss Saigon, she will guide registrants to their own unique interpretation of a character. This class will be conducted workshop-style, in which each registrant will present a song for the group and receive feedback from the instructor.

NOTE: Registrants for this class will be required to prepare a musical theatre song to work on with Ms. Zimmerman and should have a karaoke track of the song available to use during the class. If you need assistance finding an appropriate song or karaoke track, please contact Education Director Erin Coffey at ecoffey@goodspeed.org.

JULY 8, 2021 | 6:30-8pm

Audition Technique: Cold Reading with Brian Michael Hoffman

In this acting-focused audition workshop, Mr. Hoffman will prepare registrants for cold readings – performing a scene from a show with little or no preparation beforehand. He will demystify this aspect of auditioning by coaching students through techniques to quickly analyze a character and make bold choices that will help them stand out from the crowd.

BRIAN MICHAEL HOFFMAN starred as “Horton” in the Off-Broadway revival of Seussical and is thrilled to be a part of Goodspeed’s Master Class Series after his time in East Haddam last summer as “Jiggs Thomas” in Because of Winn Dixie, a role he also played in the Delaware Theatre Company and Alabama Shakespeare Festival productions. Favorite regional credits include “Seymour” (Little Shop of Horrors), “Patsy” (Spamalot), “Sancho” (Man of La Mancha), “Billis” (South Pacific), “Barfee” (The 25th… Spelling Bee), “Uncle Fester” (The Addams Family), “The Cowardly Lion” (The Wizard of Oz), “Czolgosz” (Assassins), “Charlie Brown” (You’re a Good Man...), “Filch” (The Threepenny Opera) and “Mr. Grimes” (On Borrowed Time, directed by Joel Grey). A graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and Syracuse University, Brian’s performed at theatres across the country including Madison Square Garden, 54 Below, Sacramento Music Circus, the MUNY, Maine State, Syracuse Stage, Marriott Lincolnshire, Ogunquit Playhouse, Pioneer, Ivoryton, Two River, Lyric Oklahoma, and Pittsburgh CLO. He led a barbershop quartet at Tokyo Disney Sea in Japan for 3 years, has performed in over 2,300 performances of ANNIE (some with Broadway’s original red-head, Andrea McArdle, and in the 2014 movie!) and can be heard on the SeussicalAnnie: 30th Anniversary, Annie 2 and The Dragonslayers cast recordings. Broadway/WBTA: Legally BlondeThe Royal FamilyBullets Over BroadwayThe Audience (starring Dame Helen Mirren), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (starring Audra McDonald), NBC’s Peter Pan Live & The Wiz LiveSNLSesame Street and HBO’s High Maintenancewww.brianmichaelhoffman.com

JULY 15, 2021 | 6:30-8pm

Vocal Performance with Cicily Daniels

Broadway veteran Cicily Daniels brings her vocal performance expertise to this master class focused on vocal technique, communicating meaning through melody, and interpreting a musical theatre score. With her breadth of experience on Broadway in shows such as Once on this Island, The Little Mermaid, All Shook Up, and RENT, as well as many Broadway National Tours, she will help registrants find their own voice and showcase their vocal skills with musical theatre repertoire.

JULY 22, 2021 | 6:30-8pm

Tap for Musical Theatre with Darien Crago

Tap has been part of the musical theatre since it became popularly known as “tap dance” a hundred years ago. This master class will explore rhythm, style, and characterization to expand your tap dance horizons!

NOTE: This class will not focus primarily on technique or learning tap vocabulary. Experience with tap dance recommended.

JULY 29, 2021 | 6:30-8pm

Audition Technique: Vocal Selections with Jake Swain

In Audition Technique: Vocal Selections, Jake Swain will help registrants dissect the many elements that make up a successful musical audition - from selection choice to physicality and musical interpretation - and use them to build a unique and captivating audition. Fresh from Broadway’s run of Mean Girls in which he played Tyler Kimball and understudied Aaron Samuels, Jake has also been seen on the Goodspeed stage as Will Parker in Oklahoma! and Harvey Johnson in Bye Bye Birdie.

NOTE: Registrants for this class will be required to prepare a musical theatre song to work on with Mr. Swain and should have a karaoke track of the song available to use during the class. If you need assistance finding an appropriate song or karaoke track, please contact Education Director Erin Coffey at ecoffey@goodspeed.org.

JAKE SWAIN Broadway: Mean Girls (Tyler Kimble, u/s Aaron Samuels). Regional: Oklahoma! (Will Parker) and Bye Bye Birdie (Harvey Johnson) at Goodspeed Opera House. National Tour: Elf The Musical. BFA in Acting, BYU. TV: “Hysterical Women.” Film: Cosmos Sisters, Zombied, Now Again, Nosebleedswww.jake-swain.com. IG: @jacobmonte

August 5, 2021 | 6:30-8pm

Ballet for Musical Theatre with Kelly Berman

From Agnes de Mille to Carousel revival choreographer Justin Peck, ballet has long been a staple of the musical theatre. With a background in classical ballet and a professional career in musical theatre, Kelly Berman (Goodspeed: Oklahoma!, The Music Man; Paper Mill: Cinderella) emphasizes storytelling with ballet movement in this master class.

KELLY BERMAN is beyond stoked to be back at the magical Goodspeed (even virtually from NYC)! Kelly has been teaching dance since she was 16 years old, ranging in styles such as theatre, ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. Since moving from her hometown of LA and graduating from the Boston Conservatory, she has worked professionally in theatre around the country. She was last seen here in Goodspeed’s production of The Music Man under the brilliant direction of Jenn Thompson (Dance Captain, U/S Marian, Ensemble). Other credits include Oklahoma! (Goodspeed), Cinderella (Papermill Playhouse) The Music Man (Muny), Holiday Inn (The Rev), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Ogunquit Playhouse). She is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and represented by Clear Talent Group. Special thanks to Erin Coffey and the community at Goodspeed for letting her be a part of this incredible program!

August 12, 2021 | 6:30-8pm

Acting with Authenticity with Matt Faucher

Acting with Authenticity focuses on preparing your performance as a character in a musical by using context clues to identify their objectives and tactics in a given moment and relating to the character honestly. Led by Matt Faucher, a Connecticut native, graduate of The Hartt School, and veteran of both Broadway and the Goodspeed’s stages, this master class is sure to help students develop rich and nuanced characters on stage.

NOTE: Students in this class will be required to perform a prepared piece. This piece should be a song or a monologue you know well and have memorized.

MATT FAUCHER was last seen at the Goodspeed Opera House as Jud Fry in OKLAHOMA! Winning the CT Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor for his performance. A CT native, Matt considers Goodspeed Musicals his theatrical home. He is a graduate of The Hartt School with a BFA in Acting. Matt has taught all ages from young students to seasoned professionals, most notably, in the masterclass format whilst on the National Tour of Beautiful: The Carol King Musical.  

Broadway: Beautiful: The Carol King Musical. National Tour: Beautiful. Off – Broadway: The Threepenny Opera (Macheath, Drama Desk nomination), I Am Harvey Milk at Avery Fisher Hall, Chekhov Dreams (Eddie). Regional: The Muny, Goodspeed Musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Asolo Rep, Northern Stage, Olney Theatre Center, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Flat Rock Playhouse and The Monomoy Theatre. TV: FBI: Most Wanted- CBS. Love to Brit. Follow: @the_fauch, mattfaucheractor.com.

AUG 19, 2021 | 6:30pm - 8pm

Dances of Mean Girls with Brittany Nicholas

From Broadway straight to you! Learn one of Broadway choreographer Casey Nicholaw’s dances from a member of the original cast of Mean Girls in this exciting new master class. Last seen on the Goodspeed stage as Alice in Bye Bye Birdie, Brittany Nicholas has performed on Broadway (Mean Girls, Billy Elliot), National Tours, and in regional theaters across the country. This fast-paced, unique movement style will keep you on your toes!


  • Before your class begins, be sure to set up your device so that the instructor can see you! If you are taking a dance class, make sure that your entire body is visible in the frame.
  • Wear clothes that allow you to move freely, and be sure to keep a water bottle nearby.
  • Choose a clearly lit area of your home with minimal background noise. Headphones may help with potential sound issues, including background noise, if available to the student.
  • These Virtual Master Classes are password protected. Only students taking the class will be admitted to the meeting. Please do not share meeting invitations outside of your household.
  • When joining the class, students will need to provide a Meeting ID name. Be sure to provide the name used on your registration form, otherwise you will not be able to join the Master Class.
  • Listen to your body! If something doesn’t feel right, stop and ask your instructor for help. Because they can’t be in the room with you, it’s important that you ask questions to ensure safe participation.
  • If you are taking a dance class, we recommend:
    • dancing on a smooth-surface floor;
    • clearing your dance space of furniture or any small objects that may create a trip hazard;
    • and wearing appropriate dance shoes if possible. Students taking Tap for Musical Theatre are encouraged to wear tap shoes if they have a tap board or other surface (like plywood) that can be scraped and scuffed. Otherwise, a flat-soled sneaker or dress shoe on a smooth-surface floor will also work for the purposes of this class.


Registrants who withdraw more than 2 weeks prior to the class are eligible for a full refund, excluding processing fees. Those who withdraw with at least 48 hours notice will receive a 50% refund, excluding processing fees. Withdrawals within 48 hours of the first class are not eligible for refunds.