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Goodspeed Audition Boot Camp in NYC

Goodspeed Audition Boot Camp in NYC

Fall 2019
Pearl Studios, New York City


Step up your audition game! Goodspeed’s Audition Boot Camp is an intensive weekend designed to help you prepare a cohesive and memorable musical theatre audition tailored to your personal strengths and goals. Held in New York City, this program is led by industry professionals who will help you succeed in the audition room.

Whether you’re an early-career or veteran actor, Goodspeed’s Audition Boot Camp will give you an audition tune-up and help you find the right material for your musical theatre auditions. This is a unique opportunity to hone your musical theatre audition skills in a safe, judgment-free environment, receive individualized feedback on your audition, connect with industry professionals, and receive audition material suggestions selected specifically for you. Goodspeed's Audition Boot Camp is an unintimidating way to take your musical theatre audition to the next level and advance your career.

If you have any questions or would like to receive information about future programs in a variety of subjects, please contact Erin Lafferty at 860.873.8664 x521 or elafferty@goodspeed.org .


Registration is currently closed. If you'd like to be added to our email list to find out when registration is open, please contact Erin Lafferty: elafferty@goodspeed.org 


Pearl Studios: 500 Eighth Ave, 3rd Floor, Room 309, New York City

The Program Includes

  • Professional teaching artists and special guests active in casting
  • Mock singer audition with individualized feedback from a casting director, voice coach, and other industry professionals
  • Mock dance audition with feedback from a professional choreographer   
  • Individualized attention and support
  • More than 24 total hours of program time
  • Panel discussions on musical theatre auditioning with a casting director, director, agent, and other industry professionals
  • Assistance choosing appropriate audition material
  • A session on personal branding and marketing for actors
  • Q&A sessions with instructors and special guests
  • Lunch is included in the registration fee
  • Only 20 applicants will be accepted


Jenn ThompsonACTING COACH: JENN THOMPSON most recently directed Anne of Green Gables: A New Folk Rock Musical at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. Her Goodspeed credits include Oklahoma! and Bye Bye Birdie. Ms. Thompson also directed the celebrated production of The Secret Garden at Denver Center for the Performing Arts. NYC credits include the world-premiere, Off -Broadway play The Gravedigger's Lullaby for TACT as well as the Mint Theatre Company's Women Without Men, which garnered 2016 Lortel and Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominations for Outstanding Revival; as well as 5 Drama Desk Award nominations, including Outstanding Director and Revival. Jenn served as Co-Artistic Director of Off-Broadway's TACT from 2011 to 2015, directing the critically acclaimed productions of Abundance (2015 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival), Natural Affection Lost in Yonkers (2012 Drama Desk Nomination), The MemorandumThe Late Christopher BeanBedroom Farce, and The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. Other NY theatre: NYC premiere of Pratfalls (The Abingdon), the world-premiere musical Seeing Stars(NYMF), Badge (Rattlestick), The Brilliance of Bernstein (AMP), and Big Doolie (FringeNYC). Regional credits include Angel Street (St. Louis Rep); Tribes and Lost in Yonkers (Barrington Stage Company); Peter and the Starcatcher and The Philadelphia Story (Pioneer Theatre Company); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (DCPA); Grounded (City Theatre Pittsburgh); Abundance (Hartford Stage - 4 Connecticut Critics Circle nominations including: Outstanding Director & Play); The Syringa Tree (Portland Stage Company); All in the TimingNoises OffBarefoot in the Park, and Boeing-Boeing (Dorset Theatre Festival, where she is a Resident Director); as well as 19 seasons with Connecticut’s award-winning River Rep at the Ivoryton Playhouse, where she directed Damn YankeesThe Heiress, and Dinner with Friends, among others. A 2012 finalist for the SDC’s Joe A. Callaway Award for Excellence in Directing, Jenn is married to actor Stephen Kunken and mom to Naomi. jennthompsondirector.com

Patrick VaccarielloSONG COACH: PATRICK VACCARIELLO Credits include: On Your Feet (Broadway, 2015: Music Coordinator; US Tour, 2017: Music Coordinator); Kiss Me, Kate (Roundabout, 2016: Music Director); Cabaret (Broadway, 2014: Music Director; US Tour, 2016: Music Supervisor and Vocal Arranger; Broadway, 1998: Musical Director); Annie (Broadway, 2012: Musical Coordinator); Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway(Broadway, 2011: Music Director); Come Fly Away (Broadway, 2010: Musical Supervior); West Side Story (Broadway, 2009: Musical Director, Conductor, Musical Supervisor); A Chorus Line (Broadway, 2006: Conductor, Musical Supervisor, Musical Director; US Tour, 2008: Musical Supervisor; Off-Broadway, 2018: Music Director); Gypsy (Broadway, 2003: Musical Supervisor; Broadway, 2008: Musical Director, Conductor); La Cage aux Folles (Broadway, 2004: Conductor, Musical Director); The Boy From Oz (Broadway, 2003: Conductor, Musical Director); Dance of the Vampires (Broadway, 2002: Conductor, Musical Director); Passion (Kennedy Center, 2002: Musical Director); Jesus Christ Superstar(Broadway, 2000: Conductor, Musical Director); 70, Girls, 70 (Off-Broadway, 2000: Musical Director); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Broadway, 1993: Conductor, Musical Director)

James GrayCHOREOGRAPHER: JAMES GRAY choreographed Goodspeed's hit 2018 production of Oliver!. He recently choreographed the movie Humor Me, staged the Emmy Award-winning special AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks, and directed and choreographed Peg O’ My Heart, the Musical for MITF. James has worked closely with Susan Stroman as her associate choreographer/director on many projects, including The ProducersYoung FrankensteinBullets Over BroadwayThe Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville at ART, and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Fatwa the Musical starring Lin-Manuel Miranda. For the past two years, he has worked with Hal Prince and Susan Stroman on Prince of Broadway (Tokyo and Broadway). www.jamesgray.biz. This production is dedicated to Margery Beddow and Todd Jackson.

Paul HardtCASTING DIRECTOR: PAUL HARDT is happy to continue his 15-year relationship with Goodspeed and pleased to join the casting office of Duncan Stewart CSA & Benton Whitley CSA. Broadway/NY: The Great Comet (Josh Groban), On the Town,PippinChicago The MusicalLa Cage aux Folles, August Osage County, West Side Story, Come Fly Away, Hot Feet, Grey Gardens (Betty Buckley), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Carnegie Hall West Side StoryThe Band Wagon, Carnegie Hall Sings, Pageant; West End/UK: West Side StoryThriller Live, Menier Chocolate FactoryTours: Finding NeverlandInto the WoodsThe BodyguardOnce, Shrek, Elf, FlashdanceAnything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, The Duck Commander Musical, We Will Rock You. Upcoming: View From The Bridge (Alley Theatre), Sondheim on Sondheim (Gustavo Dudamel – Hollywood Bowl/LA Phil), Prince of Egypt (Stephen Schwartz), Hadestown (Rachel Chavkin), Man in the Ceiling (Andrew Lippa), As You Like It (John Doyle), Waterfall (Maltby/Shire), August Rush (John Doyle). CSA Artios Awards Winner. stewartwhitley.com

Mikey NagyTALENT AGENT FROM THE KRASNY OFFICE: MIKEY NAGY At this boutique talent agency for almost six years, Mikey is a full-service agent representing his clients for film, TV, theater, commercial, voiceover, industrial, and print. Clients currently running on Broadway or opening this season: 1984AnastasiaBandstandBeautifulA Bronx TaleCatsCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryChicagoFrozenGroundhog DayHello, Dolly!Mean GirlsNatasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812The Phantom of the OperaSpongebob Squarepants; and Time and The Conways. National Tours: An American in ParisThe BodyguardThe Book of MormonThe Color PurpleA Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and MurderFinding NeverlandHamiltonOn Your FeetThe Phantom of the OperaSchool of Rock, and Wicked, as well as The Book of Mormon in London. Clients are also in many Off-Broadway and Regional Theatre productions across the country. Besides theatre, clients have booked films, commercials, voiceovers, print, and about every episodic cast out of NYC. Mikey holds a BFA in Musical Theatre, Minor in Piano from Shenandoah Conservatory.

Christopher McGovernACCOMPANIST: CHRISTOPHER McGOVERN has accompanied Tony Award winners Heather Headley, Rupert Homes, Jason Alexander, Cady Huffman, Steve Kazee, Randy Graff and Stephanie Mills. He was the Musical Director and pianist for the recent New York concert revival of Jerry Herman’s Dear World starring Tony winner Tyne Daly. Additional concert work includes appearances with Tony nominees Alison Fraser, Max Von Essen, Orfeh, Stephanie J. Block, Liz Callaway and Tovah Feldshuh. Christopher is the long-time pianist and arranger for the original Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, Tony nominee Susan Egan, including several national tours and a performance at Carnegie Hall. His songs have been featured on CDs he produced for Ms. Egan (Coffee HouseWinter TracksLive), as well as Tony nominees Rebecca Luker (Leaving Home) and Alison Fraser (Men In My Life), and original Rent cast member Gilles Chiasson (Slow Down). Theatrical writing credits include the libretto and score for Lizzie Borden(Goodspeed Musicals); arrangements, music and lyrics for the Award-winning Cagney (Off Broadway); libretto, original songs and dance arrangements for the hit regional musical Backwards In High Heels and several songs for Disney Worldwide Entertainment, including the world premiere original castle projection show Let The Memories Begin for both US parks, and "Once Upon A Time" (recently featured in the castle show in Orlando). Christopher has taught master classes in audition technique and song interpretation in several American universities including Texas Christian University of Arizona and University of Miami, as well as a special concert/master class appearance with Susan Egan at the Teatro Astral in Buenos Aries. He is a adjunct faculty at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

John McMahonACCOMPANIST: JOHN McMAHON’s credits include the Broadway production of Prince of Central Park, and the revival of the Gershwin musical Oh! Kay! Off-Broadway, he was heard playing for the hit musical Ruthless! and the revue Whoop Dee Doo! A frequent audition and rehearsal pianist, he tours his one-man, all-booze cabaret act Bottoms Up! throughout the East Coast. He directed the original revue of the music of Rick Crom's Absolutely Rude!, and musical directed his Star Trek parody musical Space Trek. His musicals include Satan’s School For Girls, which was nominated for a Jeffrey Award for its sold out run at The Circle Theater in Chicago, Friends Like These (loosely based on Sax And The City) and Love And Other Fables (… about the famed fabulist Aesop), which received a concert performance at Feinstein’s 54 Below in April.

The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre