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Goodspeed Audition Boot Camp in NYC

Goodspeed Audition Boot Camp in NYC

Sept 7 - 9, 2018
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.

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Goodspeed Musicals Audition Boot Camp

Application Deadline: August 23, 2018 
• Notification of Acceptance: August 27, 2018
• Upon acceptance, the remaining $400 balance of the registration fee will be due by August 31, 2018.



Friday, Sept 7
6:00pm to 8:00pm   

Saturday, Sept 8
9:00am to 8:30pm 

Sunday, Sept 9
9:00am to 7:00pm


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


*2018 Teaching Artists Will be announced shortly

Jenn Thompson ACTING COACH: JENN THOMPSON returned to Goodspeed this summer to direct Oklahoma! after directing last season'sBye Bye Birdie (recently nominated for 5 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding Director & Musical). Recent credits include the Off-Broadway world-premiere play The Gravedigger's Lullaby; The Secret Garden at Denver Center; and 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 Memorandum, The Late Christopher Bean, Bedroom 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 (Denver Center Theatre); Grounded (City Theatre Pittsburgh); Abundance (Hartford Stage, Connecticut Critics Circle nomination: Outstanding Director); The Syringa Tree (Portland Stage Company); All in the Timing, Noises Off, Barefoot 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 (just down the river from East Haddam), where she directed Damn Yankees, The 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.
 David Chase SONG COACH: DAVID CHASE has been Music Director/Music Supervisor and Arranger for the Broadway productions of Finding Neverland, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Nice Work if You Can Get It, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Billy Elliot, The Pajama Game, Flower Drum Song, The Music Man, Little Me, Side Show, and Damn Yankees. In addition, David has served as dance arranger for 27 Broadway shows (recently: Hello, Dolly and Anastasia)Other New York credits include Music Director of House of Flowers (Encores!) and six seasons as Music Director and Arranger for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. In London’s West End, Chase was Dance Arranger for productions of Evita and Guys and Dolls. He has spent three seasons at the Lyric Opera of Chicago conducting Carousel, The King and I, and My Fair Lady. Beyond the theater, he has also arranged and orchestrated for the Boston Pops, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Honors, Essential Voices USA, and the Bobby Darin biopic Beyond the Sea. He has two Grammy nominations as Music Director (and Arranger) of NBC’s live telecasts of The Sound of Music and Peter Pan, and a Grammy nomination as producer of the cast album of Nice Work. At Goodspeed: rehearsal pianist for Pal Joey (1990) and Music Supervisor/Orchestrator for My Paris (Chester, 2015). Music training: Harvard Biology degree.
Kelli Barclay CHOREOGRAPHER: KELLI BARCLAY NYC: Pipe Dream at City Center's Encores!, Camelot in Concert starring Jeremy Irons, Oscar Hammerstein Awards salute to Carol Channing. NYMF: Himself and Nora, Hurricane the Musical, My History of Marriage. Goodspeed Musicals: Anything Goes; Damn Yankees; Hello, Dolly!; My One and Only (CT Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography); How to Succeed in Business...(CT CC Award nom.) and Hello My Baby at The Terris Theatre. MUNY: Bye Bye Birdie, Singin’ in the Rain (Kevin Kline Award), Beauty and the Beast, 42nd Street, 50 Years of Muny Magic, and White Christmas. Feature film: Made for Each Other. Associate Choreographer on Broadway: 42nd Street (Revival), Irving Berlin's White Christmas, State Fair, Ain't Broadway Grand. Associate Choreographer on four City Center Encores! productions. Asst. Choreographer: Radio City's Christmas Spectacular Detroit MI. Original ballets: Angels Among Us featuring NY Times best selling author Alma Daniel. Extensive teaching in all forms of dance including as a member of the faculty of American Ballet Theater's Dance Intensive in NYC.
Kristyn Pope DANCE ASSISTANT: KRISTYN POPE excited to be a part of the Goodspeed Audition Boot Camp and is thrilled to be working alongside Josh, Kelli, and Paul! Her NYC performing credits include: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette/Swing) and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, as well as the City Center Encores! productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Lady Be Good, and The New Yorkers. Kristyn has also performed in various regional musical theatre productions, including 42nd Street; My One and Only; and Hello, Dolly! at Goodspeed. Her teaching experience includes subbing/instructing classes for groups at Broadway Dance Center and leading classes/mock auditions for the Rockette Experience. She has also served as an adjudicator and taught Master Classes for dance studios/organizations throughout the United States, including Dance Masters, Encore Dance Competition, the Victoria Theatre Association, The Des Moines Performing Arts Center, the Hippodrome Foundation, Playhouse Square (Cleveland, OH), Oklahoma City University, Point Park University, Indiana University, and Nebraska High School Theatre Awards. Kristyn holds a BA in Psychology from Northwestern University.
  CASTING DIRECTOR: PAUL HARDT is happy to continue his 14-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,Pippin, Chicago The Musical, La 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 Story, The Band Wagon, Carnegie Hall Sings, Pageant; West End/UK: West Side Story, Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory. Tours: Finding Neverland, Into the Woods, The Bodyguard, Once, Shrek, Elf, Flashdance, Anything 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 Nagy

TALENT 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: 1984; Anastasia; Bandstand; Beautiful; A Bronx Tale; Cats; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Chicago; Frozen; Groundhog Day; Hello, Dolly!; Mean Girls; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; The Phantom of the Opera; Spongebob Squarepants; and Time and The Conways. National Tours: An American in Paris, The Bodyguard, The Book of Mormon, The Color Purple, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, Finding Neverland, Hamilton, On Your Feet, The Phantom of the Opera, School 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.

  AUDITION ADJUDICATOR: BOB ALWINE joined the Goodspeed producing team as Associate Producer in 2002. He established the Goodspeed National Touring initiative, featuring productions of Pippin and The Boy Friend directed by Julie Andrews. Previously, he worked as the Associate Managing Director of The Old Globe in San Diego, CA and the Director of Programming for The Ordway Center in St. Paul, MN. Bob holds an MFA in Theater Management and Producing from Columbia University and was a recipient of an NEA Award in musical theater producing. He has just been named to serve a three-year term as a member of the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. He is a theater panelist for the Princess Grace Awards in Theater and a former board member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, where he served on the festival selection committee.
Christopher McGovern  ACCOMPANIST: 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 Tracks, Live), 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 McMahon ACCOMPANIST: 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.
Madeleine Doherty GUEST SPEAKER: MADELEINE DOHERTY Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (original cast): Grandma Georgina; The Producers: (original cast) Hold-Me-Touch-Me, A Christmas Carol: (original cast); Sister Act (original cast) Sister Mary Theresa; Les Miserable: Mme. Thenadier, Dance Captain; Gigi: (original cast revival) u/ s Mamita/Alicia. Regional: The Guthrie Theater, The Goodspeed (Emmet Otters Jugband Christmas: Mrs. Mink. Somethings Afoot: u/s Miss Tweed and Lady Manley-Prowe and Dance Captain. La Cage aux Folles: Madame Renaud, u/s Jacqueline and Marie), Pittsburg Civic Light Opera, Sacramento Music Circus, Kansas City Starlight, North Shore Music Theater, Hollywood Bowl, The York Theater and more. National Tours: Flashdance: Hannah, The Pirates Of Penzance: Edith, 25th Anniversary of Stop The World starring Anthony Newley, 101 Dalmatians and 9 to 5. Next Broadway show: Half Time written by the late Marvin Hamlisch directed by Jerry Mitchell, true story about a senior citizens hip hop dance group.

The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre