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Kids Company Private Studio

Kids Company Private Studio

Train with Goodspeed Teaching Artists individually and at your own pace! The new Kids Company Private Studio provides students ages 7-18 with the opportunity to receive one-on-one voice, dance, and monologue coaching from members of the Kids Company faculty. Whether your young performer is looking to polish up a monologue for an upcoming audition, perfect their jazz technique, or gain confidence in their vocal abilities, the Kids Company Private Studio will give them the tools that they need to succeed.

CLASSES

Kids Company Private Studio sessions will take place over Zoom, a popular video chat software program. Students 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 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 students up for success, please read the Virtual Private Studio Safety & Security Tips at the bottom of this page!

Session 1: September 14 - October 23
Session 2: October 26 - December 11

REGISTRATION

Classes are limited to one student per Private Studio session. Private Studio schedules are determined on an individual basis and are subject to the instructor’s availability. Private Studio students meet with their instructors once a week.

Registration Fees:

  • 30 minute session: $165 for six sessions
  • 45 minute session: $225 for six sessions*

Upon registration, students will receive a link via email to join the class, along with further instructions for participation.

*Available to students ages 13-18 only.

INTRODUCING COURSESTORM

We are excited to announce our new online class registration system, CourseStorm! Now, you will be able to register for all Goodspeed Education classes, workshops, and events online at your convenience.

Features You’ll Love:

  • Family and student profiles that allow you to securely save information within CourseStorm to make registration faster and more efficient in the future. If you have multiple children, this feature allows you to register them for programs all at once. 
  • The shopping cart helps you stay organized and register for more than one event at a time. 
  • Automated payment plans for semester-long classes. 

Click the button below to register for Virtual Ensembles online!

And, as always, if you have any questions about this new system or any of our educational opportunities, you can contact us at education@goodspeed.org.


MEET THE VIRTUAL ENSEMBLES FACULTY

ERIN COFFEY (Dance Instructor)is the Education Director at Goodspeed Musicals. For the past 8 years, Erin has worked as an educator in the fields of dance, musical theatre, and creative drama as well as a choreographer in regional, community, and educational theatre. She began her teaching career in San Jose, California and has since had the pleasure of working with students in Marin County, California (Marin Theatre Company); Syracuse, New York (Redhouse Arts Center); Middletown, Connecticut (Goodspeed Musicals & Oddfellows Playhouse); Quincy, Illinois (Quincy Community Theatre); Chinandega, Nicaragua (Teatro Catalina), and Monteverde, Costa Rica (Far Corners Community Musical Theatre). From 2014 to 2016, Erin was the Resident Choreographer at Redhouse Arts Center; some of her favorite Redhouse credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeA Man of No Importance*, Seussical13Big FishDreamgirls*, and Ragtime. Other favorite choreography credits include: Oliver!Little Shop of HorrorsThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (FCCMT – Central American/Bilingual Premieres), and Gypsy: A Musical Fable. Favorite performance credits include: Crimes of the Heart* (Meg), Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens (Joanne), Cabaret (Rosie), and Carousel (Featured Soloist). (*Indicates SALT Award Nomination) www.erinlafferty.net

Elizabeth GuilbertELIZABETH GUILBERT (Monologue Instructor) is thrilled to be serving as the acting instructor for Goodspeed’s Kids Company Academy. Prior to joining the staff of Goodspeed Musicals, Elizabeth completed two postgraduate Education Apprenticeships at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey and Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. As a teaching artist, she has had the opportunity to work with students of all ages and backgrounds, from elementary school to senior citizens, and specializes in scene study, creative drama, playwriting, and devised work. She has served as an assistant director and dramaturg for Onstage Seniors and Faces of Change, two documentary theatre projects that creates a fully realized theatrical work from personal stories and interviews with the Princeton and Sarasota communities. In addition to her work in the classroom, Elizabeth works full time at Goodspeed Musicals as the Education Assistant, where she aids in the running of educational programming for students and arts professionals alike. Elizabeth is a proud graduate of Loyola University Chicago.

Spencer ReeseSPENCER REESE (Vocal Instructorrecently completed his Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in voice at the University of Connecticut, where he studied with Connie Rock. Born and raised in Enfield, he also holds a bachelor’s degree in voice from UConn and a master’s degree in stage directing from the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student of Steven Daigle. He developed his passion for teaching at Eastman, and in his return to UConn oversaw the opera studio as well as all outreach productions and programs. Equally at home in the styles of musical theatre, operetta, and opera, he will also serve as the Artistic Director for the Connecticut Gilbert and Sullivan Society for their 2019 season. He has spent the last six summers in Wooster, Ohio where he is a resident artist with the Ohio Light Opera for their seven-show repertory season. Also an active performer, recent highlights include Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain, Georg Nowack in She Loves Me, Danny Churchill in Gershwin’s Girl Crazy, Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, and Billy Crocker in Anything Goes. When not teaching or singing, Spencer enjoys competing as a ballroom dancer.


VIRTUAL ENSEMBLES SAFETY & SECURITY TIPS

  • 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 clases 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 class in progress.
  • 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.