Master Classes

Casa Mañana Studios offers Master Classes to students for the opportunity to learn from visiting Broadway professionals and guest artists. Past Master Class instructors include Richard Stafford, Eric Woodall, Hunter Foster, Casey Hushion, and Jason Robert Brown.



Eric Woodall | Audition Technique

Eric Woodall | Audition Technique

Learn audition technique from one of the top Broadway casting directors in New York, Eric Woodall (Tara Rubin Casting, CSA). Participants will each have the opportunity to perform 16-32 bars for Eric and receive feedback. (Students who would prefer to perform a monologue may do so.) There will also be an opportunity for Q&A.

Eric is an acclaimed director and casting director with Tara Rubin Casting in NYC, whose current Broadway credits include King Kong, Dreamgirls (upcoming), The Band’s Visit, Summer and Dear Evan Hansen. Current/recent productions on Broadway include Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s Aladdin, School of Rock, Falsettos, Cats, Miss Saigon, and Sunset Boulevard.

Date: Sunday, October 21
Times:
4:00-6:30
Ages:  12- Adult
Tuition:  $150 ($125 if currently enrolled at Casa Mañana Studios)

Grady McLeod Bowman | Dance Intensive

Grady McLeod Bowman | Dance Intensive

Class will begin with a warm-up focusing on technique, core strength, and flexibility. Then you’ll be taken through a combination of original choreography that encompasses technique, musicality, athleticism, agility, and story-telling.

Grady is a NYC-based choreographer & creative artist who Dance Magazine has called “exceptionally versatile” and “on the rise”. Most recently, he choreographed a portion of the finale for THE CHER SHOW on Broadway, served as Choreographer and Associate Director of the BIG APPLE CIRCUS, and choreographed his third original contemporary work at NC SCHOOL OF THE ARTS entitled Punch Drunk: This is Not a Love Story.

Other choreography credits include THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW (Off-Broadway), JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT (Drury Lane – Chicago), MY FAIR LADY (Olney Theatre – DC), A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN (Capital Rep, Barter Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, NC Theatre, Ivoryton Playhouse), GREASE (Gateway Playhouse), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Northern Stage), GODSPELL (Pace University), and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Cape Fear Regional Theatre).

Grady has worked as an Associate Director & Associate Choreographer alongside Tony award-winners Julie Andrews, Chris Gattelli, and Joe Mantello. Productions include DOGFIGHT (Second Stage – NY), BIG APPLE CIRCUS (NYC), A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN (Tour), IN YOUR ARMS (The Old Globe), TOP HAT (NY Developmental Lab), and THE GREAT AMERICAN MOUSICAL (Goodspeed Opera House).

As a performer, Grady was in the original Broadway companies of BILLY ELLIOT, SOUTH PACIFIC (2008 Revival), HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, WONDERLAND, and THE PIRATE QUEEN. He toured internationally with FOSSE and PILOBOLUS DANCE THEATRE and also appeared in the films FORREST GUMP and THE LAST FIVE YEARS.

Date: Saturday, November 17
Times:
10:00-11:30
Ages:  12- Adult (Intermediate and Advanced Dancers)
Tuition:  $150 ($125 if currently enrolled at Casa Mañana Studios)

Merrill West | Kickline Spectacular!

Merrill West | Kickline Spectacular!

Experience a class taught by a former member of the iconic Radio City Rockettes, and learn techniques and choreography inspired by the style of the Rockettes synchronized choreography as well as their world-famous kick line.

Merrill is a dancer, teacher and choreographer based in NYC for 20 yrs and originally from Fort Worth, Texas.  Her choreographic work at Casa Mañana includes Madagascar, Fiddler on the Roof Jr and the recent, Once Upon a Mattress.  She also serves as assistant Director/Choreographer to award winning Director/Choreographer, Karma Camp, at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  She is currently Adjunct Faculty in the TCU Theatre Department and has taught master classes for CCM, NYU, Towson University, ACU, OCU and The Radio City Rockettes.  As a performer, Merrill had the pleasure of being one of the world famous Radio City Rockettes for eight seasons and appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning revival of 42nd Street. She was also seen in the national tour of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. She has appeared on the Today Show, The David Letterman Show, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Tony Awards Broadcast. She is a featured performer on Broadway’s Lost Treasures DVD from PBS.  Her regional theatre credits are numerous and include a Helen Hayes Award for her appearance in the ensemble of Hello Dolly! at Ford’s Theatre in DC.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from New York University and is a proud member of Actors Equity association.

Date: Sunday, December 9
Times:
4:00-6:00
Ages:  12- Adult
Tuition:  $150 ($125 if currently enrolled at Casa Mañana Studios)


 

 

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