Musical Theater Master Classes

The ATMTC Master Class series gives students an opportunity to coach their repertoire of songs with top-flight individuals from Broadway and Regional Theatre. Students competitively audition for an opportunity to perform and work with the master teacher in a public forum. 


Upcoming Master Class Series

Grades 6+ | December 22 - 23, 2014, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Click here to register


Stage Combat with Jenny Male

ATMTC Academy is thrilled to hosting this ONE NIGHT ONLY Stage Combat Master Class with certified Society of American Fight Directors Teacher, Jenny Male! Favorite fight directing credits include The Fantasticks, A Lie of the Mind, Yellowman, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, Peter Pan, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Jenny coordinates the Theatre Program at HCC where she teaches Stage Combat, and is the Artistic Director of the epic outdoor drama Tecumseh!, located in Chillicothe, Ohio. Join Ms. Male for a special 2-hour intensive into the exciting world of fight choreography. Participants are asked to dress comfortably in sneakers and short sleeve tops. Space in this Master class is limited to 12 participants.


Bollywood Dance with Karen McLane

Bollywood is the Broadway-inspired genre of Indian film musicals. It’s iconic style of dance is derived from a mixture of numerous forms of dance including belly-dancing, kathak, Indian folk, Western popular, contemporary, and Broadway jazz. Karen McLane (Artistic Director of Ancient Rhythms Dance) has studied the art of Middle Eastern Dance for over twenty years and for one night at ATMTC Academy, will bestow her talents on anyone who wants to foray into the world of Bollywood Dance. Join Ms. McLane for a special 2-hour intensive of this glitzy and glamorous dance form that is sure to excite, inspire and get you hooked on Bollywood! Dress comfortably in ballet attire. Space in this class is limited to 18 participants.






Previous Musical Theater Master Classes Conducted By:

Stephen Schwartz (Broadway, Film Composer)
Mr. Schwartz is the Grammy and Academy Award winning Broadway and Film composer of Godspell, Pippin, The Baker’s Wife, and Children of Eden.  He has worked in film, collaborating with composer Alan Menken on the scores for the Disney animated features Pocahontas, for which he received two Academy Awards and another Grammy, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  He also provided songs for DreamWorks’ first animated feature, The Prince of Egypt, for which he won another Academy Award for the song “When You Believe.”  He recently collaborated with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s Enchanted.  Mr. Schwartz’s most recent musical, Wicked, opened in the fall of 2003 and is currently running on Broadway and in several other productions around the United States and the world.  Mr. Schwartz has recently been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Susan Jaffe (Prima Ballerina)

Ms. Jaffe is recognized as one of the leading ballerinas of her time.  She has performed in many Opera houses throughout Europe and the United States.  In 1980, at the invitation of Mikhail Baryshnikov, she joined American Ballet Theatre.  Her European engagements have included performances with The Royal Ballet, The Kirov Ballet, The Stuttgart Ballet, The Munich State Opera Ballet, La Scala Ballet in Milan, The Vienna State Opera Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, The Royal Swedish Ballet, and The English National Ballet.

Donna McKechnie (Broadway Star)
Ms. McKechnie is the Tony Award-winning star of A CHORUS LINE.  Her Broadway credits include: Follies, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; The Education of Hyman Kaplan; Sondheim - A Musical Tribute; On The Town; Promises, Promises; Company and State Fair for which she received the Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer for the 1995-1996 season.  She played the lead in Bob Fosse's last production, a national tour of Sweet Charity, for which she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.

Marvin Hamlisch (Broadway, Film Composer)
Mr. Hamlisch has won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards.  For Broadway,  he has written the music for his groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, which received the Pulitzer Prize as well as They’re Playing Our Song, The Goodbye Girl and Sweet Smell of Success.  He is the composer of more than forty motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for The Way We Were and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting, for which he received a third Oscar. His prolific output of scores for films include original compositions and/or musical adaptations for Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People, The Swimmer, Three Men and a Baby, Ice Castles, Take the Money and Run, Bananas, Save the Tiger, and his latest effort The Informant!, starring Matt Damon and directed by Steven Soderbergh.  Marvin Hamlisch holds the position of principal pops conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, Seattle Symphony and San Diego Symphony.  Mr. Hamlisch was Musical Director and arranger of Barbra Streisand’s 1994 concert tour of the U.S. and England as well as of the television special, Barbra Streisand: The Concert (for which he received two of his Emmys).  Hamlisch is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music.

Tova Feldshuh (Broadway & TV Star)
Ms. Feldshuh starred on Broadway in Irena’s Vow, Yentl, Saravà!,  Lend Me A Tenor, Golda’s Balcony, Cyrano (with Christopher Plummer), Rodgers and Hart and Dreyfus in Rehearsal.  She has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Obie, the Theatre World Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress.  On television, she received Emmy nominations for Holocaust and Law & Order. She starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in The Amazing Howard Hughes, James Woods in Citizen Cohn, Bill Cosby on The Cosby Mysteries and The Cosby Show and Richard Dreyfuss in The Education Of Max Bickford.   

Robin Lewis (Broadway Performer and Award-Winning Choreographer)

Robin Lewis  is a twelve year Broadway and national Broadway touring veteran. Credits include: Fosse, Dance Captain of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Dance Captain of A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Gardens. He toured with the first national tour of  The Producers with Jason Alexander and Martin Short in Hollywood.  He has toured in A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly, Beauty and the Beast, as well as performances at The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. He has been fortunate to work with some of the best American Broadway theatre director/choreographers from Susan Stroman, Ann Reinking, Herbert Ross, Rob Marshall and Jerry Mitchell.   He is a guest teacher nationally and has taught at American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, The Performing Arts Project, Broadway Dreams Foundation, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, US Performing Arts Camp, McCarter Theater, Broadway Theatre Project, University of Texas, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, University of Colorado, University of Alabama in Birmingham, Oklahoma University, Camp Broadway, Broadway Classroom in NYC, and many others.  He is a member of Actors Equity Association and Musical Theater Educators Alliance and is current faculty member at Rider University.

Parker Esse (Choreographer)
Mr. Esse received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production for Arena Stage’s critically acclaimed production of Oklahoma.  At Arena Stage, he also choreographed Christmas Carol 1941, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Light in the Piazza and assistant choreographer/performer for South Pacific (Helen Hayes nomination), Camelot, Damn Yankees and Animal Crackers at Arena Stage.  He also choreographed the world premiere of Katie Couric’s The Brand New Kid (Kennedy Center).  Mr. Esse served as associate choreographer for the Tony-nominated revival of Finian’s Rainbow (Broadway); A Tale of Two Cities (Broadway); 101 Dalmatians (national tour); and for Finian’s Rainbow, On the Town and Girl Crazy (N.Y. City Center’s Encores!). He was associate director/choreographer for Lucky Guy (Goodspeed) and assistant choreographer for Stairway to Paradise and Juno (N.Y. City Center’s Encores!); Mame (Kennedy Center); Dancing in the Dark (Old Globe); Mack and Mabel (Shaw Festival Canada); Pirates! and Babes in Arms (Goodspeed); Pirates! (Paper Mill); and the film Deception, starring Hugh Jackman. As performer, Mr. Esse was featured in Fosse (Broadway) with Ben Vereen, Bebe Neuwirth and Ann Reinking.

Natascia Diaz

Broadway: Man Of La Mancha (Antonia, Aldonza u/s), Seussical. Natascia is featured in the acclaimed documentary, Every Little Step.   Nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her performances in two different musicals in two different states; a St. Louis Critics Award nom for Velma in Chicago, and a DC Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for Jacques Brel.... 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, in a tie with theatre legend Chita Rivera, for her performance in Rooms. Her work in the Public Theatre’s The Capeman, directed by Diane Paulus, the New York Times lauded as, “heart breaking; one of the most magnetic musical theatre performances of the year”.

Baakari Wilder
from the original cast of “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk” on Broadway and replaced Savion Glover.  At the age of 12, Baakari opened for tap legends Harold Nicholas, Sandman Sims, and Brenda Bufalino at the Kennedy Center. At 15, he won the Steve Condos Award which granted him a scholarship to one of the first American tap festivals, in Boulder, Colorado. At 18, Baakari did his first tap dance recording for the series "Making The Music," with the legendary Jazz artist Wynton Marsalis.  His dancing has delighted audiences in places such as the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz @ Lincoln Center. He has shown his versatility as an actor with performances at Folger's Shakespeare Theater and Bowie State University. Baakari has a list of television appearances to his credit, as a dancer (Jazz Central on BET, Savion Glover on BRAVO), an actor (Homicide on NBC), and guest (The Today Show, Rosie O'Donnell, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The 1996 and 1997 Tony Awards). He also appeared as a dancer in Spike Lee's film "Bamboozled."  Baakari studied tap under Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Honi Coles, and Maurice Hines.

Anthony Abeson (Acting Coach)
Anthony Abeson's actor-training is an amalgam of his work with Peter Brook at the Centre International du Recherche Theatrale, Paris; Jerzy Grotowski at the Instytut Aktora, Wroclaw and Brzezinka, Poland and the Centre Dramatique National du Sud-Est, Aix-en-Provence, France; Lee Strasberg and Harold Clurman as a member of the Directors Unit of the Actors Studio and Stella Adler at the Stella Adler Conservatory, New York.  Anthony has conducted group acting classes and private coaching for actors for over twenty-five years in New York and is thrilled that so many of his students have gone on to successful careers in film and television, including Jennifer Aniston, Ellen Pompeo, Esai Morales, Lisa Vidal, Cedric Sanders, Ana Ortiz and Jim Breuer.

Lane Napper (TV Actor)
Lane Napper's acting career began in 1997 with a cameo in the show Cosby, where he played a Tap Dancer.  He continued with several short appearances in TV shows like Nikki, Drake & Josh and iCarly. Parallel to his acting career, he also worked undercover as a dialogue coach (Zoey 101, Drake & Josh and iCarly) and as a choreographer (Dan Schneider productions and others).
Lane Napper currently stars in various episodes of the hit TV show Victorious on Nickelodeon as the Hollywood Arts' guidance counselor.





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