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All classes are 9:30am - 12:30pm
Hip Hop Shakespeare!
Monday, July 15th
In this fun, interactive workshop, participants will explore the similarities between the language of Shakespeare and modern-day hip hop and rap. Using examples from Shakespeare’s plays, Hamilton and the contemporary music scene, students will discover there are a lot more similarities in the language and style of these two art forms that they might think!
TEACHING ARTIST: Bay Street Theater's Director of Education & Community Outreach, Allen O'Reilly
Allen O’Reilly has been an educator and professional actor for over thirty years. He has served as Artistic Director at Young Audiences of Atlanta, Education Director at Georgia Shakespeare and most recently Education Programs Manager at Cleveland Play House. While at Georgia Shakespeare, Allen directed touring productions of: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In addition, for Georgia Shakespeare’s Children’s Theater Allen directed Jungle Book, The Frog Prince, The Emperor and The Nightingale and Mighty Myths and Legends! In 2005, Allen directed and co-wrote a bi-lingual elementary tour in Spanish entitled Miguel’s Shakespearean Adventure! At Cleveland Play House, Allen directed Kicked! An anti-bullying piece that toured Northeast Ohio; Allen was also instrumental in the establishment of CPH Academy, an acting academy for youth and adults while at Cleveland Play House. Allen has acted at Cleveland Play House, Geva Theatre. Clarence Brown and the Alliance Theatre and was an associate artist at Georgia Shakespeare for twenty-four seasons. TV/film credits include: Sleepy Hollow, TURN: Washington’s Spies, Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius, The Assassin’s Code and Anhedonia.
Monday, July 29th
Gain first-hand experience analyzing and experimenting with a classic scene from Shakespeare. Students will work with a teaching artist in tackling the language and meter as well as characterization and stage directions of The Bard’s most well-known works.
TEACHING ARTIST: Julia Motyka
Julia is an actress, producer, writer, and teacher with a national reputation and over fifteen years of professional experience. As a performer she has appeared on the Bay Street stage in Travesties and Intimate Apparel. She’s appeared Off Broadway in the World Premieres of We Got Issues (Exec. Prod. Eve Ensler and Jane Fonda), Obama 44, The Last Starfighter: the Musical; and The Golden Ladder. Some other notable NY Reading and Workshop Credits include work for Second Stage, Roundabout, Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Directors Company, Abingdon Theatre Company, Mabou Mines, ART, among others. Additional regional credits include: The Folger Theatre, The Alley, The Denver Theatre Center, The Pioneer Theatre, The Rubicon, TheatreWorks (Palo Alto), San Francisco, Colorado, and Marin Shakespeare Festivals. She has won performance awards in San Francisco and Denver, and been nominated in Los Angeles. Film: Crosseye, The Kindergarten Shuffle, In The Family. She is also a writer and Audiobook narrator.
As an activist and educator, Julia has developed programming for The Trinity School NYC, The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and The Cripple Creek School District. In partnership with the Hastings Youth Council (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY), Julia created “Living Shakespeare”. With participants’ ages ranging from 7-18, the program ran for 4 years and served nearly 100 children in its final session alone. Proud ASTEP volunteer. She’s been a guest teaching artist for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. She was Bay Street’s Interim Director of Education from 2014-15.
Musical Theater Audition with Scott Schwartz
Friday, August 2
Bay Street’s Artistic Director Scott Schwartz, will work with teen musical theater performers on two song selections during the workshop.
Participants should bring in both an up-tempo selection and a ballad, accompaniment will be provided. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain the insights of one of the nation’s leading practitioners of musical theater!
TEACHING ARTIST: Scott Schwartz
Scott Schwartz is the Artistic Director of Bay Street Theater. Most recently, he directed the world premiere of the new musical The Prince of Egypt at both TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in California and at Fredericia Teater in Denmark. As a director, he has worked on and off-Broadway, in major regional theaters across the country, and in the UK and Japan. On Broadway, he directed Golda’s Balcony and Jane Eyre (co-directed with John Caird). Off-Broadway, he directed Murder for Two, Bat Boy: The Musical (Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; Drama Desk Award nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), tick, tick…BOOM! (OCC, Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), Gigantic (Vineyard), The Foreigner (Roundabout), Rooms: A Rock Romance, Kafka’s The Castle (OCC nomination, Outstanding Director of a Play), and No Way to Treat a Lady. At New York City Opera he directed Séance on a Wet Afternoon. The regional theaters he has worked at include ACT, Alley, Alliance Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Center, The Geffen, Goodspeed Opera House, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Signature, Theatre Under the Stars, and Westport Country Playhouse among others. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a graduate of Harvard University.
Making a Monologue
Monday, August 5th
Students will learn the fundamentals of playwriting with examples from both classic and contemporary plays as they write and perform their very own monologue for an original character of their own creation!
TEACHING ARTIST: Star and writer of Bay Street's The Prompter, Wade Dooley
Wade Dooley is a writer/actor living in Jackson Heights, Queens. Some favorite writing credits include Broadway Bares: Rock Hard, On Demand, and Strip U with co-writer Hunter Bell, Stars in the Alley with host Tituss Burgess, The Diary of a Dancer (Best Solo Show 2010 DC Fringe Fest). Wade is an alumnus of Running Deer Theatre Lab, Goodspeed’s Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, Finger Lake’s Musical Theatre Festival’s The PiTCH. As an actor, some favorite credits include Film: The Last Five Years. Theatre: NEWSical The Musical, The Awesome 80s Prom, La Cage Aux Folles, The Roar of the Greasepaint-The Smell of the Crowd. Tour: Jersey Boys, The Trip to Bountiful, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Wade is represented by Ben Izzo at Abrams Artists Agency. He is a graduate of Bradley University.
Play Analysis/Scene Study
Monday, August 12th
In this class, students will work with Bay Street Theater’s Associate Artistic Director in analyzing a classic scene both on page and on the stage. Students will gain an understanding of scene structure and characterization and how these analyses are conveyed on stage.
TEACHING ARTIST: Bay Street's Associate Artistic Director, Will Pomerantz
Will Pomerantz is the Associate Artistic Director of Bay Street Theater, where he recently directed a newly-envisioned production of EVITA as part of the theater’s 2018 season.
He has taught acting and audition workshops and master classes across the country at universities, high schools and middle schools. He has directed and developed new plays and musicals with such theatres as The Guthrie, American Repertory Theatre, 2nd Stage, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theatre, Hartford Stage, New York Theater Workshop, The Signature Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Soho Rep, Culture Project, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Studio Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum and Ensemble Studio Theater.
Will’s work as director and playwright has won multiple awards, and has featured world premieres by John Guare, David Auburn, Neil LaBute, Craig Lucas, Kia Corthron, David Lindsay-Abaire, Stephen Belber, Noah Haidle, Linda Cho, and Kira Obolensky. In addition to his work on new plays, Will has also directed texts by Chekhov, Ibsen, Strindberg, Shakespeare, Shaw and Sophocles.
Will was the Boris Sagal Fellow in Directing for Williamstown Theatre Festival, as well as Staff Repertory Director for The Acting Company, and is an alumnus of the Directors Lab at Lincoln Center, a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, and a member of Ensemble Studio Theater. He is also the co-librettist for the new music theatre works This Side of Paradise and FOR THE LAST TIME, and has adapted the writings of Dickens, John Cheever, Dorothy Parker and Christopher Isherwood for the stage.
Annie Get Your Gun
Wednesday, August 14th at 2pm & Thursday, August 15th 1:30pm-4pm
In this new offering, participants will attend a matinee performance of Bay Street’s mainstage production of Annie Get Your Gun then return the following afternoon for a three-hour workshop with a cast member from the production that they viewed!
Participants must be available for both opportunities.
TEACHING ARTIST: A member from the cast of Annie Get Your Gun, to be announced!
Triple Threat! Musical Theater Training
August 19th-23rd 9:30am-12:30pm
In this week-long workshop, students interested in the world of musical theater will spend an entire week focused on gaining “triple-threat” status under the instruction and empowerment of three different teaching artist professionals from the world of dancing, singing and acting for the musical theater. Students will share their new found confidence and expertise in a showcase for friends and family on the final day of the workshops!
TEACHING ARTISTS: Valerie diLorenzo & Stephanie Vertichio
Valerie diLorenzo is a professional Actor/Singer, Director, and Performing Arts Educator. She is delighted to return to Bay Street. Her Directing and Teaching Artist venues include: Lincoln Center, NYU, SUNY Purchase, SUNY Stonybrook, TADA!, Guild Hall, Westhampton Beach PAC, NYC Board of Education and numerous schools and organizations throughout the country. Her award-winning musical theatre program, Theatrix, was also honored by Lincoln Center as “an exemplary integration of the theatrical and creative into the classroom and student life.” She is committed to fostering creativity, individuality, and confidence in her students. As a private vocal coach, some of her students have appeared in such Broadway shows including Rent, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia and Chicago. Valerie maintains an active life onstage as well; she is proud member of Actors Equity and an award winning NYC Cabaret artist. Memorable roles include: Rose in Gypsy, Mrs. Johnstone in Bloodbrothers, Sheila in A Chorus Line, Nancy in Oliver!, and Miss Hannigan in Annie. Valerie’s production company, Standard Fair, produces entertainment events of all kinds and is dedicated to keeping the Great American Songbook alive. Fun fact: She has sung the National Anthem for the NY Mets for over 15 seasons.
Stephanie Vertichio is a Dance Instructor, Choreographer, Teaching Artist, and Performer on Long Island. She is a graduate of SUNY Brockport, where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has performed in Modern Dance Companies in New York, and in residencies at Brown University and Hofstra University, and also in Musical Theater Shows, at The Gateway Playhouse over the years. Stephanie is currently a Dance Instructor at Stage Door School of Dance, in East Patchogue, a Choreographer in High Schools for the past 10 years, and Choreographer for Gateway Playhouse’s Summer Children’s Theater for the past 7 years. Sharing her passion for the arts through training, experience, and education brings joy and fulfillment to her life! She loves the life she chose, where she can dance all day every day, and share her experiences with the future of aspiring actor/singer/dancers.