Performing Arts Master Classes - Music, Theater and Dance in NYC
Master Classes in theater, music and dance for student groups traveling with Pro Musica Tours in New York City.
Educational opportunities are often the highlight of a student group’s visit to New York City. Pro Musica custom designs master classes, symposia, and meet the artist programs specifically for your group, based on their individual interests and level. Unlike many ‘classroom’ or ‘camp’ programs offered throughout the city, Pro Musica works directly with renowned artists to develop truly unique classes taught by featured performers from the shows your group will be seeing. In addition to working directly with all of the shows currently on Broadway, Pro Musica has established exceptional relationships with the city’s finest cultural and educational institutions including:
- Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
- Carnegie Hall
- Manhattan School of Music
- The Metropolitan Opera
- The Juilliard School
- Circle in the Square Theater School
- American Ballet Theater
- New York City Ballet
- Alvin Ailey Dance Company
- Broadway Dance Center
- Mark Morris Dance Group
- The Martha Graham Dance Center
- The New York Philharmonic
Educational opportunities are available in all performing disciplines.
THEATER: Private classes are available at all levels, in areas including improvisation, movement, physical comedy, puppetry, mime, commedia dell’arte, mask work, stage combat, Shakespeare and classical acting techniques. Recent classes have included:
- Audition Workshop with Kyle Post from Kinky Boots
- Musical Theater Song and Audition Workshop with Alysha Umphries from On the Town, On a Clear Day, American Idiot
- Performance with Andy Taylor from Once
- Character Development with Holly Ann Butler from On the Town
- Character master class with Zachary James, featured as Lurch in The Addams Family
- Improvisation with Canedy Knowels from Chicago City Limits
- Now.Here.This. Communication Workshop with Susan Blackwell from Title of Show
- Shakespeare Workshop with John Basil - Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Manhattan College, Founder of The American Globe Theatre
- Movement with Ken Schatz, Master Teacher, Circle in the Square Theater School
- Stage Combat with Peter Katona, Fight Director
- Theatrical Comedy, Michael West, Star of Forbidden Broadway
- Mask Workshop, Jonathan Hadley
- Musical Theater Basics with Justin Greer, Multiple Broadway Shows
- Being a musician on Broadway and on Tour with Mike Epperhart
MUSIC: Private classes are available for instrumental (solo, chamber, orchestral and band) and vocal (solo, small ensemble, and choral) with master teachers and renowned musicians. These master classes can focus on any combination of technique and repertoire appropriate to your group. Recent classes have included:
- Orchestral Sectional master classes with members of the New York Philharmonic
- Playing Techniques with members of the New York Philharmonic
- Opera Aria master class w/ Joan Dornemann, Conductor and Coach, Metropolitan Opera, and Mignon Dunn, world renown Mezzo Soprano
- Musical Theater Vocal master class with Dan Gettinger, Manhattan School of Music
- Choral master class with members of the music staff from New York City Opera
- Orchestra master class with Broadway concert master Jan Mullen
DANCE: Private classes are available in a variety of dance disciplines. In addition, we are pleased to arrange special master classes in which you will have the opportunity to learn some of the choreography from a show your group will be seeing, taught by a featured dancer from the cast. Recent classes have included:
- Matilda Choreography with Sean Montgomery
- Newsies Choreography with Aaron Albano
- Wicked Chorepgraphy with Colby Q Lindeman
- Tap auditions; Tap Choreography and Jazz Choreography with Kelsey Griffin (Chicago, Bullets over Broadway)
- Fosse master class with Michelle Robinson, original cast member, Chicago
- Choreography from Billy Elliot with Grady Bowman, Ensemble and Fight Captain, Billy Elliot
- Choreography from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Ensemble members Tanya Birl and Justin Keyes
- Tharp master class with Ian Carney, Principal Dancer, Movin Out
- Ballet master class with Jennifer Tinsley, Soloist New York City Ballet
- Choreogrpahy master class with Anthony Galde, Ensemble, Wicked
- Choregraphy / Dance master class with Tony Mansker, Bert, Mary Poppins
- Choreography master class with Brad Bass, Ensemble/Huey, Memphis
In addition to private classes, we also offer a number of workshops and symposia for advanced students and young professionals that relate to the business of being a performer:
AUDITION WORKSHOPS: Nervous Jitters? Not sure which 8 bars to sing? This class, taught by either a performer from one of your featured shows or a casting director, will discuss all the issues that actors face to prepare, and pull off a successful audition. We will cover topics such as how to select the correct monologue and music, what to wear, and how to present yourself during an audition. Participants who have a prepared monologue and/or musical number will have a chance to enter a mock audition, and to receive constructive feedback on their performance.
RESUME DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS: Led by a top Casting Director, this workshop will shed some light on what makes an actor’s resume stand out. Group members should bring their resumes for review and to learn helpful tips on how to get their resume into the right hands.
CASTING SYMPOSIUM: Your group will have the chance to meet with a top Broadway Casting Director. This symposium will explore the casting process for Broadway shows, from the conception of a project and the initial workshops, to the final call backs for the Broadway opening. This symposium is especially useful for those looking to break into the entertainment industry.
AGENT SYMPOSIUM: You’ve made the decision to make acting your profession, now you face an actor’s biggest question, “should I get an agent, and how do I do that ?” This symposium will discuss the pros and cons of agent representation, as well as how to go about obtaining and agent.
MAKING THE BIG MOVE: Pack your bags! You’re moving to the Big Apple! If you’ve ever thought about making the move, this workshop is perfect for you. Led by a Broadway performer who has made the transition themselves, we will discuss ways to establish yourself as an actor in the city, including finding housing, getting additional training, finding out about auditions, and supporting yourself in between jobs.
FROM CONCEPT TO STAGE: An insiders look at how a Broadway musical begins. From conception to production, this discussion, led by a Broadway Producer, will explore what gets a show off the ground – starting from the original production idea, workshops, and funding for a show, through to the staffing and casting that are needed to make it happen.
TRANSFORMATION: This discussion, led by one of Broadway’s leading Costume Designers will take your group through the creative process of dressing Broadway’s performers. Design trends, styles, as well as specific topics such as shopping for a show, cast fittings and costume upkeep will all be discussed. This program can be general, or can focus on a particular show or period.
THEATRICAL WIGS AND MAKEUP: This workshop is led by a makeup artist from film and theater. Using class participants, your group will get to see the transformation of various characters using theatrical wigs and makeup. This workshop will discuss simple makeup techniques to create the illusion of aging, ethnicity, as well as techniques to make your character truly unique.
Many groups also enjoy in taking part in our exclusive Meet the Artist opportunities. These programs include private question and answer sessions with the casts of any Broadway show, on stage, following a performance that your group attends. In addition, to in-theater talk backs, we are also able to arrange for private one-on-one meetings with featured performers. Antonio Banderas, Cherry Jones, Kevin Spacey, and Blythe Danner, are just a few of the renowned artists that have recently participated in our group programs.
The more you are able to let us know about your group, the better we can design educational programs that are truly tailored to your interests, curriculum and group’s level. Please speak to your Pro Musica tour consultant to learn more about the incredible opportunities available for your group.