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Master Classes

Master Classes at Triad Stage

This season, Triad Stage will be piloting a series of master classes offered by local and visiting artists. These classes will cover a wide variety of artistic topics in performance, design, and production. All classes are $50.00 for adults and $45.00 for students - a 10% discount (must book by phone, 336-272-0160). Classes are ideal for young theatre professionals, university students, and high school students (juniors and seniors) with considerable theatre experience. If you have questions about which class might be right for you, please feel free to email Learning Director Lauren Smith at lauren@triadstage.org.

Check back regularly for upcoming offerings! Current master classes are listed chronologically. All master classes take place in Triad Stage's The Pyrle Theatre, 232 S. Elm Street, on the 3rd floor.

Please note: Space is limited in each Master Class. Register early to guarantee your spot. Master classes also have a minimum enrollment in order to occur, so please make sure to register at least 24 hours in advance. We will inform you via email 24 hours in advance of the class if it has not reached the required enrollment and therefore will need to be cancelled. If a master class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will receive a full refund if you have already registered.

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Only available by phone. Call 336-272-0160.

Fall 2017 Master Classes

Build Your Book: Audition Cuts with Brian Michael Hoffman
(Luther Billis in SOUTH PACIFIC)
Saturday, September 30 | 2:00pm-5:00pm

Tired of going to an audition and hearing the person in front of you sing your song? Bring in the song that you LOVE to sing at auditions but that you fear is overdone, too difficult for accompanists, shows off your vocal ability but maybe doesn't quite fit your personality or character type, or that gives you any other concern! We will go through that song, find the things you love about it, and you'll walk away with suggestions for new material that is "Giants in the Sky" without BEING "Giants in the Sky!"

Brian Michael Hoffman

Instructor Bio: Favorite NYC/ Regional credits: “Horton” in Seussical Off-Broadway Revival & Cast Recording; “Seymour” in Little Shop of Horrors; “Patsy” in Spamalot; “Sancho” in Man of La Mancha; “Jiggs” in Because of Winn-Dixie, new Duncan Sheik musical; “Barfee” in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; “Uncle Fester” in The Addams Family; “Cowardly Lion” in The Wizard of Oz; “Czolgosz” in Assassins at theaters including NYC's 54 Below, Sacramento Music Circus, The MUNY, Maine State, Pittsburgh CLO, Syracuse Stage, Alabama Shakespeare, and NCT. 3-year leader of Tokyo Disney Sea's barbershop quartet and 1,900+ performances of Annie. Broadway: Legally Blonde, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, The Royal Family, Bullets Over Broadway. For Private First Class/WAC Alice Hoffman and Staff Sergeant Sidney Hoffman. www.brianmichaelhoffman.com

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Musical Theater Auditions with Lulu Picart
(Bloody Mary in SOUTH PACIFIC)
Saturday, October 7 | 10:00am-1:00pm

Practice your audition skills in a friendly, constructive, and professional environment. Get feedback on your audition material and how to prep it for your audition accompanist. Learn how to present yourself naturally from entrance to exit!

Lulu Picart

Instructor Bio: Lulu Picart played the stepsister Charlotte in the First National Tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. She was nominated for a Lortel award for Best Featured Actress for her role in the off-Broadway show Disenchanted! and tours with composer David Friedman presenting his music. She was in the opening cast of Finding Nemo: the Musical at Walt Disney World. As a music director, Lulu has music supervised or directed for Norwegian Cruise Lines, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, and many other theaters around the country. She toured China as music supervisor of Madagascar Live!. Lulu has adjudicated for the Florida Vocal Association and The American Idol Experience at Walt Disney World. She has been a vocalist for Pixar and Disney Studios. She is co-founder of Find Your Light Coaching, a resource for actors, singers, musicians, and public speakers, which has a network of coaches able to work in-person and through online lessons. www.findyourlightcoaching.org @lulupicart @FYLcoaching

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Spotlight on Solos: Musical Theatre Acting with Kristin Wetherington
(Ensign Nellie Forbush in SOUTH PACIFIC)
Saturday, October 7 | 2:00pm-5:00pm

Do you feel like you can't act and sing at the same time? Do you feel stuck in your choices because you're thinking about your voice? Are you unsure of how acting a song is different than acting a monologue? Do you know how to make choices that are uniquely you while still playing a character in a musical?

Students will select a song of their choice and will work on analyzing a song, truthful storytelling and acting with specificity and expressiveness while in the world of musical theatre. Accompanist provided. Please bring a short song from a musical or a cut version of a song from a musical.

Kristin Wetherington

Instructor Bio: Kristin Wetherington is currently appearing a Nellie in Triad Stage's upcoming production of South Pacific. Kristin has a BFA in Acting from East Carolina University and an MFA in Acting from the American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard University. With over 10 years of professional experience, Kristin has performed in many genres ranging from rock musicals to Shakespeare. She appeared in Elton John and Tim Rice's International Tour of the Broadway musical Aida; Off-Broadway in The Light Princess and the revival of Irving Berlin's Louisiana Purchase and many regional productions. She currently resides in Manhattan where she also sings for the USO Show Troupe.

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Designers, Directors, and the Art of Collaboration with Robert Perry
(Lighting Designer for BUYER & CELLAR)
Monday, October 9 | 6:00pm-9:00pm

Theatre is a collaborative art between many individuals. Explore how designers and directors interact to create live performance. Discover the process from the initial ideas to a fully realized production.

Ronert Perry

Instructor Bio: Triad Stage: The Mystery of Irma Vep, Deathtrap, Julie's Dance, Steel Magnolias, All's Well That Ends Well. Off-Broadway: Long Lost (Manhattan Theatre Club); The Water Engine (Atlantic Theater Co.); Reefer Madness (Variety Arts); Boston Marriage (NY Public Theater); Kingdom of Earth (Drama Dept.). Regional/Local: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Goodman Theatre & Arena Stage); Queens for a Year (Hartford Stage), Crowns (McCarter Theatre); Billy the Kid (LaJolla Playhouse); Coriolanus (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Education: MFA, Yale School of Drama; BFA, UNCSA. Other: Associate Professor of Lighting Design, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; United Scenic Artist #829 Member; www.robertperrydesign.com

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The Care and Feeding of a Performer with William Branner
(Lieutenant Joseph Cable in SOUTH PACIFIC) and Toni Branner
Saturday, October 14th | 10:00am-1:00pm

From the gym to the kitchen, this master class offers an in-depth look at nutritional and physical techniques to maximize your performance both on and offstage.

Will Branner

Instructor Bio: Will Branner has been a NASM Certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist for 6 years. He received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. His talks and training focusing on training for performers have been featured at numerous gyms including, Equinox, Academy of Athletic Development, and United States Performance Center.

Instructor Bio: Toni Branner has a significant and varied background as an exercise physiologist, wellness consultant, professional speaker, and is the author of six books. She is the founder of ACT Wellness Consulting and Health Coaching and the Co-Founder of Health Made Simple, a network inspiring healthy living around the world.

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Simple and Clean: A Monologue Workshop with Jeff Aguiar
(Henry in SOUTH PACIFIC and Fezziwig in A CHRISTMAS CAROL)
Monday, October 23 | 6:00pm-9:00pm

Explore techniques sampled from a variety of theatre traditions designed to clarify characterization, increase emotional impact and empower actors as we share our most intimate work. A process-oriented approach to accessing fundamental acting tools and building a monologue package worthy of considering for any role. Ideal participants will have one to two memorized pieces to workshop.

Jeff Aguiar

Instructor Bio: Jeff Aguiar holds a BFA in Theatre Education and an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Having taught as part of an award-winning team and individual (North Carolina Theatre Conference) in theatre arts as a part of the public school system, Jeff strives for excellence and clarity in the work he presents. Since coming to Greensboro in 1997, Jeff has been an active participant on and off-stage in the Triad and Triangle as both a community participant and theatre professional. Regional credits: A Christmas Carol (Triad Stage); Into the Woods (North Carolina Theatre); Iron Curtain Trilogy (Burning Coal Theatre). Local credits: The Soloist, Piece Work (Touring Theatre of North Carolina); Red, White and Tuna, Nunsense A-Men! (Open Space Cafe Theatre). Jeff is a member of the artistic company with Burning Coal Theatre (Raleigh, NC) and a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.

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Basic Stage Combat with Michael Tourek
(Captain Brackett in SOUTH PACIFIC)
Monday, November 6 | 6:00pm-9:00pm

This is not a certification course, instead this class will focus on the study and practice of the mechanics of basic unarmed stage combat: slaps, punches, chokes, pushes and falls. Designed for advanced performance students and high school educators. The class will focus on safe performance techniques and how it relates to the given circumstances of the play.

Michael Tourek

Instructor Bio: Triad Stage: Common Enemy, Beautiful Star (2006-2009), A Christmas Carol (2010-2012), Around the World in 80 Days, Brother Wolf (2006), The Mystery of Irma Vep (2011). Regional: God of Carnage (Theatre Raleigh); Fiddler on the Roof (Arts Center of Costal Carolina). Film: Office Christmas Party, Logan Lucky, The Producers, Citizen Ruth. TV: “Ash” in Ozark (Netflix), Resurrection, Banshee, Outsiders, Under the Dome, John Adams. Education: MFA Acting: University of North Carolina, Greensboro. www.michaeltourek.com

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