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Musical Theater Audition Workshop

On-line registration for the 2016 NEXT! Workshop is now closed. Please contact Amanda Jenkins at if you are interested in participating.

NEXT! Audition Workshop (9th grade-graduating seniors)
Minneapolis Campus; August 23-25, 2016; 6-9pm
Cost: $200.00 
 ($75 non-refundable deposit)
Are you facing a musical theatre audition for your high school show or preparing for your college entrance audition?  Would you like to wow the director and land the role you were born to fill?  This workshop will prepare you to put your best foot forward at your audition.  Musical theater professionals will guide participants through song selection and interpretation, best practices for working with an accompanist, dance & movement, and monologues & cold readings. Tuition includes a 30-minute private coaching session to select appropriate repertoire. 


Meet Our 2016 Teaching Artists:

  • Amanda Jenkins started the NEXT! Audition Workshop 7 years ago as a way to help high school age students prepare for the sometimes nerve-racking experience of auditioning for musicals. An experienced performer and teacher, Amanda has performed with several theatre companies including Theatre Latte Da, Skylark Opera, The Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, The Madison Children’s Theatre Company, The Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company, and aboard the MN Centennial Showboat. She has earned degrees in voice performance and music education and has been a private voice instructor for 19 years.
  • Kenny Kiser is excited and grateful to be back with the faculty for NEXT!  A multidisciplinary performing artist and arts educator, Kenny has worked as a singer, dancer, actor (stage and film), pianist, aerialist, and stunt person. In addition, he has taught private voice and piano lessons for over 20 years, and artists he has taught are performing and/or teaching throughout the well as simply enjoying making music. In Minneapolis he has performed with such prestigious companies as Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Skylark Opera, New Breath Productions, Theater Latte Da, The Minnesota Opera, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Xelias Aerial Arts, Blue Phoenix Circus Troupe, The Southern Theater, and The James Sewell Ballet. He is proud to have been an advocate for the arts as member of the Minneapolis Arts Commission served on the Board of Directors for ARENA Dances. 
  • Chad A. Davis is excited to be a part of the NEXT workshop for the fifth year in a row. Over the past seven years, Chad has worked extensively with Minnehaha Academy Upper School as an acting coach, assistant director and creative designer for their main stage productions, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Seussical the Musical, Twelfth Night, Little Shop of Horrors, Big River, Into the Woods and Honk. His professional acting credits include The Taming of the Shrew with Olney Theater (Maryland); Faust and The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay with Theater of the First Amendment (Virginia); and Shamanism in New Jersey with Small Beer Theater (Washington, DC). His college acting credits include Guys and Dolls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, A Midsummer’s Night Dream and No Exit. Chad holds a BA in Theater and a BBA in Business. He’s currently a Communications Manager at Hennepin Theatre Trust.
  • Jenna Dove has been dancing since the age of 3, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance and Journalism, and a minor in Communications from the University of Iowa. She uses her love of dancing, acting and singing while performing professionally around the Twins City area and with Eclectic Edge Ensemble. Jenna has been in national commercials and music videos, as well as performing at corporate events, parades, and even a Twins game. Jenna currently teaches tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, gymnastics and musical theatre at three dance studios in the Twin Cities, and is choreographing for local musicals and camps.

  • Steve Swanson is a pianist based in St. Paul. He is an active freelancer, frequently collaborating with choirs, vocalists, and instrumentalists throughout the Twin Cities. Choirs he has accompanied include The Singers, VocalPoint, One Voice, and the MMEA  All-State Choirs, as well as numerous high-school choirs throughout the metro area. He has premiered works by Jocelyn Hagen and Joshua Shank. Steve has been the rehearsal pianist for musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun, The Music Man, 42nd Street, Where's Charley?, and Kiss Me, Kate. He also holds an accompanying position at Central Presbyterian Church. In addition to his freelance work, he maintains a private piano studio in Minneapolis. He graduated from Concordia College in 2004, and he earned a Master's degree in collaborative piano from the University of Minnesota in 2010.