Musical Theater Audition Workshops


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NEXT! Audition Workshop (9th grade-graduating seniors)
Minneapolis Campus; August 18-20, 2015; 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 2015 Teaching Artists:

  • Amanda Jenkins started the NEXT! Audition Workshop 6 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 18 years, and artists he has taught are performing and/or teaching throughout the country...as 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 and is currently on the Board of Directors for ARENA Dances.
  • Penelope Freeh is returning to NEXT! for her third year. An award-winning dancer and choreographer, Penny received a 2010 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Choreographers, administered by the Southern Theater and funded by The McKnight Foundation. Her work has been commissioned by the James Sewell Ballet, the Minnesota Orchestra, 3-Legged Race, The Walker Art Center/Southern Theater’s Momentum, The Weisman Art Museum, MN Ballet, Skylark Opera and Link Vostok Dance Festival among others. In 1998 she received a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dancers and a MN State Arts Board Fellowship. She has also received a SAGE Award for Outstanding Performer. Ms Freeh is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Minnesota and Zenon Dance School.
  • Chad A. Davis is elated to be a part of the NEXT workshop for the fourth year in a row! He’s looking forward to connecting and collaborating with the talented students and fellow artists in this year’s program. Over the past five years, Chad has worked extensively with Minnehaha Academy Upper School as an acting coach, assistant director and ‘creature’ designer for their main stage productions, including 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.
  • Mark Bilyeu is a Chicago native where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. He has served as music director with Chicago Opera Vanguard, Chicago Folks Operetta, and ensemble113, and has been seen as pianist with Chicago Opera Playhouse, VocalEssence, Silver Swan, and Chicago Choral Artists. Lauded as a “superb partner” by schubert.org, Mark is in-demand as a recital partner and recently completed a master’s degree in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying from the University of Minnesota. He teaches collaborative piano through the MOSOM.