"Thank you for having this program. There are so few available. The staff was amazing and very caring. They went above expectations when it came to individual needs... " br>- George Washington University - Musical Theater parent
"Without USPA and all of their help, I really don't believe that I would have been accepted into The Tisch School of the Arts at NYU (my first choice college)." br>- Alex Roesler
"It was an amazing experience. I learned a lot about the college theatre audition process. And it made me less nervous for them. I applied for 9 colleges and had to audition for all of them, but the workshop prepared me mentally and physically." br> - Anna (College Audition Boot Camp Student)
Tuition includes room, & meals Commuter includes reg fee & lunch Age at start of program
Directors & Faculty: Program Director: Andre Garner
Musical Director: Doug Bowles
Faculty: Donnie Tuel
Andre received his B.S. degree from Virginia Tech University in Management and earned an MFA-Acting from California State University-Long Beach.
He has appeared in the Broadway productions of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Xmas, The Music Man, Marie Christine, and Grease. His Off-Broadway credits include From My Hometown and Little Ham, which earned him two Audelco Award nominations for Outstanding Actor.
Andre has traveled the country in several national tours including: The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Joseph...Dreamcoat, and Miss Saigon, as well as internationally with A Chorus Line. He as worked in many of the most reputable regional theaters in the country such as Goodspeed Opera House (Abyssinia), The Ford's Theatre (Children of Eden), GEVA Theatre (The Music Man), Pioneer Theatre (Five Guys Named Moe).
He has appeared in the NY City Center Encores! concert presentations of Cabin In The Sky, Lost In The Stars, and Broadway Bash 2003. He is featured in the Actor's Fund performance of Dreamgirls and adds multiple cast album recordings to his list of credits.
Andre has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Cal-State-Long Beach and Relativity School. Andre is currently an adjunct faculty member of Baruch College.
Andre is a member of Actor's Equity and SAG-AFTRA.
Doug Bowles Music Director
Doug Bowles, music director/accompanist/vocal instructor, serves on the music theatre voice faculties of The Catholic University of America (1993 MM recipient), Howard University and was, for ten years vocal instructor, music director and musician in residence at the American University. He has music directed nearly 135 musical theatre productions to date on all levels including: The New York Musical Theatre Festival (Joan Cushing's PETITE ROUGE), Kennedy Center Page to Stage (Various works), Kennedy Center Special Event with John Lithgow and Linda Eder), Various Regional (including Totem Pole Playhouse, Dakota Theatre Company et al), with American U in Yaroslavl and St. Petersburg Russia and a world premiere of THE STEPHEN SCHWARTZ PROJECT, with the composer advising, for Metro Stage. Doug is an acknowledged expert in the styles of the 20s - 40s in American popular music with 4 Wammy Nominations. His CD of songs from the 1930s (entitled NEW DEAL RHYTHM) has received many accolades from notables such as Michael Feinstein, Ethan Morrden, Leonard Maltin, Vince Giordano and many others. As a vocalist he has covered the gamut of singing from Opera (local and regional credits approaching 30 roles), musical theatre (NY, DC, American Regional and Europe/Eastern Europe) and Jazz/Swing/Classic American Pop (American regional, DC, NY, Europe, Bahamas). Doug's band "Doug Bowles and his SingCo Rhythm Orchestra" (swing and hot jazz) has received multiple award nominations for best swing band, and best vocalist from the Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMY).
Donnie Tuel Faculty(Acting)
Donnie Tuel is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance and recently earned his MA in New York University's Educational Theatre program. As a teacher, Donnie currently holds residencies at the renowned Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Professional Performing Arts School and Renaissance High School for Musical Theatre. A proud member of Actor's Equity Association, Donnie has worked professionally as an actor, director, choreographer, stage manager, and casting director in and out of New York City for the last 10 years.
What do Next to Normal, Annie, and Les Miserables have in common? They all started in Washington D.C. Come and train to be a triple threat Musical Theatre performer in one of the most vibrant cities producing Musicals today! You will be working with top-notch faculty from Washington D.C. and New York City who have worked on Broadway, at the Kennedy Center and in National Tours. Curriculum will include ensemble work, scene study, vocal instruction, audition techniques for colleges, and dance workshops for all levels - from beginner to advanced. Evening programs for students include a backstage tour of the Kennedy Center and access to exciting events in and around the nation's capital.
*Tuition includes room, & meals.
*Registration Fees, Lab Fees, weekend stays, and airport transportation fees are not included in Tuition and are additional.
*Commuter (where offered) includes lunch. Lab Fees, weekend stays, and airport transportation are not included and are additional.
**Tuition for Boot Camps, such as College Audition Boot Camp, does not include room and meals or airport transportation.
***Locations, Prices, Dates, Directors, and Faculty subject to change without notice.
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**USPA highly recommends that students secure travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, and/or medical emergency.
If you have questions or need help registering, please call 888-497-3553
** USPA highly recommends that students secure travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, and/or medical emergency.