"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)
Conductor Braden Toan's eclectic career crosses from opera to American musical theater, as well as the symphonic and choral worlds. His versatility and artistic integrity has earned him the appreciation of singers, musicians, directors and critics.
Trained as a symphony and opera conductor, opportunity took him on a detour to Broadway, where he conducted the legendary hit Miss Saigon and the revival of Man of La Mancha starring Brian Stokes Mitchell. During this same time he also remained in the opera world conducting Rameau's Les Indes Gallantes, and the New York City Opera National Company's production of Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment.
This has led to being engaged at New York City Opera and Chautauqua Opera for every musical produced by those two companies since 2004. Maestro Toan has led David Pittsinger, Carmen Cusack, Mark Delavan, Timothy Nolen, Elaine Paige, Jonathan Price, Lea Salonga, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Carolann Page, Lisa Vroman, Richard Kind, Alexander Gemignani, Judith Blazer, Daniel Reichard, George Dvorsky, John Cullum, Karen Murphy and Paul Sorvino.
From 2009 to 2011 he straddled the opera and musical theater worlds again, leading Paula Kimper's opera Patience & Sarah in New York, Camelot for Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville, Virginia, and then embarking on the National Tour of South Pacific as associate conductor (music director in Los Angeles) of the Tony Award winning revival from Lincoln Center. A gifted teacher, Maestro Toan is additionally conductor at Lincoln Center's Meet the Artist program, where he has given more than seventy master classes to visiting ensembles. He is also artistic director of the US Performing Arts Music Theater Camp at Oberlin College, and in 2009 was guest faculty conductor at Westminster Choir College.
Robert Tunstall Faculty
Robert Tunstall: Kennedy Center appearances include Celebrate Broadway starring Linda Eder and John Lithgow and the 35th Anniversary Celebration starring Angela Lansbury. He also had the honor of staging and performing "One" with the song's creator, Marvin Hamlisch, in honor of Steve Schwarzman in New York City. World tours include A Chorus Line (Bobby), The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), and 42nd Street. He assisted Paula Abdul with the choreography for Off-Broadway's Reefer Madness and the feature film The Master of Disguise starring Dana Carvey. Robert is on faculty at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, where he teaches "Movement for the Actor." He spent last summer teaching Theatre Dance at the United States Performing Arts Camps in Washington D.C. and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Choreography Credits include Cats, Evita, Wonderful Town, Carousel, Les Miserables, A Funny thing happened...Forum and Deborah Gibson live in concert. Robert is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy - NYC.
John Paul Almon Acting
John Paul Almon , Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular ( Santa), Phantom the Vegas Spectacular ( Buquet) , The Bridges of Madison County( Ensemble), Les Miserables ( Javert) Side Show( Original Broadway Cast), The Scarlet Pimpernel ( Tussaud), Parade ( Mr Peavy) , Candide ( Heresy Agent) , My Fair Lady
( Kaparthy) . Guest Artist: Jazz at Lincoln Center,The White House, The Istanbul Symphony, The Music of Jason Robert Brown, An Evening with Linda Eder, Cruise ships guest star worldwide.
Are you or are you on your way to becoming a "triple threat"? Our Musical Theater Camp is designed to help hone students' essential skills so they are prepared for the demands of a Broadway career. Campers will take part daily in intensive voice, acting, and dance workshops taught by outstanding Broadway artists and college faculty. Our Musical Theater Camp curriculum consists of workshops that will focus on acting, improvisation, scene study and interpretation, song study and interpretation, vocal instruction, dance for musical theater, audition techniques, performance analysis, and a brief history of musical theater. Students will have a "work in progess" showing on the last day of camp.
Students are assessed on the first day of the program and are grouped accordingly by ability. Our Musical Theater faculty works closely with students, giving one on one feedback to address individual strongpoints and weaknesses. Our program provides instruction for all levels- beginner to advanced.
In their free time, campers will have access to Oberlin College's recreational facilities including Hales Gymnasium and Hales Annex- which houses the college bowling lanes, billiards room, and Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse.Students will also enjoy outings to historic downtown Oberlin, home to many charming shops and restaurants. Nearby Tappan Square is host to many summer evening concerts.
*Tuition includes reg fee, room, & meals.
*Lab Fees, weekend stays, and airport transportation fees are not included are are additional.
*Commuter (where applicable) includes lunch. Lab Fees, weekend stays, or airport transportation are not included are are additional.
**College Audition Boot Camp tuition does not include room and meals or airport transportation.
*** Prices, Dates, Directors, and Faculty subject to change without notice. The faculty is comprised of college professors representing their schools and professional industry artists.
**** Photos by Tito Deverya (UCLA TFT), Lauren di Matteo, and Chris Vanderhorst. Images are of USPA programs, but may not represent actual program or location.
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.