"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)
NICK DEGRUCCIO is a multi-award winning director, coach and teacher. Recently he directed the LA Regional Premiere of Next To Normal at La Mirada Theatre (8 2013 Ovation Nominations including Direction) and at San Diego Music Theatre, Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory for The Laguna Playhouse and the world premiere of The End Of It at the Matrix Theatre. His productions include: The Laramie Project (Laguna Playhouse and Colony Theatre: LA premiere, Ovation Awards for Best Play, Best Direction, Best Ensemble), Jekyll & Hyde (Cabrillo Music Theatre: Ovation Award for Direction, 9 Ovation Nominations) and 1776 (Musical Theatre West and Performance Riverside: 5 LA Ovation Awards including Direction and Best Musical), Putting It Together, A Year With Frog and Toad (South Coast Repertory) Cinderella (The Ordway), My Way for La Mirada, Man of La Mancha, RENT, West Coast Premiere of The Andrews Brothers (Musical Theatre West), Guys and Dolls and The Andrews Brothers (Cabrillo Music Theatre) and the World Premiere of Caught (Zephyr Theatre). As the Artistic Director and Founder of Havok Theatre Company he directed the LA Premieres of Dog Sees God, Kiss of the Spider Woman (LA Ovation Award for Production), Thrill Me and The Story Of My Life. LA Premieres: Side Show (8 Ovation Nominations including direction and was voted One of the Top 10 Plays of 2002 by The Los Angeles Times), The Spitfire Grill (Laguna Playhouse: OC Weekly Award Best Musical), Zanna, Don't! (West Coast Ensemble: LADCC Award for Direction), Bad Apples (Rubicon Theatre: World Premiere Play), A Man Of No Importance and Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (Musical Theatre Guild), Basic Training (2nd Stage: NAACP Nomination for Direction). Ovation nominated productions: Side By Side By Sondheim (The Rubicon Theatre and Pasadena Playhouse), Guys and Dolls and La Cage Aux Folles (Musical Theatre West), The Last Five Years and I Do! I Do! (Pasadena Playhouse), The Full Monty (San Diego Music Theatre), Beehive (El Portal Theatre), I Left My Heart, Altar Boyz and The Andrews Brothers (Welk Theatre) and City of Angels (Ovation Award for Production), The Fantasticks (Performance Riverside). Nick is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Theatre Director's Lab West.
Tom got his start n the acting program at the University of Iowa. He studied with Gus Giordano's Jazz Dance Chicago before entering PCPA Theaterfest theater program. He attended The Theater School at De Paul University where he received his degree. Not a newcomer to Broadway Tom has appeared in Miss Saigon and Beauty and the Beast as well as An Evening with Betty Buckley at Carnegie Hall. He is well known to many audiences as he has been a part of world premieres such as A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden, Eliot Ness in Cleveland at the Denver Center and Narnia at PCPA. He has performed in over 40 musicals in regional theater and in the European Company of Jerome Robbins' West Side Story. When you meet him you may think he is your best friend because he has appeared in many television shows including The Drew Carey Show, The Education of Max Bickford and as a recurring role with Jennifer Love Hewitt in Time of Your Life. No newcomer to education he is an Adjunct Faculty at Cypress College in both Theater and Dance wih a growing list of choreographic successes including Sweet Charity, Bat Boy, and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Tom Pardoe was the movement instructor for the new Warner Brother's movie Aqua Man and currently teaches an ongoing movement class for actors in Hollywood California. He is a welcome addition to the College Audition Bootcamp.
Steve Kaminski has been actively working in the Entertainment Industry for over 20 years on various projects for Television, Radio, Film and Multi-media from producer to composer to sound designer.
He has scored original music for film and television including, Desperate Housewives, MTV's Makin the Band, It's Showtime at the Apollo and numerous series on PBS, A & E and Disney and syndication and was musical arranger for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He has been a musical director and vocal coach in Los Angeles for over 20 years training many of the current talent in the musical stage.
Steve has been trained classically and has specialized in the Art Song literature of Brahms, Faure, Poulenc, Chausson, Beethoven and Mozart. He holds musical degrees in vocal performance as well as music theory, and composition and Jazz Studies. He also has a complete knowledge and love of the American Musical Theatre repertoire.
The Musical will be the center point of three weeks of training and rehearsal at the Musical Theater Conservatory this summer! Director Kay Cole and Musical Director Steven Kaminski, will be joined by other faculty to teach, coach and rehearse the production which will be presented as a work in progress on the final day.
The Musical Theater Conservatory offers training in the musical theater forms that are prevalent today both on Broadway and in National Tours. Although its foundation is based on some of the classics of the musical theater, the conservatory develops the student's acting and musical performance and movement techniques in such areas as rock and roll, gospel, operatic and jukebox musicals. It is a conservatory that reflects the need for musical performance of this century in training the actor who can sing and the singer who can act. Approached with the same discipline and training that is expected of the working professional the Conservatory nurtures the young artisttowards their potential and then encourages them to go further to new heights. It not only trains the voice, the body, and the soul but also the intellect in terms of what musical theater performance is all about. Comprised of working faculty in the musical theater, the Conservatory will give each of its participants the training of a lifetime in one of the finest Theater Departments in the world. The Conservatory offers the student master classes with the likes of such artists as actors as Jeff Goldblum, JoBeth Williams, Ken Page (CATS), Karen Morrow (WHITE CHRISTMAS) and Sammy Williams (A CHORUS LINE)
This intensive three week program culminates in a performance with live musicians after which will be a personal critique from some of the leading professionals in Los Angeles to further enhance and provide guidance to the student's training. Our guests over the years have included: Director Gordon Hunt, Director AJ Carothers, Director Gary Gardner, Choreographer and Associate Director Ray Bolger Musical theater Program Nicholas Gunn, singer actor performer Chris Carothers, Jerry Sternbach, Music Director for Reprise Los Angeles, Stephen Dry, Theatrical Agent, Maggie Murphy, President Kiefer Sutherland Productions and former Guest Artist with the Louisville Repertory, Broadway actress Karen Morrow and stage and screen star Sally Struthers. Who knows as yet what the summer of 2013 will hold in store? This is an experience not to be missed!
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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.