December 2017 Classes

Performance Track
Run by Ryan Pifher & Jon Provan
Want a chance to show off the techniques you learn at MATA in an cabaret performance open to friends and family? Join the Performance Track at Masterclasses where you will work on song analysis, storytelling, character development, and performance technique on a solo song as well as in two group numbers! Taught by Ryan Pifher and Jon Provan, the incredible teaching artists behind Porch Light Productions and the award-winning New York Theater Festival hit Social Studies, this class is perfect for any student performer who wants to improve their individual craft and create a wonderful ending show to share with others.
Pippin Dance
Run by Chet Walker
This class will consist of choreography from PIPPIN, the 2013 Tony Award Winning musical that Chet Walker choreographed. Students will learn parts of Magic To Do and study the style of the show.
The Physicality of Theater
Run by Dave Milo
The Physicality of Theater is a workshop designed to strengthen an actor's awareness of their body and its capabilities for storytelling. Participants will practice altering their posture, movement patterns, and expressions beyond their comfort zones in order to facilitate a complete transformation. Activities will include full-body stretching, silent storytelling and communication, movement and stride training, and others designed to extend an actor's range and confidence in their body. Comfortable clothing is needed, as the workshop will consist of many movement based exercises.
Improv: Trusting Your Transformation
Run by Don Kilcoyne
In this class, we'll explore techniques for completely transforming yourself, physically, vocally and emotionally - instantaneously. The goal will be to be able to completely create, from scratch, a new improvised character in just five seconds.
Stage Makeup
Run by Victoria Pero
Designer/Teacher Victoria Pero welcomes students to 2 hours of playing with make up! Using BCA's excellent supplies of high quality stage cosmetics, this class will encourage students to explore fantasy make up techniques in a free-style, supportive environment while learning tips and tricks about shading, highlighting, 2D-3D images and the art of illusion through make up.
Costuming
Run by Victoria Pero
Join award-winning costume designer Victoria Pero for a hands-on, interactive, instant costume design seminar! In one hour, you will learn how to do a quick change just like they do on Broadway. Dress up some mannequins in costumes from the 16th and 17th Centuries and even try your hand at creating a costume rendering. Fashion Fabulous Fun!
Stand Up Comedy
Run by Emily Lowinger
The stand up masterclass will be a lecture/dramatic monologue intended for those who are interested in trying stand up for the first time and those who are looking for some practical techniques to improve their performance.
Theatrical Dance
Run by Rebecca Sonia
This is a class for those who love theatre dance and love to work in a positive, fun and energetic atmosphere! Class will begin with a short warm-up followed by choreography from a professional production of a musical.
Scenic Improv
Run by Jane Keitel
This class is for those who want to dive into improv and sharpen their ability to think on their feet! There will be fun and energetic games that work on increasing awareness and quick thinking.
Directing
Run by Tatiana Baccari
What makes Shakespeare's plays "universal"? Why do we still come back to them? In this class we will begin to explore how to stage Shakespeare's text by employing keen script analysis, object use, and placing actor's in space. By watching clips from past productions and conducting our own examination of his text, we will begin to formate what each of us sees and feels in his words, and how to translate those feelings into dynamic staging.
Cold Reading
Run by Stephen Kaplan
Auditions often ask for a “cold reading” – performing a piece of material just handed to you. How do you make strong and appropriate choices in such a short amount of time? Learn what works and doesn’t work as you practice your cold reading skills.
The Art of Voiceover
Run by Debra Sperling
This master class will give students an opportunity to learn about the world of voiceovers from a leading industry professional. Debra will begin class with a group warm up, after which each student will choose and record a piece of voiceover copy. Debra will then individually coach each student, helping to bring out their own personal strengths. Students will learn about microphone technique, vocal dexterity, and how to make the copy their own. Everyone will have an opportunity to hear their work played back after their coaching session is complete. This class is perfect for anyone who is curious about voiceovers and wants to have some fun behind the mic!
Story Through Song
Run by Jim Weitzer
Almost all of us have sung "Happy Birthday to You" more than a few times in our lives. Every birthday, around a cake with candles, we make our way through that simple, familiar melody. Why haven't we all grown tired of this tradition and moved on already?
Because it's not about the song. It's about the person we're celebrating.
STORY THROUGH SONG explores ways to make your singing specific, dynamic and unique to you. Bring sheet music of a song you love with you to this seminar. We'll work together to unlock its potential and make it yours.
Understanding Shakespeare
Run by Glenn Stott
Watch your thoughts. They become words. Watch your words. They become deeds. Watch your deeds. They become your character. Much like this idiom, Shakespeare's characters live in a world where thought, word and deed are intricately connected. For actors deciphering these worlds and characters it is helpful to think of this idiom (somewhat) in reverse. Watch your words, they become thoughts. Watch your thoughts, they become deeds. Watch your deeds, they become your character. We will spend some time looking at Shakespeare's text and exploring some tools to help us tease apart a soliloquy in search of a character.
Ensemble Building
Run by Adam Milano
A strong ensemble is based in trust, respect, group mind, common movement vocabulary, and risk. This class will introduce all of the aforementioned tenets of ensemble in an effort to add to the artist's toolbox. Students will be asked to move around, participate in group work and keep an open mind.

April 2017 Classes

Acrobatics
Run by St. John Bosco Academy for Flippin' Idjits
This fast-paced class will give students a basic introduction to acrobatics, dance, and stunt work. It will be geared towards all skill levels; no prior experience is necessary, and intermediate and advanced students are welcome to take the opportunity to refine their technique. We'll begin with a warm-up, before moving on to basic rolls, cartwheels, and breakfalls. Techniques and skills can be adapted and altered to better fit the specific needs and aptitudes of each student.
Musical Theatre Audition Coaching
Run by David Hugo
During this workshop I will teach what I consider the four basic essential components of performance that can be used in many different styles of music:
  • Objective-what the performer wants while performing their music
  • Obstacle- what stands in the way of achieving your objective
  • Action- the means of achieving your objective.
  • Personal source
These terms are taken from the Moscow Arts theatre in Russia, taught by the master teacher Constantine Stanislavsky at the end of the 19th century. I use these terms to help my students to connect deeply to their music and to play action in order to achieve their objective.
The Physicality of Theater
Run by Dave Milo
The Physicality of Theater is a workshop designed to strengthen an actor's awareness of their body and its capabilities for storytelling. Participants will practice altering their posture, movement patterns, and expressions beyond their comfort zones in order to facilitate a complete transformation. Activities will include full-body stretching, silent storytelling and communication, movement and stride training, and others designed to extend an actor's range and confidence in their body. Comfortable clothing is needed, as the workshop will consist of many movement based exercises.
Rhythmic Tap
Run by Omar Edwards
Through a tailored 50 minute workshop, your students will acquire and enhance the essential rudimentary and fundamental tap steps of rhythmic combinations, auditory, verbal and kinetic comprehension while continuing to develop their innate ability to process and portray the dance as music. The workshop will include:
  • An introduction and performance piece.
  • Instruction of Rhythm, Timing and Technique of Hoofing.
  • Free style performance with workshop participants as performers.
Musical Theatre Coaching
Run by Jeff Blumenkrantz
Jeff will work with three to four participants who have prepared musical theatre songs. The primary focus will be on story-telling, i.e. how effectively the text is communicated. Other questions that will be broached: Is this a powerful song choice for this performer? Do the musical choices support the text?
Improv: Trusting Your Transformation
Run by Don Kilcoyne
In this class, we'll explore techniques for completely transforming yourself, physically, vocally and emotionally - instantaneously. The goal will be to be able to completely create, from scratch, a new improvised character in just five seconds.
Musical Theatre Dance
Run by Tim Santos
Learn a selection of original choreography focusing on traditional musical theater style, combined with practices and trends required of triple threat performers in the fast paced broadway world of today! After a brief warm-up this class will address establishing strong dance technique, strength, flexibility, endurance and tips for learning choreography quickly.
Precision Dance Techniques
Run by Tim Santos
Learn an original piece of choreography that will introduce precision dance vocabulary, tips and skills that are used on Broadway, at Radio City and beyond. This class will focus on flexibility, learning and executing choreographic details and working as an ensemble.
Tap
Run by Dormeshia Edwards
With a focus on basic tap vocabulary, clarity, and stamina, this open level class is sure to get your heart pumping and toes tapping. We'll start with a basic tap warm up, move across the floor, then finish up with a tap combination that everyone can sink their toes into. Tap shoes are highly recommended for this class. If you don't have tap shoes and would like to participate, any comfortable hard bottom shoe is acceptable.
Dance Audition Prep
Run by Laurie Crochet
Do you want to be more confident at dance auditions? Do you want to learn tips on how to pick up choreography more quickly?
Learn what a choreographer looks for at dance auditions. Avoid common mistakes that performers make at dance auditions. In this class students will learn techniques that they can practice and refine to help them learn choreography and perform choreography with confidence. Students will begin to feel more comfortable and utilize the tools learned at their next audition.
Musical Theatre Audition Technique
Run by Stephen Kaplan
What are the demands of auditioning for a musical? How can you nail your audition? In this workshop, we'll look at what makes a strong audition - from what material to pick and how to best present your material to how to speak to an accompanist and how to make sure you're remembered (for the right reasons!). Bring sheet music for a couple different songs and be prepared to get up and work if you'd like.
Understanding Shakespeare
Run by Glenn Stott
Watch your thoughts. They become words. Watch your words. They become deeds. Watch your deeds. They become your character. Much like this idiom, Shakespeare's characters live in a world where thought, word and deed are intricately connected. For actors deciphering these worlds and characters it is helpful to think of this idiom (somewhat) in reverse. Watch your words, they become thoughts. Watch your thoughts, they become deeds. Watch your deeds, they become your character. We will spend some time looking at Shakespeare's text and exploring some tools to help us tease apart a soliloquy in search of a character.
College Boot Camp
Run by Victoria Pero & Nancy Ringham
College Auditions, Pre-screens, Resumes, Headshots, BA, BFA, Monologues, Songbook, Interviews and that damn Essay.....HELP!!!
In this interactive, informative session, workshop leaders will bring their 20 plus years of experience in both the academic and professional fields to help you sort out the complicated and exciting process of applying to arts programs. Bring a laptop or a phone and we promise you'll be SO much more ready for the application process after College Boot Camp!
Stage Combat
Run by Alicia Rodis
An intro to stage combat. How do they make violence happen in theater, film, and tv? This class will show you how to punch, slap, and shove to make it realistic, without anyone getting hurt!
Wardrobe: Backstage on Broadway
Run by Joby Horrigan
The Ins and Outs of putting together a Broadway Show
Wardrobe Supervisor, Joby Horrigan, will take you through the process of putting together and then maintaining Wardrobe on a Broadway Show. She will discuss the many varied jobs within the Wardrobe Department and how they all work together to create magic on the Broadway Stage. Topics will include: The Art of the Quick Change, Setting up a show through Tech and Previews, Daywork…Maintaining the Costumes, Budgets and Staffing, Union Membership…..working under a contract, Creating the Costumes…Are they Built or Shopped?
Please come with questions……we will have fun!!!!
Stage Makeup
Run by Victoria Pero
Designer/Teacher Victoria Pero welcomes students to 2 hours of playing with make up! Using BCA's excellent supplies of high quality stage cosmetics, this class will encourage students to explore fantasy make up techniques in a free-style, supportive environment while learning tips and tricks about shading, highlighting, 2D-3D images and the art of illusion through make up.
Cold Read Monologue Prep
Run by Reegan McKenzie
This acting class will consist of preparation for cold reads and commercial auditions. I will introduce unique techniques for several different ways to approach the same text. Students will learn methods for cold read auditions (play or commercial) as well as master memorization.
Monologue Coaching
Run by Reegan McKenzie
This acting class will consist of monologue preparation and how to make your monologue stand out in auditions. This is a useful class for students who want to strengthen their current audition monologue.
Class participation: If you would like to read for this class, please email for we only have time for 6-8 people. Just viewing the class is also a great way to learn audition tips and tricks. First come, first serve.
Monologue Coaching
Run by Nancy Ringham
Nancy will be working with the participants on a prepared monologue in several areas. As all acting is reacting, she will approach the monologue as a dialogue, with focus on the technique of being in the moment and believability, and answering the questions: Who, What , Where, Why , and How.
Please bring a prepared monologue to the workshop, between 30-60 seconds if you would like to participate.
It's All in the Timing--Pacing, Timing and Urgency On-Stage
Run by Robin Irwin
Robin Irwin is an adjunct faculty member at Montclair State University and Producing Director of the Theatre Night Awards. Additional teaching credits include: NYU; NYFA and masterclasses with her creative partnership- Road Masters. In her former life she did some shows on Broadway and Off; National Tours and crazy bus tours in Europe. She has done voiceovers for everything from baby products to chainsaws and has sung with symphonies around the world; actually onstage--not just in the audience!