Acting and Directing in Musical Theater

A practical, hands-on introduction to acting and directing in musical theater. The course will require students to prepare songs and scenes from selected musicals with an eye to how best to approach the particular challenges the scene presents.

Sample reading list:
Larson, Rent
Adler, Ross, Abbott, Pajama Game
Hollman and Kotis, Urinetown
G&I Gershwin, Kaufman, Ryskind, Of Thee I Sing
Bernstein, Comden & Green, On The Town
Schwartz and Holzman, Wicked

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading and listening to the assigned musicals, as well as preparing scene work — as actors and directors — from the musicals. Students are expected to read 50-100 pages per week of selected reading.

Please complete the brief form below to apply for this course.

John Rando won a Tony Award for his direction of the musical Urinetown in 2002 and is celebrated for his production of the plays of David Ives.



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Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm


John Rando