The Summer Masters Series is a one-week summer intensive program.
Classes are open to rising 9th graders through just-graduated 12th graders
Rates and Times are guaranteed for the 2017 Summer Masters Series
Limited to first 20 students rising 9th Graders - Graduating 12th Graders only.
First come first serve, a deposit of 50% is required to reserve a slot.
MT Jazz & Styles
Tome’ Cousin – has molded an award winning international career that includes collaborations in dance, theater, music, lm, photography, television and literature. BA: Dance History, and Choreography, Point Park University and MFA in New Media Art and Performance from Long Island University. He has appeared on Broadway, multiple National and international tours, on stage and in the creation process. Tome’ is noted master teacher and movement coach in the Broadway acting community and worldwide. He has been on the faculty of The Luigi Dance Studio NYC, The American Dance Machine for the 21st Century, The Alvin Ailey School, STEPS NYC, Point Park University, the National Ballet of Korea, the National Ballet of Poland, Kunferstadam Germany, Shanghai Musical Theater Academy in China and is currently on faculty at Carnegie Mellon University.
Vocal Health & Technique
Betsy Lawrence holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in both voice and music theater & a Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. She has many national television credits including the currently running “Red White and Rock“, “The American SoundTrack”, “More Rock at 50”, “My Music”, “The Roots of Rock and Roll”, “The British Invasion”, & “Roots in Country”. Betsy has backed up major recording such as FrankieValli, Frankie Avalon, BJ omas, Glen Cambell, Lulu, Connie Francis and many more. Betsy most recently returned from Nashville TN where she appeared as a featured soloist for two PBS television shows, singing country classics and 70’s classic rock. She’s featured on national radio and television commercials as well including one for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Captain Morgan’s Rum, & the “Silver Microphone” award winning Dad’s Dog food. Betsy was invited to sing at the United Nations for the “Nuclear Disarmament World- wide“ convention headed by Ted Turner & Mikhail Gorbachev as well as being invited to sing at the French embassy in Washington D.C. on numerous occasions. She has appeared as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony under the late Marvin Hamlisch, the Manhattan Philharmonic, and the River City Brass Band. A few of her operatic credits include New York City Opera Touring Company, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Center, and the American Opera Project in New York City.
Betsy is active in the Pittsburgh musical theater scene, doing roles most recently with Civic Light Opera & Pittsburgh Music eater. Internationally she appeared with Stella productions in Hamburg Germany.
Betsy has one of the most in demand vocal studios in Pittsburgh and has an active master class schedule. She is a founding member of RESONANZ , a 501 c3 non-profit concert series. Betsy is the director of the Carnegie Mellon University Jazz choir as well as an artist lecturer in operatic studies and jazz voice.
Choreographer: Can-Can, The Boys from Syracuse, 1776, Annie, Kiss Me Kate, Fiddler on the Roof, The Pajama Game, Bye, Bye Birdie, Oklahoma!, Oliver!, Bawdy: Off-Broadway's Biggest Little Vaudeville (Triad Theatre, NYC), the ballet Prelude A L'apres-Midi D'un Faune and various events featuring, Harold Prince, Judy Kuhn, Richard Maltby, Jr, David Shire, Charles Strouse, Dick Cavett, Billy Chrystal, Marvin Hamlish, Karen Ziemba, Joel Grey, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Jerry Orbach, Linda Lavin, James Earl Jones, Jesse L. Martin, Christine Lahti, John Kander, Fred Ebb, and more. Assistant Director/Choreographer: Hello, Dolly!, Evita, West Side Story, The New York Idea (Off-Broadway, Lucille Lortel Theatre; Atlantic Theatre Company), Summer Stock NYC (Schimmel Center for the Arts, NYC), The Usher's Ball, Times Square: The Musical, Working (Atlas Theater, NYC), the A.R.T./NY 2015 Benefit (Tribecca Rooftop, NYC), the Bulova Birthday Celebration (Macy's 34th Street, NYC), Evita, City of Angels, The Golden Books National Tour, The Golden Books Read-In, The Save the Children Benefit (Bellagio, Las Vegas), The Tisch Gala of 2000 (Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, NYC), The Tisch Gala of 2006 (Broadway, St. James Theatre), The Tisch Salutes of 2007 (Town Hall, NYC), The Tisch Salute of 2008 (Madison Square Garden), NYU Campaign Gala (The Plaza Hotel, NYC). Performance: National/International Tours: Hello, Dolly!; National Tours: Crazy for You; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Regional Productions: over 60, including: A Chorus Line (Greg), West Side Story (Arab), Cats (Munkastrap), Cinderella (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Music Man, Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), Chicago, The Fantastics, Peter Pan, Mame, Gypsy, She Loves Me, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical (The Cat In The Hat), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma!, The Most Happy Fella, Carousel, The Secret Garden, Will Rogers Follies, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Singing in the Rain, Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (York Theatre, NYC), Footloose, Guys and Dolls, Joseph..., South Pacific, Jaques Briel..., A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck), The Mousetrap (Christopher Wren). Ballets: Little Women, The Nutcracker. Awards Ceremonies: The Abbott Awards (Copacabana, NYC). TV: The Quest; and various voice-overs. Radio: National Public Radio. Dance Faculty: New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Undergraduate Drama; Molloy College; New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Acting Program; CAP21; Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Richard E. Rauh Conservatory. Education: Interlochen Arts Academy; B.F.A., NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. Proud member of AEA.
Acting for the Camera & Casting
The Talent Group was founded in 1994 by Stephen Black and Richard Kohn. Together they have over fifty years combined experience in the entertainment industry; in front of the camera, as agents and in television and film production. Mr. Black was a successful actor, director and highly respected acting teacher in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles. He is one of six national representatives for the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Mr. Kohn was a voice-over agent at J. Michael Bloom & Associates in New York representing such talent as James Earl Jones, Kathleen Turner, Wesley Snipes and Alec Baldwin. In Los Angeles, Richard was the Director of Program Development for D. L. Taffner where he developed television pilots for all four major networks.
MT Jazz & Styles
Jerreme Rodriguez is a New York based Theater Artist currently in Pittsburgh performing in The CLO Cabaret production of Miss. Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage. Other Pittsburgh Credits include Lucian in WIG OUT! With Pittsburgh Repertory Theater, and numerous productions with Pittsburgh Musical Theater. He was last seen as the Emcee in Cabaret at Mary Moody Northen Theater in Austin, Texas and has performed with Austin Playhouse and Austin Lyric Opera. Jerreme was also seen as Greg in the National Tour of A Chorus Line directed by Baayork Lee. He was assistant Director/Choreographer for All Shook Up at Theater at The Center, The Lost in NYC at the Wild Project, and Choreographer for a workshop of Adultolescence presented at Shetler Studios. In New York, Jerreme is a librettist in The BMI Lehman Engle Musical Theater Workshop where he focuses on creating New Musical Theater Works. He has originated the roles of Mikael/Reina in Theater 167’s I Like To Be Here, Abe O’Brian in M33 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, and Count Portabello in Helldrivers of Daytona. Proud alumni of Interlochen Arts Academy and Point Park University, Jerreme places great value in Theatrical Training and Furthered Education.