Join us for the first Jerry Awards Production Team Intensive August 1-3, 2019! This conference is designed for production team members working in high school musical theater. Participating Jerry Awards Program schools will have the first opportunity to register.
Registration Cost includes:
- A ticket to see the National Broadway Tour of Anastasia on Thursday, August 1
- Talk back with the cast included after the show
- Access to all scheduled sessions – see tentative schedule below
- Access to the resource hall
- Continental breakfast & lunch on Friday and Saturday
- Exclusive Creative Presentation of an original musical in-development
Sessions are designed for cross discipline learning and appropriate for all members of your production team. All workshop leaders are being selected from those working currently on Broadway and as workshop leaders confirm we will update and announce them.
CONFERENCE SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
THE DESIGNER: Design is an integration of vision to create and build an original set that empowers your cast and elevates your production. Collaborating with directors, choreographers, producers, and designers is key to success.
THE DIRECTOR: “Putting it Together” takes a director who can skillfully merge all the elements together to create cohesive story telling “bit by bit.” This collaborative effort draws on the unique vision of the creative team to maximize every component to convey the shows message.
THE CHOREOGRAPHER: From Hammerstein to Hamilton, this workshop will explore the history and influences of dance in musical theatre and deconstruct various styles, techniques and trends of different choreographers. Learn how to research and develop your own inspired choreography and use movement effectively to tell the story.
THE MUSIC DIRECTOR: Music enhances every aspect of the story. From picking a show and running auditions to the rehearsal process and performances, learn how to approach a large production musically.
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS: During lunch on Friday participants will be able to select from numerous topics regarding staging a high school musical production. Topics will be determined from suggestions generated through the application.
CREATIVE CONVERSATION: Facilitated conversation with cast and production team members from Anastasia discussing the creation of the work. A question and answer time will follow.
LICENSING PANEL: Representatives from the musical theater licensing houses will host a conversation about what’s new in the licensing world and the do’s/don’ts of producing a high school musical.
VOCAL AUDITION: High school students will participate in a vocal coaching session led by a cast or production member from Anastasia. Conference attendees will watch the coaching to experience a Broadway coaching session.
DANCE: High school students will participate in a dance workshop session led by a cast member from Anastasia. Conference attendees are welcome to join the students or learn through observation.
TECH: Conference attendees will have the opportunity to join crew members from Anastasia as they lead a backstage tour of the touring set.
IN DEVELOPMENT – CREATIVE PRESENTATION: Jacob Yandura and Rebecca Greer Melocik discuss their latest project heading towards Broadway – HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO. This presentation will include performances of their work.
Space is limited! Register today!
Confirmed Session Leaders Bios
PAUL CANAAN has performed on Broadway in Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, La Cage Aux Folles, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Miss Saigon. As a producer he partnered with director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell to launch The Original Production Inc., a dance licensing company that, in partnership with Music Theater International and Theatrical Rights Worldwide, offers high schools and other amateur theaters the opportunity to learn and perform original Broadway choreographer. As a theater educator, he co-founded Take It From The Top with Tony-nominated actress Laura Bell Bundy to give students the opportunity to explore theater with mentoring Broadway professionals. He has developed arts programs with the Broadway League and Broadway.com and served as artistic director for the Broadway Dreams Foundation.
DAN KNECHTGES is a Tony nominated director and choreographer whose Broadway credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Xanadu, 110 in the Shade, Sondheim on Sondheim and Lysistrata Jones. His off-Broadway credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which he received the Lucille Lortel Award nomination, Outstanding Choreographer; Vanities: A New Musical and Citizen Ruth. He currently serves as Artistic Director of Theatre Under the Stars in Houston, TX. The organization conducts the high school musical theater awards program, The Tommy Tune Awards.
JACOB YANDURA and REBEKAH GREER MELOCIK are a New York City based songwriting team. Most recently, Jacob and Rebekah are at work with 21-time Tony Award winning director Harold Prince on an adaptation of the 2015 Peabody Award-winning documentary HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO. Their other projects include THE LAST QUEEN OF CANAAN (book by Harrison David Rivers), THE COUP, and WRINGER, a commission by New York City Children’s Theater, based on the novel by Jerry Spinelli (Off-Broadway; New York City Center Stage II). Recent recognitions include: 2016 Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist, the 2015 NAMT Festival of New Musicals (THE LAST QUEEN OF CANAAN), Ars Nova’s two-year UNCHARTED residency (THE COUP), and the 2014 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals.
AARON RHYNE Broadway designs include: ANASTASIA (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award), A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder (Drama Desk Award), Bonnie and Clyde. Off Broadway: This Ain’t No Disco (Atlantic), Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Westside), Bootycandy (Playwrights Horizons), Appropriate (Signature), Water by the Spoonful, Lonely, I’m Not, The Blue Flower, All New People (Second Stage), Wild with Happy (The Public Drama Desk Nomination), Graceland (Lincoln Center). Opera: The Thirteenth Child (Santa Fe Opera), The Ghosts of Versailles (LA Opera), La Traviata (Wolftrap), Florencia en el Amazonas (Florida Grand, Opera Colorado, Utah Opera). www.aaronrhyne.com
Contact Programming and Community Engagement Manager Karra Beach