We are excited to have artist and alumna Stephanie Colavito join us and offer drama workshops. If you have missed being on stage, this is a great opportunity to work with a stage professional (and Bapst graduate) who can help you develop your craft. Email Ms. Burns with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the workshops
This is offered at no cost to you.
If interested… email Ms. Burns soon and she’ll send you the link to the sign up! email@example.com
All workshops will run from 2:15-3:45 in Sekera Auditorium.
Limited to 12 students. If you sign up & need to cancel, email Ms. Burns immediately. If it fills up, email Ms. Burns and she’ll put you on a waiting list in case there is a cancellation.
Wear comfy clothes and bring a water bottle; you will be moving around!
Masks and 6′ distancing is required.
ACTING: EXPLORATION OF VIEWPOINTS – Tuesdays: April 13 and 27
(This is a 2 day workshop. It’s best if you attend BOTH days as skills will be built from part 1 to part 2. If you can only make one day please refrain from signing up BUT email Ms. Burns and she’ll put you on the wait list …if there is an opening that day we’ll make it work!)
Viewpoints is a physical and creative process, pioneered by Anne Boggart and Tina Landau, and is a process often used to devise work as a group and as an individual. Viewpoints is a rehearsal process, it is a style, it is a means of discovery , it is a form of play for any artist no matter their discipline (contemporary, classical, acting, song, music, dance, etc) Topics covered will include: tempo, duration, kinesthetic Response, Repetition, shape, gesture, architecture, spatial relationship, and topography.
THEATRE MOVEMENT/DANCE: DANCE CONTINUATION of the Story – Thursday, April 29
Stephanie said…”I had a teacher say ‘There are no dance breaks! There is only dance continuation of the story!'”
This workshop would be geared towards telling musical theatre stories through movement/dance. All levels welcome!! (Ms. Burns will be there and we all know her dancing skills are minimal!)
VOICE: ACTING THROUGH SONG AND THE MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION – Thursday, May 13
This workshop would be an opportunity for students to sing a song they are working on, or a song they love, or a song they would audition with. They will receive individual feedback in a group setting. Not everyone who attends has to sing, but it is encouraged! This workshop would be geared to singing in an audition setting, but also catered towards individual growth and confidence.
Stephanie has extensive training in music, theatre, and dance, and is a proud alum of the Burns Studio, excited to be returning as an instructor.
Stephanie graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee with a BFA in Musical Theatre (’18) and an emphasis in Songwriting. During her time at the conservatory, she studied voice with Kevin Wilson and Cathy Rand and songwriting with Kevin Siegfried. She was a selected finalist at the “Curtain Up” Songwriting Competition where her original song “Juliet on the Balcony” was fully orchestrated and performed at the Berklee Performance Center. While attending the conservatory, Stephanie participated in workshops and masterclasses with Michael Cassera, Richard Fisher, and Merri Sugarmen of Tara Rubin Casting, among others.
Professionally, Stephanie has enjoyed working as an actor, vocalist, dancer, music director, and young arts educator in Bangor, Boston, New York City, and Seattle. As a proud local, Stephanie grew up performing at the Next Generation Theatre, John Bapst Memorial High School, and the Penobscot Theatre Dramatic Academy. She made her professional acting debut at 16, cast in the role of Sis in Penobscot Theatre’s touring production of “I am the Brother of Dragons.” She continues to work on the PTC Main Stage and has been seen as the Star-to-Be in “Annie,” Cinderella in “Cinderella: A New Telling of an Old Tale,” and most recently as Sophie in “Mamma Mia!” During her time in Seattle, Stephanie was represented by Big Fish NW Talent and has worked in commercial and film.
Stephanie has a wide range of experience working with students of all ages. She has interned with The Broadway Workshops (NYC) as an assistant choreographer with their Children’s Music Theatre Festival. Immediately following her graduation from the Boston Conservatory, Stephanie began working for the Boston Ballet School as a teaching assistant for their educational outreach programs: ECI on Location and CityDance. As a member of this teaching staff, Stephanie had the privilege of working all over Boston in the public schools systems and community centers dancing with hundreds of students.
As a professional music director and vocal coach, Stephanie has worked for the Penobscot Theatre Dramatic Academy with their summer productions of “The Addams Family Musical,” “Les Miserables,” and “Bye Bye Birdie.” Stephanie music directed for the Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre in Seattle, WA and during the Covid-19 Pandemic went on to music direct their fully virtual production of “Rodgers and Hammerstein: Cinderella.”
Stephanie has studied Piano for twenty years and has been a student of Claudia Grispin and Ginger Hwalek. She studied Viola with Laura Gallucci and Julie Ewing, performing with the BSYO and the John Bapst Chamber Ensemble.
Coming soon in the Fall of 2021, Stephanie will be pursing her MFA in Performing Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).