The Musical Theater Summer Intensive is excited to introduce you to five new additions to it’s faculty !
BRITT SHUBOW KESHNER
Assistant to the Director
Showcase Production Assistant
Christopher Lee is working on a Bachelor’s in Music Education with a minor in Latin Music Performance at Berklee. He has performed in venues nationwide, including Carnegie Hall, The Knitting Factory, and more. Chris interned at the National Guitar Workshop and volunteers with Genuine Voices, the National Guitar Workshop, and the City Music Mentorship. He is also involved in the Berklee Poetry Club, serving as a student leader, and is a member the Berklee Slam Team. He volunteered at the National Poetry Slam 2011, and the innaugrual Louder Than A Bomb presented by MASS LEAP, and has performed his poetry in the Berklee Performance Center, the Berklee Gala for the Giant Steps campaign, Berklee Liberal Arts conferences, and the Boston Book Festival. He currently collaborates with his band, I Kill Giants, who just released their first EP, the critically acclaimed “Let It Out.”
ORIGINAL POST (5/10/12):
We are very pleased to announce the A-list faculty members joining us on campus this summer for Berklee’s first-ever Musical Theater Summer Intensive led by Program Director Caroline Harvey.
Program director Caroline Harvey is an internationally renowned performer, writer, and educator. Her writing has been featured in print, film, and television—including season five of HBO’s Def Poetry—and she was most recently featured at in the U.S. embassy in Belgrade, Serbia. Harvey is an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music and also teaches at berkleemusic.com, Berklee’s home for online education. She is currently a Pushcart Prize nominee. Harvey has performed and taught at schools and organizations nationwide, including YouthSpeaks, the Esalen Institute, Lesley University, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. She is honored to have shared stages and classrooms with such artists as Mos Def, Livingston Taylor, Alicia Keys, Melissa Ferrick, Susie Bright, Dave Chappelle, Donna De Lory, and many others.
Harvey is passionate about merging the traditional with the cutting edge. She sees musical theater as a critical part of any thriving art world and loves it for its ability to entertain, inspire, and transform audiences. She also conceives of musical theater a way to build vital performance skills for musicians, actors, writers, and other creative souls who strive to be in the public eye as world changers, educators, civil activists, and more. The tools we learn in the musical theater world can translate onto whatever stages we choose to stand, and help to make us more energetic, more aware, and more vibrant communicators wherever we are.
Harvey notes that at one time, the top ten hits and the songs of Broadway’s musical theater scene were one and the same. This speaks to the power of musical theater to be an important tool for cultural change and influence, and she strives to help usher musical theater more fully into the mainstream once again. As a musical theater educator she honors the classics and also encourages new work that is current, relevant, and inspiring to our ever-widening global world. Shows like Hair and Rent continue to make huge impacts on us because these musicals addressed real, current issues and inspired immediate feelings of community, curiosity, and hope. Harvey aims to inspire musical theater students in that same way: to nurture artists to make and perform the work that moves their hearts, heals their worlds, and entertains audiences across the globe.
Core Faculty: Acting and Stage Performance
Ariel Shafir is a Guest Lecturer with NYU Tisch School For the Arts at the New Studio on Broadway & the Meisner Studio. He is a resident company member of Stage13/Studio13 in NYC where he is the writer/co-star for the upcoming internet series The9thDot.com and recent M’Larky series on Comedy Central. Honored for his performances in Regional Theater, Ariel has helped productions earn the following awards: Barrymore Award for Mouahad’s Scorched at the Wilma in Philadelphia, Suzi Bass Award for Steve Martin’s The Underpants at the Alliance in Atlanta, and Jeff Award for Best Stage Fights as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Ariel most recently played Uzi in the world premiere of Captors directed by Peter Dubois at The Huntington Theater in Boston, and John in David Mamet’s two-hander, A Life in the Theater. Ariel has appeared in the following films: What Happens Next, Bride Wars, What Happens in Vegas, Dan Fogler’s Hysterical Psycho and upcoming Don Peyote. You can also find Ariel’s talents on the following TV shows: 30Rock, Army Wives, and One Life to Live.
Core Faculty: Voice
Lilli Wosk is a vocal coach, musical director, and accompanist in New York City. She has served as Musical Director for New York Theatre Barn, The Gallery Players, Astoria Performing Arts Center, and Jaradoa Theatre Company. She is an affiliate of the Larry Singer Studios (Voted Best Acting Coach for the Backstage Readers Choice Award), and also accompanies for master classes with Broadway casting directors. In her private coaching studio, her method combines breath and text based story telling with Estill Voice Training. Lilli’s clients have been cast in the Broadway and touring companies of musicals that include Book Of Mormon, Ghost, Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Porgy & Bess, Memphis, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, In The Heights, West Side Story, Avenue Q, Rent, and Grease.
JO ANN CIMATO
Showcase Director, Core Faculty
Jo Ann Cimato is a New York based acting teacher, stage director and dramaturg. She teaches at the Beacon School in Manhattan where her productions include The Who’s Tommy, Pippin and the east coast school debuts ofRent, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and most recently Spring Awakening. Beacon students have received eight years of accolades from the Educational Theatre Association under Ms. Cimato’s direction and have continued their training at top programs including Boston University, Columbia, Princeton, Ithaca, Purchase, and Carnegie Mellon. Professional credits include Falsettos, Midsummer, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Little Shop among others. A trained classical singer, Ms. Cimato started performing professionally while still in high school. Her favorites include - Jesus Christ Superstar, A Little Night Music, Godspell and My Fair Lady. Ms. Cimato has taught students at the Battersea Arts Centre in the United Kingdom, the New York City Summer Arts Institute at the Frank Sinatra High School of the Performing Arts and the Boston University Summer Training Institute. She coaches privately in her studio in Brooklyn, NY and holds a BFA Boston University and Masters from New York University.
Musical Director, Core Faculty: Improvisation
Bill Grady has worked professionally in NYC for the past 10 years as a Singer/Songwriter, Sound Designer and Sound Engineer for such theaters as Lincoln Center 3, MCC Theatre, The Long Wharf, The Duke, and Theatre For A New Audience. Grady got his start as an undergraduate at Boston University’s School for the Arts where he co-wrote the original musical “The Call of The Wild” based on Jack London’s famed book. This production was showcased at the American College Theater Festival. Grady also is an accomplished Singer/Songwriter and has been highlighted many times at NYC’s Songwriter’s Beat. Grady’s most recent album, A Room Called Home, has been called a “minor miracle…delightfully edgy and enigmatic folk album… Grady has a rapid-fire lyrical style reminiscent of Ani Difranco and a melodic sense reminiscent of Jason Mraz.” He also works with the award-winning Beacon High School in NYC as a band leader, teacher and musical director. Most recently, Grady could be found running sound for MCC Theater’s most recent production, Carrie. He is know for his quick-witted lyricism and uncanny knack for crafting musicals out of thin air.
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