ReCAP: September 2011


A Message From Eliza:


Hello Actors!

I want you to come and work for us! The CAP21 Theatre Company employs over 150 Alumni every year in the Round Table Readings of New Work, Monday Night Concert Readings for the public, and our Off Off Broadway Productions. Just email my assistant James Yates with your headshot/resume and any questions! Please check out our new website. Come out to see what we are doing. We are moving in the direction of our greatest dream; a Performing Arts Center. I welcome you to be a part of it.

Eliza Ventura, Artistic Director

 James Yates, Executive Assistant


The Newest Addition to the Alumni News!


Each month we will feature a new CAP21 Alumni. Check out what Alum

Renee (Bonadio) Palermo

has been up to...


What have you been up to since you finished training at CAP21?

After I graduated from CAP, I did the NYC actor/auditioning thing for about seven years.  I was very fortunate to work on national tours and at many wonderful regional theatres right out of school.  During that time I also taught dance (my minor was in Dance Education).  I even taught in CAP 21's summer program.  Right after I got married,  I began commuting to NJ to teach at the studio that I now own and run as the Artistic Director. Over the past 9 years, with great collaborators, I have built up a very solid program that teaches all forms of dance, as well as acting and voice to children ages 2-18.  We have amazingly talented teachers, most of who commute from the city, to work with our students.  We train not only recreational kids, but also kids who are looking to pursue Musical Theatre as a career.  My "Company Kids" as we refer to them are on a set curriculum that I designed based on the core classes I was given as a freshman at CAP 21.  I aim to help children become "actors who sing and dance" as I was taught to be at CAP 21.  I have also written a young children's Musical Theatre Curriculum called Leap 'N Learn© for Musical Theatre.  As of last summer, that book is being sold to studio owners and those who teach higher education all over the world.

How do you balance running a business and raising a family?

Very carefully! My husband and I have 3 children, ages 5, 3, and 5 months.  My husband also owns his own business and works in the city.  Then there's the studio; which consists of my business partner, 2 admin, 15 teachers, 300 students, their 600 parents, and myself! It's a wonderful challenge that is exciting, rewarding, and exhausting.  Here's what I've learned so far that I find works for me…

  • Surround yourself with great people who get it and have a great sense of humor!
  • Don't try to be super woman.  Delegate clearly and politely.
  • Say thank you… A LOT!
  • Have great child-care help, pay them well and make them a part of your family.  He or she has the most important job of all!
  • Get up an hour earlier to get organized when it's quiet.  I do my best work between 5:00 and 6:30 AM, before the rest of the house is awake.  Sometimes the work is creative, or even exercising while listening to my iPod for new music for class.  (That's on a really good day, mostly the work time involves coffee, my lap top, and sitting)
  • Go out with just your partner or spouse, as much as you can, like really out.  At least once a month. This is your most important partner of all!
  • Make your family time, family time, turn off your phone and your Facebook.
  • Do something for yourself everyday.  I take myself out for a working lunch once a week to a place I really like, sit alone, and read or do something work related.  Good food and no quilt, because I'm getting work done.
  • Hire someone to clean your house or apartment. If you can get someone to do your laundry too, you are golden. Then all you have to do is try to make enough money to pay for all this help!

Speaking from your experiences, how was it transitioning from Performer to Teacher to Business Owner/Artistic Director?

I think I am lucky in that my transitions just kind of happened.  Right time, right, place, and my willingness to take the risk made for the perfect storm.  People often ask me if I miss performing, and I honestly don't.  I have a passion for working with children and directing.  I also knew that I wanted to have a family and live outside the city, and this career allows me that while still being creative.  I think that was the key for me, staying creative, and finding a different type of outlet for the musical theatre dork that I always be.  I do wish that I had taken a few business courses when I was in school.  I have had to learn most of it as I go.  I also learned that I love running a business!

What's next for you?

Well, I am famous for having big plans! I'm currently writing a Musical Theatre summer camp syllabus to go sell along with the original one I wrote 2 years ago.  I have started teaching teachers at Dance Teacher Conventions, and I look forward to doing more of that type of work.  As for the studio, I would love to have a second and/or bigger location that is an arts complex, including a small theatre and other performance spaces.  I see that space as one that could house other arts businesses, kids art classes, film classes, writing, baby music classes, etc.  I would like to become a real arts center within the community.  I would also like to have a semi professional theatre company, a sleep away summer theatre camp, and an arts high school! Just a few things …but no more kids of my own.  We really love the three we have and they keep us plenty busy.

Great thanks so much Renee!

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I'm A Huge Fan: Ann Hathaway:

Check out this cool video from featuring CAP21 alum Anne Hathaway. Areeba is a big fan of Anne Hathaway, and now she's off on an adventure in NYC to go through a series of challenges to get into the mindset of the Oscar-nominated actress before interviewing her. One of her challenges is stopping by CAP21 to learn a about what it takes to train in Musical Theatre.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3


If we missed you in any of the below listings please let us know and we'll put you in right away! Click Here.

ALUMS ON TV:  Bradford Anderson (General Hospital), Kristen Bell (Gossip Girl, Heroes, House of Lies), Justine Cotsonas (As the World Turns), Melissa Fumero (Gossip Girl), Jamie Lee Kirchner (Mercy), Karla Mosley (Guiding Light), Ryan Murray (Guiding Light), Matthew Morrison (Glee), Ali Stroker (Sesame Street), Jason Tam (One Life To Live).

ALUMS ON BROADWAY:  Cara Cooper (Jersey Boys), Holly Davis (Sister Act), Emilee Dupre (The People in the Picture), Jared Gertner (Book of Morman), Geoffrey Goldberg (Mary Poppins), Liana Hunt (Mamma Mia), Nikki M. James (Book of Mormon), Tony Mansker (Mary Poppins), Dennis Moench (Mary Poppins), Jacob Pinion (Mamma Mia), Nick Spangler (The Book of Mormon).

ALUMS ON TOUR:   Hannah Chin (Mary Poppins), Emily Cramer (SHREK), Laura Dysarczyk (Wicked), Elizabeth Early (Mary Poppins), Brandon Espinosa (Bring It On),  Eric Giancola (Mary Poppins), Geoffrey Goldberg (Mary Poppins), Liana Hunt (Mamma Mia), Adam Jacobs (The Lion King), Jared Joseph (Dreamgirls), Lisa Kassay (Mary Poppins), Caroline Kettrell (Alice: A Rock Opera/Pocahontas), Nicole Laurenzi (Mamma Mia), Marissa Lupp (Wicked), Carrie Manolakos (Wicked), Matthew Myers (Jesus Christ Superstar), Dan Pacheco (Wicked), Juliette Pannone (Annie),  Chuck Rea (Mary Poppins), Ryann Redmond (Bring It On),  Pearl Sun (Next to Normal).

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