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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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…
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!
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.
Check out this cool video from popsugar.com 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.
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The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) is now accepting submissions for this season's Mike Ockrent Fellowship opportunity observing Jeff Calhoun as he directs Bonnie & Clyde on Broadway. The Fellowship begins full-time with first rehearsal on October 3 and runs through opening night, December 1. Limited pre-production work may begin mid-September.
Directors, choreographers, and director/choreographers are eligible for this Fellowship. The Fellow is paid a stipend of $5000 and must be available for the entire Fellowship period. The Fellow will be selected by a Selection Committee made up of professional directors & choreographers.
If you are interested in being considered for the Fellowship, contact Ockrent@SDCweb.org.
The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) will be hosting an open call forNYMF's Next Broadway Sensation on Thursday, September 8th from 12-6pm at New World Stages (340 W. 50th Street). Callbacks (and a limited number of scheduled appointments) will be on Saturday, September 10th from 1-6pm, also at New World Stages.
CAP21 Alumni may directly e-mail Jason Haft at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule appointments for Saturday Slots are not guaranteed until confirmed and will be granted based on availability.
The competition runs on three consecutive Saturday evenings at 10:30pm at New World Stages: September 17th, September 24th, and October 1st.
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Check out Julie Benko and Chasten Harmon performing with the National Tour of Les Miserables on America's Got Talent.
Laura Darrell recently performed a line up of songs at Wicked Willys on Bleecker St. in NYC.
Leah Horowitz and Matty Stuart have announced their engagement!
Kevin Metzger is joining the national tour of Young Frankenstein as ensemble and covering the roles of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein and Igor.
Dan Pacheco is playing Boq in the national tour of Wicked.
Krysta Rodgriguez is appearing in the world premiere of St. Ex ant the Weston Playhouse.
Molly Stoller recently appeared in Plastic Flamingo Presents Fit: A new Play at the Teatro LATEA.
Shaina Taub recently celebrated the release of her debut EP, "What Otters Do," with a free concert featuring Broadway vocalists (and fellow CAP21 alumni) Carrie Manolakos, Ato Blankson-Wood, Grace McLean, Kate Ferber, Alex Goley at Rockwood Music Hall. To check out her album, click here.
Dana Winkle recently appeared in Curtains at Paper Mill Playhouse and Theatre Under the Stars. She is not appearing in Walnut Street Theatres production of Aspects of Love.
Elisa Winter will be performing in John Doyle's latest show Ten Cents A Dance at the McCarter Theatre as Miss Jones One.
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Susan Cameron's new book, Perfecting Your English Pronunciation, is now available on Amazon.com.
Alex Gemignani is appearing in the world premiere of St. Ex at the Weston Playhouse.
Join Ryan Murray on Wednesday evenings for, "Total Body Workout Class". Classes will be offered at CAP21 throughout the summer from 6:30-8:00pm. Cost is just $10.00. ALL fitness levels welcome. Bring your mat and a bottle of water, and get ready to sweat!
Starting Monday August 15, CAP21 alum and dance faculty member, Austin Eyer, will be teaching a Open Jazz Class at CAP21. The class is geared toward an intermediate level, but all levels are welcome.
Classes are 90 minutes and meet from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at CAP21 Studios, 6th Floor. Classes will consist of a 30 minute warm up, a short across the floor technique review and then culminates in a Jazz combination taught at "dance audition speed". Drop in for a single class for $12
For more information email Austin at JAustinEyer@aol.com or join the group Austin Eyer's Open Dance Class on Facebook.
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The 5th floor is up and running!
And we now have 9 additional, state of the art studio spaces available for rent, with special rates for alumni, AEA, SAG, & AFTRA Members.
For more information contact, Michael Fudge at 212.807-0202 ext. 11 or email@example.com.