THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF OUR FIRST EVER MASTER CLASS SERIES!!
The Patriot Players' directors are proud to announce FRIDAY VIRTUAL MASTER CLASSES! Each Friday, September 18 - November 20, we have invited theatre professionals from many different cities and areas of expertise to lead unique MASTER CLASSES. Most classes will take place between 2:45-4 pm. These classes are FREE OF CHARGE for members of the Patriot Players! We hope you will join us for classes on MANY different topics including: dance, audition techniques, technical theatre, theatre management, inclusivity, working professionally in theatre and so much more!!
MASTER CLASS SCHEDULE:
MASTER CLASS #1: Dance: Fosse!
Friday, September 18, 2:45-3:30 pm
GUEST EDUCATOR: Rachael Britton Hart
More about the Master Artist: RACHAEL BRITTON HART
Rachael Britton Hart holds a BFA in dance performance and choreography from Temple University. After transitioning from professional concert dance to pursuing a career in musical theatre, Rachael has performed regionally at the Fulton Theatre (Guys and Dolls, Aladin), Westchester Broadway Theatre (An American in Paris) and with Prather Entertainment (West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Phantom). She performed on the national tour of the Broadway revival of Pippin as an ensemble member and understudy for three principle roles. It was through Pippin that she began working closely with choreographer Chet Walker on both the Fosse style and Jack Cole technique/repertoire while workshopping a new musical in process: Being Jack Cole. Rachael was a soloist in a collaboration with Mr. Walker, Stephen Schwartz and Shaun McKenna, titled “Boy on the Roof,” which was created and performed at Jacob’s Pillow. Most recently, Rachael has assisted in the creative process and performed in Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids events choreographed by James Kinney. She is certified in Steele Pilates and has taught in NYC at Crunch Fitness, Steps on Broadway and works one on one with senior clients. rachaelbrittonhart.com.
MASTER CLASS #2: Broadway Performance Coaching
Friday, September 25, 3:00-4:00 pm
GUEST EDUCATOR: Justin Guarini
More about the Master Artist: JUSTIN GUARINI
Justin Guarini is an American singer, musician, actor, host, educator and record producer (oh, and CB EAST GRAD AND PATRIOT PLAYER ALUM!!) Check out more about Justin's career and theatre education philosohies at his webpage: https://i-live-to-perform.mykajabi.com/justin-guarini-live Justin is looking forward to working with the Patirot Players in this unique master class that you won't want to miss!
MASTER CLASS #3: Inclusivity and Representation in Visual Arts Spaces
Friday, October 2, 2:45-3:30 pm
GUEST EDUCATOR: Nadia Ureña
More about the Master Artist: NADIA URENANadia Ureña is an active performer and dance researcher who aims to intersect dance with Non-Western cultural and media studies. She earned a BA in Dance and Media & Communications from Muhlenberg College and was the recipient of the Seena Marcus Award. While at Muhlenberg, she was selected to perform at the American College Dance Association Conference and spent a semester abroad at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. There she studied modern, ballet, and improvisation, as well as various non traditional dance styles including African, Tarantella, Butoh, and Tanztheatre. Nadia has had the opportunity to work with professional artists such as Israeli choreographer Sharon Vanzana, Former Paul Taylor Company Member Orion Duckstein, Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, and Randall Anthony Smith. Recently, Nadia starred in the short film Aliyah, which told the story of Jewish immigrants relocating to the Ukraine by the non-profit company Boots on the Ground Theatre. She was a member of Dance Max Moving Company, a performance ensemble dedicated to bringing art education to elementary schools in the Allentown and Philadelphia school districts. Nadia is also an active choreographer and contributed to Muhlenberg College’s Studio and Main Stage productions of Lin Manuel Miranda’s “21 Chump Street.” She has worked as the Social Media Intern for 954 Dance Movement Collective, a spacious dance studio available to performers in Philadelphia. She is currently serving on two committees, with Muhlenberg College’s Theatre and Dance Department and with Boots on the Ground, to promote equity and inclusion in the arts.
MASTER CLASS #4: Scenic Design & How Understanding Technical Theatre Made Me a Better Actor
Friday, October 9, 2:45-3:30 pm
GUEST EDUCATOR: Danny Cistone
More about the Master Artist: Danny Cistone
Danny Cistone has over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He is a member of the Art Director’s Guild specializing in film and Television Design. Currently he is designing the Stop-Motion Animation film “Astray.” His most recent credits include Season 2 of Black Jesus for Adult Swim, Seasons 2 and 3 of Disney XD’s #1 hit Walk The Prank and Punk’d for Quibi.
Danny’s experience in nearly all aspects of filmmaking, and his ability to communicate across departments, enables him to design with flexibility, mindfulness, and a passion for creating a world that is not just a backdrop, but a character in and of itself. He has embraced the challenges of shooting an entire season on location with limited budgets and time (Final Witness - ABC/ Disney, School Spirits - SyFy). His flashy, exuberant designs have been seen on giant stadium screens (Katy Perry’s Candifornia Tour, The Eagles’ History of the Eagles Tour and Pink’s European Tour). He has artfully executed the vision of the first SAG deaf director for a feature film (No Ordinary Hero) and his stage sets have won numerous accolades (multiple Ovation and LA Drama Critics Circle nominations).
Danny’s early experience as an actor and subsequent director paved the way for his work as a notable, in-demand designer. He is a Broadway veteran with over ten years of experience performing and touring with such productions as Gypsy, Grease!, and Lost in Yonkers. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he continued to work steadily in film and television as an actor (Deuces Wild, General Hospital, Malcolm in the Middle, etc), while also working behind the scenes on over 100 productions. He moved easily between departments, learning the fundamentals of filmmaking and developing his own aesthetic and innovative ways of storytelling. Inspired, he co-created, directed and designed the Off-Broadway Hip-Hop sensation Groovaloo, and directed two feature films, Monster Heroes and West of Brooklyn.
MASTER CLASS #5: Studying and working as an actor in NYC
Friday, October 16, 2:45-3:30 pm
GUEST EDUCATOR: Magdalena Borlando
More about the Master Artist: Magdalena BorlandoOriginally from Argentina, Magdalena is a bilingual actor and artist based in New York City. Select credits include Happy! (Syfy); Law & Order: SVU (NBC); Like Glass (Amazon Prime); and the upcoming film Morning Mourning. Under her pseudonym Magdalena Femanon, she has been featured in Vogue, V Magazine, and NYFW (Susanne Barstch’s Love Ball & Luar Fall SS18) for her visual performance art work in NYC’s avant-garde drag scene; and performs with the alternative queer drag collective Haus of Femanon. She graduated Pace University BA in Acting with a focus on International Devised, Ensemble Theatre.
MASTER CLASS #6: Broadway Lighting Design
Friday, October 23, 2, 2:45-3:30 pm
GUEST EDUCATOR: David Pedemonti
More about the Master Artist: David Pedemonti
David Pedemonti, Lighting Designer, Local 8. Mr. Pedemonti has a Bachelor of Fine Arts form Allentown College of Saint Francis De Sales. Heading to college for acting he made his mark in Lighting Design. Professionally Mr. Pedemonti has owned several theatrical production companies and is a lighting designer and production manager/technical director. Some of Mr. Pedemonti’s professional highlights include lighting design for Harry Potter on Broadway, lighting and sound design for every President since George H. Bush, and numerous concerts including Aerosmith, Jewel, and Thomas Dolby/Howard Jones to name a few. Mr. Pedemonti has done lighting design for several regional theatres including a production of Alter Boyz directed by Christopher Gattelli. Mr. Pedemonti is currently consulting on numerous video conferencing projects and new platforms to deliver theatrical content via streaming.
MASTER CLASS #7: Stage Make-up, Wigs, and Behind the Scenes of a Broadway Production
Friday, November 6, 2:45-3:30 pm
GUEST EDUCATOR: Rena Most
More about the Master Artist: Rena Most
Originally from Bucks County, Rena moved to New York City after high school and has worked professionally in the theatr e community for the last ten years. After studying Fine Arts in undergrad, she pursued theatrical makeup and now supervises the Hair and Makeup Department at the American Ballet Theatre. Rena has also worked on the Hair and Makeup teams for several other operas, ballets and Broadway shows - working at Wicked being her favorite! Rena is happy to be able to work again with the C.B. East Patriot Players and to be able to offer a look into the backstage magic!
MASTER CLASS #8: Improvisation and Improv Thinking
Friday, November 20, 2:45-3:30 pm
GUEST EDUCATOR: Anthony Veneziale
More about the Master Artist: Anthony Veneziale
Anthony is conceiver and co-creator of Freestyle Love Supreme and the FLS Academy and a founding member of American Immigrants (San Francisco). He has used improv techniques to create endeavors with Thomas Kail & Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights, Bartlett, The Electric Company), Daveed Diggs (The Freeze), numerous networks/companies (HBO, Cartoon Network, Sesame Workshop, Boardwalk Pictures, Google, Microsoft, Adobe) and co-founded speechlessinc.com, an improv thinking company that helps humans create, collaborate and amplify their authentic voice. A film about FLS (We Are Freestyle Love Supreme) just premiered at Sundance in 2020 following the Broadway run of the live show at the Booth Theater. He is a past main stage speaker at TED where he did an entirely improvised TED talk based off an audience suggestion of "Stumbling Towards Intimacy".