Stage Struck is a class that explores the performance, creation, and appreciation of musical theater. Each class begins with physical, vocal, and acting warm-ups based in improvisation and traditions of performance from around the world. Drawing from classic musical theater repertoire and the work of exciting contemporary artists in the field, students will learn solos and group songs and will even write some of their own! Our instructors are committed to facilitating an environment that fosters creativity and encourages confidence, collaboration, and compassion. Each semester will include a field trip to the Greenwich House Theater to meet professional theater artists, and will culminate in a recital performance for family and friends.
Stage Struck is taught in partnership with the off-Broadway theater company Ars Nova with teaching artists Michelle Rodriguez and Ellen Winter. Michelle is a singer, songwriter, teacher, and musical theater composer. Ms. Rodriguez recently made her Public Theater début composing the music for the Mobile Unit’s production of The Tempest directed by Laurie Woolery, and she is currently under commission by the Public Theater for a new musical for their Mobile Unit program. Ellen is a music director and composer, currently working on her new album Every Feeling. She has worked and collaborated with the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, The Tank, Pipeline Theatre Co., and SPACE on Ryder Farm.
Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and musical theater composer MichelleJ. Rodriguez makes music that “span[s] laid-back southern soul and Latin pop flare” (NPR) and features “flourishes of bolero, bossa nova and even jazz” (Chicago Tribune). In 2018, she was a finalist
Ellen Winter is Brooklyn-based performer, songwriter and theater-maker from the woods of Northern Virginia. In 2017, she co-wrote/directed/composed 36 Questions with Chris Littler, a musical podcast starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton. She’s explored new work with NYTW, The Public,