Lied Center Triple Threat Broadway Intensive

Lied Center Triple Threat Broadway Intensive

LIED CENTER TRIPLE THREAT BROADWAY INTENSIVE

Join us for the third annual Lied Center Triple Threat Broadway Intensive, June 21-25, 2021! Start your summer off with a transformative experience with the Lied Center. We are planning for an IN PERSON experience while adhering to COVID safety guidelines including wearing masks and social distancing. 

SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE!!!! SIGN UP TODAY!! DO NOT DELAY!!!

The Lied Center is excited to provide young talented performers with its third annual Summer Broadway Intensive.

  • This Intensive is for high school students, from freshman to recent high school graduates.
  • This Intensive is geared towards intermediate-advanced students interested in a professional career in musical theatre.  Learn from professional artists in a high-paced environment! 
  • Four Broadway and professional theatre artists will lead classes to strengthen skills in voice, dance and acting with the goal of developing specialized skills and tools for a career in the performing arts.

 

The Lied Center Triple Threat Broadway Intensive is thrilled to bring back Tony Award winning Broadway Music Director, Jason Michael Webb for a third year.  Mr. Webb will work with each student personally, sharing his expertise of what it takes to have a successful career in the musical theatre industry. 

Tuition for the 5-day intensive is $250 per participant. Need-based Scholarships for the tuition are available!

We will also be offering housing on campus with UNL housing for an additional cost of $200.

HOW THE INTENSIVE WILL BE STRUCTURED

We will cap enrollment at 50 students.  We will be dividing students up into 4 different groups of 13 students max. These groups will be divided based on dance ability and experience.  

Classes will take place from 8:30am-6:00pm daily at the Lied Center for Performing Arts with plenty of breaks and socially distanced social time built in.

Most of the sessions will be small groups.  Each student in the group will receive primarily one on one instruction with the instructor. 

  • For voice, we are asking that each student come prepared with 2 contrasting musical theatre songs.  Each student will get one on one time in vocal master classes with Jason Michael Webb and vocal instruction with Alicia Olatuja.  
  • For acting, Student will be working with Lelund Durond Thompson with a focus on acting for film! 
  • For dance, we are looking to have each of the 4 groups learn different musical theatre choreography based on dance experience and ability with Katie Pohlman.

 

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

8:30-8:50am:    Morning greeting, announcements and social time with counselors and students - ALL STUDENTS
8:50-9:00am:     BREAK
9:00-9:45am:      Mini-session learning led by councelors and Lied Center staff - SMALL GROUPS*
9:45-10:00am:     BREAK
10:00-11:30am:    Master classes with Jason, Alicia, Lelund and Katie - SMALL GROUPS*
11:30-12:15pm:    LUNCH BREAK 
12:15-1:45pm:      Master classes with Jason, Alicia, Lelund and Katie - SMALL GROUPS*
1:45-2:00pm:        BREAK
2:00-3:30pm:        Master classes with Jason, Alicia, Lelund and Katie - SMALL GROUPS*
3:30-3:45pm:        BREAK
3:45-5:15pm:       Master classes with Jason, Alicia, Lelund and Katie - SMALL GROUPS*
5:15-5:30pm:        BREAK
5:30-6:00pm:       Good-bye, announcements and social time with councelors and students - ALL STUDENTS

*All students will be divided into 4 small groups.  Each small group will take turns working with each of the 4 instructors throughout the day.

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The Application Process

Applications open Monday March 1, 2021

Click HERE to fill out the 2021 application and submit your audition video (s).

All students interested in participating must submit in this application, a brief audition video of themselves performing either a cut or full musical theatre song.  This video CANNOT be from a production! The applicant must be the ONLY one on camera.  Please note, to submit you video on this google form application you will need to either provide a link to a You Tube video or upload a video file through a google account.  Videos do not need to be high quality and you can choose to sing a capella or with accompaniment.  
 

In addition, each student can submit an OPTIONAL second video showcasing either your dance or acting talent. These second optional videos must be either a solo dance piece or a solo monologue. The applicant must be the ONLY one on camera.
 

Applicants will receive an email confirming that we have received your materials. Review of applications will begin March 15 and applicants can expect to receive decision emails by the end of March to early April.  Sucessful applications are expected to send in a $50 non refundable deposit to hold your spot in the Intensive. Full payment of tuition and housing is expected by May 3, 2021.

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Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition for the intensive is $250 per participant.

For an additional cost of $200, student have the option to stay on campus at UNL.

A $50 non refundable deposit is required after the participant is accepted.

Please do not send the non refundable deposit or tuition payment until you receive an acceptance email.

A limited number of scholarships are available and can cover up to 100% of the cost of the tuition and housing. Scholarships are need-based and should be requested at the time of application.

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Requirements for Participation in the Intensive

The Lied Center Triple Threat Broadway Intensive is designed for intermediate to advanced students interested in pursuing a collegiate and/or professional career in musical theatre, and will feature fast paced workshops and classes taught by theatre artists with real Broadway and professional experience. Professional artists will lead classes to strengthen skills in music, dance, and acting, as well as to develop more specialized skills, helpful for a career in the performing arts. Previous experience in at least two of these fields (acting, singing, dancing) is necessary. 

Please contact Sasha Dobson, Lied Education Outreach Coordinator, at sdobson3@unl.edu with questions.

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Application

APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN MARCH 1, 2021!!!! 

Submit your application and video audition HERE

If you want to partipcate this summer, PLEASE DO NOT DELAY with submitting your audition video and application!  There are limited spots and we typically have a wait list of students wanting to participate!

 

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Featured Instructor: Jason Michael Webb

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Teaching Artists

  • Lelund Durond Thompson
    Featured Instructor
    Lelund Durond Thompson
    Featured Instructor
    Biography:

    Lelund Durond Thompson is an actor, acting coach, photographer, writer and director based in Los Angeles, California. He enjoys using his diverse skill set to tell stories that heal and capture people in their best light. After studying acting at North Carolina A&T State University (BFA) and Case/Cleveland Play House (MFA), he started his career as a professional actor in New York while also working regional, off-Broadway, and international shows in theaters and venues like Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Sons d’Hiver Festival in Paris (with iconic American artist Melvin van  Peebles). In 2010, he discovered his passion for photography. Since then, he’s enjoyed capturing Cynthia Erivo, Danielle Brooks, Sting, Daniel Radcliffe, and many of New York’s and Hollywood’s most talented artists. 

             In 2014, he founded Lelund Durond Studios, attracting and securing clients/projects like Diane Guerrero and Joivan Wade (“Doom Patrol”, HBO Max), Radha Blank (Sundance 2019 Directing Award Winner for “The Forty Year Old Version”) and the upcoming MGM feature film “Respect” (featuring clients Jennifer Hudson and Marlon Wayans).

    In 2016, the world famous Apollo Theater (in collaboration with The Classical  Theatre of Harlem) premiered “The First Noel”, an original holiday musical he wrote with Special Tony Award recipient, Jason Michael Webb (“Respect”, Executive Music Producer). He and Jason are honored to be commissioned by National Black Theatre as they write their new musical, “WiLDFLOWER.”

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    Jason Michael Webb
    Broadway Music Director, Arranger, and Composer
    Jason Michael Webb
    Broadway Music Director, Arranger, and Composer
    Biography:

    2019 Special Tony Award recipient and Drama Desk winner, Jason Michael Webb is a composer, lyricist, musical director, producer and arranger. From conducting orchestras in Broadway pits to writing and arranging music for a President’s inauguration, Jason has dedicated his life to using music to heal, uplift and encourage. 

    Mr. Webb’s early musical training consisted of formal classical study, playing in small churches and listening to pop music. By 21, he had a degree in classical piano, played in the biggest churches in New York City and made his orchestral solo debut with the Queens Symphony. 

    He then went on to become Musical Director of the six-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle, for whom Mr. Webb co-wrote and produced four albums for The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, leading to two Stellar Award nominations and a Dove Award win. His arrangement of BTC’s “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was featured at the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama and simultaneously heard by over one billion people worldwide.

    Mr. Webb wrote music and lyrics for Kenny Leon’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, running currently in Central Park (Shakespeare in the Park, The Public Theater) (also Music Supervisor/Incidental Music). His writing can also be heard on the hit TV series “Empire” (Fox), Netflix film “Juanita” (starring Alfre Woodard), recording projects and original musicals, including the new South African musical “WiLDFLOWER” (currently in development with NBT/Apollo Theater).

    Mr. Webb will receive a 2019 Special Tony Award for his "outstanding arrangements" in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s breathtaking play “Choir Boy” (MTC). He is also a Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Original Music. 

    He served as Musical Director of the gorgeous Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning 2016 Broadway Revival of "The Color Purple", directed by John Doyle and based on the timeless novel by Alice Walker. Mr. Webb is now currently Music Director/Arranger for Cynthia Erivo, who won a 2016 Tony Award as Celie in the Broadway Revival.

    Other credits include Associate Production Music Supervisor for The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox); Musical Director and Arranger/Adaptor for Disney’s “Frozen: Live at the Hyperion” (Anaheim, CA); and Associate Musical Director of Broadway shows including Berry Gordy’s “Motown: The Musical”, Alan Menken’s “Leap of Faith” and Jeanine Tesori’s “Violet” (also Additional Arrangements).

    Mr. Webb has appeared as a Pianist onstage with Dame Shirley Bassey, Michael Bolton, Cece Winans, and Chaka Khan. He has conducted live and recording orchestras from New York to LA, including internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang’s 2016 love letter to NYC, “New York Rhapsody” (PBS), which featured performances by Rufus Wainwright, Regina Spektor and Suzanne Vega.

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    Katie Pohlman
    Featured Instructor
    Katie Pohlman
    Featured Instructor
    Biography:

    Katie Pohlman is a professional dancer, actor, and singer from Omaha, NE. She graduated from Oklahoma City University with her Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance and trained in New York City at Broadway Dance Center in their Professional Semester program. Katie has spent the past several years performing around the country at Music Theatre Wichita and The Muny. She was most recently seen as the swing and dance captain on the first national tour of Bandstand. Katie is over the moon excited to be sharing her passion and knowledge of dance with the musical theater students in Nebraska!

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  • Alicia Olatuja
    Featured Instructor
    Alicia Olatuja
    Featured Instructor
    Biography:

    "Olatuja possesses a special instrument: a full-bodied tone, precise pitch and personal engagement at the lowest whisper or highest wail." -Downbeat 

    Praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage”, Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor. She first came into the national spotlight in 2013, whilst performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration. Shortly thereafter, she assembled her own jazz based ensemble and recorded her first solo album, Timeless (2014). 

    Originally from St. Louis, MO, Alicia grew up immersed in a wide range of musical styles, including gospel, soul, jazz and classical. These influences have informed her artistic journey, and she later graduated with a Masters degree in Classical Voice/Opera from the Manhattan School of Music. After appearing in numerous operatic and musical theater productions, she started to perform more regularly in gospel and jazz concerts and worked with such esteemed artists as Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans and Christian McBride. 

    In 2014, Alicia came to the attention of the acclaimed composer/arranger/pianist Billy Childs, and was brought on to be part of the touring incarnation of “Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro” alongside vocalist Becca Stevens. The project has begun an extensive nationwide tour for the 2015-16 season in cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, Tallahassee, New York, and Boston. 

    Her voice has also entranced the legendary Hammond B3 organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and she has recently performed with him at multiple events including the Charlie Parker Festival and the BRIC JazzFest. 

    Alicia’s own band, over the past year, has been steadily in demand, and they have performed at the Jazz Standard, Vermont Jazz Center, Sioux Falls JazzFest, Rockport Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, Monty Alexander Jazz Fest, and the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, to name a few. 

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