June 20 – July 5, 2015
Studio AMT Live presents a welcoming professional environment in the heart of Paris to explore musical theatre performance while diving into French culture. This program is geared for young and emerging performers who want to combine challenging, integrated musical theatre training with cultural experiences available in the City of Lights.
Contemporary Musical Theatre Focus
This two-week summer musical theatre intensive will focus on the works of contemporary American composer/lyricists and will culminate in a public Showcase Performance.
Our musical theatre training includes sessions in vocal technique and interpretation, song coaching, applied acting techniques, script and song analysis, movement and voice work, daily dance class, and integrated rehearsals to prepare a final showcase performance.
Cultural excursions and cross-cultural exchange are also a major part of the experience. Students will participate in quintessentially Parisian cultural excursions to Montmartre and the historic city centre, a French language lesson (for beginners or more advanced students), an Artist’s Way creativity workshop, two traditional French dinners with the AMT Live Company Members, and will attend a show during their stay. Performers will also have two days off in order to explore more of Paris or take day-trips to the surrounding areas.
The primary language of instruction will be English. All administrative staff is bilingual or fluent in both English and French. Les participants francophones qui cherchent à jouer en anglais sont encouragé à postulé pour le stage même s’ils ne parle pas couramment l’anglais.
AMT Live! is a non-profit, professional theatre company located in Paris, France. Our educational wing, Studio AMT Live, is a nationally accredited training organization specializing in musical theatre. The AMT Live association mission emphasizes collaborative exchange through musical theatre performances, educational opportunities, and community outreach programs. Our resident artists and staff members are professional musical theatre artists in France, the USA, or in the UK, and are dedicated to a positive, professional collaborative environment.
APPLICATIONS & AUDITIONS:
- Priority Application & Audition Deadline – March 22, 2015
- Final Application & Audition Deadline – May 15, 2015
To apply for this program, please fill out the REGISTRATION FORM and submit a performance resume and recent photo by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. These documents constitute your application to the program. At the time of application, please submit payment of your application fee ($35) via Paypal by clicking here
To complete your audition, please submit an audition video or link by email to email@example.com (See below for audition video requirements. If your video files are too large to email, you may send us a link to your audition video on youtube or vimeo or share through google drive, for example).
Once we have received all application/audition materials, we will will email a confirmation of receipt and further information regarding your admission status. Applicants are accepted on a rolling-admissions basis, therefore it is most advantageous to submit your materials early. Students who apply after the program is filled will be placed on a wait list.
A limited number of applicants will be invited to attend live auditions.
- March 15, 2015 – Paris, France
- April 12, 2015 – Paris, France
- A limited number of live auditions may be announced in the USA coming soon…
Audition video requirements:
- Introduction and two contrasting audition songs. Please state your name, the date, your hometown, and the pieces that you are going to perform.
- Song selections should be no longer than 4 minutes long each and should come from musical theatre repertoire, accompanied. (Please, no a capella singing). At least one of the selections should be a contemporary musical theatre piece.
- The video does not need to be professional quality – a standard resolution video capture will be sufficient.
- Application fee: $35 due at the time of application
- Tuition and Housing: $3790
- Tuition alone: $3190
- Deposit: $250 deposit is due two weeks after your acceptance notification to secure your spot in the workshop.
- Tuition balance deadline: The full tuition balance is due by May 15, 2015.
- Prix de stage avec bourse pour résidents européens – 750€ ou 950€ AFDAS/DIF ** (N’inclut pas de hébergement)
PROGRAM TUITION INCLUDES
- Housing (optional)
- Unlimited local transportation via RATP Metro, Bus, and Tram (Central Paris)
- Cultural excursions in and around Paris, France
- Welcome Dinner with AMT Live Company Members
- Traditional French “Au Revoir” Dinner with Full Company
- Tickets to a show
- French Language Lesson
- Artist’s Way Workshop creativity session
TUITION DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Daily meals (Special Welcome and Au Revoir Dinners included in tuition)
- Incidental expenses
- Optional excursions and day-trips (TBA)
- Airfare/Travel to Paris
- 75 hours of training (group format and individual coaching)
- 4-5 sessions per day between 10h-18h
- Showcase performance production
- 2 tours of Paris
- Attendance to the AMT Live performance on June 23
- Welcome and Au Revoir dinners
- SKYPE Q&A sessions with
- Kait Kerrigan (Henry&Mudge, Party Worth Crashing…)
- Ryan Cunningham (I Love You Because, Next Thing You Know)
- Adam Kantor (Broadway actor : Last 5 Years, Rent, Avenue Q…)
Saturday, June 20:
Arrival in Paris, escort to your lodging, explanation of city transit and distribution of transit passes, get settled in.
Sunday, June 21:
All performers will gather in the afternoon for a tour of the city, followed by a welcome dinner.
June 22 – June 28
Workshop Week 1
Daily sessions will run Monday through Friday from 10h – 18h with a one-hour break for lunch each day. Morning sessions will focus on dance/movement, vocal technique & interpretation, and group musical numbers. Afternoon sessions include solo coaching time, song interpretation and analysis, and special break-out sessions such as the Artist’s Way Workshop and acting techniques sessions. There will be two morning French language lesson sessions and a tour of the Montmartre neighborhood (optional) this week. Workshop artists will be welcomed as VIP audience members at the AMT Live Off Broadway à Paris performance.
Saturday/Sunday June 27/28 will be off so that artists may enjoy the city, take a day-trip, or hop to London on their own adventure.
June 29 – July 5
Workshop Week 2
Monday morning (June 29) will be off for all artists to explore, visit museums, or return from day-trips. We will gather Monday evening for a boat cruise along the Seine. Sessions this week run from Tuesday through Saturday from 10h-18h with mornings focussed on dance/movement and song interpretation & analysis in group and individual format. Following the one-hour lunch break each day, afternoon sessions will focus on integrated rehearsals for the cabaret showcase. There will be two French lessons (optional) prior to rehearsals, and a special Au Revoir dinner following the showcase performance.
APPLICATION CHECK LIST:
- Complete online Registration Form
- Email performance resume and a current headshot or snapshot photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Remit payment of application fee via Paypal
- Submit audition video by email to email@example.com
- Accepted candidates must confirm participation and submit Deposit Fee within two weeks of their acceptance notification.
“I’m learning to take risks, dare, try, and stop apologizing in the process! This opportunity with AMT Live has been the perfect place to do that. I’ve never been in such a positive environment with fellow artists who truly encourage and bring out the best in one another!”
- Lauren (Scottsdale, Arizona, USA). In 2013, Lauren participated in the AMT Live! Professional Training Program and was a cast member of our Paris premiere of Edges (Pasek & Paul). Since then, she has become a company member of AMT Live and co-host of our renowned Open Mic Soirée. This season, she premiered several of Andrew Byrne’s works in his recent Paris cabaret with AMT Live’s “Broadway Chez Nous” cabaret series and she performs regularly at the Carré Parisian.
“…a truly gracious adventure which helped me to progress technically in my work… it’s as though it was all connected and this work helped us to tap into things we didn’t know we were capable of accomplishing!”
- Adam (Paris, France) was selected for the 2013 Professional Training Program to star in the Paris premiere of Edges. After training with AMT Live, he wrote and directed an original French musical “Le Reflet de Peter Pan” in Paris, France.
“When I arrived in Paris to pursue musical theatre, I found myself full of doubt. Through working with AMT Live, I was able to discover a focussed release that has been indispensable in my work. All of this was thanks to a welcoming, supportive environment where the faculty knew how to listen and respond with support and precision.”
- Vincent (Lausanne, Switzerland) has been a regular participant in our Studio AMT Live educational programs since his arrival in Paris. Immediately following his first intensive training with AMT Live, Vincent was cast as the White Rabbit in the successful Paris premiere of “Alice, la Comédie Musicale.” Vincent is now a member of AMT Live, he assists with our Open Mic Soirée.
“The team and their mastery is impressive; the precision they require and direction is communicated with care and professionalism. It’s so wonderful that I’m eager to get to rehearsal.”
- Eddy (Paris, France). Eddy was part of our 2013 Professional Training Program and Edges Paris premiere cast. He works regularly as a singer/songwriter in Paris, France.
Miranda Crispin (Director)
Miranda is a founding member of AMT Live Paris. Recently, she directed the Andrew Byrne Cabaret and was seen onstage in the Paris premieres of The Last Five Years and Songs for a New World. She served as the Vocal Director for the Paris premiere of the Pasek & Paul musical, Edges and for the new French musical Sleepin’ Bee, directed by Franck Harscouët, as well as for intensive musical theatre workshops with Adam Kantor (RENT, Avenue Q) and David Gardiner (West End, The Works of Stephen Sondheim). In 2013, she coordinated the Paris workshops with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and was the co-founder of Paris’ first monthly open mic soirée.
Miranda has served on the artistic staff for several musical productions including A Little Night Music, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Wiz, Urinetown, Godspell, The Last Five Years, Violet, I Got Rythym!, A Funny Thing Happened…, Blood Brothers, Honk!, and The Full Monty. Currently a member of the Acting & Musical Theatre Faculty at the University of Arizona, she has also served on faculty at American Conservatory of Paris (France) and as a guest artist at the Cambridge School of Performing Arts (Cambridge, England) and several American university programs and theatres.
She holds a MM in Music Theatre/Opera Performance from Arizona State University and a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. This year, she contributed to TSF Jazz (French national radio) specials on Irving Berlin and Cole Porter and she can be heard as a guest presenter on musical theatre every month on French R2R radio.
Elizabeth Nantais (Music director, pianist)
A native of Canada, Liz has spent many years as Associate Conductor and Vocal Coach on tour with major musical productions including US National and World Tours of Fosse, European Tour of Hair – the Love and Rock Musical, and US National Tour of Sweet Charity. She also has also been a musical director and/or vocal coach on over 40 regional productions in three different countries.
Liz holds a Bachelor of Music Degree (Honours) from the University of Windsor (Canada) as well as two Masters of Music degrees, one from Arizona State University (Music Direction/Conducting, 2002) and the other from New York University (Piano Performance – Collaborative, 2009).
Currently the Head of Music at the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts, Liz has taught at universities, colleges, and led workshops in Canada, the US, and the UK.
Darcy Smith (Administrative Director)
As a founding member of AMT Live, Darcy has co-produced our Off Broadway à Paris series (including Songs for a New World, Edges, and The Last Five Years), and manages the administration of our Studio AMT Live courses and workshops. A dancer and choreographer by training, she also teaches in our Broadway Song & Dance series. Originally from Houston, Texas, she became a professional company member of Discovery Dance Group (at age 14) after studying classical ballet, modern jazz, tap, gymnastics, and musical theatre, with specialization in lifts and choreography (under director Pamela Yburgen-Stockman).
In 2000, she leapt across the ocean (for a year!) and has been in Paris ever since. She graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in International Corporate Communications from The American University of Paris. At AUP, she choreographed Mamma Mia!, Chicago, West Side Story, Cabaret and HAIR. Darcy then taught and coordinated the musical theater department at the American Conservatory, LʼEcole Koenig, in addition to being a full-time administrator, where she organized musical theater summer camps in the south of France, and coordinated with 350 international families and faculty members. Darcy also holds a diploma in Business French (DFP B2 (DFA1) from the “Chambre de Commerce et dʼIndustrie de Paris”.
Maggie Cornyn (Dance & Choreography)
Maggie is a dance instructor, choreographer and personal fitness trainer originally from Illinois, USA. She teaches Ballet and Modern dance for the School of Theatre Arts at Illinois Wesleyan University and owns Stages Fitness, a personal training business for private clients. She marries her dance and fitness backgrounds by focusing on core strength, form and function.
Maggie taught dance technique and production at Vincennes University, where she also managed the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center during its inaugural seasons. Choreography credits include Blood Brothers, 1776, the world premiere piece Moonlight on the Wabash, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, as well as modern works in a dance concert setting. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Illinois Wesleyan University and has professional experience in the Chicago theatre scene, notably with the Bailiwick Theatre.
Quentin Bruno (Assistant Director)
Both French and American, Quentin Bruno has been singing on stage since a very young age. After having studied piano he discovered dance, which he then went on to study at the University of Nice, where his research focused on choreographic plurality and multidisciplinary art forms. After a semester abroad at the University of Oklahoma, Quentin moved to Paris and continued to train in musical theatre at the 9th arrondissement conservatory.
Quentin has taken part in multiple performances in France and abroad as a singer, dancer and actor. His credits include productions with Disneyland Paris (A Frozen Sing-along, Swing into spring…) and Musidrama (Légendes Parisiennes, Troyes : Ville en Lumière) as well as Cabaret (Victor), Island Song (Cooper) and many others.
In 2015, he was one of Mika’s talents on The Voice France.
Quentin has worked with AMT Live! as a performing artist (Sondheim Showcase in 2013) but has also been a member of the creative teams (Choreographer / Assistant Director) for the Broadway chez Nous concert series (Kristina Love’s Love Songs and the Andrew Byrne Cabaret).
Chris McKay (Acting)
Chris McKay has worked in the UK as a performer in theatre, radio, film, and television and as a writer and director, specializing in creating unique and bespoke productions to suit the ensemble. Trained an an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Chris has advanced certification in stage combat and is highly experienced in movement, dance, singing, and voice for the Actor.
Shows include; 101 Dalmatians, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Oliver, The Sound of Music, The Last Days of Mankind, Cold Comfort Farm, Twelfth Night and Posh.
Chris has also written versions of Robin Hood, Cinderella, Jack and The Beanstalk and Aladdin. He is currently writing/developing a verbatim production called ‘Mind the Gap’ – an exploration of the Mind and our thoughts in space..!
Andrea Offner (Artist’s Way Workshop Leader)
Andrea Offner is a native Texan who grew-up singing in East Texas. She attended SMU in Dallas to study music with a vocal performance scholarship and earned her BM in Music Therapy in 1983. For the next 15 years she would work with a variety of populations such as alcohol and drug rehab, Altzheimer’s unit, adolescent and adult psych and pain patients – in locked psychiatric settings as a Music Therapist – and she loved every minute of it!
In 1991 she married and moved to France. While living in Paris, she volunteered at local schools, and studied the Arts and Humanities to receive her Masters and a teaching certificate. She also completed training as a Psychodrama Director from the Swedish Moreno Institute.
In 2009 the family moved to Stuttgart, Germany. Her collaboration with German composer Felix Loewy resulted in the release of her latest CD – Life’s Too Short. She is also working with other artists to continue to create original arrangements of her music. Andrea and her family returned to live in France, where she continues to offer classes and support to people who are interested in improving the natural quality of their lives. Andrea’s musical skills, leadership qualities and nurturing disposition, combined with advanced studies Expressive Arts Therapies, Teaching, and Bodywork, give her the unique ability to work with people – body, mind, and spirit.
Lauren Berkman (Assistant)
Originally from Scottsdale, Arizona Lauren came to Paris after receiving her bachelor of Music from the Boston Conservatory in 2011. After falling in love with the French language and music during her studies in Boston, she took a job as an au pair and packed her bags to head to the City of Lights.
Lauren made her Paris stage debut in the American Musical Theatre LIVE! musical production of EDGES after winning a spot in the AMT Live! Professional Training Program. Currently co-organizer and co-host of AMT’s monthly open mic, Lauren has also performed in AMT special master classes with guest artists Carmel Dean, Adam Kantor, Pasek & Paul, and David Gardiner, where she was a featured artist in the Sondheim Showcase Performance (October 2013).
Lauren has studied at L’école de comédie musicale de Paris and she teaches children English through music and singing (and they teach her French too!). Lauren spends her free time exploring the magnificent streets of Paris, reading Fitzgerald short stories, and going to the cinema or theatre!
Kait Kerrigan is a playwright and a lyricist and composer of musicals. Originally from Kingston, Pennsylvania, she graduated from Wyoming Valley West Senior High School in Plymouth, Pennsylvania in 1999. Kait is a 2003 graduate of Barnard College with a degree in English Literature. She is the 2009 winner of the Edward Kleban Award as the most promising musical book writer in America. She is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.
Kerrigan’s most recent musical works have been collaborations with Brian Lowdermilk. Their collaborations include The Woman Upstairs, The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown (with Zach Altman) and Wrong Number. She and Lowdermilk also collaborated on TheaterworksUSA’s adaptation of Henry and Mudge, which premiered Off-Broadway in 2006 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Her plays include Imaginary Love, Her Old Possessions, Tender Wars in the Green-Gold Room and Transit.
Kerrigan and Lowdermilk made their London debut at the St James Theatre in February 2014 in a concert series produced by United Theatrical – a London based theatrical production company run by Stuart Matthew Price and James Yeoburn. The featured singers included West End performers Rachel Tucker, Julie Atherton, Daniel Boys, Chloe Hart, Jodie Jacobs, Lauren Samuels and Anton Zetterholm.
Ryan Cunningham is a native of Needham, MA, and he holds a B.A. in Theatre and Graphic Design from the University of Notre Dame and an M.F.A. from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. At Notre Dame Ryan wrote the book to Chance at Love with Composer/Lyricist Tommy Curtin, which toured nationally in the summer of 2001.
With Composer Joshua Salzman, he wrote the book and lyrics for the Off-Broadway musical I Love You Because, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Lyrics. Salzman & Cunningham are also Jonathan Larson Award winners as well as MAC Award-nominated writers. Their new musical, Next Thing You Know, has been produced at CAP 21 in New York, across America and in Europe. Their song Just Not Now was featured on Lauren Kennedy’s solo album Here and Now.
Ryan is a member of The Dramatists Guild and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.
Adam Kantor is an internationally recognized actor and singer, with roots in New York City. He starred in RENT on Broadway, playing “Mark”, the final performance of which was captured by Sony Pictures for “RENT: Filmed Live On Broadway”. He subsequently played “Henry” in the Pulitzer prize-winning musical NEXT TO NORMAL on Broadway, as well as “Princeton/Rod” in the smash comedy AVENUE Q. Most recently, he starred as “Jamie” in the acclaimed New York revival of THE LAST FIVE YEARS, directed by the composer Jason Robert Brown. Adam is a graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago, and also studied at the British American Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and Stella Adler Studio in NY. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit arts education organization Broadway In South Africa.
- Application fee and Deposits are non-refundable.
- The balance of tuition of refundable as follows:
- 100% until March 15
- 50% until April 12
- Non-refundable after May 10
- Note: We are unable to refund fees for any reason beyond the stated parameters.
- In the rare event that this workshop must be cancelled, all tuition will be refunded in full. (In this case, application fees remain non-refundable.)