The Broadway Theatre Project (BTP) referred to by “Playbill” as “the world’s most prestigious musical theatre arts education program for high school and college students” is currently holding their 23th annual Summer Intensive on the campus of the University of South Florida, now through July 28th.
Founded in 1991, BTP, under the Artistic Direction of Debra McWaters, is a three-week training program for high school and college-aged students and is focused on the key disciplines of musical theatre including acting, dancing, and singing, as well as the critical life skills necessary to work in the professional world of Performing Arts.
Students are divided into groups reflecting their dance, vocal/acting experience and age for more individualized training. Classes are taken every day of the project and block rehearsals for numbers leading up to the final showcase, which is open to the public, on Saturday, July 27th at the USF Theatre. For times and ticket information, please visit www.ticketmaster.com
Throughout the project, guest artists visit with students and give master classes to share their knowledge of the industry.
Past BTP Guest Artists have included Performing Arts luminaries such as Julie Andrews, Jay Binder, Stanley Donen, Savion Glover, Jeff Goldblum, Joel Grey, Gregory Hines, John Kander, Patti LuPone, Terrence Mann, James Naughton, Bebe Neuwirth, Phylicia Rashad, Tommy Tune, Ben Vereen, Gwen Verdon, Frank Wildhorn and Patrick Wilson, among many others.
Guest artists this year include: Elena Grinenko, Donna McKechnie, Christopher D’Amboise, Jay Binder, Tonya Pinkins, Yvonne Marceau, Jason Samuels Smith, Jed Bernstein, David Loud, Michael Orland, Pheisha McPhee, David Friedman and Victoria Regan
BTP Alumni include an impressive list of students who have gone on to become a major part of the Performing Arts community and have performed in more than 70 different Broadway shows and countless other films, television, national tours and regional theatres around the world.
For further BTP information please visit www. BroadwayTheatreProject.com