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"Broadway World" featured director of the Dyson College Musical Theater Program Amy Rogers in "Andy Mientus and More to Support of The Fund for College Auditions at Hidden Cabaret series"

11/19/2019

"Broadway World" featured director of the Dyson College Musical Theater Program Amy Rogers in "Andy Mientus and More to Support of The Fund for College Auditions at Hidden Cabaret series"

They will be joined by special guest Amy Rogers (Director, Pace University Musical Theatre Program) and a current TFCA student. Other performers include Vishal Vaidya (Groundhog Day), Will Reynolds (2018 Fred Ebb award winner), Michael Lowney (La Cage aux Folles), Justin Schuman (Tina Broadway), Jon-Michael Reese (Book of Mormon national tour), Aury Krebs (A Letter to Harvey Milk), Josh Daniel (Book of Mormon national tour), Amara Brady (Broadway Bounty Hunter at Barrington Stage), Melanie Jean-Baptiste, and Miles Josephson (current Pace Musical Theatre student). The evening is produced by TFCA Founder Ellen Lettrich in collaboration with Tracy Nagel (TFCA board member) and Red Horse Theatrical, producer of the Hidden Cabaret series. The performers will share their experiences as members of the theatre community who identify as queer to raise funds for young performers who identify similarly. The proceeds of ticket sales will benefit The Fund for College Auditions.

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"American Theatre" featured Dyson Professor Amy Rogers and Pace University in "Want to Develop a New Musical? Take It To School"

04/05/2018

"American Theatre" featured Dyson Professor Amy Rogers and Pace University in "Want to Develop a New Musical? Take It To School"

How Penn State and Pace University are helping professional composers create new work, with the help of its acting students.

When Amy Rogers founded Pace University’s undergraduate musical theatre program in 2002, she knew that one of her responsibilities would be to keep the program relevant. “One of the ways I thought would be a good way to connect the professional world with us was by developing new work,” she says. So Pace New Musicals was born and has been developing musicals since 2007; each process culminates in a staged reading.

In the beginning, Rogers simply picked a new musical she thought would be a good fit for her students. Now the school takes submissions; established writers had the option to submit new work for the possibility of being chosen by a committee made up of both students and faculty. This year, the committee sifted through more than 100 submissions.

Leana Concepcion, a junior musical theatre major, served on the committee and recently performed in the 2018 work, Mary and Max—an adaptation of the 2009 claymation film about a friendship between an 8-year-old girl and a 40-year-old man—by Bobby Cronin and Crystal Skillman.

“There’s a lot of new voices coming, which is really exciting for me, especially being an actor of color,” says Concepcion. “Because there are these people who are writing for me.”

Mary and Max received a staged reading this past winter. The submission deadline is currently open for the 2019 season and the only requirement is the musical has had at least one stage of development. The creators receive a two-week rehearsal period, culminating in multiple performances of the work, in front of an audience, with acting, stage management, and design resources provided by Pace.

“Our mission really is to take something that is just about ready to be launched and put it on its feet,” says Rogers.

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