May 8, 2020

Conquering the Cold Read with Brian Michael Hoffman

The 2020 Kids Company Master Class Series has gone virtual! Aspiring young performers 7 years and older are invited to register for a series of 4 Master Classes taught over Zoom video chat by professional artists who have performed on the Goodspeed stage, in NYC, and around the country. The Kids Company Master Class Series will provide one-of-a-kind live, online instruction in various styles of musical theatre dance, acting, and vocal performance, in which students will learn new techniques, receive individualized feedback from our faculty, and hone their skills in a supportive environment.

JUNE 6, 2020


LEVEL A: AGES 7-12 | 12:00PM-1:00PM *ADDED CLASS*

LEVEL A: AGES 7-12 | 1:30PM-2:30PM SOLD OUT
LEVEL B: AGES 13-18 | 3:00PM-4:00PM

In this acting-focused audition workshop, Mr. Hoffman will prepare students for cold readings – performing a scene from a show with little or no preparation beforehand. He will demystify this aspect of auditioning by teaching students techniques to quickly analyze a character and make bold choices that will help them stand out from the crowd.

BRIAN MICHAEL HOFFMAN starred as Horton in the Off-Broadway revival of Seussical and is thrilled to be a part of Goodspeed’s Master Class Series after his time in East Haddam last summer as Jiggs Thomas in Because Of Winn Dixie, a role he also played in the Delaware Theatre Company and Alabama Shakespeare Festival productions. Favorite regional credits include Seymour (Little Shop…), Patsy (Spamalot), Sancho (Man Of La Mancha), Billis (South Pacific), Barfee (..Spelling Bee), Uncle Fester (The Addams Family), The Cowardly Lion (The Wizard Of Oz), Czolgosz (Assassins), Charlie Brown (You’re A Good Man…), Filch (The Threepenny Opera) and Mr. Grimes (On Borrowed Time, directed by Joel Grey). A graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and Syracuse University, Brian’s performed at theatres across the country including Madison Square Garden, 54 Below, Sacramento Music Circus, the MUNY, Maine State, Syracuse Stage, Marriott Lincolnshire, Ogunquit Playhouse, Pioneer, Ivoryton, Two River, Lyric Oklahoma, and Pittsburgh CLO. He led a barbershop quartet at Tokyo Disney Sea in Japan for 3 years, has performed in over 2,300 performances of Annie (some with Broadway’s original red-head, Andrea McArdle, and in the 2014 movie!) and can be heard on the SeussicalAnnie: 30th Anniversary, Annie 2 and The Dragonslayers cast recordings. Broadway/WBTA: Legally BlondeThe Royal FamilyBullets Over BroadwayThe Audience (starring Dame Helen Mirren), Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill (starring Audra McDonald), NBC’s Peter Pan Live & THE Wiz Live, SNL, Sesame Street and HBO’s High Maintenance.


Classes are limited to five students per Master Class. All classes will have a wait list once full, and additional class sessions may be added.

  • Registration Fee: $25 per student, per class
  • Upon registration, students will receive a link via email to join the class, along with further instructions for participation.
  • Click here to register now!
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