July 1, 2019

Song Coaching Workshop at Goodspeed Musicals

Goodspeed’s Song Coaching Workshop is a unique professional development opportunity for anyone who coaches musical theatre artists on the academic, amateur, or professional level. Professor Brent Wagner, Emeritus Chair of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department, will lead this workshop designed to help educators and artists improve their ability to coach actors at any level on the dramatic interpretation of a musical theatre song. Under Professor Wagner’s guidance, participants will coach singers individually, receiving feedback along with tools for analyzing the specific combination of music and lyrics to interpret the writers’ intent. For a small additional fee, participants may also observe Professor Wagner lead his Audition Master Class for high school students the previous day, Saturday, August 10th. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to improve your skills as a musical theatre song coach!

To register, contact Erin Coffey at 860.873.8664 ext. 521

Limited spaces. Financial assistance may be available.

Application Deadline: Friday, July 19
Final Notification of Acceptance: Friday, July 26


Total Tuition: $300 ($225 with student attending Audition Master Class*)
Deposit Due with Application: $75
Balance of $225/$150 Due upon Acceptance
*If one of your students is attending the Audition Master Class with Professor Wagner on Saturday, August 10th, we would like to offer you a discount to participate in his workshop for coaches and teachers! Simply enter the student’s name on your application form when prompted.

If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact Erin Coffey at

Location: The Alice Hammerstein Mathias Rehearsal Studio (20b Norwich Road, East Haddam, CT)

Schedule (Subject to Change):
9:00am Opening Remarks
9:30am Participant Introductions
10:00am Song Analysis Presentation
11:00am Coaching Practicum Prep Time
11:30am Coaching Practicum*
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Coaching Practicum, Continued
3:00pm Break
3:15pm Coaching Demonstration
4:15pm College Auditions Roundtable

*During the Coaching Practicum, each participant will lead a 10 minute coaching session with a student volunteer on a previously selected song. Following each coaching session, Professor Wagner will provide feedback and lead a discussion on the coaching techniques used by each participant.

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