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Theatre Department at Westinghouse Arts

The Theatre program at Westinghouse Arts Academy offers students two different tracks  to choose from: Musical Theatre and Theatre. In both of these tracks, students will learn necessary performing arts skills in an environment founded on professionalism. Outside of classes, students can expand their educational experience through annual Fall Plays, Spring Musicals, Holiday Concerts, Cabarets, Show Choir and Performing Clubs. 

 

Curriculum

The Theatre Department is led by Broadway veterans Lindsey Brett Carothers and Jarrett Reiche. Both teachers attended prestigious B.F.A. programs in New York City and have extensive experience working on Broadway. The curriculum in the theatre department has been modeled to reflect a college program. Both programs offer industry level education in a way that challenges students intellectually whilst providing the opportunity to learn/grow in theatre arts skills across the board.

“This program was founded on our combined 10+ years of experience working in the industry on Broadway. Our successes in the industry have allowed us to create a program that fosters talent growth utilizing top-of-the-line training in acting/singing/dancing. The curriculum enforces necessary life skills such as confidence, self-discipline, respect, time management, teamwork, self-responsibility, accountability, determination, and hard work. Students are continuously urged to be the best that they can be in a safe/welcoming environment while exploring the magic of artistic expression within theatre.” – Lindsey Carothers and Jarrett Reiche

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Courses

  • Acting Process & Technique
  • Scene Work (Int. and Adv.)
  • Acting: Classical & Shakespeare
  • Movement for Actors
  • Music Theory
  • Script Analysis
  • Theatre History
  • Stagecraft
  • Professional Portfolio & Audition Techniques
  • Film/Television Acting Styles
  • Jazz, Tap, Ballet and other Dance

Our Faculty Includes:

Lindsey Brett Carothers

Lindsey Brett Carothers

Lindsey made her Broadway debut in Bring It On: The Musical and then joined the National Tour of WICKED as the Glinda u/s. Credits include Gettin’ the Band Back Together,  The Flamingo Kid (Hartford Stage), Mad Libs Live! (New World Stages), Zombies On Broadway (Signature Center) Claudio Quest (NYMF), and TV’s Mozart in the Jungle! Lindsey has a BFA in Musical Theatre from PACE University.

Jarrett Reiche

Jarrett Reiche

Jarrett is a NYC/Broadway casting pro working with the legendary Binder Casting team. His casting projects include Disney’s The Lion King (Broadway & National Tour), and national tours of White Christmas, The Color Purple, Escape to Margaritaville, and Tootsie among others. He holds  degrees in Musical Theatre and Business Management from Marymount Manhattan College.

 

Eric Phelps

Eric Phelps

Eric is New York Performer with credits including Saturday Night Live episodes hosted by Sandra Oh and Adam Driver, Pip in Pip’s Island and Paul in Leaving Brooklyn. Regional credits include Grease at Pittsburgh CLO, Jack Kelly in Newsies, and Sam Wheat in Ghost.  He received his BFA in Acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and studied at the New Studio on Broadway and Stonestreet Studios Film Acting Conservatory in NYC.

Audition Requirements

All theatre applicants will have a short interview with your evaluators to discuss goals related to studying theatre.  Additional requirements are required by focus area.

Theatre:

You will perform one memorized monologue. Be prepared to discuss your goals as a performer, and how you prepared for your monologue.

How to prepare:

  • Monologue should be 1-2 minutes, and must be memorized.
  • Monologue can be either comedy or drama.
  • Selection must be from a play (not from a movie or a book of monologues).

Musical Theatre:

You will perform one monologue, one vocal performance, and be evaluated in dance. 

Be prepared to discuss your goals as a student and a performer. How to prepare:

  • Memorize a one-minute monologue from a play (not a book of monologues or a movie).
  • Prepare for the dance evaluation as directed in the dance evaluation requirements.
  • Select 32 bars of a Broadway standard song.
  • Please bring sheet music in the key that you will sing in, and an accompanist will be provided. No recorded accompaniment will be accepted.

Please bring any of  the following to your evaluation:

  • A written description or drawings of an idea you have for a scenic, costume or lighting design for a musical, video or play.
  • Any examples of your work in technical theatre (this may be programs, work samples, designs, prompt books, letters from supervisors, photographs or resume).

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Next Steps

Admission to Westinghouse Arts Academy is offered to students who successfully audition for one of our six arts focus areas. If you’re interested in audition and enrollment information, sign up to learn more about the process, schedule a tour or shadow day, and secure an evaluation date to audition. Or, support our programs with a financial gift.

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