Front & Center

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a musical theater professional in this exclusive master class series. Now in its fourth season, audiences have a chance to watch award-winning musical theater veterans Annaleigh Ashford, Alex Brightman, and Ali Stroker as they coach emerging artists on skills that are vital on and off the stage.

Participating artists for Front & Center are chosen through an online audition process.

Past Front & Center Events
(2018 – 2019 Season)

TOM KITT (Next to Normal, If/Then)
Mon Oct 15, 2018
The Original Musicals of Tomorrow

Tom Kitt’s composition master class is designed for emerging composers and lyricists, challenging them to tell new stories in musical theater. He examines song structure, musical embodiment of character, and how the composer/lyricist moves from an idea to song writing. This workshop provides participants and observers with a look into how stories from the world around us translate to the stage and become musicals.

STEPHANIE J. BLOCK (BrigadoonFalsettos)
Mon Feb 4, 2019
Be True to What You Do

Stephanie J. Block’s master class illuminates the techniques of a Broadway performer and offers the audience the opportunity to hear reflections and stories from her personal experience. Block encourages participants to find the right song for them and to let their performance reveal their true selves. She focuses on what makes each individual interpretation of their piece unique and captivating for an audience.  

LEA SALONGA (Miss Saigon, Once on this Island)
Mon May 6, 2019
Finding a Way In

Lea Salonga’s master class helps students get to the heart of their performance. Focusing on song interpretation, Ms. Salonga’s approach zeros in on the acting behind the singing and the story behind the lyric. She also discusses how the communication of a song can vary according to venue, from a more intimate theatrical performance to a large concert hall. The audience is encouraged to engage in conversation around the work and techniques presented. 


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