Audition Workshops

 

The Minty Organization's Audition Workshops is designed to help high school juniors and seniors prepare for their College Auditions. 

 

Attend our day long intensive workshops and learn from students and faculty members on what it takes to ace the big audition and gain admittance to your dream school's program.

 

Students will also be treated to conversations with students of the nationally ranked Wagner College Theatre regarding the College Audition process.

 

The Minty Organization's Audition Workshops is made possible by a special grant from Sen. Andrew Lanza and the NY State Education Department.

 

Next Audition Workshop: October 20, 2018

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Wagner College, Main Hall B5

Cost: FREE

Co-Sponsors: Wagner College & Sen. Andrew J. Lanza

Monologue Selection

 

 

Choosing the Right Song

 

 

Learning the Basic Steps

 

 

If you already have a monologue and/or song you have been working on, bring it to the workshop and you may be chosen to work on your piece with our professional instructors. Since it is impossible for each student to work individually with our instructors that day, our experieneced instructors will offer overview advice and tips on how to succeed on your audition day. Instructors will conduct a Q&A session with all students available, answering your questions on how to make the most of your audition process. Selected students will be chosen to perform their work for the instructor, in front of the other students, and receive helpful criticism from the instructor on how to perfect it for auditon day. 

Meet our Faculty!

Michele Pawk (Acting)

Michele is a faculty member in the Theatre Department at Wagner College where she oversees the Senior Experience for Performance Majors, including "The Professional Actor" and "Senior Showcase."

 

NYC Acting credits include: HAIRSPRAY, LOSING LOUIE, MAMMA MIA, HOLLYWOOD ARMS (for which she won the Tony Award), CHICAGO, SEUSSICAL, CABARET (receiving Drama Desk & Outer Critics' Circle Award nominations), TRIUMPH OF LOVE, CRAZY FOR YOU (Drama Desk nomination), MAIL, MAHIDA'S EXTRA KEY TO HEAVEN, FLYOVERS, PRAYER FOR MY ENEMY, THE DARK AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS, THE PARIS LETTER (Drama Desk nomination), REEFER MADNESS, AFTER THE FAIR, HELLO AGAIN, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, jon & jen, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.

 

Directing credits include: MY QUEER YOUTH and THE DISNEY DIARIES at the Beechman Theatre in NYC, WEST SIDE STORY at Creighton University in Omaha, NE(nominated for Best Direction, Best Musical Awards), CARAPACE ISLE at Manhattan Rep, PICNIC for the William Inge Center for the Arts.

Lauri Young (Voice)

Dr. Lauri Young grew up in central Ohio and even though she has lived in New York City for a very long time, her heart remains in the rural beauty of the rolling hills of the Buckeye State.  As an accomplished pianist she earned a B.M. at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a M.M. at the University of Louisville and a D.M.A. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  She moved to New York in 1990 and pursued a free lance career as recital soloist, chamber musician and accompanist throughout the tri-state area. By 1993, she was moving into a full time career as musical director in the theatre.  After several years of touring and regional work, she was hired as the resident musical director for Wagner College where she has helped to produce over fifty shows.  At the college, she has been honored to collaborate with many wonderful artists:  Christopher Catt, Drew Scott Harris, Norb Joerder, Richard Adler, John Carrafa,  Andrew Glant-Linden, Ann Nieman and Michele Pawk to name a few.  

Her regional credits include: Renaissance Theatre (Sylvia McNair, soloist), Surflight Theatre, Harbor Lights Theatre, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Sundog Theatre, Ontological Theatre, Papermill Theatre, Ohio Light Opera, Columbus Opera, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Lincoln Center Director’s Forum,  Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall.  Dr. Young has also written and arranged scores of original musical revues presented at the Metropolitan Room, Don’t Tell Mama, the Duplex, Danny’s Skylight Room, Judy’s and Lorenzo’s.

 

Dr. Young has been on the faculty of the Governor’s School for the Arts, Walnut Hill Performing Arts School, Third Street Music Settlement School, Turtle Bay Music School and Lee Strasberg Acting Institute.

In her ample free time, Dr. Young is a competitive triathlete and writer of short fiction.

Ashley Burger (Dance)

Ashley Burger is a performer, choreographer and teacher with a passion to combine somatic practices with the performing arts. Originally from Louisville, KY she began her artistic career at an early age and was fortunate to attend the Youth Performing Arts School Majoring in Dance and Minoring in Musical Theatre.  

Ashley graduated with academic honors from Wagner College receiving a BA in Theatre Performance and a Dance Minor. Credits include: Speech and Debate (Diwata), Goddess Wheel (Betty), The Dance Project, and Lysistrata. She has been welcome backed as an adjunct faculty member as well as to choreograph RENT, The Dance Project 2013, Merrily We Roll Along and CATS (Movement Coach). 

 

Ashley continued her education becoming a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) in 2013 and received a Masters of Science in Kinesiology (concentrating in Rehabilitation and Corrective Exercise) from Arizona Still University. She enjoys expanding her knowledge base and has comprehensive experience in on-camera acting, Meisner acting technique, and mask work. 

 

Ashley has choreographed for the New York Fringe Festival and the off-Broadway 13th Street Theatre. Choreography Credits: Spring Awakening, Hair, The Call of the Siren, Grey Street, Down in a Hole, Lysistrata, & King John. She has also performed professionally across the country and is an equity membership candidate. 

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