Musical Theater Summer Intensive

Announcement: Students who complete two of four programs, Vocal Summit on June 23-26, Songwriting Workshop on June 26-29, Stage Performance Workshop on June 27-29, and Musical Theater Summer Intensive on June 28-July 3, will receive a $100 rebate.

June 28–July 3, 2014

What's the program like?

Do you dream of taking the stage in a musical production? You can hone your theater chops with professional-level musical performance training in this six-day course, culminating in a showcase at the Berklee Performance Center. The week is filled with core classes and electives, Q&A sessions with visiting musical theater artists, and a rigorous rehearsal schedule.

Core Classes:

  • Voice Master Classes
  • Dance and Movement for the Stage
  • Acting Technique
  • Improvisation
  • Audition Techniques

Elective Workshops May Include:

  • Stage Combat
  • Lyric Analysis
  • Hip-Hop Theater Techniques
  • Clowning/Commedia dell'Arte
  • Crafting a Monologue
  • Yoga for Vocalists

Typical Daily Schedule:

  • 9:00 a.m.–9:20 a.m. Full Company Warm-up
  • 9:30 a.m.–10:20 a.m. Voice
  • 10:30 a.m.–11:50 a.m. Elective Workshops
  • 12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. Lunch and Q&A Sessions with Various Visiting Artists
  • 1:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. Acting Technique and Performance Coaching
  • 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. Dance and Movement
  • 4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. Improvisation
  • 4:50 p.m.–6:20 p.m. Dinner and Break
  • 6:20 p.m.–6:50 p.m. Audition Techniques and/or Private Lessons
  • 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Rehearsal

Who are the instructors?

Last year's guest instructors included:

Program Director

Program director Caroline Harvey is an internationally renowned performer, writer, and educator. Her writing has been featured in print, film, and television—including season five of HBO’s Def Poetry—and she was most recently featured in the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia. Harvey is an assistant professor at Berklee and also teaches at Berklee Online. She is currently a Pushcart Prize nominee. Harvey has performed and taught at schools and organizations nationwide, including YouthSpeaks, the Esalen Institute, Lesley University, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. She is honored to have shared stages and classrooms with such artists as Mos Def, Livingston Taylor, Alicia Keys, Melissa Ferrick, Susie Bright, Dave Chappelle, Donna De Lory, and many others.

Harvey is passionate about merging the traditional with the cutting edge. She sees musical theater as a critical part of any thriving art world and loves it for its ability to entertain, inspire, and transform audiences. She also conceives of musical theater a way to build vital performance skills for musicians, actors, writers, and other creative souls who strive to be in the public eye as world changers, educators, civil activists, and more. The tools we learn in the musical theater world can translate onto whatever stages we choose to stand, and help to make us more energetic, more aware, and more vibrant communicators wherever we are.

Harvey notes that at one time, the top ten hits and the songs of Broadway’s musical theater scene were one and the same. This speaks to the power of musical theater to be an important tool for cultural change and influence, and she strives to help usher musical theater more fully into the mainstream once again. As a musical theater educator she honors the classics and also encourages new work that is current, relevant, and inspiring to our ever-widening global world. Shows like Hair and Rent continue to make huge impacts on us because these musicals addressed real, current issues and inspired immediate feelings of community, curiosity, and hope. Harvey aims to inspire musical theater students in that same way: to nurture artists to make and perform the work that moves their hearts, heals their worlds, and entertains audiences across the globe.

Core Faculty: Acting and Stage Performance

Ariel Shafir is a guest lecturer with NYU Tisch School For the Arts at the New Studio on Broadway and the Meisner Studio. He is a resident company member of Stage13/Studio13 in New York, where he is the writer/costar for the upcoming internet series and recent M’Larky series on Comedy Central. Honored for his performances in regional theater, Sharif has helped productions earn the following awards: Barrymore Award for Mouahad’s Scorched at the Wilma in Philadelphia, Suzi Bass Award for Steve Martin’s The Underpants at the Alliance in Atlanta, and Jeff Award for Best Stage Fights as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Sharif most recently played Uzi in the world premiere of Captors directed by Peter Dubois at the Huntington Theater in Boston, and John in David Mamet’s two-hander, A Life in the Theater. Sharif has appeared in the following films: What Happens Next, Bride Wars, What Happens in Vegas, Dan Fogler’s Hysterical Psycho and upcoming Don Peyote. You can also find Sharif’s talents on the following TV shows: 30 Rock, Army Wives, and One Life to Live.

Core Faculty: Voice

Lilli Wosk is a vocal coach, musical director, and accompanist in New York City. She has served as musical director for New York Theatre Barn, the Gallery Players, Astoria Performing Arts Center, and Jaradoa Theatre Company. She is an affiliate of the Larry Singer Studios (Voted Best Acting Coach for the Backstage Readers Choice Award), and also accompanies in master classes with Broadway casting directors. In her private coaching studio, her method combines breath and text-based storytelling with Estill Voice Training. Wosk’s clients have been cast in the Broadway and touring companies of musicals that include Book Of Mormon, Ghost, Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Porgy & Bess, Memphis, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, In the Heights, West Side Story, Avenue Q, Rent, and Grease.

Showcase Director, Core Faculty

Jo Ann Cimato is a New York-based acting teacher, stage director, and dramaturg. She teaches at the Beacon School in Manhattan, where her productions include The Who’s Tommy, and Pippin, as well as the East Coast school debuts of Rent, the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and, most recently, Spring Awakening. Beacon students have received eight years of accolades from the Educational Theatre Association under Cimato’s direction and have continued their training at top programs, including Boston University, Columbia, Princeton, Ithaca, Purchase, and Carnegie Mellon. Professional credits include Falsettos, MidsummerYou’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Little Shop, among others. A trained classical singer, Cimato started performing professionally while still in high school. Her favorite productions include Jesus Christ Superstar, A Little Night Music, Godspell and My Fair Lady. Cimato has taught students at the Battersea Arts Centre in the United Kingdom, at the New York City Summer Arts Institute at the Frank Sinatra High School of the Performing Arts, and at the Boston University Summer Training Institute. She coaches privately in her studio in Brooklyn and holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Boston University and master's degreefrom New York University.

Musical Director, Core Faculty: Improvisation

Bill Grady has worked professionally in NYC for the past 10 years as a singer/songwriter, sound designer and sound engineer for such theaters as Lincoln Center 3, MCC Theatre, the Long Wharf, the Duke, and Theatre for a New Audience. Grady got his start as an undergraduate at Boston University’s School for the Arts where he cowrote the original musical The Call of the Wild based on Jack London’s famed book. This production was showcased at the American College Theater Festival. Grady also is an accomplished singer/songwriter and has been highlighted many times at New York City's Songwriter’s Beat. Grady’s most recent album, A Room Called Home, has been called a “minor miracle…delightfully edgy and enigmatic folk album… Grady has a rapid-fire lyrical style reminiscent of Ani Difranco and a melodic sense reminiscent of Jason Mraz.” He also works with the award-winning Beacon High School in New York as a band leader, teacher, and musical director. Most recently, Grady could be found running sound for MCC Theater’s most recent production, Carrie. He is know for his quick-witted lyricism and uncanny knack for crafting musicals out of thin air.


Britt Shubow Keshner is a choreographer, director, vocal coach, and acting teacher in New York City. Keshner is the Theater Arts teacher at Wagner Middle School on the Upper East Side where she directs and choreographs over 350 students in various productions. She also teaches at the Summer Arts Institute at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School during the summer. Keshner taught at multiple public schools around New York City with Rosie’s Theater Kids. She taught dance and voice at Rosie’s Summer Intensives and had her choreography performed at the Maravel Arts Center and the Duke on 42nd Street. Keshner holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts and an MA in educational theater from New York University. Prior to receiving her master's, Keshner performed in the Broadway show Mamma Mia! for five years. She performed on the 2002 Tony Awards, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Broadway on Broadway, and the CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade. Keshner had the pleasure of stage managing and performing in numerous Easter Bonnet and Gypsy of the Year fundraisers for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Stage Combat

Georgia Lyman was most recently seen as Molly in Orfeo Group’s Love Song (2012 Best Fringe Production). Prior to that, she played multiple roles in John Kuntz’s Hotel Nepenthe for the Actors Shakespeare Project. She has also worked at Speakeasy Stage, New Rep, the Lyric Stage Company and has been nominated three consecutive times for the Elliot Norton Best Actress Award. A core member of Orfeo Group, she was seen in Marisol and Look Back in Anger. She coproduced the award-winning The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) for them as well as all four web trailers for past Orfeo Group pieces. Her film and TV credits include three seasons as Cassie Giggs on Showtime’s Brotherhood, a recurring role on Law & Order: SVU, as well as RIPD, The Town, Bride Wars, My Best Friend's Girl, The Mulberry Tree, and The Women.  She has been performing, teaching, and choreographing stage combat for 10 years. She is experienced in hand-to-hand, small sword, broadsword, and small stunts.

Performance Techniques

Internationally-renowned performer and Berklee faculty member Livingston Taylor will share his wisdom on performance techniques at the Intensive. More information on Livingston can be found here.

Where will I eat and sleep?

Applicants will be sent information and an application for residence hall housing once accepted to the program. Most program participants elect to stay in the Berklee residence halls; however, space is limited. To optimize your chances for on-campus housing, you must return the housing application immediately upon receiving it.

To be eligible to live in the residence hall, you must be 15 years of age by the start of the program. If you apply to the program after mid-May, please call the Housing Office at 617 747-2292 to find out if residence hall space is still available.