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Photo Flash: THE BOOK OF MORMON's Nikki M. James Speaks at Broadway Artists Alliance Workshop!

Tony Award-winning actress Nikki M. James delighted students as their special surprise guest during the Broadway Artists Alliance 2011 Summer Workshop. Ms. James (currently starring the the Tony Award-winning The Book of Mormon) lent her talents for a surprise Q&A with the students of Broadway Artists Alliance.

Nikki M. James was a welcome addition to the Broadway Artists Alliance's roster of Tony winning guest speakers, which have recently included impressive talent such as Bebe Neuwirth, Lillias White, Sutton Foster, Karen Olivo, Gregory Jbara, Bill Irwin, Laura Benanti, Norbert Leo Butz, Beth Leavel, Michael Cerveris, Trent Kowalik, Douglas Hodge, John Gallagher Jr., Lea Salonga, John Lloyd Young, and Jason Robert Brown.

The Q&A was part of Broadway Artists Alliance's three-day Summer Workshop at Ripley Grier Studios, NYC.

Additional instructors and special guests have included Marc Shaiman, Stephen Schwartz, Kelli O'Hara (South Pacific), Will Swenson (Hair), Kyle Dean Massey (Next to Normal), Brooks Ashmanskas (Promises, Promises), Lea Michele (Spring Awakening, Glee), Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening), Megan Hilty (9 to 5), Matt Cavenaugh (West Side Story), Mitch Jarvis (Rock of Ages), J. Robert Spencer (Next to Normal), Susan Blackwell ([title of show]), Stephanie J. Block (Wicked), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Jennifer Cody (Shrek), Michelle Federer (Wicked), Christopher Jackson (In the Heights), Tyrick Wiltez Jones (Finian's Rainbow), Norm Lewis (The Little Mermaid), Andrea Martin (Young Frankenstein), Megan McGinnis (Les Miserables), Skylar Astin (Spring Awakening), Andrea Burns (In the Heights), Lauren Kennedy (Vanities), Christopher Fitzgerald (Finian's Rainbow), Heather Parcells (A Chorus Line), Paul Schaefer (Phantom of the Opera), Alexandra Socha (Spring Awakening), Lisa Stevens (High School Musical), Morgan Karr (Spring Awakening), and many more. For more information about Broadway Artists Alliance, please visit

Broadway Artists Alliance is currently in the midst of their annual two-week Summer Intensive, which will be followed by a workshop for BAA alumni, a College/Professional Workshop, and a College Audition Preparation Workshop. They will host their annual Winter Workshop February 18-20, 2012. Space is limited and by audition-only! Applications are available on their website:

Broadway Artists Alliance will also continue with a new season of one-day master classes. Upcoming master classes include The Book of Mormon (September 17), Wicked (September 18), and Anything Goes (October 16). A full list is available at

Photo Credit: Laura McBride

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