Broadway Dreams Foundation's 2016 Summer Tour GENERAT10N Stops in Atlanta This Week
Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF), the Atlanta-founded non-profit performing arts training program, is currently celebrating its 10th Anniversary with exciting new programming and expanded international destinations, including Russia and Brazil. The 2016 Summer Tour, GENERAT10N, will visit cities across the U.S. and Canada with a special stop in its home city, June 13 - 18, 2016. In each location, BDF will present an incredible roster of Broadway directors, performers, and industry insiders who will offer highly personalized musical theatre training and mentoring through unique, week-long performing arts intensive workshops for students of all ages, skill levels, and socio-economic backgrounds.
"This year, as the Broadway Dreams Foundation celebrates its 10th year of programming, we will shatter all expectations and make dreams come true in a record number of cities and countries," said BDF Executive Director Annette Tanner. "We recently participated in a historic collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, Stage Entertainment and Broadway Moscow to offer a first-of-its-kind Broadway intensive in Moscow. Next week we will offer our unique brand of programming to 70 aspiring performers in Brazil and later this month we will embark on an eight-city summer tour before traveling to Toronto for the second consecutive year. In addition, we're proud to announce that we have now landed roles for over 100 BDF students in Broadway shows or National Tours. If there is anyone who hasn't heard of BDF yet, I guarantee they will if they are serious about this business."
The Broadway Dreams team brings this cultural innovation and excitement to Atlanta June 13 - 18, 2016 for the 10th consecutive year. During the weeklong Intensive, attendees will experience first-rate training in acting, dance and vocal technique facilitated by an all-star faculty before performing alongside their Broadway idols in a dynamic concert directed by one of the industry's finest directors, Marshall Pailet. Pailet is an NYC-based director, writer and composer for musical theater, plays, and animated films. He directed, composed, and co-wrote the Off-Broadway musicals Who's Your Baghdaddy; or How I Started the Iraq War and the now internationally licensed Triassic Parq and has several projects in development with DreamWorks Theatricals. In addition to Pailet, the teaching faculty also includes Atlanta natives Amanda Watkins (Producer of Disgraced), Kyme Sallid (School Daze), and celebrity choreographer, Victor Jackson, along with Craig D'Amico (Annie Get Your Gun), and "Odd Mom Out" star Christopher J. Hanke (How to Succeed...). Making a special appearance will be the two winners of the 2016 Shuler Awards.
The final concert, which is open to the public, will take place on Saturday, June 18 at 7:00 pm at McEachern High School (2300 New MacLand Road, Ponder Springs, GA 30127). The one-night-only showcase will take audience members through a series of thrilling musical segments from popular Broadway musicals and music genres. Tickets for GENERAT10N are $25 and can be purchased online by clicking here.
During each BDF Summer Intensive, attendees receive first-rate training in acting, dance and vocal technique before performing alongside their Broadway idols in a dynamic concert directed by one of the industry's finest directors. Students also learn how to improve their audition skills and have the opportunity to audition and perform for top NYC casting directors and agents, including Craig Burns, Rachel Hoffman, and Caesar Rocha from Telsey + Company, Jamie Harris and Chase Renouf from Clear Talent Group, Victoria Morris from Lexikat, and Mark Redanty from BRS Talent Agency, all of whom offer valuable feedback.
BDF takes great pride in guiding students through their professional journey as young artists, giving them the tools, support and industry connections they need to succeed. Over the past several years, over 100 BDF students have landed roles in Broadway, national touring and regional productions. BDF students can currently be seen in the 2016 Tony Award-nominated productions of Hamilton and Waitress. BDF Atlanta student, Sarah Charles Lewis, recently completed a star turn as "Winnie Foster" in Broadway's Tuck Everlasting.