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Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!

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The first annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference is an event for theatre fanatics to learn, discuss, and celebrate theatre. Presented by the Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable, the conference featured a slew of educational breakout sessions designed for both performers and producers/directors, discussions and performances with Broadway super stars, and an expo where patrons can learn about theatre in their community. Check out an exclusive look at the event below!

Included performances by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul - Award winning composing team: A Christmas Story, Edges, NBC's SMASH, Dogfight and James and the Giant Peach; Kate Rockwell - Broadway performer: Bring It On: The Musical (Skylar, original Broadway cast), Rock of Ages (Sherrie), Legally Blonde (Margot), Hair; Kristopher Thompson-Bolden - National Tours: The Book of Mormon (1st National Tour), Anything Goes, Billy Elliot. Regional: West Side Story; and Keynote Speaker - Professor Mark Shanda Divisional Dean of Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Breakout session for performers included: So You Want To Write A Song, The Secret Of Belting, Contemporary Musical Theatre Dance, Stop Eating Crap and Start Landing Roles. Breakout sessions for director/producers included: Creating An Original Musical, Fundraising Fanatics, Design On A Dime, How Do You Recruit And Retain Quality Volunteers.

Photo Credit: Jerri Shafer

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Expo vendor booths: Pictured here is Imagine Productions & Columbus Children's Theatre

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Emily Kirtland dissects the art of healthy belting in "The Secret of Belting"

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Seasoned touring performer Kristopher Thompson-Bolden teaches popular dance moves.

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Kristopher Thompson-Bolden

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Kate Rockwell & Ryan Scarlata

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Keynote Speaker Professor Mark Shanda

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
"So You Want To Write A Song?" - Composing team Pasek & Paul for a musical discussion of their process.

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Columbus Children's Theatre 2014 Summer Youth Performance participants pose with Pasek & Paul.

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Holistic Muse Melissa Muguruza teaches the transformative power of food and how it can affect the way we perform onstage.

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Justin Paul & Benj Pasek

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Benj Pasek

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Justin Paul & Benj Pasek

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Justin Paul & Benj Pasek

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Justin Paul

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Kate Rockwell

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Kate Rockwell

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Kate Rockwell

Photo Exclusive: Inside the First Annual Central Ohio Theatre Conference - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Kate Rockwell & More!
Kate Rockwell


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