Broadway Veteran Stephanie Pope To Teach Fosse Master Class At Playhouse On Park
Registration is now open for Broadway Dance: Fosse Adult Master Class at Playhouse on Park. All performers (ages 16 and up!) who have a vested interest in the performing arts are encouraged to attend these classes to learn from the 'pros'. Stephanie Pope, who stars as Camilla in Playhouse on Park's current production of In The Heights, and seasoned Broadway Actor, will instruct this class onMonday, July 9 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Stephanie Pope is a dancer, singer and actress and a musical theater veteran having appeared in over 10 Broadway shows with a career spanning over 35 years. Broadway and touring credits include the revival of Pippin , for which she received an Astaire Award nomination, an ACCA Award and the beloved Gypsy Robe, CHICAGO (Velma Kelly), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Muzzy Van Hossmere), FOSSE(Leading Player), SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Cafe (Brenda), A FUNNY THING...FORUM(Gymnasia), KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (Stand-by for Ms. Chita Rivera) , JELLY'S LAST JAM (The Hunnies) and THE Will Rogers FOLLIES...just to name a few.
Stephanie has the distinct honor of having been hand-picked to work with the legendary director/choreographer, Bob Fosse, along with his former wife and muse, Gwen Verdon on her first two Broadway shows, the revival of SWEET CHARITY starring Debbie Allen and Bebe Neuwirth and Bob Fosse'S BIG DEAL. She holds the distinct and treasured title of being a "Fosse Dancer".
The Broadway Dance: Fosse Adult Master class will feature a brief history of Bob Fosse, 30 minutes of technique training, and 60 minutes of teaching the popular Fosse dance "Bye Bye Blackbird," concluding with a question and answer session.
In addition to her work with Mr. Fosse and Ms. Verdon, Stephanie Pope has shared the stage with such luminaries as Chita Rivera, Ben Vereen, Marilu Henner, Gregory Hines, Brian "Stokes" Mitchell and Nathan Lane. She has worked with directors and choreographers such as Tommy Tune, Christopher Chadman, Chet Walker, Anne Reinking, Rob Marshall, Kathleen Marshall, Peter Gennaro, Michael Kidd, Michael Peters, Jerry Zaks, George C. Wolfe, Hal Prince, Alex Sanchez, Diane Paulus and Regina Taylor. Stephanie was trained at The Dance Theatre of Harlem School and received a scholarship to study at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and the Broadway Dance Center under Frank Hatchett as well as many dance studios in the NY area.
This class is one of three Summer Adult Master Classes offered by Playhouse on Park. Other classes include: The Art of Clowning, instructed by Eric Robertson on July 16, and Contemporary Musical Theater Audition Technique, instructed by Michelle Pruiett on July 23. Friends of the theater may remember both Robertson and Pruiett as the two lead actors in the Playhouse's production of A Chorus Line in 2016!
The fee is $30 for one class, and $10 to observe. To register, visit the Education page at www.playhouseonpark.org, and download the registration form, or call 860-523-5900x10 for more information. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Road, West Hartford, CT, 06119.