Austin Pendleton and Todrick Hall Return to Broadway Theatre Project

Tony nominated Austin Pendleton returns to the faculty of Broadway Theatre Project's (BTP) this summer after directing the revival of Horton Foote's 1955 play The Traveling Lady at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Acclaimed vocalist and BTP alumni Todrick Hall, also returns as a visiting artist to the summer institute.

Pendleton, Tony nominated, Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning director, actor, playwright and librettist - first received critical acclaim in 1964 for originating the role of Motel in Fiddler on The Roof. Over the past four decades, Austin's illustrious career has included countless theater, film, and television projects. He is the Recipient of 2007 Drama Desk Special Award as "Renaissance Man of the American Theatre".

Todrick Hall, whose Broadway credits include Memphis and the original production of The Color Purple, Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots, has also self-released a visual concept album Straight Outta Oz that's currently on tour.

BTP is a program described by Playbill as "The world's most prestigious musical theatre arts education program for high school and college students", has extended its deadline for the upcoming 3-week summer institute held in July. Acceptance announcements for the remaining five spots will be announced on an individual basis.

This year, other visiting artists and faculty include: Chazz Palminteri (Actor, Playwright), Gianna Palminteri (Actor, Producer, Writer), Herman Payne (Dancer, Choreographer), Donna McKechnie (Actor, Dancer), Jason Samuels-Smith (Dancer, Choreographer), Peisha McPhee (Vocal Coach) and Michael Orland (Vocal Coach). For a full list of faculty and artists visit: Faculty appear schedules permitting.

The Broadway Theatre Project will be held July 9 - 30, 2017 at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Student housing and meals are provided. Apprentices must be at least 16 - exceptions will be considered on an individual basis. To apply, visit

For those students just learning about BTP and would like to audition for the project, please call Debra McWaters immediately at: or 888-874-1764- exceptions will be considered on an individual basis.

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