Wharton Arts welcomes world-renowned Broadway stars and music industry veterans Capathia Jenkins, Marissa McGowan, Michael Mendez, Pam Sousa, Doug LaBrecque, and Michael Keller to its line-up of Performing Arts School faculty to participate in “Wednesday Webinars at Wharton”, a series of weekly one-hour online virtual workshops exploring what it means to have a career in the professional musical theatre world, including the sharing of personal experiences, behind-the-scene stories, tips, training, and more.
ALL WEDNESDAY WEBINARS ARE NOW FREE!
Donations made during the webinar series will benefit the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund.
Each weekly webinar will be hosted on Zoom on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5PM EST. For more information, call (908) 790-0700 or email email@example.com.
Marissa McGowan & Michael Mendez - July 15
Marissa McGowan is currently appearing in the Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway Revival of Kiss Me Kate at Studio 54, playing the Wardrobe Mistress and understudy to Kelli O’Hara. McGowan had the honor to be chosen by Marvin Hamlisch to star as Stella Purdy in the world premier of Marvin’s last musical The Nutty Professor, directed by the legendary Jerry Lewis, for which she won the “best leading actress” award in Nashville for her performance. Read more…
Michael Mendez originated the role of Fatty Arbuckle in the Broadway Production of Chaplin, directed by Warren Carlyle, and is featured on the Original Broadway Cast Recording. Mendez also originated the role of Olaf in Frozen: A Musical Spectacular for the Disney Wonder, directed by Tony-nominee Sheryl Kaller. Other credits include Hey, Look Me Over! at City Center Encores! featuring Joel Grey, Vanessa Williams, and Bebe Neuwirth, as well as the Off-Broadway musical Fat Camp. Read More…
Wednesday, July 15 | 4-5 PM EST
Pamela Sousa - August 5
Pamela Sousa appeared in the original Broadway productions of Sugar, Pippin, Chicago, A Chorus Line, The Loves of Anatol, Stepping Out, and the revival of Can Can. She has appeared in several commercials, including Diet Dr. Pepper and Fresca, as well as the original commercials for the shows of Pippin and Chicago. Her film credits includes The Two Mrs. Grenvilles and, most recently, the FX series Fosse/Verdon. Read more…
Wednesday, August 5 | 4-5 PM EST
Michael Keller - August 12
Born and raised in Queens, NY, Michael Keller is a graduate of the renowned conservatory The Manhattan School of Music (MSM). Upon graduation from MSM in 1971, he pursued a career as a professional performing musician spanning the next 35 years. Being hired as the original drummer for They’re Playing Our Song on Broadway led to the beginning of his long and rewarding working and personal relationship with Marvin Hamlisch. Read more…
Wednesday, August 12 | 4-5 PM EST
Doug LaBrecque - August 19
Doug LaBrecque thrilled theatre audiences as The Phantom and Raoul in the Harold Prince production of The Phantom of the Opera. In addition, LaBrecque has starred on Broadway as Ravenal in the Hal Prince revival of Showboat, a role he also performed in Canada and Chicago. He was featured in Oscar Hammerstein’s 100th Birthday Celebration on Broadway at The Gershwin Theatre, and toured nationally with Les Miserables. Read more…
Wednesday, August 19 | 4-5 PM EST