“The character’s only obligation is to be present.”
I’ve had wonderful mentors over the course of my thirty-year career and love to share that knowledge, developing actors’ skills as authentic, in-the-moment story-tellers, through a lens of empathy and resilience. As you’ll read in the Products section, I’m offering three discounted price points in the hopes of being able to empower as many people as possible with the confidence they need to pursue their dreams and hone their craft in unprecedented times. #keeplearning #keepgoing #ifyoustayreadyyouaintgottagetready
David holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Musical Theatre Performance from Sheridan College and is a recipient of the Premier of Ontario’s Award of Excellence. After graduating, he became the only amputee to have have ever performed on Broadway. Still. This reality makes David an active advocate and ambassador. He has helmed over thirty musicals including the Canadian regional theatre premieres of Kinky Boots, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Mamma Mia! and Disney’s Newsies. Collaborators have included Katy Perry, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John, Deepa Mehta, kd lang, Patti LaBelle, Sarah Brightman and many others.
“I’ve been taking many classes during quarantine but yours stand out because EVERY piece of advice felt applicable to me. My notebook is full of practical tools for how to explore, care for and protect these characters we love so much.”
“I have a better idea of how the puzzle works. I really needed someone to show me that getting messy, taking risks and taking my time is the only way to deeply connect to a character.”
“Since our classes, I feel myself vibrating higher. I didn’t feel pre-judged. I felt supported by smiles, gentleness and hope and that created a safe space for big risks and big vulnerability. Thank you for encouraging us to be who we are. No excuses.”
“I f*ing love theatre so much. There are very few things in this life that make me feel as full of hope and pure power. I’ve found so much joy I lost in theatre school in the last four weeks and I’m overflowing with gratitude.”
Congratulations Kelsey and Jacob for developing this initiative, you are next level Rockstars.
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