Project Broadway will be back next year, in the summer of 2023. Check back for all the latest updates!
See the highlight from this year's camp:
A Summer Musical Theatre Intensive for Teens
Dates/Times: June 13-17, 2022 / 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Sandra Hall Ray Fine Arts Center - Shelton State Community College
Enrollment: Participants must be 13-19 years old on June 13. A maximum of 40 participants will be accepted.
Public Performance: Friday, June 17, 6:00 p.m., Bean-Brown Theatre - Click here to purchase showcase tickets online.
What does it mean to be in the room where it happens?
Broadway shows are created by a community of artists. Hamilton, A Chorus Line, Hadestown, and so many more were devised through a creative process where actors, writers, directors, choreographers, and composers built something new in the room using an ensemble of creative, brave performers. Project Broadway takes actors a step beyond a traditional musical theatre camp, encouraging each student to discover their own voice, connect, collaborate, and make a new Broadway-style performance project through the collective creative process.
What will we do throughout the week?
Students will go through a week-long intensive of music, movement, performance, writing, sharing, team building and creating an original work with the ensemble. Their new Broadway-style performance project will be performed publicly at the end of the week (Friday, June 17, 6 p.m. in the Bean-Brown Theatre). Tuition includes two tickets to the final performance. Additional tickets will be $5 each.
What will a Project Broadway camp day look like?
1:00 PM Campers arrive at the Shelton State Campus
1:05 Company Warm Up
1:20 Group Number Rehearsals/Company Read-thru
2:15 Split into small interest groups: Acting/Music/Movement/Writers Room
3:10 Company Snack and Water Break (BYO Snack)
3:25 Rotate Interest groups
4:20 Company showings and special group rehearsals
Homework and Personal Accountability
Each day, campers will be given homework: lines/lyrics to learn, music to listen to, choreography to rehearse, or even a link to a show to watch for inspiration. Each camper will be featured in some way through the final performance project. It is up to the individual to come into camp the following day prepared and ready to add on to the previous day’s material.
How is this camp different from other musical theatre camps?
While other camps may teach students foundational musical song and dance, Project Broadway strives to tap into the individual artist's inner voice to create new musical theatre through community practice. On day one, the students and teachers will establish a collective value system that details how they will respectfully share space and create together. From there, students will participate in music, theatre, dance, and writing exercises to create an original performance.
What is Project Broadway’s teaching philosophy?
Sure, we are theatre people - but it’s more than that. Our team focuses on creating community and collective care so young artists feel safe to be their most imaginative selves. We celebrate authenticity! We build our teaching philosophy around the idea of “ubuntu” a South African Zulu phrase that translates, “I am who I am, because of who WE are.” By strengthening our creative community and lifting one another up in our theatre practice, we find we are at our best as individual performers. When you thrive as a theatre artist, I thrive as a theatre artist; and in turn we all thrive as an ensemble of theatre artists together.
A limited number of scholarships are available and are awarded based on need. To help the most participants possible, most scholarships are partial-tuition awards, though full-tuition scholarships are occasionally awarded. Click here to apply.
Jake Boyd is a Tuscaloosa native who played “Fiyero” in Wicked on Broadway and in the national tour. He was also in the Broadway cast of Rock of Ages. He has appeared Off-Broadway in Sweeney Todd and The Last Smoker in America. Boyd’s television credits include The Sound of Music LIVE!, Law and Order: SVU, and Jessica Jones, among others. Most recently, Jake originated the role of “Maxie Boswell” in the new world premier musical Becoming Nancy at The Alliance Theatre.
Stephen Tyler Davis is a Huntsville native who studied theatre at The University of Alabama. He has worked as a director, teacher, writer, performer, producer, and designer at colleges, regional theatres, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and the New York International Fringe Festival. Davis directed Theatre Tuscaloosa’s 2019 production of Grease and is directing Theatre Tuscaloosa’s long-awaited production of Mamma Mia!
Tina F. Turley (Theatre Tuscaloosa Executive Producer) is originally from Texas and has a diverse background in the arts, including more than 35 years of experience as a director, actor, writer, teacher and theater manager. Her directing credits for Theatre Tuscaloosa include: Ragtime, A Christmas Carol, Regrets Only, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Christmas Belles, and many more. Click here to read her extended bio.