Project Broadway 2023:
Frequently Asked Questions
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 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
Will there be homework?
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.
Are there scholarships available?
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 the button below to apply.
Meet Your Instructors
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 premiere musical Becoming Nancy at The Alliance Theatre.
Stephen Tyler Davis
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 2022 production of Mamma Mia!
Shannon Dionne is from Irondale, AL, and holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre from UA. She recently performed in the international tour of Hair. Other professional credits include The Marvelous Wonderettes, Ragtime, and Working: The Musical, among others.
Tina F. Turley
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.
Jamie Shannon Ferguson Ertle
Jamie is an adjunct professor at Shelton State teaching stage movement, theatre appreciation and voice. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Mississippi College. She was last seen in Mamma Mia last summer at Theatre Tuscaloosa. Other theatrical credits include Diana in Next to Normal (The Longwood Players), Amy in Theory of Relativity (The Boston Conservatory), and Dorothy in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (College Light Opera Company).