Creating a Musical Role

“This program is a fantastic opportunity for growth and learning for performers of all levels of experience.''

This double-session course takes students through the entire process of rehearsing and performing a major musical. The course replicates a typical professional production experience, from learning the notes through taking the bow. Issues explored include vocal production, how to act a song, how to sing a scene, defining the arc of a character, and all other aspects of singing and acting a musical role. No experience is necessary, but major roles will be assigned by audition. Chorus roles will not require auditions, but prospective students will have to demonstrate that they can carry a tune. This year the course culminates in six public performances of the Tony-nominated Bonnie & Clyde, from the legendary Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde). This Tony-nominated show is an electrifying story of love and crime, and the shocking consequences of both. Many roles for actors and singers of all types, at all levels of experience. Email to schedule an audition or interview.

Price: $680.00


Creating a Musical Role - Early Spring
Price: $680.00
Start Date: 2/11/2020 | End Date: 5/9/2020
Day of the week: Tuesday
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Instructor(s): Deb Gottesman & Buzz Mauro

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, Feb 11 – May 9 T 7–10pm; Th 7–10:30pm; Sat 10am–1pm Tech W Apr 29, 6–11pm Brush-up W May 6, 7–10pm Evening performances Apr 30, May 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 No class Sat April 11 (Easter)

Deb Gottesman is a founder and Co-Director of The Theatre Lab. She is also a professional actress who has performed frequently at Woolly Mammoth Theatre as well as at Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Theater Alliance, and with the Washington Shakespeare Company, among many others. She has directed more than thirty productions at The Theatre Lab, including Ragtime, Les Misérables, West Side Story, The Laramie Project, and My Soul Look Back and Wonder (which premiered at Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and is now the subject of a feature length documentary by Academy Award-nominated Producer and Director Nicole Boxer), as well as productions for Catholic University’s Musical Theatre Department and National Geographic. Deb received her M.F.A. from Catholic University and has taught drama at the Round House Theatre, Woolly Mammoth and American University. She is a 2003 recipient of the prestigious Linowes Leadership Award for her contributions to arts education. Along with Buzz Mauro, she has co-authored three books on applied acting, all published by Penguin Putnam.


Buzz Mauro is a founder and Co-Director of The Theatre Lab and a Helen Hayes Award nominee who has performed with Signature Theatre, Ford's, Studio, The Shakespeare Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, and many other companies. He received his B.A. from Yale University and has an M.F.A. in Acting from Catholic University. In 2003 he received the Linowes Leadership Award for his contributions to arts education in Washington. Along with Deb Gottesman he is the founder of Center Stage Communications, a consulting firm specializing in the application of acting techniques to the business world. Together they are the authors of three books on applied acting: The Interview Rehearsal BookTaking Center Stage, and The Best Answer, all published by Berkley Books, a division of Penguin Putnam. Buzz is also composer and co-lyricist of The Kids’ Table, and composer and lyricist of Alix in Wonderland.