Levine Music and The Theatre Lab Announce Exciting New Partnership
Levine Music and The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts launch
Music Theatre's Performance Institute
Students in grades 9-12 are invited to take part in an intensive musical theatre training program during the school year! Performance Institute is a comprehensive training program that will present two fully-staged productions at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, as well as a mid-year showcase cabaret. The first intensive school-year program of this caliber in the DC metro area, Performance Institute is designed to provide high school students with exceptional musical theatre training opportunities. Students actively participate in the creation process and build their skills in auditioning, acting, voice, movement, and production.
Students accepted into this highly selective program will participate in performance roles and technical apprenticeship tracks. Students will also take part in master classes led by highly qualified professionals in the field. All students will participate in a showcase cabaret, which will be tailored to the unique talents of each individual. The showcase will be live-streamed and each participant will receive a professionally recorded and edited video recording of their performance which can be used for future auditions.
In the first collaboration, which will launch immediately, The Theatre Lab will partner with Levine’s Act Two Pre-Professional music theatre program for high school students. Students are immersed in the art of music theatre, participating in public performances at distinguished venues, but more importantly, they gain valuable experience working as a team, building confidence, and collaborating with others. The school-year long training program will culminate in two mainstage productions at the Kogod Cradle at Arena Stage, and a cabaret performance at Levine’s Silver Spring Campus.
The Theatre Lab’s faculty and directors will provide acting workshops and master class opportunities to members of the program. Students enrolled in The Theatre Lab’s Summer Institutes for Teens will now be able to participate in the Levine program at reduced tuition, and both organizations will expand their efforts, individually and jointly, to increase scholarships for students who lack financial means to pursue their music theatre goals.
Levine’s Pre-Professional program is led by Director Tracy Lynn Olivera (pictured at right) and Music Director Walter “Bobby” McCoy (pictured at top of page), under the leadership of Managing Artistic Director Carolyn Agan. Ms. Olivera, one of the area’s most acclaimed musical theatre performers, has appeared on Broadway (Ragtime) and is a two-time Helen Hayes Award Winner. Mr. McCoy is also well known to Washington theatre audiences, having won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical Direction in 2018. Both Ms. Olivera and Mr. McCoy are longtime faculty members at The Theatre Lab.
New adult classes are in the planning stages for the coming season at Levine and Theatre Lab campuses, including Introduction to Acting for Singers and Introduction to Voice Training for Actors. These classes will feature esteemed Levine and Theatre Lab faculty in collaboration. Levine and The Theatre Lab also will explore expanding their collaborative program over time to Levine’s campus in Southeast DC at Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC).
“Levine Music and The Theatre Lab share the belief that rigorous arts training is for everyone,” says Deb Gottesman, Co-Executive Director of The Theatre Lab. “We’re thrilled to combine forces with one of the area’s most distinguished community arts schools to be able to provide exceptional musical theatre training and unique educational opportunities to a broad cross-section of the metro DC area.”
Levine Music’s CEO Peter Jablow remarked that “this new partnership represents Levine’s focus on providing superb music instruction, and complementing our strengths with the talents of other leaders in the theatre community to enhance and enrich the experience of our students. The Theatre Lab’s outstanding faculty and leadership make them an ideal partner as we envision expanding the reach of our music theatre program and providing new opportunities to serve a wider community.”
The Theatre Lab enrolls 2,600 students each year, from beginners to professionals, with classes in acting, directing, film, and music theatre for adults, as well as summer training programs for kids and teens. Levine Music offers music instruction in 22 instruments and voice, and serves more than 3,500 students of all ages and abilities at five campuses across the metro region.