Big Sky Theater Workshop

JULY 26TH – AUGUST 2ND, 2015

A six-day program combining top-level performance training with professional new play development. Led by some of the country’s top theater artists, the workshop is designed to inspire, empower and elevate the talent of student actors from across the country and provide a stunning environment to cultivate the professional development of a new American play. The student company will take part in a rigorous six-day series of master classes ranging from Acting and Musical Theater to Personal Storytelling, which will culminate in a public performance of select works on stage at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center directed by Laura Savia.  In addition, the esteemed guest artist faculty will workshop and debut the world premiere staged reading of a new American play directed by Stella Powell-Jones, starring Tony-Winner Michele Pawk.

For additional inquiries, contact program director Stephanie DiMaggio

APPLICATION DEADLINE for Summer 2015:  MAY 15th



micheleMICHELE PAWK: Michele’s Broadway credits include: Hairspray, Losing Louie, Mamma Mia, Hollywood Arms (Tony Award), Chicago, Seussical, Cabaret (Drama Desk & Outer Critics’ Circle Award nominations), Triumph Of Love, Crazy For You (Drama Desk nomination), Mail. Off-Broadway she appeared in Giant, A Small Fire (Drama Desk & Lucille Lortel nominations), Mahida’s Extra Key To Heaven, Flyovers, Prayer For My Enemy, The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs, The Paris Letter (Drama Desk nomination), Reefer Madness, After The Fair, Hello Again, Merrily We Roll Along, jon & jen, A Little Night Music. Regional favorites: Bounce (Helen Hayes nomination), Natural History. Television appearances include: “Law & Order” (7x) and some fabulous shows from the 80’s. She can be heard on 14 Original Cast Albums. Michele is a proud faculty member in the Theatre Department at Wagner College.

johnJOHN DOSSETT: Thirteen Broadway appearances include: Fifth of July, Prelude To A Kiss, Ragtime, Gypsy (Tony nom.), Mamma Mia. John was a Company member of Circle Rep for 14 years, and a founding member of Ridge Theatre. Other credits: Giant ( Dallas Theater), Hello Again, Dinner At Eight, and The Clean House ( Lincoln Center ), Saved (Playwrights), A Little Night Music ( Kennedy Center). TV and Film: “The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law and Order” (all), “Sex and the City,” John Adams.

Rosen_Lee_8446_ret copy 2-2LEE AARON ROSEN
. Broadway: The Big Knife, The Normal Heart.  Off-Broadway: Indian Ink (Roundabout Theatre Company), Gabriel (Atlantic Theatre Company), The Lady from Dubuque (Signature Theatre), A Contemporary American’s Guide To A Successful Marriage… (Cherry Lane/Soho Playhouse).  Regional credits include Time and the Conways (Old Globe), Suddenly Last Summer and Mary’s Wedding (Westport Country Playhouse); All My Sons (Huntington Theatre); Barefoot in Member of the Wedding (Ford’s Theatre); The Game (Barrington Stage); and Once in a LifetimeLoot and God of Vengenance (Williamstown Theatre Festival).  TV: “The Good Wife,” “The Big C,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Damages,” “Person of Interest,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Guiding Light.” Film:  Saving Private Ryan, Company K, the short film Lawn Care, and the upcoming feature Sidewalk Traffic.  Lee is also featured in the award-winning web series 80/20, and his voice can be heard in several Rockstar Games titles as well as in the PBS documentary series Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle.  He received his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, and is a proud volunteer at New York’s 52nd Street Project.

stephanieSTEPHANIE DIMAGGIO: Broadway: A Free Man of Color by John Guare, directed by George C. Wolfe. Off- Broadway: Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Public Theater), Exile (The Cherry Lane), 17 Orchard Point (Co-Author and Actor / The Beckett). Regional: Italian American (Long Wharf Theatre ), All My Sons (The Huntington Theatre Company), Bloody Mary , Haroun (Williamstown Theatre Festival). In addition, Stephanie has participated in developmental workshops with The Women’s Project, The Lark Play Development Center, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb and New York Stage and Film. TV / Film credits include: The Good Wife (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS), Rubicon (AMC), Cupid (ABC), Law and Order (NBC) and the films The First Born and Generation Um, staring Keanu Reeves. As a writer, her first play Spearing The Heavens was developed at The Williamstown Theater Festival, and her first co- authored feature film, Smart Girls, is currently in development with Beech Hill Films. Stephanie has been a featured contributor for two books: Acting Teachers of America: A Vital Tradition and Performance of the Century: 100 Years of Actors Equity Association. She received her B.A in Theater from Fordham University at Lincoln Center, where she currently serves on the acting faculty, and her MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program.


STELLA POWELL – JONES: Stella Powell-Jones is a New York based theatre director. Recent directing includes Robin Hood (Williamstown Theatre Festival), 17 Orchard Point by Stephanie DiMaggio and Anton Dudley (Theatre Row), Wet Glitter by Lucile Baker Scott (IRT) plays by Lauren Morelli, Brian Watkins & Marco Ramirez for Lesser America’s Just Right Just Now. Stella has developed & presented work with The Kennedy Center, Playwrights Realm, Red Bull Theatre Co., Cape Cod Theatre Project, The Flea, Colt Coeur & NYU. In the United Kingdom she has worked with the Bush Theatre, Renegade Theatre (London, UK) & Painted Filly Theatre Co. (Dublin, UK). Member of the Actors Studio Playwright Director Unit.


LAURA SAVIA is on the faculty at Fordham University and NYU/The Lee Strasberg Institute.  She has previously taught at University of Rochester, Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAp), the Inge Center, and the Public Theater’s summer Shakespeare Camp.  From 2011-2014, Laura ran the emerging artist programs at the Tony Award-Winning Williamstown Theatre Festival, where she hired, taught, and oversaw the Directing Corps, Apprentice Company, and renowned Non-Equity Company. Privately, Laura teaches a scene study course annually in New York City, and her “Breaking into the NY Theatre Scene” course has become a favorite at One on One.  As an acting audition coach, Laura has worked with actors of all ages and backgrounds, including many leading Broadway, TV, and Film actors.   As a director, Laura’s production of The Recommendation recently garnered two Ovation Awards.  She has directed productions for IAMA Theatre Co., Theatre Row, Naked Angels, Theatreworks USA, and Ars Nova; she has directed workshops for Labyrinth, The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Co., Atlantic Theatre Co., Second Stage, Ma-Yi Theatre Co., and Playwrights Realm, among others.  She was the assistant director of Broadway’s The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino.  She spent five seasons on staff at Atlantic Theater Company.  2009 Drama League Directing Fellow.  Alumna of Northwestern University.


• Up to 10 advanced acting students will be accepted into the program
• Tuition is $975 for over 40 hours of professional training, and includes lodging at Big Sky Resort, local transportation, and three meals a day catered by one of Big Sky’s most popular local restaurants, By Word of Mouth.
• Mountain activities at Big Sky Resort including Adventure Ziplining, White-Water Rafting, Hiking, Horse-Back Riding, and more.
• Culminating performance of unprecedented new work at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center.


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