Mondays in October, Broadway actress Lindsay Mendez (Dogfight, Godspell) and award-winning composer-lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver (35mm, Darling) will team-up for "ACTOR THERAPY," a series of master classes for performers looking to improve their auditions, build a better book, and expand their understanding of what it means to be an actor and song interpreter in New York today.
Each three-hour class focuses on a different aspect of auditioning, and will also include an accompanist/vocal coach to assist with singing technique and musicality. The series will be held at Shetler Studios each Monday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm:
· Monday, October 1
· Monday, October 8
· Monday, October 15
· Monday, October 22
· Monday, October 29
Oliver is a 2011 Lortel Award Nominee, 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipient, 2008 Rodgers Award Winner. He wrote the music and lyrics for 35mm (Original cast recording avail. on Ghostlight Records), Darling (featured on NBC's The Apprentice), Mrs. Sharp (Playwrights Horizons July 2009 starring Jane Krakowski, dir. by Michael Greif), and Jasper in Deadland. Off-Broadway and elsewhere, he's been heard at TheatreWorksUSA's We the People, Rosie O'Donnell's Theater Kids, and cabarets worldwide. Upcoming commissions include The Frog Prince, Cont. for Chicago's Emerald City Youth Theatre. www.ryanscottoliver.com
Mendez most recently starred as Rose Fenny in the World Premiere musical Dogfight at Second Stage Theatre Company, directed by Joe Mantello. Broadway: "Bless The Lord" in the 2011 revival of Godspell, Everyday Rapture (Roundabout), Grease. Off-Broadway: Everyday Rapture (Second Stage Theater Company), The Marvelous Wonderettes (West Side Theatre). Other Credits: Love's Labour's Lost (directed by Alex Timbers), Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (TRTC), Unknown Soldier (O'Neill), Ryan Scott Oliver's 35MM (Galapagos Art Space), The Trouble With Doug (NAMT, directed by Victoria Clark), Princesses (NAMT, Goodspeed, 5th Avenue Theatre). Lindsay can be heard in NYC singing jazz and contemporary music with her collaborator, jazz pianist Marco Paguia (www.LMandMP.com).
The complete course is $400 to enroll, with a $75 deposit on sign-up and the $325 balance due the first day. Discounts and scholarships may apply. Class size is anticipated to be intimate.
Prospective students can find out more and sign-up for the course at Oliver's website, here: