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Thursday, 03 June 2010 13:50

American Theatre Wing Announces Mentor Lineup for Springboard 2010



New York, NY The American Theatre Wing’s SpringboardNYC, an intensive summer boot camp for student actors, has announced the lineup of mentors for their 2010 program, being held June 7 – 18 in New York City

This year’s mentors will include: actors Michael McKean (Superior Donuts, Our Town), Sherie Rene Scott (Tony Award nominee, Everyday Rapture), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Tony Award nominee, Fences), Katie Finneran (Tony Award-winner, Noises Off; Tony Award nominee, Promises, Promises); directors Jerry Zaks (Tony Award-winner, Guys and Dolls), Leigh Silverman (Well), Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Tony Award nominee, Ragtime); music director Mary-Mitchell Campbell (The Addams Family, Next to Normal); producer Eva Price (Tony Award nominee, The Addams Family); casting directors Will Cantler (MCC) and David Caparelliotis (MelCap Casting); casts of American Idiot, Memphis, Everyday Rapture, Promises, Promises, Our Town and many more.

SpringboardNYC welcomes students from across the country, representing 28 universities including Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Pepperdine University, Princeton University, New York University, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Louisiana State University, Tufts University, University of Memphis, University of Miami, Southern Methodist University and Wayne State University, to name a few.

SpringboardNYC is the ideal transition college to career program, offering young adults information and contacts that would otherwise take years to develop.  Designed for serious students looking to take the plunge into the New York theatre world, SpringboardNYC prepares the next generation of theatre artists for working life in New York.  Taught by industry professionals, sessions include on-your-feet audition training with directors and casting directors and seminars with the industry's leading agents and managers, as well as intimate conversations with some of Broadway’s biggest names.  Sessions are held with a variety of the theater industry’s major “behind the scenes” players, including general managers, press agents, company managers and more, giving participants the advantage of better understanding the world into which they are entering.  Participants also get to attend several Broadway and Off Broadway shows (with special talkback sessions), as well as the dress rehearsal for The Tony Awards.

The Director of SpringboardNYC is Randy Ellen Lutterman, who founded the program at Musical Theatre Works.  Now in its eighth year, many SpringboardNYC alumni are living their dreams of working in the theatre, including: Joel Perez, just cast as Usnavi in the National Tour of In the Heights; Felicity Claire, currently appearing on Broadway in Mamma Mia!; and Ryan Bauer-Walsh, who is appearing in the National Tour of Billy Elliot


As the home for America’s largest free online archive of media focused on how theatre is made, in the words of the very people who make it, in the past month, ATW has released a slew of new content, including:

Three new online episodes of the television program “Working in the Theatre”:

·         Producing’s New Voices with Patrick Catullo (Next to Normal, Come Fly Away), Eric Falkenstein (A Little Night Music, Ragtime), Jenny Gersten (The Public Theater) and Jill Furman Willis (In the Heights, The Drowsy Chaperone) moderated by Gordon Cox.


·         Waiting in the Wings with Tony Carlin (Lend Me A Tenor, Time Stands Still), Brian Fenkart (Memphis), Corinne Melançon (Mamma Mia!), Jay Russell (The Play What I Wrote) and Paul A. Schaefer (The Phantom of the Opera) moderated by Howard Sherman.


·         Roles for Ourselves: Playwrights, 2010 with Charles Busch (The Lady in Question), David Ives (All in the Timing), Donald Margulies (Collected Stories) and Suzan-Lori Parks (365 Days/365 Plays) moderated by Theodore S. Chapin.


Seven new editions of the podcast “Downstage Center”:

·         David Cromer, Director of When the Rain Stops Falling and Our Town


·         Janet McTeer, currently on Broadway in God of Carnage


·         Shirley Knight, recently seen in Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore


·         Betty Buckley, currently starring in White’s Lies at New World Stages


·         B.H. Barry, progenitor of fight direction in America and 2010 Tony Honor recipient


·         Linda Lavin, currently starring in Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories on Broadway


·         Kenny Leon, Director of Fences on Broadway


Four editions of the new backstage video podcast, “In The Wings”:

·         “Sign Language Interpreter” featuring Alan Champion from TDF


·         “House Manager” featuring Brian Gaynair of the Shubert Theatre


·         “Scenic Designer” featuring Riccardo Hernandez of Caroline, or Change


·         “Casting Director” featuring Tara Rubin of Tara Rubin Casting


ATW also added to its collection:

·         Conversations from the SDCFMasters of the Stage” series with Arthur Penn. Richard Eyre and Robert Wilson


·         Classic editions of The Broadway League’sThis is Broadway” with Millicent Martin, Donald Pippin, Adolph Green, Reid Shelton, Tiger Haynes, Michael Stewart and Martin Gottfried


The American Theatre Wing (Theodore S. Chapin, Chairman, Board of Directors; Howard Sherman, Executive Director) is a not-for-profit organization best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards®, which it presents annually with The Broadway League. In addition to “Downstage Center,” “In The Wings,” “Working in the Theatre,” and a host of other online resources, The Wing sponsors many activities, all dedicated to recognizing excellence and supporting education in theatre.  Visitors to can listen to, watch or download from ATW’s extensive media collection, and learn more about all of its programming for students, aspiring and working professionals, and audiences who want to learn more about the making of theatre.  Follow ATW on and



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