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Goodspeed Musicals Musical Theatre Institute

Song Coaching Workshop

Saturday, October 22, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM


The Max Showalter Center of Education in Musical Theatre at Goodspeed Musicals has organized a one-day event dedicated to musical theatre song coaching techniques and best practices. The workshop will be held on the beautiful Goodspeed campus and will focus on techniques for song coaching when working with musical theatre artists at the academic, amateur, or professional level. Take advantage of this rare, one-of-a-kind opportunity to receive individualized support and expert advice from one of the top educators in collegiate musical theatre, Brent Wagner, Emeritus Chair of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department.


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REGISTRATION FEE: $300 per session

Please include your registration fee of $300. Checks should be made payable to “The Goodspeed Opera House Foundation.” If you  prefer to pay by credit card, please contact Erin at 860.873.8664, x521.
*Note: If you are not accepted, your registration fee will be refunded in full. In all other cases, the tuition payment is non-refundable.

Important dates and registration information:
October 14, 2016: Application Deadline
October 17, 2016: Notification of acceptance
If you would like to apply for this program after the deadline, please contact Erin Lafferty at 860.873.8664 x521 or to inquire if space is available.

Send application to: Goodspeed Musical Theatre Institute, Attn: Education Dept, PO Box A, East Haddam, CT 06423
We also welcome digital applications via email.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Lafferty at or at 860.873.8664 x521.


Goodspeed’s Song Coaching Workshop is a unique professional development opportunity for anyone who coaches musical theatre artists on the academic, amateur, or professional level. Professor Brent Wagner, Emeritus Chair of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department, will lead this workshop designed to help educators and artists improve their ability to coach actors at any level on the dramatic interpretation of a musical theatre song. Under Professor Wagner’s guidance, participants will coach singers individually, receiving feedback along with tools for analyzing the specific combination of music and lyrics to interpret the writers’ intent. Performance goals include physicality, musicianship, and acting skills, all of which are applicable to both coaching auditions and directing stage productions. Participants in the Song Coaching Workshop will also be offered a half-price ticket to Goodspeed’s production of Chasing Rainbows for the 8:00pm show on October 22. Housing is available for an additional fee on the Goodspeed campus within walking distance of the program and rides to Goodspeed can be arranged from the airport or train station. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to improve your ability as a musical theater song coach!


  • A maximum of 8.0 Professional Development hours
  • Access to Goodspeed staff
  • Opportunities to network with other educational, community, and professional theatre directors
  • A half-price ticket to Goodspeed’s production of Chasing Rainbows (Optional)


Goodspeed Musicals Campus, East Haddam, Conn. click for directions 



Brent Wagner is the former Chair of the Musical Theatre Department at the University of Michigan, a position he held for 32 years, building the department into one of the most widely respected BFA programs in the nation. Before joining the Michigan faculty, he started the musical theatre program at Syracuse University. Professor Wagner has directed musicals and revues throughout North America, from off-Broadway in New York City to the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, and for many years he was a teacher/director at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has collaborated with lyricist Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) on numerous projects, including a new opera at the O'Neill Theater Center and the world premiere of A Wonderful Life (music by Joe Raposo). Professor Wagner holds an Arthur Thurnau Professorship at Michigan, a distinguished award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. He was recently honored by 500 current students and graduates in a concert tribute entitled “Maize and Blue on Broadway” at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City.


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