Now in its third year, The Australian Musical Theatre Workshop (AMTW) is an intensive two week program that allows  participants to meet, interact with and hone their skills with some of the best and most influential artists and educators in the Musical Theatre Industry.  The Workshop is being held at the newly opened Hayward Street Studios in Stafford, Brisbane, featuring large, air-conditioned studios and a purpose-built theatre space.

The workshop came about with the realisation that there were a lot of courses happening around the country for dance or acting, but nothing really focussed on musical theatre. The AMTW team reached out to the best musical theatre people in the country and gathered them together under one roof so aspiring performers could learn from them. It turned out to be an absolutely incredible experience – and each year the workshop just gets better and better, making it an unmissable event for anyone really passionate about musical theatre.

The AMTW is aimed at performers (and aspiring performers) aged 12 years and over who have a passion for musical theatre. Everyone is encouraged to apply. The participants offered places in the Workshop have demonstrated a reasonable amount of experience and training in their application and classes will often be split into groups to cater for varying skill levels. Workshop participants do not need to be true triple threats. Although it is a definite advantage to have had experience in all three areas, most participants have strength in just one or two areas. The AMTW team have a system in place to ensure that guest teachers (particularly dance) have the ability to quickly split a class into different skill groups so that everyone can learn at a level where they feel challenged.

 

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The AMTW is timetabled to ensure that all participants have access to the same teachers, guests and opportunities each day.  This way there is no need to “choose your own adventure” by attending one class but missing out on another. The hard work has been done to ensure all participants have access to the full programme of events.

What makes the AMTW unique is the line-up of artists and educators that is second to none. In 2015, participants will have the exclusive opportunity to take part in a series of forums where they will meet, interact wiAMTWKelleyAbbeyth and learn from artists like renowned performer, director and choreographer Kelley Abbey (Fame, Happy Feet), Australian entertainment icons Rhonda Burchmore (Mamma Mia!, Hot Shoe Shuffle) and Julie Anthony (Spamalot), Helpmann Award winner Verity Hunt-Ballard (Mary Poppins, Sweet Charity), Logie award winning star of stage and screen Val Lehman (Grease, Prisoner), Australia’s favourite leading man Rob Mills (Grease, Wicked, Legally Blonde), award winning actress Amanda Muggleton (Shirley Valentine, Blood Brothers), and Gold Logie Award winning actor John Wood (Blue Heelers, The Pirates of Penzance).
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Participants will also have the chance to hone their singing, acting and dancing skills in classes and workshops led by industry professionals including theatre, television and recording star Rachael Beck (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), director Dean Bryant (Anything Goes, Sweet Charity), Helpmann award winning comic actor and performer Mitchell Butel (Avenue Q, South Pacific), renowned choreographer Jason Coleman (So You Think You Can Dance), legend of the Australian stage Nancye Hayes (Annie, The Pirates of Penzance), Broadway and West End star Philip Quast (Les Miserables, The Secret Garden), Australia’s Elphaba Jemma Rix (Wicked), actress Christie Whelan-Browne (Rocky Horror Show, Wonderland), choreographer Callum Mansfield (Cats, The King and I), dancers Sam Marks (Wicked, Dirty Dancing) and Mark Hill (A Chorus Line, South Pacific), renowned baritone Jason Barry-Smith and many more.The ability to learn from professionals and their experiences is incredibly important to those who are working toward a career in the musical theatre industry.  For this reason, special Q&A/Interview sessions are held during the workshop, specifically so the participants have a unique opportunity to ask their industry-related questions to our guest artists and receive the wealth of knowledge that can only come from those who have “lived the dream”.

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So what can participants expect to come away with? Two weeks of incredible musical theatre experiences, new skills as a performer, a greater understanding of the Industry, a bigger network of professional contacts, a group of new like-minded friends and a renewed passion for performing.For those unsure if they are “good enough” to make it, the workshop is designed to not only include opportunities to sing, act and dance but to include sessions and forums that address the “business” side of the Industry.  Those who aren’t familiar with the realities of choosing a performance career will not only hear from those who have “been there, done that” but there is also fantastic insight from a number of professional guests and educators who have recently found their feet.

 

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The workshop is also suitable for people looking for a career off stage and behind the scenes in the industry. While the AMTW is primarily focussed on the more performer-centric areas of singing, acting and dance, anyone looking for a career off-stage would also benefit from the wealth of Industry knowledge provided by special guests including professional directors, choreographers and musical directors as well as the opportunity to network with guests and make industry contacts.

The 2015 Australian Musical Theatre Workshop will take place in Brisbane from 29 June – 10 July, 2015.Registrations are closing and there’s only a few places left.
For more details: www.musicaltheatreworkshop.com.au

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