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ABOUT THE ACADEMY

Broadway By the Bay is excited to continue and expand its Theatre Arts Academy, an innovative summer program that takes musical theatre training to a whole new level.

Students will delve into the world of theatre and stagecraft with the Bay Area’s finest teaching artists. Through an immersive and creative learning experience, participants will explore the elements of musical theatre such as singing, dancing, acting, scene study, and playwriting. Each session will culminate in a workshop performance for friends and family at the historic Fox Theatre in downtown Redwood City!

The Academy Philosophy

The Theatre Arts Academy is committed to promoting excellence in the development of student creativity, confidence and resilience through the various theatre disciplines in a supportive and innovative learning environment.

OUR PROGRAMS

Enrichment through exploration, discovery and creativity

EXPLORERS (Grades 2 – 5)
Spark your child’s imagination and creativity through an array of classes in singing, acting, dancing and improv games. Explorers investigates the building blocks of theatre and children have the freedom to express themselves in an upbeat environment, embracing their natural sense of play! Through a balance technique and imagination, our Explorers create their own performance to realize what stars they truly are. These sessions can be taken individually or consecutively.

PLAYERS (Grades 6 – 8)
Players students discover, develop, and refine their individual talents through training, investigation, and awareness. While building on the foundations of theatrical training, the Players curriculum promotes creative independence while advancing the student’s development as a whole. Participants get to explore their strengths while pursuing their passion!

CONSERVATORY (Grades 9 – 12)
Conservatory is designed to give students an intensive theatrical training at a professional caliber. To achieve this, we offer challenging classes, taught by career professionals, that cover comprehensive techniques brought from the top theater schools around the globe.  Our curriculum hones individuals into artists, with classes focused on growth and advancement; putting students high above benchmark when auditioning for competitive college programs and professional pursuits.   

Conservatory is a six week instructional program, culminating in a week of showcase and celebration.

The process provides a flexible curriculum that can be tailored to each participant to meet their individual potential.

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

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Nicole Helfer

Nicole is a full-time theatre faculty member at Oakland School for the Arts, a director, and award winning choreographer and performing artist. Choreography credits include The Producers, Miss Saigon, Kiss Me Kate (SFBATCC nominee), West Side Story (TBA Award winner), and In the Heights (TBA Award winner) with Broadway By The Bay; No No Nanette (TBA Award nominee) with 42nd Street Moon; West Side Story (TBA and SFBATCC nominee), Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast and the upcoming production of Mamma Mia with The Mountain Playthe West Coast premiere of School of Rock with Oakland School for the Arts; Lizzie with Ray of Light (SFBATCC nominee); Dogfight with OMG Productions; and Tarzan with Contra Costa Musical Theater (Shellie Award nominee)and she has worked with several other companies such as PCRT, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, SFSU, IAM Theatre Company, and The Willows. Featured performance credits include: Marian in The Music Man, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Fantine in Les Miz (Shellie Award winner), Betty in Sunset Blvd (Shellie nominee), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Shellie nominee), Val in A Chorus Line, Velma Kelly in Chicago (SFBATCC nominee), Kate Monster/Lucy T. Slut in the National Regional Premiere ofAvenue Q, Miraid in Brimstone (SFBATCC and Shellie nominee) and Sheila in Hair (Shellie nominee). Nicole has directed several productions including Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Good Kids, an adaptation of The Oresteia, The Little Mermaid, Snow White: A Holiday Panto and the upcoming Broadway By The Bay production of The Music Man, which she will also choreograph.

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Joshua Marx

Joshua is a professional actor, director, producer, and teacher. His stage work has received national acclaim, starring in performances such as Crimes of the Heart at Theatreworks, Romeo and Juliet and Taming of the Shrew at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Woman in Black at Hillbarn Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest and Over the River and Through the Woods at Flatrock Playhouse, Luna Gale at the Aurora Playhouse, New Girl in Town at 42nd Street Moon, Toxic Avenger and Fool for Love at San Jose Stage, South Pacific at Woodminster Playhouse, and One Man Two Guvnors at TheatreSquared. Locally, he directed Oklahoma! at Broadway by the Bay, and A Few Good Men at Hillbarn Theatre. Joshua is also a SAFD certified stage combatant and has choreographed fights for theatres across the country. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Joshua is also Professor of Theatre Arts at SJSU, and a teaching artist at SF Shakes, Cal Shakes, and Theatreworks.  For more: www.j-marx.com

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Alissa Deeter

Soprano Alissa Deeter is a nationally recognized performer with firm footing in the classical, operetta, and musical theatre repertoire. An active recitalist, she has a penchant for French mélodie as well as the treasured compositions of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, and Weill. Alissa is an advocate of art to affect change and is continually promoting vocal music in local communities as a cultural force. She is the co-author of The Mélodies of Francis Poulenc: A Study Guide (Scarecrow Press, 2014) and can be heard on the recording From the Heartland(Albany Records, 2012). She and pianist Arlene Shrut have a new recording entitled Hier: Mélodies of Francis Poulenc currently in production with Centaur Records. Alissa holds the Doctor of Music degree in voice performance from Florida State University and is a distinguished vocal pedagogue in the field. With twenty years of teaching, she possesses the skills and expertise to teach students of all ages and levels of development.