Continuing a return to live programming following a pandemic-era pivot to virtual programming that inspires tens of thousands of students around the world, BROADWAY DREAMS, recently concluded week-long programs in Nashville, Modesto, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Dallas and Nairobi, Kenya. Next stops include New York, Los Angeles, Charlotte and Wilmington, before ending in Salem, Oregon.
The week-long Dallas Intensive – the second year in partnership with the Black Academy of Arts and Letters – was generously funded by Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess, and included director/choreographer Dacía James Lewis (Atlanta on FX) , Mykal Kilgore (The Book of Mormon), and Otis Sallid (Smokey Joe’s Cafe).
For the second consecutive year, Broadway Dreams has also partnered with non-profit organizations Crossing Thresholds, ChezaCheza Dance Foundation and ZanArtts to organize an intensive ten-day program for talented students in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya. . Broadway Dreams founder Annette Tanner and teaching artist Dacia James Lewis worked alongside Cheza Cheza educators to introduce new styles of performance and learn more about young, burgeoning artists in one of the most dynamic cities in Africa.
During a typical BROADWAY DREAMS summer tour, rising stars from across the cities take part in week-long intensive activities focused on theatre, vocal performance and dance. Sessions culminate in public performances – dynamic Broadway-style cabarets held in large, intimate venues, allowing students to perform alongside their Broadway idols. Jason Gotay (Gossip Girl) Tyler Hanes (Cats), Alexa Green (Wicked), Spencer Liff (So You Think You Can Dance), Ryann Redmond (Disney’s Frozen) and Morgan James (Motown: The Musical) are among the dozens on Broadway veterans who have joined the students on the road so far in 2022.
Next on the Broadway Dreams tour will be a unique New York College Prep Intensive from July 26-30 at RWS Entertainment Studios in Long Island City, New York. The faculty will include Kaitlin Hopkins (Co-Head of Musical Theatre, Texas State University), Matthew Scott (An American In Paris), Christopher J. Hanke (How To Succeed…), Jenn Colella (Come From Away), Alex Brightman (School of Rock), Elizabeth Stanley (Jagged Little Pill), and more. More information can be found at www.broadwaydreams.org/programs.
Since 2006, Broadway Dreams’ unique approach to mentorship and accelerated training in voice, dance, and acting, led by a rotating faculty of Broadway professionals, has nurtured young talent and promoted the essential skills of life for the next generation of artists. In recent years, more than 100 “Dreamers” have debuted on Broadway and on national tours, recently including Hamilton’s Broadway companies, Disney’s Frozen, SpongeBob Squarepants, MJ: The Musical and Once On This Island. The organization has inspired tens of thousands of students worldwide and awarded more than $1 million in scholarships based on financial need, providing young people from all socio-economic backgrounds with life skills training. performance, life skills and ongoing mentorship of the entertainment industry’s most distinguished talent. Broadway Dreams is proudly represented by alumni in 16 current Broadway shows.
For more information on Broadway Dreams, please visit: www.BroadwayDreams.org.