Musical Theatre Dance

Chet Walker, Program Director | July 31–August 21

Chet Walker and award-winning Broadway choreographers, directors, composers/ arrangers, and musicians collaboratively create original numbers on dancers, with the same fast pace and rigor required to audition for and mount Broadway productions. Dancers present excerpts of the works for the public August 5, 12, and 19, and then, working as an ensemble, they perform these works with a live band on August 20 in the historic Ted Shawn Theatre as a benefit for The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

Daily technique classes rotate among ballet, jazz, musical theatre dance, and tap. Dancers rehearse afternoons and evenings with choreographers and musicians. Vocal training, audition coaching, and career-building discussions are also part of the curriculum. This dance immersion experience includes all that the 85th Anniversary Festival has to offer, including performances, Master Classes, talks and exhibits, deep dives into the extensive Jacob’s Pillow Archives, interaction with Festival performers, and more.

For 24 musical theatre performers at a professional or advanced pre-professional level
with singing and acting experience, age 16 and up.


Chet Walker

Chet Walker is a multi-award winning director/choreographer for his work in theaters across the globe as well as in television, film, music video, and commercial media.

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Dan Gross

Dan Gross' Broadway and national touring credits include Grease, Blood Brothers, Les Miserables, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, Rent, and Chicago. This summer will mark his fifth season at the School at Jacob's Pillow.

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John Fischer

John Fischer has served as music director for the Broadway's Rising Stars and Broadway Originals concerts at Town Hall in New York City for the past five years and a music director and pianist in New York City for the past 17 years.

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Kyle Pleasant

Kyle Pleasant is the resident choreographer at Rosie’s Theater Kids, Rosie O’Donnell’s school for the arts.

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