Musical Theatre Dance

Musical Theatre Dance | July 30-August 20

Chet Walker, Program Director

Kyle Pleasant, Assistant to the Director. Read bios.

Under the direction of Chet Walker, program performers will participate in the development of a new musical, BOY ON THE ROOF, being created by collaborators Director/Choreographer Chet Walker, Playwright Shaun McKenna, and Composer/Lyricist Stephen Schwartz.

On August 19, Festival audiences will be treated to all numbers developed during the program. Gotta Dance: New Faces for Broadway, is a benefit for The School at Jacob’s Pillow, showcasing performers of the Musical Theatre Dance Program and held in the Ted Shawn Theatre with an onstage band. Work-in-progress showings will be held for Festival audiences on the iconic Inside/Out outdoor stage on August 4, 11, and 18.

Training reflects the necessity for well-versed and multi-faceted Broadway performers, including one-on-one vocal training, master classes, and career-building discussions with Festival artists. Daily technique classes feature styles integral to advancing musical stories today and may include ballet, jazz, musical theatre dance, hip-hop, swing, tap, or other forms. Rehearsals are run with the same fast pace and rigor required to audition for and mount Broadway productions today.

Dancers live onsite and attend Festival performances held on three stages, public talks led by artists and scholars, view exhibits, and research dance interests and assignments in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives.

Program Director

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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2018 Musical Theatre Dance Workshop Dates & Locations

New York, NY

Pre-Registration fee: $35 | Walk-In fee: $40
Pre-registration is only possible when you complete and submit your Program Application.
Download the PDF at the top of this page for more details.

New York, NY
Ripley Grier Studios
Monday, Jan 29, 2018

Registration/Warm-up: 5-5:45pm
Workshop: 6-9pm
Q&A: 9-9:30pm

New York, NY
Ripley Grier Studios
Monday, Feb 26, 2018

Registration/Warm-up: 5-5:45pm
Workshop: 6-9pm
Q&A: 9-9:30pm

New York, NY
Ripley Grier Studios
Monday, Mar 26, 2018

Registration/Warm-up: 5-5:45pm
Workshop: 6-9pm
Q&A: 9-9:30pm

Los Angeles, CA

Pre-Registration fee: $35 | Walk-In fee: $40
Pre-registration is only possible when you complete and submit your Program Application.
Download the PDF at the top of this page for more details.

Los Angeles, CA
Screenland Studios
Monday, Feb 12, 2018

Registration/Warm-up: 5-5:45pm
Workshop: 6-9pm
Q&A: 9-9:30pm

Chicago, IL

Pre-Registration fee: $35 | Walk-In fee: $40
Pre-registration is only possible when you complete and submit your Program Application.
Download the PDF at the top of this page for more details.

Chicago, IL
Columbia College Chicago
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018

Registration/Warm-up: 5-5:45pm
Workshop: 6-9pm
Q&A: 9-9:30pm

Boston, MA

Pre-Registration fee: $35 | Walk-In fee: $40
Pre-registration is only possible when you complete and submit your Program Application.
Download the PDF at the top of this page for more details.

Boston, MA
Boston Conservatory
Sunday, Apr 08, 2018

Registration/Warm-up: 9-9:45am
Workshop: 10-1pm
Q&A: 1-1:30pm