Musical Theatre Dance

Musical Theatre Dance | July 30-August 20

Chet Walker, Program Director

Artist Faculty announced in spring of 2018, to best accommodate the schedules of musical theatre professionals.

Chet Walker and award-winning Broadway choreographers, directors, composers, arrangers, and musicians collaboratively create original numbers weekly on dancers. This work quickly creates an ensemble able to shift between characters, moods, and styles. Work-in-progress showings will be held for Festival audiences on the iconic outdoor Inside/Out stage on August 4, 11, and 18.

With the same fast-paced rigor required to mount Broadway productions, the Artist Faculty and ensemble builds a body of musical theatre work that is presented as a benefit for The School at Jacob’s Pillow on August 19th. Held in the Ted Shawn Theatre with a live band, and perhaps an appearance or two by alumni of The School, this is an exciting culmination to three weeks of morning-to-night studio experiences.

Daily technique classes focus on styles integral to advancing musical stories today and may include ballet, jazz, musical theatre dance, hip-hop, swing, tap, or other forms. 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.

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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