PAST EVENTS & GUEST ARTISTS
Here are highlights of our past events. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and LIKE us on Facebook to be one of the first to know of future workshop dates and details!
HAMILTON MASTER CLASS & BAC-STAGE CHAT
GREGORY TRECO offers fans incredible insight to the Hamilton experience having starred in the Broadway and Chicago companies of Hamilton as AARON BURR! He has also played the roles of Washington and Lafayette/Jefferson on Broadway!
IN THE HEIGHTS MASTER CLASS
Doreen Montalvo from Broadway's
In the Heights & On Your Feet
BAC'S BROADWAY BREAK-OUT WORKSHOPS!
Meghan Ryan from Telsey + Company - THE Top Casting Office in NYC responsible for FROZEN, HAMILTON, MEAN GIRLS, RENT and more!
Jessie Malone - Casting Director at Nora Brennan Casting who casts MATILDA
BAC @ SUNY NEW PALTZ - SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOP
Hunter Ryan Hrdlicka (Guest Artist) appeared as Henrik in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music playing opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, followed by Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. He also appeared in the New York revivals of Dear World opposite Tyne Daly and Once Upon A Mattress opposite Jackie Hoffman. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon and has taught master classes for NYU, Yale School of Drama, Dallas Summer Musicals, The Children’s Acting Company and the Broadway Classroom.
Carolyn Ockert (Dance/Movement) has appeared on Broadway in : SHREK the Musical (Assistant Dance Captain), The Pajama Game (Virginia) starring Harry Connick Jr. and Kelli O’Hara, Wonderful Town (u/s Helen) Assistant Dance Captain, the Tony Award Winning Revival of The Music Man (Dance Captain), Annie Get Your Gun (u/s Winnie Tate) starring Reba McEntire, CATS (Victoria) and Footloose. Other New York credits include: The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, The TONY Awards, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Bernadette Peters in Concert at Radio City Music Hall. You can also catch her on Netflix in Shrek the Musical. Carolyn began her training at the Houston Ballet Academy and Cornish Institute of Fine Arts in Seattle Washington. She continued on to receive her BFA from the University of Arizona graduating Magna Cum Laude. She has had the honor of being on faculty at Joffrey Ballet School for the Musical Theatre Summer Intensive Program. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Laura Schutter (Dance/Movement) This Broadway triple-threat has worked on Broadway, London’s West End, and on National Tours for the past 20 years (Mary Poppins, The Apple Tree, Kiss Me Kate, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Thoroughly Modern Millie to name a few). Laura Schutter spent six years performing in Mary Poppins on Broadway. She has performed the role of Millie in the Thoroughly Modern Millie Broadway Tour. Other Broadway and National Tour credits include Kiss Me Kate, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Parade, The Music Man and Showboat on London's West End. Laura has toured throughout the US and Canada performing and teaching theatre, voice and dance. Laura has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships from dance conventions such as Dance Caravan, PDTA, Dance Masters and Dance Olympus. She continues to study in NYC at Steps and Broadway Dance Center and is also a certified Pilates instructor, choreographer, and jewelry maker!
Kim Pedell, Talent Manager with ZOOM TALENT MANAGEMENT, LLC has over 16 years of industry experience and also offers 15 years of experience in Public Relations, Advertising, Sales and Marketing. Before becoming a Talent Manager, Kim sold and produced video and audio programs that ran on many large airlines including American, United, TWA, Pan Am and the NBA Radio network. Previous companies in which she held executive sales & marketing positions include DMB&B Advertising, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, PIA Radio Network and Bradlee International Ltd. For several years she successfully worked with a medium sized bi-coastal talent management firm before opening ZOOM Talent. ZOOM Talent Management (ZTM) is a full service bi-coastal management company representing children, teens and young adults in NY and LA. Current clients are successfully working in Film and Television, on Broadway and in Regional professional theaters and doing commercials and voiceovers and print work.
Chesney Snow (Guest Artist) is Drama Desk award-winning Brooklyn based theatre artist, songwriter, educator and beatboxer. Recently originated the role of Boxman in Broadway's first a cappella musical In Transit. Considered a pioneering figure in American beatbox culture he founded the American Beatbox Championships and executive produced the documentary American Beatboxer which was placed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Harvard University Hip Hop archives among others. He twice headlined Carnegie Hall with DCINY, was 3x artist in residence at Harvard University and has collaborated on stage as a beatboxer with many legendary artists including KRS One, Zap Mama, and Nile Rodgers. He has opened for artists such as MC Lyte, Snoop Dogg, and Immortal Technique. His most recent work as a composer and lyricist was alongside renowned playwright and actress Regina Taylor for her 15 year anniversary production of Crowns at Princeton's McCarter Theatre and the Long Wharf Theatre. His critically acclaimed autobiographical show The Unwritten Law is being presented in Dixon Place Theatre’s 2018 production season. National tour: Vocalosity. Select NY credits: In Transit (Broadway) Burn This, Golden Boy, Antigone.
Katya Stanislavskaya (Music Director) is a musical theatre composer, lyricist, librettist, musical director, and educator. Her original works include full-length musicals RESIDENT ALIEN and GOING SOUTH, theatrical song cycle WOMEN ON LOVE, and numerous short musicals and cabaret songs. Her works have been developed at the BMI Lehman-Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, New Dramatists, New Georges, Weston Playhouse, Astoria Performing Arts Center, New York Theatre Barn, and Western Carolina University. Her songs have been performed at Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Dixon Place, Merkin Hall, Ars Nova, Barrington Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, York Theatre, and Prospect theatre by Broadway performers including Taylor Trensch, Wes Taylor, Karen Ziemba, Malcolm Gets, Alyse Alan Louis, Amy Justman, and Theresa McCarthy. Honors include the Jerry Harrington Award (BMI), Weston New Musical Award, MacDowell Colony Residency, and Nautilus/New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio.
Katya has served as musical director, conductor, and/or pianist at Prospect Theatre, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Connecticut Rep, Barrington Stage, Arden Theatre, Shawnee Playhouse, Act II Playhouse, and numerous colleges and universities. She is an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at State University of New York- New Paltz. Previously, she was the Musical Theatre Program Director at Western Carolina University, and has taught and music directed at NYU, Temple University, CUNY-Lehman, University of the Arts, and Westminster Choir College.
John Summerford (BAC Managing Director / Acting) has performed in New York City and across the country in numerous productions including Twelfth Night (Orsino), Falling (Bill), Dinner with Friends (Tom), Company (National Tour), Godspell (Jesus), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), It’s a Wonderful Life (George Bailey), A Christmas Carol (Marley, Cratchit and many others), Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Carnegie Hall. He has also performed locally with Powerhouse Theater/New York Stage & Film, Shadowland Theatre and River Valley Repertory. John was a company member of Half Moon Theatre in Poughkeepsie where he co-founded and served as Co-Director of Half Moon Theatre School of the Arts for 6 years along with his wife, Denise. Off-Broadway, John has served as Assistant Director on Sin: A Cardinal Deposed starring John Cullum at The New Group (OBIE Award & 2 Drama Desk Nominations) and Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano & The Lesson at Atlantic Theater Company. Other Directing credits include productions of Design for Living, Anything Goes, Babes in Arms, as well as numerous One-Act Festivals. John is an alumnus of the Atlantic Theater Company Acting Program, holds a degree in Economics from Trinity College (Hartford) and proudly carries union cards for Actors Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA and AGVA.
Lauren Bone Noble (Acting/Movement/Improv) is an actress, director, educator and theatre maker. As an actress she has worked on and off Broadway, in regional theatres across America and at Vienna's English Theatre in Austria. Lauren has made guest appearances on multiple television shows and over 35 national commercials. She is contingent faculty at SUNY New Paltz where she directed her gender bent Julius Caesar and, most recently, A Midsummer Night's Dream. She is the recipient of SUNY New Paltz's Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. Lauren is currently developing a one woman clown show based upon the Medea myth called, FURY!
Sean McKnight (Guest Artist) is a Broadway actor and Choreographer. He began his choreographic career with the Los Angeles Area premiere of Hot Mikado which earned him nominations for both the LA Drama Critics Circle Award and the LA Stage Alliance Ovation! Award. He made his New York debut directing and choreographing the sold-out, one night concert Broadway Classics at Carnegie Hall starring Cheyenne Jackson and Carolee Carmello. As a performer he last served as Dance Captain for Roundabout Theatre Company’s national tour of Anything Goes. His other Broadway and National Tour credits include: Curtains, Merrily We Roll Along (new cast recording), Girl Crazy, Stairway to Paradise, Shrek the Musical, The Producers, 42nd Street, Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and A Christmas Story the Musical. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan.