NEW STUDIO ON BROADWAY FACULTY
KENT GASH is the Director of NYU Tisch School of the Arts New Studio on Broadway: Music Theatre and Acting where he has directed Assassins, The Who’s Tommy at Henry St. Playhouse and New Songs Now at Joe’s Pub. An award winning-director, Mr. Gash is former Associate Artistic Director of The Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff, recipient of the 2007 Tony Award® for sustained excellence in the American Regional Theatre.
KENNETH NOEL MITCHELL is a founding senior acting faculty member for the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program, where he helped build one of the most competitive acting curriculums in the country today and has served on the faculty of Hofstra University, Lincoln Center Institute and The American Globe Theatre and as a guest artist/faculty at The Asolo Conservatory, Eckerd Collage, Florida State University and the Native American Community Center. Kenneth is the former Artistic Director of American Stage, Saint Petersburg, Florida, Theater Outrageous, in New York City and Kaleidoscope Theater Company part of the Asolo Theater, Sarasota, Florida.
BYRON EASLEY was most recently awarded both SDC's Joe A Callaway Award and an Audelco Award for excellence in choreography for Off-Broadway's Langston in Harlem. A full time faculty member at Tisch School of the Arts, he has also taught dance to musical theatre majors at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama. Mr. Easley is a veteran performer including the Broadway productions of Fosse, Play On, Oh Kay and The Tap Dance Kid. Byron will soon work with the renowned director Peter Brook on the 2012 European production of the Suit.
ORLANDO PABOTOY teaches physical acting at the NSB. He has taught for the Juilliard School, the Graduate Acting Programs at NYU, UCSD, University of Texas in Austin,The Old Globe, Cal Arts, and USC. He has performed in Theater, T.V. and Film in venues such as The Met Opera House, The Public Theater, NYTW, Comedy Central, NBC, WB among others. He is a recipient of a John Houseman Award, Fox Fellowship and a 2003 Obie Award.
DAWN-ELIN FRASER teaches Spoken Voice and Speech at the New Studio on Broadway. Previously she taught Voice, Speech and Dialects in the BA, BFA and MFA programs at Florida Atlantic University. Has been Voice and Dialect Coach for Shakespeare Santa Cruz and Berkeley Repertory Theater, and worked extensively with American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
MICHAEL McELROY is the Founder/Musical Director and Arranger for Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV) a multi-racial gospel choir comprised of Broadway performers. Both a Tony Award®, Drama Desk and Grammy Award nominee, his credits as a performer include: Broadway: RENT, The Wild Party, Big River, The Who's Tommy, Miss Saigon and Patti LuPone on Broadway.
LIZ CAPLAN has been “balancing the state of the artist” for more than 25 years as a voice teacher and vocal coach in New York City, and as a lecturer throughout the United States and Europe. Many of her students have won Tony Awards, Grammy and Emmy Awards. Liz has served as the Production Vocal Coach/Supervisor for Broadway’s American Idiot, Rock of Ages, 13, Wicked, and The Book of Mormon.
JOAN LADER has been a voice therapist and teacher in New York City for nearly 30 years. During her career, she’s trained professional singers and provided vocal therapy for performers with injured voices. Many have worked on Broadway and in film, and opera. Joan she is a frequent guest lecturer at Columbia University, The Voice Foundation in Philadelphia, The Pacific Voice Foundation in San Francisco, and has helmed numerous master classes and workshops at leading performing arts training institutions.
J. OCONER NAVARRO is an award-winning composer/lyricist, musical director, and pianist based in NYC. He has worked extensively on Broadway (most recently The House of Blue Leaves) and with the nation’s leading regional theaters, including The Kennedy Center.
DARRYL TOOKES is a singer, pianist, composer and arranger whose formal introduction to the music business came in his song, “Lifeguard,” which reached number three on the Billboard adult contemporary charts. He has worked with producers Quincy Jones, Phil Ramone, and Arif Mardin, along with a host of music legends including Sting, George Benson, Leonard Bernstein and Diana Ross. Darryl’s voice has launched national campaigns for Coca-Cola, the U.S. Army, and AT&T.
NORA YORK has taught song performance at TISCH/NYU since 1998. Her experimental theater piece, Jump; a collaboration with director JoAnne Akalaitis, playwright David Greenspan, and artist Kiki Smith, premiered as part of the Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater in 2011. York has 4 CDs in release, was awarded two New York State Council on the Arts Composer Commissions, and has staged performances with theater, dance, and visual arts at museums and art spaces including the Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Exit Art, Franklin Furnace and the Asia Society.
Photo courtesy NYU Tisch Department of Drama.