Co-Artistic Director 2012 and President
Broadway Theatre Project
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Cofounded by Debra McWaters, former director and choreographer of the second European and national tours of Fosse, Broadway Theatre Project teaches students the skills needed to pursue careers in the performing arts. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary in 2012, the nonprofit organization offers three weeks of intensi… Read More
Cofounded by Debra McWaters, former director and choreographer of the second European and national tours of Fosse, Broadway Theatre Project teaches students the skills needed to pursue careers in the performing arts. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary in 2012, the nonprofit organization offers three weeks of intensive training each July in acting, singing, and dancing, held on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa Bay. In addition, BTP Comes to You provides custom-designed workshops at high schools, universities, conservatories, and other sites across the country. The apprentices attending Broadway Theatre Project training have gone on to perform on television, in films, on national and global tours, and in more than 70 shows on Broadway.

Debra McWaters’ background includes work on the NASA space program and a position as the Dance Department Chair at the University of South Florida. At Bryant Park, she acted as Associate Director and choreographer for Broadway Under the Stars, and she also choreographed the one-man shows of Tony Award-winner and consummate entertainer Ben Vereen as well as the workshops of composer Frank Wildhorn. In 2012, the longtime President and Artistic Director of Broadway Theatre Project invited Ben Vereen to come on board as Co-Artistic Director. The program’s faculty consists of working professionals from around the world with experience in film, theatre, and Broadway productions.

At the beginning of each year, the popular musical-theatre training program holds auditions in major cities around the United States, at performing arts centers and universities. The organization also accepts taped auditions. Those trying out must recite a one-minute monologue and sing 16 bars of their choice of songs. At the auditions, each applicant also must complete a cold reading, perform a dance, and bring a photograph and recommendation letter. Young men and women trying out must pay a nominal fee: a small price to pay, even combined with the cost of the three-week course or workshop, for those graduates who have appeared in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Catch Me If You Can, and other recent productions. Read Less
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