Summer Spotlight to feature guests from Broadway, TROY alumni teaching students

Posted: Friday, 08 July 2016

TROY - Troy University will shine the spotlight on theatre and dance throughout July.

The Department of Theatre and Dance presents the Summer Spotlight, a series of camps and programs for youth ages 4 and up. Spotlight on Dance (July 11-15) introduces participants ages 8-12 to the world of dance and creative movement, and the Creative Drama Camp (July 17-22) features a variety of activities, classes and rehearsals in creative drama, stage crafts, technical theatre and more, with a showcase of a Disney, Jr. musical at the end of the week.

The culminating week of Summer Spotlight (July 24-30) features the Intensives for high school students and incoming college students - the Performance Intensive for actors, singers and dancers, and the Tech and Management Intensive for designers, stage managers and technicians.

Students spend six days on the Troy Campus immersed in all facets of theatre and dance - from classes and workshops in acting, dance, musical theatre, stage management and design to rehearsals for the cabarets. The Spotlight Showcase will be performed at the end of the week. Registration for the Intensives ends July 15.

This year's Summer Spotlight features an array of guest teaching artists, including award-winning songwriter Gaby Alter ("Band Geeks," "Nobody Loves You"), Broadway performer Farah Alvin ("It Shoulda Been You," "Saturday Night Fever,"), internationally touring actor Jesse Graham ("My Fair Lady," "Guys & Dolls,"), dancer and choreographer Tucker Knox ("So You Think You Can Dance"), casting director Jeremy Rich (head of casting for Princess Cruiselines), New York City director Daniel Winerman ("Variations on a Theme," "The Old Masters") and TROY alumni Grace Bailey, Sharon Sossaman Carroll, Christina Green, Marissa Mena, Ryan Wagstaff, Brett Warnke, Josh Williams and Mary-Catherine Chambliss, among others.

Tori Lee Averett, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, said there are three aspects of the Summer Spotlight that make it unique and keep teachers and participants coming back each year.

"First is the quality of instruction - all activities are based on the National Standards for Arts Education and led by highly qualified teaching artists and TROY Theatre and Dance students," Averett said. "Second is the extraordinary value - easily one of the most affordable performing arts options in the region. And finally, it's the tremendous roster of guest teaching artists that join us each year - from New York City to L.A. to Europe, our guests travel to share their talents and expertise with young participants. Year after year, artists return to the quality programming and beautiful Troy campus."