A Mini-Conservatory for Musical Theatre Performers
The Broadway Performance Project is dedicated to discovering and nurturing aspiring talent in musical theatre. This mini-conservatory, with disciplines in singing, dancing and acting, provides students the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals and industry leaders, helping them to grow in process and performance, and culminating in a one-evening performance at the prestigious Harkness Center at the 92nd Street Y. BPP is produced by the Group Theatre Too and originally conceived by Kimberly Vaughn.
Kimberly Vaughn directed Edward J. Moore’s Drama Desk Award winning play The Sea Horse at The New Theatre of Harvard Square in Cambridge. She directed Ronald G. Paolillo’s play The Lost Boy for Shotgun Productions in New York. Subsequently, in association with The Lost Boy LLC, Kimberly co-produced and directed its world premiere at The Helen Hayes Theatre in Nyack, NY and at The Queens Theatre in the Park. She co-directed Sondheim’s Saturday Night with Ted Mann at Circle in the Square Theatre School and directed the world premiere of Mel Weiser's play Cry Tiger at The Phoenix Little Theatre. She co-directed the staged reading of the musical play, Evening Star based on the life of Lillian Russell. Kimberly is director, script consultant, and performance coach on several solo shows, including Alan Simon’s The Long Way Home and A Woman’s Touch. As script consultant, she worked extensively on the development of Caligula, the Musical, voted audience favorite at the NYMT Festival 2004. She is Founder and Artistic Director of Kimberly Vaughn Performance Studio which offers a scholarship for excellence in performance technique. Through KVPS she has conducted master classes with such luminaries are Adam Guettel, Jeanine Tesori and Charles Strouse, among others. Kimberly is on the faculty of the renowned Circle in the Square Theatre School, is a former adjunct professor at Pace University and at NYFA, and has taught acting and musical theatre classes at the legendary Warren Robertson Acting Studio in NYC. Additionally, she offers Master Classes to Musical Theatre and Drama Departments across the country. Kimberly served as an Associate Producer of the twice Tony-Award nominated Broadway musical play Marlene starring Sian Phillips. Prior to that, under the banner of Angels of the Arts, she helped develop the Broadway musical Swinging on a Star, from its theatrical success at The Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut to its nomination for Tony’s Best Musical Award. Other projects include Hauptman at the Cherry Lane Theatre, starring Tony-Award winner Denis O’Hare, and The Cover of Life directed by Pete Masterson, (Broadway’s The Best Little Whore House in Texas) at the former American Place Theatre. She co-produced, with Maggie Maes, Four Women and a Waitress, starring former Oscar nominee Marthe Keller, at The Arc Light Theatre, and co-produced with Paul Michael the staged reading of Bill Russell’s newly revised Elegies, for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at The Abingdon Theatre. She is co-writer with Stanley J. Gelber of the musical LORD TOM, (now TOM) starring Tony-Award nominated and Theatre World Award winning Phillip Boykin, (Porgy and Bess, Broadway revival). LORD TOM recently enjoyed a highly successful Developmental Lab production at The York Theatre Co. Kimberly made her Broadway debut starring as Constance Wilde in the musical Dear Oscar, followed by star packages including The Member of the Wedding with Ethel Waters, Harvey with Shirley Booth and Tom Poston, Applause with Dorothy Collins and She Loves Me with Julius LaRosa. More recently, Kimberly performed in Bill Russell’sElegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens in New York. She has trained with Uta Hagen, Warren Robertson, Austin Pendleton and Wynn Handman. Ms. Vaughn is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, The Dramatists Guild, The League of Professional Theatre Women, The American Association of University Women, Actors Equity, SAG-AFTRA. Kimberly is grateful to Justin Boccitto and Group Theatre Too for producing the Broadway Performance Project program at the prestigious Harkness Center at the 92nd Street Y, thus providing the auspicious opportunity to nurture and develop aspiring performers. www.kimberlyvaughnperformancestudio.com
Justin Boccitto is an award-winning artist working in every avenue of the performing arts directing, choreographing, performing, teaching, and producing works across the country. Based in New York City, Justin has used his unique combination of dance, music, and film to create work for The Gypsy of The Year Awards, The Choreographer’s Canvas, the New York City revival of In The Heightsat The Gallery Players, the New York Musical Theatre Festival where he received two Best Choreography awards, as well as his own musical, Song & Dance Men. His performing credits include tap dancing at the Ryman Auditorium, Big Apple Tap Festival, and The Metropolitan Opera. As an educator, Justin has appeared on MTV’s “Made” and on the cover of Dance Informa Magazine. He is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Marymount Manhattan College, Peridance Capezio Center, Circle in the Square Theatre School, and The Juilliard School as a guest tap instructor. Some notable students include: Adam Chanler-Berat, Sean Fosse, and Lady Gaga. Justin is the Executive Producer of Group Theatre Too where he has produced over fifteen years of dance concerts, musicals and plays as well as the co-founder of Rockland County’s youth theatre company, New Generation Theatre, a 501(c)(3) organization training young performers in the performing arts. Justin is a proud member of AEA and SDC. www.justinboccitto.com
Evan Zavada is an NYC based MD, pianist, and arranger originally from Seattle, WA. He holds a BFA in Jazz Studies from the University of Michigan, where he studied piano with Benny Green and Martin Katz. An active music director, Evan has conducted productions including Fiorello!, Mamma Mia!, A Chorus Line, Next to Normal, Assassins, and The Last Five Years. Evan has also performed with big bands across the US and Europe at events such as the Marseille Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz, and the Detroit Jazz Festival. Evan is currently a rehearsal pianist at Wicked on Broadway.