A new, exciting dance competition and workshop experience is touring Australia! The On Broadway National Workshop & Competition, run by J.O. International Productions, sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines, Capezio, Dance Informa and MusicNotes.com, is a full-day workshop and audition experience for Australians interested in a career on Broadway.
Coaches Seth Stewart, Sharona D’Ornellas, Johnny Ramey and Julie McBride, direct from New York, will take dancers through three workshops in dance, acting and singing, exploring the processes involved in auditioning on Broadway.
Students will learn about what’s involved in US audition processes and hear feedback on their abilities and talent from seasoned Broadway professionals, a renowned New York Agent and from an expert panel of Australian judges, including Todd McKenney, Lynn Ruthven and Kelly Aykers. Students will also learn about O1 Working Visa processes for entertainers from VisaPaq specialists, enjoy a Q&A with the international coaches and compete in the “On Broadway” competition.
“As an established musical theatre performer, I am proud to be an ambassador and judge with On Broadway,” says Todd McKenney. “This opportunity should be embraced by all performers looking to expand their careers. Not only will students engage with Broadway professionals in some incredible workshops and hear direct feedback on their audition, but they will also have the chance for their work to be seen by myself and my friend, esteemed casting agent Lynn Ruthven. You never know where this opportunity may lead to. I’m looking forward to seeing the talent we have around Australia and excited to see who we next send over to the bright lights of Broadway!”
The winners of the competition will be selected from the top two performers in each city, chosen by Todd McKenney, Lynn Ruthven and Kelly Aykers. The lucky Professional Winners will receive a return flight to New York City thanks to Hawaiian Airlines, a $500 Capezio Gift Voucher, a $100 Gift Voucher to Musicnotes.com, a 10-class pass to train at Broadway Dance Center (BDC) and tickets to Spiderman on Broadway. They will also be given a meeting with top US Talent Agent Lakey Wolff and a meeting with VisaPaq to discuss O1 Working Visa options and to begin the process of obtaining a working visa for the US.
The lucky Professional Winners will also be interviewed and featured in Dance Informa! Other prizes include a year’s supply of Schwarzkopf hair products and Broadway Dance Center merchandise.
The Apprentice Winners will receive flights to New York, a $500 Capezio Gift Voucher, a $100 Gift Voucher to Musicnotes.com, a 10-class pass to BDC, and tickets to Spiderman, as well as a private tour of The Julliard School.
Two Professional Runner-ups will receive a $500 gift voucher from Broadway Dance Center to complete the International Student Visa Program, plus Broadway tickets and a $100 Capezio voucher.
“On Broadway is an opportunity too good to miss. There are so many music theatre students and performers who dream of getting their break on Broadway and this competition may just be the answer to four lucky, talented people’s dreams,” says Lynne Ruthven. “Even if you don’t win, you are still going to receive invaluable advice and opportunities to be seen by international industry professionals to help you achieve your dream. As a casting director, I am always looking for new upcoming performers, so being part of this whole process will enable me to see some emerging talent that I otherwise would not get to see. I can’t wait!”
“This event really has it all, including incredible workshops, an audition experience, the opportunity to be seen by industry professionals from Australia and the US, and entrance to the competition of a lifetime,” adds Jess Orcsik, Director of J.O. International Productions.
The dates for On Broadway National Workshop & Competition 2013 are as follows:
Brisbane: 21st & 22nd September 2013
Gold Coast: 25th & 26th September 2013
Sydney: 29th & 30th September 2013
Canberra: 2nd October 2013
Melbourne: 6th & 7th October 2013
Perth: 9th & 10th October 2013
Adelaide: 18th & 20th October 2013
For venue and booking details, visit www.joiponbroadway.com.