Sharpen your audition and performance skills at Broadway Series Master Classes

Broadway actor Kristen Beth Williams will lead master classes at Venice Theatre on Jan. 12.

Three Master Class Workshops are coming up at Venice Theatre on Jan. 12. Whether students are Broadway Bound, College Bound or just want to hone their skills, these workshops provide a unique opportunity to work on their craft. Three facilitators will lead the day. Kristen Beth Williams, recently seen in Broadway’s revival of Hello, Dolly, has performed internationally. Her credits include: Top Hat in London’s West End, Broadway’s Pippin, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and Promises, Promises. Additionally, she has been a soloist at New York’s Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall. Originally from Mesquite, TX, Kristen Beth is living proof that if you work hard, you can achieve your dreams!

Williams will be joined by Dr. Harold Mortimer, a Weitzenhoffer Endowed Professor of Musical Theatre at The University of Oklahoma. Mortimer is an actor, director, music director, and Fulbright Scholar. His credits include Anything Goes, Batboy, The Fantasticks, La Cage aux Folles, and Smokey Joe’s Café. He received his Doctorate degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Washington.

Alissa Mortimer, Associate Professor Acting at The University of Oklahoma, which boasts one of the country’s top-ranked performing arts programs, will also be leading a workshop.

For Broadway Bound students in grades nine through adult, there are two sessions. Session 1 will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a choice of “Acting the Monologue” or “Song Interpretation and Performance Techniques.” Session 2 will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a choice of “Acting the Monologue” or “Broadway Dance Techniques.” Cost of each session is $40.

For College Bound students in grades nine through 12 who want to get a head start on admissions or auditioning, the “Audition Master Class Workshop for College Bound” will run from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants should come ready to perform two 32-measure contrasting songs and two contrasting monologues. Additionally, students will participate in a dance audition as well as engage in a discussion about the college application process. Tuition is $40.

Through these workshops, Venice Theatre continues its ongoing commitment to young artists in both artistic and career development. An additional opportunity for teens is the audition on Jan. 7 at 5 p.m. for VT’s new Teen Improv Troupe.

Venice Theatre is also offering two more adult workshops: “Musical Theatre Audition Prep” on Feb. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. and “The Fitzmaurice Voicework Master Class” on March 16, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Finally, for actors of all ages who need help preparing an audition song for the theatre’s May production of Honk! A Musical Tale of the Ugly Duckling, instructor Pamela Henley will be offering individual half-hour prep classes on March 3, 10.

For more information on these workshops or other classes at Venice Theatre, contact Kelly Duyn at 941-486-8679 or

Venice Theatre is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. on the island in Venice. Office hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before show time.


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