Anastasia Barzee is a celebrated Theatre, Film and Television actor. She began her career in Television at the age of 6, doing commercials with her older brother and has been actively working in the industry and teaching for over forty years. Anastasia made her Broadway debut in Miss Saigon as the American wife, Ellen. She also starred on Broadway as Emma in Jekyll and Hyde, as Hope in Urinetown, and as Lorna in the musical, Golden Boy.
At Lincoln Center, Anastasia co-starred as Lady Mortimer opposite Kevin Kline, Ethan Hawke and Audra McDonald in the Tony award winning production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts One and Two. A couple of her greatest achievements are creating the role of Josephine in London’s West End in the musical Napoleon and creating Betty Haynes in the musical White Christmas. She can be heard on both these soundtracks in addition to the original cast album of Sunset Boulevard and her own solo album, The Dimming of The Day on Ghostlight Records.
In a career spanning over 30 years in Broadway and touring productions, Ron Bohmer has starred as the Phantom in The Phantom Of The Opera, Joseph Smith/Jesus in The Book of Mormon, Father in Ragtime (B’way Tony-nominated revival) Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard (Jefferson Award nomination), Enjolras in Les Miserables, Coach Bolton in Disney’s High School Musical, Alex in Aspects Of Love (LA Robby award), Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof, Sir Percival Glyde in The Woman in White, as the title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel (National Broadway Theatre Award nomination) and as Frid in A Little Night Music with Bernadette Peters.
As an acting teacher and audition coach, Ron’s technique has helped professional clients book roles in Frozen, Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, Waitress, Anastasia, The Book of Mormon, Beetlejuice and many other hit plays and musicals.
ANDRÉA BURNS received an Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination for her portrayal of Gloria Fajardo in Broadway’s On Your Feet! She is a winner of a Drama Desk Award for Daniela, the saucy hairdresser in the Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights. She recently garnered rave reviews for her portrayal as Judy Holliday in Smart Blonde.
Ms. Burns began her career touring the opera houses of Europe as Maria in West Side Story when she was 18 years old and this December, will debut the role of “Fausta” in Stephen Spielberg’s film adaptation.
Broadway credits include: The Rose Tattoo, On Your Feet!, The Nance, In the Heights, The Ritz, The Full Monty, and Beauty and the Beast.
Ms. Burns was in the original company of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World and portrayed Lucille Frank in the national tour of Jason Robert Brown's Parade, directed by Harold Prince, for which she received a Touring Broadway Awards nomination for Best Actress. She was also selected by Stephen Sondheim to create the role of Celeste in his musical Saturday Night.
Anthony Crivello received Broadway’s Tony Award, Chicago’s Jefferson Award, a Carbonelle Award, A Footlights Award and nominations for three Jefferson, two Canadian Dora Mavor Moore, LA’s Ovation, Drama Critics, Robbie, Garland, and Friends of New York Theater Awards. Broadway: Golden Boy, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Broadway, Toronto, London’s West End), Marie Christine, Evita, Les Miserables, The News, Measure For Measure, Heathers: The Musical. Toronto: Jane Eyre. Los Angeles: Into The Woods @ The Hollywood Bowl, Steve Martin’s The Underpants, Expecting Isabel, Do I Hear a Waltz. Chicago: The House of Martin Guerre, A Flea in Her Ear, Louis and Keely Live At The Sahara. Milwaukee: Mcguire, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Pittsburgh: The Old Man and the Sea. Las Vegas: Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular. Films: Trade, Material Girls, Texas Rangers, Independence Day, Henry Toy, The Mark, The Glass Jar, Jane Austen’s Mafia!, Slaves of New York, Spellbinder, Shakedown, Crocodile Dundee II, Assassin 33AD. Television: Feud: Bette and Joan, Emma’s Chance, Behind The Candelabra, Seinfeld, CSI: NY, Frasier, In-Laws, Law and Order, Normal, Ohio, Dillinger and Capone, The Lost Capone,
Rebecca Luker, Three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker most recently appeared on Broadway as “Helen Bechdel” in FUN HOME, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s critically acclaimed Best Musical of 2015. Prior to that, she was the Fairy Godmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA. Other Broadway musicals include Maury Yeston’s DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY, MARY POPPINS, NINE, THE MUSIC MAN,
THE SOUND OF MUSIC, SHOWBOAT ,THE SECRET GARDEN,THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA; X (THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MALCOLM X) and BRIGADOON with City Opera. She starred in the 2014 world premiere of Ahrens and Flaherty’s new musical “LITTLE DANCER” at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. Off-Broadway plays: INDIAN BLOOD (Primary Stages), CAN’T LET GO (Keen Company) and THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. Regional theater: PASSION (Clara) Kennedy Center, TIME AND AGAIN (Old Globe), HARMONY (La Jolla Playhouse) and SHE LOVES ME (Reprise! series; LA). Concert: Encores! “Boys From Syracuse” and “Where’s Charley”.
Donna McKechnie, newly inducted into the American Hall Of Fame, received a Best Actress Tony Award for her performance in A CHORUS LINE. She is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost singing and dancing leading ladies, having starred in and also choreographed numerous musical theatrical productions in London's West End, Paris and Tokyo.
She recently opened a new cabaret show at 54 Below with Andrea McArdle…. A CELEBRATION OF SONDHEIM AND HAMLISCH, which has been touring the country for the past year. Their show was nominated for a MAC Award this year.
Donna was one of the stars in a new musical called HALFTIME, which has been recorded and released with a score by Matthew Sklar.
She is one of the stars in 4GIRLS4, a new concert series with Andrea McArdle , Faith Prince and Maureen McGovern.
Kristyn Pope is thrilled to be a part of The Broadway Mentors Program family!
Her NYC performing credits include: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette/Swing), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, and the Thoroughly Modern Millie Reunion Concert, as well as the City Center Encores! productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Lady Be Good, and The New Yorkers. Kristyn has also served as Associate or Assistant Choreographer and/or Dance Captain at regional theatres including Goodspeed Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Riverside Theatre and Walnut Street Theatre for such choreographers as Kelli Barclay, Richard Stafford and Randy Skinner.
Kristyn has taught special group classes at Broadway Dance Center, led classes/mock auditions for the Rockette Experience, and has taught classes for The Growing Studio, Broadway Theatre Connection and Motivated Movers.
Teri Ralston made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY creating the role of Jenny, which she also did in Los Angeles and London. Immediately following this she was cast in Sondheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC creating the role of Mrs. Nordstom. Her association with Sondheim has continued over the years performing in or directing 11 of his works which include playing Sally in 3 productions of FOLLIES, and later, Mrs. Armfeldt, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, INTO THE WOODS, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, which she directed, PUTTING IT TOGETHER, CANDIDE, GYPSY, and directing and co-staring in SIDE-BY-SIDE-BY-SONDHEIM with Peggy Lee.
Teri has had the opportunity to work with many of the greatest creators in theatre history.She worked with Onna White, Michael Bennet, and had a long and wonderful relationship with Hal Prince. Her work with Stephen Schwartz includes the original BAKER’S WIFE in which he wrote CHANSON for her, and the movie GEPPETTO.
Richard Stafford was the choreographer on Broadway for In My Life (Music Box Theatre), the associate choreographer for Aspects Of Love (Broadhurst Theatre), and dance supervisor for CATS (Winter Garden Theatre).
Off-Broadway credits include choreography for A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (St. Clements)
Internationally he was director/choreographer for The Full Monty, Joseph…Dreamcoat (Mexico City), choreographer for Jesus Christ Superstar (Mexico City), Evita (Sydney), CATS (Mexico City, Buenos Aires) and director/choreographer for CATS (Copenhagen, Sao Paulo, Rio). National Tours include CATS (director/ choreographer), My Fair Lady (choreographer), Joseph…Dreamcoat (choreographer, starring Deborah Gibson and Patrick Cassidy)—Troika Entertainment
Mr. Stafford’s Regional credits include: Director: Dreamgirls, Miss Saigon (North Carolina Theatre) Director/Choreographer: Curtains, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Beauty And The Beast, Cats (Walnut Street Theatre), Oliver!, Joseph…Dreamcoat,
Tara Rubin's office is currently responsible for the casting of, among many others - the Broadway productions and touring companies of
AIN'T TOO PROUD, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, SIX, SING STREET,
JERSEY BOYS, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LES MISERABLES
and the upcoming Off-Broadway production of TREVOR THE MUSICAL.
• Live One on One Consultation - 1/2 hr. - $95.00
• Live One on One Coaching - 45 mins. - $125.00
• Live Group Q & A (20 people max) - 1 hr. May 9th - $35.00
• Live Group Audition Workshop (15 people max) - 2 hrs. May 9th - $85.00
For coaching and workshops, please prepare a song where you can sing along to a pre-existing track or prepare a monologue of your choice. There will also be time for questions and answers and conversation
For consults and Q & A's - Get Merri's advice on
• Coaching for Audition Songs and Monologues
• Coaching for Colleges
- General thoughts and ideas about this kind of higher education for actors.
While we cannot recommend specific schools, we will be discussing different types of degrees, the business of the business, pictures, resumes, managers, agents - and other advice and opinions in answer to students' questions.
Initially an actress ('Les Miserables', 'Aspects of Love', et al.),
Merri found herself out West some years back where she quickly made a name for herself at Liberman/Hirschfeld, then Liberman/Patton Casting, working on such shows as "NewsRadio", "The Larry Sanders Show" and the Miramax feature film "Playing By Heart", starring
Sean Connery and Angelina Jolie.
In 2000, Merri moved to Dreamworks Studios as the Casting Executive in charge of TV Pilots and Series- including "Spin City", and the critically acclaimed "The Job", starring Denis Leary. She was then offered a position as the Director of Casting for Dramas and Movies at ABC Television, overseeing the casting of "Alias", "NYPD Blue",
"The Practice" and the 'made for television movies’
"Gilda Radner - It's Always Something" and "The Music Man", starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth, to name just a few. Merri then returned to the East Coast to teach and coach actors – something she still does (and loves) as time permits, when Tara Rubin offered her a Casting Director position where she’s been happily ensconced ever since.
She also casts for many theaters regionally – including the Papermill Playhouse, Chicago Lyric Opera, The Old Globe and The LaJolla Playhouse. She is the CD of the critically acclaimed web series SUBMISSIONS ONLY and also boasts many TV & film projects, workshops and readings. In other news, she has been a Big Sister to Jenny via the amazing Big Brothers/Big Sisters program for the last 21 years, holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Emerson College, Boston and is a proud alum of the professional sorority Kappa Gamma Chi. Merri is a member of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, has been a Tony Voter for the past six years and is a proud member of CSA (Casting Society of America)