The Nerve-Proof Audition Class
Subject: Online Musical Theatre Audition Workshop
Additional materials needed: Webcam and Microphone for performing and feedback
Participants are responsible for finding their own accompaniment (karaoke track, piano track) or would sing a capella.
About the Class: The Nerve-Proof Audition Workshop with Skylight's Artistic Director Michael Unger is intended to keep performers focused on the most important aspect of their audition - to showcase THEIR INDIVIDUAL talent. This workshop is the perfect place to work up new musical audition material, to dust off that piece you’ve been doing for years, or to prepare for college/grand school auditions. Michael treats each song as a three-act play and finds connections between the material and the individual performer in a creative, engaging and nurturing way. He will work with 6-8 students per two-hour class. Working students may be selected on a first-signed-up, first-served; or by random selection. But the entire group, including auditors (observers who are not directly working) can benefit from watching the work as he presents concepts, techniques, and tools that anyone can apply to any song, scene, audition, etc. Michael has had great success with his studio in New York City with many of his students having performed on Broadway in such shows as Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Newsies, Aladdin, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Drowsy Chaperone, Hairspray, and many opera companies around the country.
*Classes are free but sign-up is required to receive the e-mail link. Only 6-8 performers will work one on one with Michael each class, but everyone who signs up will be allowed to audit the class. Those who have been selected to work (as well as those on the wait list) will get an email in the morning with the zoom link so they know to have a song prepared for the class. Those who will be auditing the class will get the zoom link in the afternoon.
Professional Performer Level and College Classes will be Mondays from 8-10PM CDT Sign-up Here
High School Level Classes will be Thursdays from 7-9PM CDT Sign-up Here
About Michael Unger
Michael Unger is thrilled to join the Skylight team as Artistic Director. Michael is also the Producing Artistic Director of NewArts in Newtown, CT, which he started with a local father in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. For NewArts he has directed a dozen large-scale musicals involving over 550 local children. He was until recently the Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education for Off-Broadway’s York Theatre Company. Michael’s work will be seen around the country in 2020 with the 70th Anniversary National Tour of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Michael has directed many benefit concerts, including for the Sandy Hook, CT and Parkland, FL communities. Selected world premieres include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Caligula, and A ROCKIN’ Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is featured in the award-winning documentary film, Midsummer in Newtown. Other directing credits include McCarter Theatre, 59E59, Paramount, W.H.A.T., Signature, Cape Playhouse, Deaf West, and The St. LouisMUNY. He has directed fifteen operas, two of which are available on DVD.