The Philadelphia Theatre Arts Institute
PTAI Guest Teaching Artist:
Actor/Songwriter, Bryan Terrell Clark
Bryan Terrell Clark is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. He has starred opposite Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett in August Wilson's "FENCES", Motown: The Musical as Marvin Gaye and appeared in numerous television shows such as CSI:NY, The UNIT, and Tyler Perry's HOUSE OF PAYNE. He is a co-writer on MARY J. BLIGE's current release "Irreversible", on My Life II.
Currently, Bryan can be seen on Broadway in the Tony Award winning hit "HAMILTON" starring as George Washington.
Musically he has performed with such artists as Neyo, Gladys Knight, Pattie Labell, Ciara, Yolanda Adams, Maxwell and many others and is currently in the studio recording his solo album.
There is so much more to come from this rising star.
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PTAI Students go to 'The Mountaintop' with Academy Award Nominee and Broadway star Angela Bassett.
PTAI took a class trip to New York go see playwright Katori Hall's new hit Broadway play 'The Mountaintop' starring Angela Bassett & Samuel L. Jackson. The students stayed for a brief talk back after the performance with Samuel L. Jackson but I had a different surprise for them: a private meet & greet with the show's other star Angela Bassett in her dressing room.
As you can see from all the smiles, they were not disappointed!
Tony Award Winning Producer, Playwright, Actress April Yvette Thompson takes PTAI Students on an emotional and life-changing journey to 'Liberty City'.
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PTAI students took a trip to First Person Arts presentation of April Yvette Thompson's multi-award nominated one-woman-show 'Liberty City' and the house was packed!
No one could have anticipated the emotional roller coaster ride April's breath taking performance was going to take us on. After the show April came out for talk-back with the audience that the students took full advantage of. She candidly shared with them her journey, her family, and challenged them to reexamine the value of their roles as artists and the importance of creating their own work.
All of the students left the performance changed, introspective, and inspired!
Thanks April for connecting with PTAI!
Oscar Nominee Angela Bassett (center) with PMTI students.
Congratulations to PTAI Founder & Head Teacher Lee Edward Colston II for his acceptance The Juilliard School's MFA Actor Training Program!
Lee auditioned for and was accepted into some of the top Graduate Acting programs in the world including NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, and the world famous conservatory, The Juilliard School.
After much consideration, he decided to pursue his Master's in Acting at The Juilliard School on a full tuition scholarship. Congrats, Lee!
You can read more about it on BACKSTAGE:
The Juilliard School awards PTAI Founder & Head Teacher Lee Edward Colston II
the 2013-2014 Jonathon Madrigano Entrepreneurial Grant to help expand access and resources for PTAI's upcoming summer intensive.
"The Jonathan Madrigano Entrepreneurship Grant provides financial and educational resources for Juilliard artists to develop entrepreneurial projects and by doing so, impact vital change for the 21st century and beyond." -The Juilliard School
Read More at: http://www.juilliard.edu/student-life/entrepreneurship/entrepreneurship-programs
Leif Oleson-Cormack is a New York-based playwright originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His previously staged work includes: An Arm & A Leg (Signature Theatre), Retreat (The Juilliard School), Meat Puppet (Northern Light Theatre/Shadow Theatre co-production), Odds of Losing (Ignite Festival 2008), The Power of Sedak(a)Sean (Edmonton Fringe Festival 2006), Jumping the Shark (New Works Festival 2005), and Bad Timing (New Works 2005). He is a two-time recipient of the Lincoln Centre’s LeCompte Du Nouy Prize and his play, Dead Peasants, recently won the 2012 Samuel French Canadian Playwriting Award and was the winning entry in the Alberta Playwrights Network 2011 National Exchange Program.
He is a graduate of The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and received his MFA in playwriting from the University of Calgary.
PTAI Guest Teaching Artist:
Playwright/Actor, Leif Oleson-Cormack
PTAI Guest Teaching Artist:
Actor/Coach, Carolyn Michelle Smith
Carolyn Michelle Smith is a graduate of Fordham University at Lincoln Center, and The Drama Division at The Juilliard School.
Recent credits include: "House of Cards" (Netflix), "How To Get Away With Murder" opposite Viola Davis (ABC Primetime), "Romeo and Juliet" starring Orlando Bloom (Broadway), "Hit the Wall" (Off-Broadway), and "Whaddabloodclot!!!" by Katori Hall (World Premiere-Williamstown Theatre Festival).
As a Teaching Artist, Carolyn has led residencies with: Manhattan Theatre Club Education, Harlem School of the Arts, DreamYard Project (Bronx), Hunts Point Alliance for Children (Bronx), Henry Street Settlement, and Kentucky Arts Center. Abroad, Carolyn was selected as a teacher to represent Juilliard as part of ProjectMAP, an arts residency at The Maru-A-Pula School in Gabarone, Botswana. Carolyn was the on-set coach for OME Productions Independent film: "Finding Me", and has coached clients in theatre, television, and film.