Congrats to our two students set to perform in LES MISERABLES this holiday season at White Plains Performing Arts Center. MCS’ Shaina Vencel will be performing in the ensemble of this classic while Joseph C. Bellino will be taking on the role of Javert!
This production is directed by Jeremy Quinn (WPPAC Producing Artistic Director and director of WPPAC’s acclaimed productions of August: Osage County and The Color Purple) with musical staging by Lexie Fennell Frare and musical direction by Stephen Ferri (WPPAC’s The Color Purple) featuring a live 14-piece orchestra.
LES MISERABLES will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center December 13-15 (Friday and Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm), December 19-22 (Thursday at 2pm; Friday and Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm) & December 28-31* (Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm; Monday and Tuesday at 8pm). Tickets: $50 adults; $30 high school & younger. *New Year’s Eve tickets are $85 adults; $70 high school & younger and include a post-show reception.
For more info,
visit LES MISERABLES
MCS is happy to announce we have not one, but TWO of our MCS guys rounding out the cast of the new US tour of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA! Congrats to Cooper Grodin & Nick Cartell!
Ensemble, u/s The Phantom
Cooper grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on the banks of the great Hudson River. He was recently seen in The 25th Anniversary National Tour of LES MISERABLES, Shakespeare in the Park’s Into The Woods and the Drama Desk nominated Best Revival of The Golden Land. His debut original album It’s The Little Things is available on iTunes. He thanks his family, coaches and agents at About Artists for their continuing support and encouragement along the journey.coopergrodin.com
Ensemble, u/s Raoul
Nick is thrilled to be making is National Tour debut with The Phantom of the Opera. Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar (2012 Tony-Nominated Revival) in which he went on as Jesus, Judas and Annas; Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson (OBC Recording). Off Broadway: Frankenstein the Musical (OC Recording). Regional: My Fair Lady (Freddy), The Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio, AriZoni Award), LES MISERABLES (Marius, AriZoni Nomination) to name just a few. Guest soloist with the Phoenix Symphony. Huge thank you to the entire production team, cast and crew, Tara Rubin Casting, Cynthia at Gotham Talent and of course my amazing family for their undying love and support. Above all I could not do any of this without my love and partner in life, Christine Cartell. Proud member of Actors Equity. nickartell.com @nickcartell
For tour info, visit PHANTOM
We’re so proud of our Gabrielle Ruiz, who has received a Best Supporting Actress award from REEL INDEPENDENT FILM EXTRAVAGANZA AWARDS for her work in the acclaimed indie, SEX LOVE AND SALSA! The film was also awarded Best Feature and Best Actor for the 2013 Award Season.
Gabi is currently on tour with EVITA, a show she danced in on Broadway last season. This follows her star-turn as Anita in Ogunquit’s production of WEST SIDE STORY last month! Busy lady!
We are proud of you, Gabi!!
To view the trailer of her award-winning film, visit SEX LOVE AND SALSA
Congrats to MCS Faculty Member Isaac Byrne, directing THE OTHER MOZART at the Cherry Lane Theatre! After a summer full of sold-out performances at festivals in the US and Austria, writer/star Sylvia Milo and director Isaac Bryne bring their acclaimed hit to the West Village for a limited engagement.THE OTHER MOZART tells the true story of the keyboard virtuoso, composer, and child prodigy, Nannerl Mozart – the sister of Amadeus.Use discount code LEGENDARY for $20 tickets! For tickets, THE OTHER MOZART.Show runs :Saturday October 12, 1pmSaturday October 19, 4pmSaturday October 26, 7pmSunday October 27, 1pm
Congrats to our alum Nikki Can Cassele, starring in NEXT TO NORMAL at the Cape Rep Theatre. The show has received stellar reviews so far, with our Nikki leading the way. Of her work in NEXT TO NORMAL, the Cape Cod Chronicle writes, “Nikki Van Cassele is Diana Goodman. For the first time in my life, I could actually see what depression and bipolar disease feels like, looks like. Van Cassele’s portrayal of the parent who struggles to be the mother she wants to be is heart wrenching. She’ll have you in tears one moment and then laughing at her quirks the next.”
NEXT TO NORMAL is running Wednesdays – Sundays and continues to play through October 13th.
For tickets, visit CAPE REP THEATRE
MCS’ Ryan Link is going on the road! We’re so proud of our talented student and hard-working staff member who will be touring the country in the Tony Award Winning musical ONCE. Ryan made his Broadway debut in RENT and has since appeared in both HAIR and WONDERLAND on the Great White Way. An accomplished musician, you can often find groups of MCSers dancing around New York City clubs to the music of Ryan’s band, THE RYAN LINK AFFAIR. Congrats Ry! We’ll miss you – but we’re so proud of you taking on this new endeavor!
We are so proud of our two students, Christophe Caballero & Laura Oldham, now touring the country in the hit musical CHICAGO!
MCS is so proud of our students, past and present, on Broadway in the Tony Award Winning THE BOOK OF MORMON! Long-time MCSer Asmeret Ghebremichael stars as ‘Nabulungi’ alongside Matt Doyle, as ‘Elder Price’, in a cast that also includes Tomar Wilson and new student, K.J. Hippensteel.
Also, continued congrats to MCS alum Derrick Williams, representing on the road in THE BOOK OF MORMON national tour!
Congrats to Courtney Case of Matthew’s Tuesday/Thursday day class – her recent film, SOME KIND OF LADIES MAN, was featured at the Nyack Film Festival, held August 15-18. Courtney stars in this horror short written by Sean S. Strain, directed by Anthony J. Puglia, and co-starring Marc I. Daniels.
Proud of you, Courtney!
For more info, visit NYACK FILM FESTIVAL
So many bookings this summer by MCS actors. From Broadway, NYMF, and FRINGEnyc the city is buzzing with shows and MCS students are doing and getting the work.
Catch MCS Students on the Great White Way in:
WICKED- Alex Quiroga, Brian Wanee, Mark Shunkey
MAMMA MIA!–Elena Ricardo
ROCK OF AGES–Cristy Candler
MOTOWN, The Musical–N’kenge, Grasan Kingsberry, Andrea Dora
KINKY BOOTS–Charlie Sutton
FUERZA BRUTA–Angelica Kushi, Holly Shunkey
And Broadway National Tours of:
WICKED National Tour–Lindsay Janisse, Adam Fleming
JERSEY BOYS National Tour–Nicolas Dromard as “Tommy DeVito”
ONCE National Tour–Ryan Link
CHICAGO –Melanie Waldron (Hollywood Bowl)
WEST SIDE STORY –Gabrielle Ruiz as “Anita” (Ogunquit Playhouse)
THE SOUND OF MUSIC–Katie Keyser as “Maria Von Trapp” (The Compass Rose Theatre)
SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE–Jason Williams as “Victor” (Greenbrier Valley Theater)
THE LAST GOODBYE–Adam Perry (Old Globe Theatre)
WOMEN IN THE PIT –Terria Joseph (Negro Ensemble Co.) North Carolina’s NBTF
TIME MACHINE –Joy Donze (by Artspot) based out of Argentina
THE LATE CHRISTOPHER BEAN –Jennifer Bissell (East Lynne Theater Company) Cape May
YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN–Ravi Roth (Theatre Aspen)
Pauline Sherrow–ALL MY CHILDREN (featured), New untitled pilot for NBC (featured), role in NBC-IRONSIDE (featured)
Nick Cartell–GOD’S COUNTRY (NYMF)
Nikki VanCassele–LEGACY FALLS (NYMF)
Chelsea Fratti–ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA: INFINITE LIVES as “AMELIA” (FRINGEnyc)
David Gazzo–THIRST by Eugene O’Neill (THEATRE 54)
Kevin Martinez–BROKEN MOMENTS: A BAR MUSICAL, NYC Cabaret Debut (Don’t Tell Mama)
Afton Toler–BOUND FOR BROADWAY (JD Productions)
Laura Vogels–CAPTIVE (Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival)
“My work with Matt over the past few years has given me the skills and confidence to truly consider myself an actor with something unique and personal to offer. The curriculum at MCS and Matt’s intuitive skills as a teacher have guided me toward more spontaneous, uninhibited and honest work. This transformation has led to an exciting new appetite for the world of acting. This is definitely a class I’d recommend to anybody who aspires to deliver honest and powerful work in their career as an actor.”–Tom Berklund, Actor
Long Time MCS Actor, Tom Berklund recently completed the Washington DC run of Larry Kramer’s THE NORMAL HEART and HAPPY BIRTHDAY By Anita Loos with TACT-The Actors Company at The Beckett Theatre, Theatre Row NYC.
Tom recently booked a role on USA’s ROYAL PAINS, can’t wait to see you on TV Tom and back to MCS when you need the workout.
Committed MCS actor of Tues/Thurs Day, Charlotte Volage is one of a kind. Charlotte has been training at MCS for over 2 years and it is part of her artistic home and community.
Charlotte is currently on set of Maria Guerini’s film “Redlight District Bar” being shot in German, French, Portuguese, Italian, and English for the European market.
Charlotte we are forever proud of you and look forward to your return to study at MCS in August.
MCS’ Annette Beatrice is proud to announce THE NICKLE SERIES – a forum for short film lovers. This is the Nickle Series second event –part sponsored by MCS.
A film-maker with a gift, Annette created THE NICKEL SERIES to support a community of talented filmmakers and providing them with a safe and encouraging environment to share their short films. In addition to this event, Annette’s short film also had its premiere of “Dori” at Visionfest film festival at Tribeca Cinema. Congrats!
Matthew Corozine will be guest speaker.
Please RSVP-Free to the event that is on 18 July 2013, Thursday 6-10:30 RSVP HERE
Please “like” THE NICKEL SERIES on Facebook to follow how to RSVP to the event on July 18, 2013…. Seating is limited.
To donate for the event: DONATIONS
So proud of MCS’ Mr. & Mrs. Cartell.
Nick Cartell (on Broadway last season in both Jesus Christ Superstar and Scandalous), has returned from his gig North Carolina to a very full plate this summer. He recorded the theme song played throughout Carnegie Hall during the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 90th Celebration, as well as a concept recording for a new musical based on the real-life story that inspired Alice In Wonderland. Nick just wrapped a reading of the new musical What We Do For Love and has been cast as a lead in the reading of another new musical, Lost In Love, with music by the band Air Supply. He will also be starring in God’s Country as part of the 2013 New York Music Theatre Festival in July. www.nickcartell.com
Christine Cartell has also been booking! She’s shot four commercials in the last three months, the most recent being a national network spot for Dannon Oikos with Iron Chef Michael Symon. In addition, she recently wrapped a series regular role on the comedy web series Offices & Outbreaks: The Working Dead and will be hosting another series called Reality Check. Christine has also been cast in leading roles in two independent feature films shooting this summer, and has another film, comedy Wet Behind The Ears, currently making the festival rounds (and winning awards!). www.christinecartell.com
Both Cartells have taken a temporary break from MCS due to their schedules, but they miss it terribly and will be back as soon as they can!
“MCS, helped me rediscover something that had been locked away for far too long- my true self! What a difference it has made in my acting, my singing, my teaching and my personal relationships. I find level of and trust and joy in my performing that i didn’t even know had been compromised for quite sometime. Matthew has helped me realize that the here and now is the most glorious place a person can exist.”–Kristy Cates-Frankfort
MCS’ very own Kristy Cates-Frankort, recently got married! Right before “tying the knot” Kristy originated the role of “Mother Hawkins” in TREASURE ISLAND-A New Musical which premiered this spring at Arkansas Rep.
Kristy has studied with Matthew in Mon/Wed day class and prior to that was in WICKED (original Broadway Elphaba understudy), National Tour and opened Chicago company as Elphaba. We look forward to Kristy catching a breather from bookings and returning to “the work” at MCS.
Jason Williams has trained at MCS in Tues/Thurs night class for over a year and has booked another show. This time it is NOT a Children’s show!
Jason will be playing the role of “Victor” in SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE at Greenbrier Valley Theatre in West Virginia.
Jason we are proud of you and look forward to you returning to MCS and resume training after your latest gig.
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Tessa has trained under Matthew for many years at MCS and she is a vital part of our artistic community (been directed by Matthew twice), books acting work often (as well as voice over) –when not working artistically, Tessa is Matthew Corozine’s assistant and MCS Administrator and we are so grateful to her and we will miss her this spring.
Directed & choreographed by Vince Pesce, this production features an original book by Jeremy Desmon & new dance orchestrations by Broadway, television, and film composer-arranger David Krane. Previews begin tonight, April 12th, with an official opening on May 1st. GOOD NEWS! will continue to run in East Haddam, CT until June 22nd.
Samantha, recently enrolled in MCS over a month ago and is off to do some Shakespeare for the summer. Samantha will be playing “Adriana” in COMEDY OF ERRORS at The Scranton Shakespeare Festival in Scranton, PA.
Sam, we are proud of you, and know you will use the work/technique you have been struggling, working hard, and committed to at MCS in your show. See you in August Sam!
Pragathi Yadhati has been a committed student of Matthew Corozine for about 2 years. Pragathi performed in MCS’ BAGGAGE CLAIM and “brought down the house” in her performance. (photo at right by David Gazzo for BAGGAGE CLAIM)
Pragathi is starring in a new BOLLYWOOD film OOPS A DESI. Below is the trailer and video starring MCS’ very own Pragathi Yadhati. We love you and are so proud of you Pragathi.
“Matthew has helped me discover tools and notes that I didn’t think I had in my acting. I love his energy and dedication and I’ve never trusted a teacher like I trust him. I can’t speak highly enough about his class.”–Nicolas Dromard
From Tuesday/Thursday Day Class, where Nicolas has been studying while playing “Bert” in MARY POPPINS on Broadway, Nicolas Dromard will be touring with Broadways’ JERSEY BOYS playing the role of “Tommy DeVito”. We are so proud of you Nicolas and glad you will be using your acting chops for this meaty book musical.
“Matt is a mad doctor social scientist wizard, and the best thing im doing with my career is studying with him!”–Cooper Grodin
Cooper Grodin has started training this Spring in Monday/Wednesday day and things are happening. Cooper’s last show in NYC was just nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Musical THE GOLDEN LAND.
This June Cooper will be playing the iconic role of ”El Gallo” in THE FANTASTICS at West Virginia Public Theatre, followed by FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, playing the role of “Perchik” at Saint Michael’s Playhouse.
Cooper we are proud of you and look forward to your return to MCS to resume your training in between gigs.
Christophe Caballero from Monday/Wednesday day class is on his was to FIDDLER ON THE ROOF playing the role of “Sasha” at St. Michael’s Playhouse.
Christophe was last on Broadway in the hit revival LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.
Christophe we are proud of you and look forward to your return to your family at MCS Theatre in August.
Double Summer Booking –Congrats to MCS’ Anne Markt (Ms. Markt) from Tuesday/Thursday Night Class.
Anne is off to Tokyo, Japan to play “Chrissy” in the musical HAIR. Once HAIR closes, Anne will be starring as “Dorothy” in THE WIZARD OF OZ at Gretna Theatre, PA this July.
We are proud of you Anne and look forward to you resuming training at MCS.
Long time MCS student Nina Burns is starring in Thornton Wilder’s classic THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH, performing at the Amateur Comedy Club. The show runs until May 18th. Nina we are so proud of you and thrilled of the breakthroughs you have done in your training at MCS.
Brooke Chaffee booked a role in Gerard Depardieu’s latest film currently titled “THE JUNE PROJECT” direct by Abel Ferrara.
“I love when people ask me how I got into acting, its one of my favorite stories to tell because it involves one of my best friends and MCS. Two things I do not know how I ever lived without! The story goes like this, I started at MCS almost 3 years ago because my girlfriend, Stephanie Schreiber, recommended it to me. I was frustrated with dance and needed an artistic outlet. Then after a year and a half of of taking this class twice a week for countless hours and being perfectly content Matthew dared to ask the question, are you auditioning? It never occurred to me to actually become an actress this ignited a fire in my belly and my heart that excited and scared me beyond belief, so naturally I knew I had to do it!
Anthony Wayne and Colin Cunliffe we are proud of you. Anthony has been part of MCS since he was in Broadways’ ANYTHING GOES and PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT. Colin started MCS right before out-of-town workshop of PIPPIN. Anthony and Colin are now performing in Broadway’s PIPPIN.
Boys, can’t wait till you are back at MCS once PIPPIN opens!
Matthew LaBanca has trained with Matthew Corozine at MCS for many years–has appeared on Broadway in YOUNG FRANKENSTEING (Dr. Frankenstein), WHITE CHRISTMAS and many tours. Matthew recently performed with MCS Tues/Thurs day class in our one night only production of BAGGAGE CLAIM where Matthew wrote and performed his own work.
Matthew is now playing the role of Mr. Lyons in BLOOD BROTHERS, coming to the Astoria Performing Arts Center this May. For a synopsis and schedule information, visit www.APACNY.org. Check out the amazing ticket prices, and buy your tickets online with promotional code LaBancaM.
Matthew is also cast in Gretna Theatre’s June production of MY WAY, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra. This musical review features a quartet of singers, and celebrates the music that made Sinatra famous.
Matty we are proud of you and you always have an artistic home with MCS to strengthen and go deeper.
“I came to MCS a mere two months ago and I’ve already seen enormous changes in my acting and my career (and my life!) I am amazed at what comes out of myself and others in every single class. It often isn’t easy – I often leave tear-stained and completely emotionally exhausted…but at the same time, I LOVE it. MCS has helped me to discover the life inside me that I didn’t know was there, and has taught me how to USE this in my acting. I’ve begun to use what I’ve learned in class at auditions, have felt ENORMOUSLY more connected to my work, and now I’m seeing results! Joining MCS is truly one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself, and already my life is changing. I couldn’t be more happy, grateful, and in love with this art! Thank you Matthew!”–Shaina Vencel
Congrats Shaina! We are proud of you for booking two shows:
Congrats to MCS alums Andrea Dora & Grasan Kingsberry – appearing side-by-side in the upcoming MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL on Broadway! So excited for the two of you! Previews begin March 11th, with an opening night of April 14th! For show info, visit MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL!
ANDREA DORA : Broadway: Tarzan (Kala u/s). International Tours: RENT (Joanne). New York workshops: Jerry Mitchell’s Peep Show and Josephine The Musical. Regional Theatres: Cape Cod Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Prince Music Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse and Goodspeed Musicals. Commercials/Industrials: Media Set, Bing, Gilette, New York Lottery, and McDonalds McCafe. Andrea is the founder, band leader, and singer in the New York City based band, The Hudson Project.
GRASAN KINGSBERRY : Broadway: Nice Work if You Can Get It, Leap of Faith, Catch Me If You Can, Finian’s Rainbow, The Color Purple, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Aida. New York Theater: Encores!: Anyone Can Whistle, Fanny. Tours: Dreamgirls, The Color Purple. Film: I Am Legend. TV: “All My Children,” “Today Show,” “The Late Show,” “Oprah Winfrey Show.” Training: The Juilliard School, Northwest School of the Arts.
We are so proud of current student Charlie Sutton who will be returning to Broadway in the Cyndi Lauper musical KINKY BOOTS! Charlie traveled to Chicago for the world premiere of the new musical Oct. 4 – Nov. 2, and has returned to NYC for a March 5th opening at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
About MCS, Charlie says, “Matthew Corozine’s class is truly life changing. He’s taught me to start opening up not only in my acting, but more importantly …in life. His rules are simple; to listen and work off the other person. Yet I struggle with it every day. I know that because of him, I’ve continued to grow as an artist and as a person. All because he truly cares .”
We can’t wait to see you featured in this new show, Charlie. So proud of the work you do and the person that you are!
Double shout out to the talented Adam Perry from Tuesday/Thursday Day class. Adam is currently performing in Broadways’ NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT and recently booked and shot an “Under 5″ for the soap ONE LIFE TO LIVE. Adam we look forward to you coming back to class when life slows down…congrats!
Ryan Link and Matthew Corozine have worked together for many years and we are proud that Ryan has been a major part of MCS Theatre since 2006 (ish) and we are excited to announce him as Faculty at MCS and teaching Meisner Musical Theatre Master Classes coming Spring/Summer 2013.
Ryan Link is also an accomplished front man with his band THE RYAN LINK AFFAIR.
Oh, and he can act and connect and make you feel alot so try to catch him currently Off-Broadway in HIT THE WALL, repeating at MCS, singing in his band or once in awhile I think he does yoga also.
Matthew Rossoff has been studying and commited to MCS since closing in the Broadway Hit Revival of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. We are so proud of Matthew and his recent booking of Sonny Latierri in the well known musical GREASE, at Riverside Theatre in Florida, May 14-July 14.
Andre Da Silva is a long time student of Matthew Corozine and we at MCS’ are thrilled to congratulate this multi – talented guy –from acting, martial arts, Hollywood stunt man, racing cars, this guy has alot “going on”. See Andre in action on this clip of THE DAREDEVIL. Andre is also in MAX PAYNE 3 and currently filming GRAND THEFT AUTO 5. Congrats Andre see you back in the theatre at MCS soon, we love you bud.
Nick Cartell has been training at MCS before his Broadway Debut in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR where Nick performed as the big “JC” and while he perfomed in his 2nd Broadway show, SCANDOULOUS. We are proud of NIck for booking the role of Freddy Eisnford-Hill, in MY FAIR LADY, at the Triad Stage in Greensboro, NC. Performances begin April 7 – May 5.
Tom Berklund recently completed the Washington DC run of Larry Kramer’s THE NORMAL HEART and is now performing in HAPPY BIRTHDAY By Anita Loos with TACT-The Actors Company at The Beckett Theatre, Theatre Row NYC.
Of MCS, Tom says, “My work with Matt over the past few years has given me the skills and confidence to truly consider myself an actor with something unique and personal to offer. The curriculum at MCS and Matt’s intuitive skills as a teacher have guided me toward more spontaneous, uninhibited and honest work. This transformation has led to an exciting new appetite for the world of acting. This is definitely a class I’d recommend to anybody who aspires to deliver honest and powerful work in their career as an actor.”
Congrats Linda Eicher who is now appearing with The Mad and Merry Theater Company’s Production of Wendy Wasserstein’s UNCOMMON WOMEN AND OTHERS as Mrs. Plum. The show opens March 15-24th at the Connelly Theatre, at 224 E.4th Street, NYC. Please visit MAD AND MERRY THEATRE COMPANY for tickets and more information.
Congrats to MCS’ Alex Puette in HELLO, DOLLY! at Washington D.C.’s historic Ford’s Theatre! Alex is performing in the ensemble and understudying the role of Cornelius through May 18th in this production directed by Eric Schaefer (FOLLIES, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET). Proud of you, Alex!
For more info, visit HELLO, DOLLY!
We’re so excited to announce MCS’ Nicolas Dromard’s return to MARY POPPINS! Nicolas will be playing Bert in the Broadway production from January 9 – August 8. Nicolas is hot off of his run as Phil Davis in WHITE CHRISTMAS in Denver and will be resuming his studies here at MCS when we return from our Winter Break next week! Great to have you back, Nicolas!
We have two MCS-ers performing in the exciting FROG KISS, THE MUSICAL at Virginia Stage Company! Congrats to Emily Drennan and James Beaman!
From Broadwayworld, “FROG KISS, the award-winning critical and audience favorite of the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival, begins its world premier performances on January 15th at the historic Wells Theatre, home of Virginia Stage Company, Norfolk,. This saucy and swinging musical with book and lyrics by Charles Leipart and music by Eric Schorr, is adapted from the novella The Frog Prince, A Fairytale for Consenting Adults by Stephen Mitchell. Opening Night is Friday, January 18th with performances through February 3rd.”
For show info, visit FROG KISS, THE MUSICAL
Congrats to our very own Erika Dianovsky, who will be appearing in A CREDIT TO HIS RACE at the Roy Arias Theatre, as part of the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival. Described as, “A tale of racism, forbidden love, and Mussolini based on the life of Ernest Just, a pioneer black scientist,” A CREDIT TO HIS RACE is written by Steve Gold and will be directed by Christen Omantra Callahan. Break a leg, Erika!
Tuesday, February 5th @ 8:45pm
Saturday, February 9th @ 7:15pm
Sunday, February 10th @ 5:30pm
For tickets, visit A CREDIT TO HIS RACE
We’re so happy to announce that our Kristy Cates of the Monday/Wednesday day class will be heading to Arkansas Repertory Theatre to lead the cast of the world premiere of TREASURE ISLAND – A NEW MUSICAL! Directed by Brett Smock, Kristy will be playing Mother Hawkins in this much buzzed-about musical that has an official opening of March 8th.
Kristy is a valued member of MCS, bringing professionalism and charm into the classroom with her vulnerability and love of the work. We’ll miss you while you’re away, Kristy, but will be cheering you on from NYC! Congrats!
For show info, visit TREASURE ISLAND
View the Playbill release
We’re proud to announce THE NICKEL SERIES – a forum for short film lovers, created by MCS’ Annette Beatrice. Annette has recently returned to the Tuesday/Thursday night class at MCS after a two-year hiatus, and she has hit the ground running! A film-maker with a gift, Annette has created THE NICKEL SERIES to showcase art that she loves. Coming up, Friday February 1st, the first exclusive NICKEL SERIES event will be held at The Players Club starting at 6:00 pm. In addition to a viewing of Annette’s silent short, attendees will be treated to a short featuring MCS’ Matthew Friedman! Matthew is also a student in the Tuesday/Thursday night class, making an impression not only by his outstanding acting work, but also his dedication to the studio and the students he studies with.
Please “like” THE NICKEL SERIES on Facebook – and RSVP to the event on February 1st! The list is almost at capacity – so act soon!
Congrats go out to MCS’ Nina Burns! Nina will be playing the role of Gail Russell in the “Ramshackle Inn”, a 1940′s murder mystery/comedy with the Amateur Comedy Club in Midtown East. Nina is a student in Matthew’s Tuesday/Thursday day class and also a valued member of the MCS Staff, serving as the head of the MCS Writers Group – MCS, Ink. Break a leg, Nina!
We are so proud of our very own Spencer Lofranco, who is the star of the major motion picture JAMESY BOY, out for release this year. Spencer plays the title role alongside film veterans Mary-Louise Parker and James Woods.
Spence recently moved out to L.A. to continue press for the film, but studied in the Tuesday/Thursday night class up until moving day! Of his time studying with Matt, he says,
“I love Matt’s class. I’m always excited for class because he makes it fun, but at the same time, its serious and focused. Matthew has tremendous love for all his students and is extremely passionate about helping you get out of your head and becoming totally invested on the other person. ‘Acting is living and BEHAVING TRUTHFULLY and fully, under imaginary circumstances.’ This quote is what I have learned by taking Matt’s class. Sounds easy… and it is, once you can let go. By taking Matt’s class I have figured out how to let go of everything that has held me back from expressing my truth to imaginary circumstances. I truly have a clear understanding of my capabilities as an artist by falling in love with the repetition exercise. It allows you to act freely and and gives you permission to actually be yourself, with no sensors or rules. The world is yours and everything in it. Get out there, get on your grind, and get it.”
We can’t WAIT to see you on the big screen, Spencer! Congrats on JAMESY BOY!
December 17th will mark the return to Broadway for MCS’ Gabrielle Ruiz! Our talented Gabrielle will be joining the Ensemble of EVITA starting next week. Gabrielle has been studying the Meisner technique with both Matthew Corozine and Ryan Tofil and is such a valued member of this studio. So proud of you and can’t wait to catch you in this production!
Visit EVITA ON BROADWAY!
MCS is going on winter break – but our students will be working all through the holiday season!
Check out MCS’ Adam Perry in NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, Brian Wanee & Alex Quiroga in WICKED, Angelica Kushi & Holly Shunkey in FUERZA BRUTA and former MCSer Ioana Alfonso in BARE The MUSICAL that opened this weekend at New World Stages!
Proud of you all!
We have to bid a happy farewell to our very own Jason Williams while he tours the U.K. for a few months – performing in the Dreamworks tour of MADAGASCAR LIVE! Jason has been studying in the Tuesday/Thursday night class with Matthew. Break a leg, Jason – we can’t wait to have you back in class after the tour!
For show info, visit MADAGASCAR LIVE!
We are so proud of longtime MCS-er Matthew Labanca, starring in the Gateway Playhouse production of WHITE CHRISTMAS! Matthew will be playing the role of Phil Davis in this production that runs from Dec. 14-30, just one hour outside of NYC. This production will be quite special for Matthew, who previously performed in WHITE CHRISTMAS on Broadway (2009), as Gateway is recreating the original Broadway direction, choreography, sets, and costumes! Good luck with the run, Matthew!
For ticket info, visit Gateway Playhouse
We said a “Break a leg & see you soon!” to Alex Puette last week, who joins the International Tour of WEST SIDE STORY. Alex will be in Paris, France until January performing the role of Riff! The tour sits at the pretigious Théâtre du Châtelet, and we’re looking forward to hearing all about the experience when Alex returns here to MCS in January. Proud of you, Alex!
For information on the WEST SIDE STORY International Tour, visit WSS.
We’re so proud of our very own Nicolas Dromard, currently starring as Phil Davis in WHITE CHRISTMAS at the Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado! WHITE CHRISTMAS runs through December 24th, and then Nicolas will return to the city and to Meisner-based classes here at MCS. Sorry we can’t make it out to Denver to catch you dancing up a storm, Nicolas, but we’re looking forward to your return!
For ticket info, visit The Denver Center for the Performing Arts
To follow Nicolas on Facebook, visit Fans of Nicolas Dromard
We are so proud of the very talented Nikki MacCallum, whose show MATCHMAKER MATCHMAKER I’M WILLING TO SETTLE! will be going up this month at Ars Nova for a special one-night engagement! Nikki is a student in Matt’s Tues/Thurs night class and an inspiration to all of those lucky enough to study alongside her.
Matchmaker Matchmaker I’m Willing to Settle! is a new musical about internet dating with a book written by two MCS students, Kelvin Moon Loh and Nikki MacCallum and with music & lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn. The piece is an adaptation of an original one woman show under the same title which was nominated for a 2011 MAC Award. The musical premiered at the American Repertory Theatre’s OBERON in 2011 before transferring to the 2011 New York Music Theatre Festival. It is currently being performed by New York University’s Musical Theatre department and will be at Ars Nova for this one night engagement on November 30th at 8:00 PM. The production will be directed by Kelvin Moon Loh, musically directed by Liam Forde and the cast will feature Nikki MacCallum, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Tommy McDowell (also an MCS student!), Adam Lerman and Tim McKiernan. The evening is being produced by Ars Nova in conjunction with Jared Fine of the A.R.T. and will include multimedia design by John Carr.
For tickets, please visit https://web.ovationtix.
Congrats to our Resident Photographer, David Gazzo, opening onstage this week in ROPE at The Attic Ensemble. David is a valued member of the MCS family, studying with Matt for years and appearing in numerous readings here at the studio. Proud of you, David!
ROPE runs Nov. 11th (“Pay What You Can” performance!) – Nov. 18th at The Attic Ensemble in Jersey City, New Jersey.
“The inspiration for a film masterpiece by Alfred Hitchcock, ROPE by Patrick Hamilton is set on the first floor of a house in Mayfair, London in 1929. The story, thought to be based loosely on the Leopold and Loeb murder case, concerns two young university students, Wyndham Brandon and Charles Granillo who have murdered fellow student Ronald Kentley as an expression of their supposed intellectual superiority. At the beginning of the play they hide Kentley’s body in a chest. They proceed to host a party for his friends and family at which the chest containing his corpse is used to serve a buffet.”
For ticket info and updated show schedule, please visit ROPE.
SON OF A GUN is billed as, “A quirky, darkly comic, folk/rock musical that tells the story of Danderhauler Agamemnon Khrusty, the eldest of three sons of Winston and Elmadora Khrusty, and the heir apparent to the throne of the Khrusty family Appalachian band. Dan’s life is dominated by the charismatic personality of his father, a highly-functioning, highly-entertaining alcoholic. He must find a way to confront both his dead father and his own demons; he does both by means of an old fashioned cowboy duel.”
Ryan is an asset to this studio in more ways than one. Not only a gifted actor, but also a natural leader, Ryan has been studying with Matthew for years and continues in the Tuesday/Thursday night class.
We can’t wait to come see your show, Ryan!
For more info, visit SON OF A GUN.
For tickets, visit SON OF A GUN – TICKETS.
Margaret is a valued member of the Monday/Wednesday night class taught by Ryan Tofil. Of her studies here, Margaret says, “Being in class at MCS is one of the best things I could have done for myself as a performer and a human being. In the past 8 months Ryan and the M/W class have challenged me to be fuller, truer, and deeper. MCS is truly a safe space for full expression, a gym for your art where you can get messy, get broken, get whole, and most importantly get out of your head!!”
Catch THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Paper Mill running November 23-December 30th. For more info, visit PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE.
We are so proud of Nick Cartell, who is following up his Broadway debut in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR with an ensemble role in SCANDALOUS THE MUSICAL! SCANDALOUS tells the story of the life and trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, the trailblazing media superstar whose passion for saving souls was matched by her passion for making headlines. With a book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford, SCANDALOUS is one of the most anticipated shows of the season.
Currently in previews, you can catch SCANDALOUS at the Neil Simon Theatre. For tickets, please visit SCANDALOUS ON BROADWAY.
Congrats to our Courtney Case, who has been cast in PRIDE NOT PREJUDICE, a touring project that inolves a series of 30 minute plays about tolerance designed to educate kids on how to address issues of bullying, depression, HIV, STDs, etc. PRIDE NOT PREJUDICE travels to middle schools and high schools in the New York area.
Proud of you, Courtney, not only for your contributions here at MCS, but also to your community, as you start working on this important project.
For more infomation, visit PRIDE NOT PREJUDICE.
Derrick was last seen in the Las Vegas Company of The Lion King playing the role of Mufasa. Broadway credits include Wicked (Fiyero), Aida, Swing. National Tours: Wicked, Aida, Smokey Joe’s Café. TV credits: Numbers, Ghost Whisperer, and Chapelle Show on Comedy Central.
To catch Derrick in the role of the General, go to THE BOOK OF MORMON online for tour schedule and ticket information.
Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD) presents A SINGLE RIDE - a multimedia dance show that explores the complex relationships between New Yorkers and the subway. “Riding the train can evoke some of our most primitive emotions, anger and frustration, or it can stir in us what makes us most human, our compassion and empathy.” Choreographer and current MCS student Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie (NMQP, “brothers”) reflects on these emotions by fusing the underground styles of breaking, house and vogue with a contemporary aesthetic. She asks the fundamental questions: Where are we going? Where do we come from? And, where is that train? Original music composed by Grammy Award winner Marty Beller, lighting by Tim Cryan, projection design by David Bengali, and set design by Luke Clark Tyler.
Fellow MCS-er MiRi Park is a collaborator on the project – We are so proud of you both! Can’t wait to catch the show!
Running Sept. 21,22,23 & 27, 28, 29 at Dixon Place. For info, check out A SINGLE RIDE.
Matthew Corozine is off to LA right before classes begin at MCS and is thrilled to direct Actor, Writer, Comedian Susan Isaacs in her one woman show based on her spiritual memoir, ANGRY CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD. Matthew and Susan have been friends for over a decade and are combining their artistic talents in Susan’s world premier of ANGRY CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD premiering September 14 thru October 6 at Two Roads Theater in Los Angeles.
Buy your tickets now at Brown Paper Tickets
Congrats to MCS’ Jennifer Bissell, who has been cast as Penny Pingleton at the Media Theatre in Pennsylvania! Jennifer is a student in Ryan Tofil’s Mon/Wed night class who previously appeared in SPRING AWAKENING at the Media Theatre this past spring. HAIRSPRAY opens on September 26th and runs through November 4th. We’re so proud of you, Jennifer! Break a leg!
For show details, visit THE MEDIA THEATRE.
Kathy Deitch and MCS go back over 10 years. Matthew has coached, taught and directed Deitch thru the years and is proud of her and all she continues to do to further her art. Deitch will be starring in SILENCE! The Musical –the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs, in Los Angeles playing the role of “Catherine Martin”. Online, Deitch stars in the webseries PROJECT PHOENIX. Whenever Deitch is in NYC she continues to study at MCS and teaches her own, audition class: AUDITION BOOT CAMP which she has now brought to LA…stay tuned for MCS -WEST, Kathy and Matthew will be teaching the Meisner work in LA.
Alex Puette from Tuesday/Thursday Day class is currently starring as “Oscar” in NEW GIRL IN TOWN at Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Ave) OFF BROADWAY. Congrats Alex we are so proud of you and so thrilled that you are in class at the same time!
We are so thrilled for our very own Nikki Van Cassele. NIkki went to SUNY New Paltz with Matthew Corozine, stayed close friends ever since and studied for over a year with Matt at MCS in Tuesday/Thursday Day class. NIkki is perfoming in SHOUT! A Swingin’ 60′s Sensation–the Mod Musical at Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville, NY.
Sheri Sanders we are so in love with you! Sheri has been training at MCS for 2 years and sending lots of her ROCK THE AUDITION actors to MCS. Now it is her time to be a working actress.
On Saturday, August 4th at 8pm, Sheri will be re-igniting the role of Heather Jones in the 1978 hit one woman show, I’M GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER AND TAKING IT ON THE ROAD, which ran for 1135 performances at the Public Theatre. They’re work-shopping the concert at the Eugene O’Neill Cabaret and Small Performance Conference for a future revival!
MiRI we are so proud of you. Burn Blue The Musical for details.
We are so proud of Gabrielle Ruiz who is now performing off-Broadway at the famed Lucile Lortel Theatre. Gabi, just finished a run as Morales in A CHORUS LINE at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera a role she created in the first national tour of ACL. Gabi has trained in Matthew’s night class and most recently with Ryan Tofil in Monday/Wednesday nights. Theatreworks USA, the nation’s leading not-for-profit professional theatre for young audiences, presents the premiere of the new children’s musical Skippyjon Jones, which officially opens July 25 following previews that began July 17 at Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre.
Our Ravi Roth from Monday and Wednesday day class is in NYMF’s 2012 production of A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK.
A retired kosher butcher, his young lesbian writing teacher, his dead-but-feisty wife, and then…there’s his letter.
Book by Jerry James
Music by Laura l. Kramer
Lyrics by Ellen M. Schwartz
Based on the short story “A Letter To Harvey Milk” by Lesléa Newman
We are so proud of you Ravi and look forward to see you at MCS in Tuesday and Thursday day in August. Tix and more info A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK
Wendy Charles has been training and acting at MCS Theatre since January 2010 and is a steady force in our Tuesday/Thursday PM Class. . Wendy’s latest project is the film: PERSONA AU GRATIN, a funny dark comedy premiering August 17th in LA as an official selection at INDIE FEST USA International Film Festival!! Watch out — she plays one strong mama!!
For more info. on the film please visit: PERSONA AU GRATIN
Wendy we are so proud of you and you are a major part of our MCS Family.
Tessa Faye has studied at MCS for over 2 years..starting in Monday/ Wednesday Day class and most recently Tuesday/Thursday nights. In addition to her training, Tessa has been performing the role of Matthew Corozine’s assistant and managing MCS since end of March–doing a knock out job and helping create the “MCS dream team”.
Congrats to our Tessa Faye as she departs NY to spend a few months away at the Weathervane, New England’s only alternating repertory theatre. Featuring a different show every night Monday through Saturday in July and August, Tessa will play Doralee in 9 TO 5, Sylvia in SYLVIA, Inga in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and appear in AVENUE Q and KISS ME KATE.
for more info: Weathervane Theatre
Tessa will be back running MCS and assisting Matthew right after Labor day in time for the fall explosion of MCS classes and newly planned productions.
WICKED will always hold a special place in Matthew’s heart. Starting with Kathy Deitch and Cristy Candler in the original Broadway cast, he has had many students appear onstage together in WICKED over the years. Rejoining the cast this month, Charlie joins MCS’ Alex Quiroga and Lindsay Janisse. It always makes Matt proud to see his actors appear to sold-out houses in this record-breaking show.
We are so proud of the work you do in class, Charlie, and the work you do every night on Broadway!
After a private coaching leading him into callbacks, MCS student Grasan Kingsberry has landed a role in the upcoming film, LANGSTON’S. Grasan will be playing “Justin” in LANGSTON’S, a film by (4) colored boys; produced by Novo Novus Productions.
About Matthew, Grasan says “In the short amount of time I have known Matthew, I’ve noticed that he has a innate ability of getting the truth out of you. Working with him at MCS has opened up and freed my instincts as an actor. He’s helped me rediscover who it is I really am as a human being which allows my work as an artist, on stage, and on film become much more richer.”
We are so proud of you, Grasan! Can’t wait to see you on screen in this film!