people have said about our dramaturgical feedback ...
"I couldn't be more impressed with the folks at ANMT. They are dramaturgs, coaches, and teachers of the greatest, highest caliber. The feedback they'll offer you on your work is astonishingly insightful and detailed. I was amazed to find this level of professionalism and intelligence about musical theater outside of NYC. You can take or leave, of course, anything they say, but when they critiqued a project I wrote there, I found 90% of their feedback right on the money and incredibly helpful, and the project I was working on there grew by leaps and bounds because of their input. I highly, highly recommend getting their input on your new musical projects. Their teeth are sharp as sharks', but they don't bite."
Jeff Marx, Tony award-winning co-creator of Avenue Q
"I recently had the pleasure of working with The Academy for New Musical Theatre on a reading of THE GROUCH'S DAUGHTER, my new musical co-written with Jack Helbig. ANMT staff member Elise Dewsberry served as both dramaturg and director, and in our years of working on this show, no one person has been as helpful to us as she was. Prior to the reading, we received a set of notes that were as thoughtful as they were thorough. ANMT’s suggestions led to a rewrite that greatly helped me shape the show and refine its style. I'm deeply impressed with the care and intelligence of their creative input, and would not hesitate to work with ANMT again."
Mark Hollmann, Tony award-winning composer, Urinetown
"It's incredible what ANMT can do to help a new musical. These guys are nurturing and supportive, and they help writers and producers conceive, develop, write, and produce dynamic, stage-worthy new musicals. I can't recommend them highly enough."
Steve Cuden Co-Creator/Lyricist, 'Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical'
"Thanks again for all of your help in the on going journey which is Clyde 'N Bonnie : A Folktale.
You and Elise's critiques are very detailed and you've presented us with lots of possibilities for rewrites that reflect a more, intellectual approach.
ANMT provides a wonderful service to those up and coming writers of musical theater. There are very few places to go to learn how to write in this art form. And as you know....it ain't easy.
So on behalf of Hunter, Mark, Derrick, Ian, and myself thank you for all of your work and advice. And here's to a bright future for everyone!
Hunter Foster and Rick Crom Clyde 'n Bonnie: a Folktale
"ANMT stands for excellence, in songwriting and in scriptwriting. In this musically challenged time we live in, they are one of the few organizations, whose goal is to maintain the high standards, we have always expected of the theatre. My association with ANMT has been incredibly rewarding, as they have not only been generous and supportive of my work, but also nurturing and inspiring, to students I have taught, who have gone on to learn more about musical theatre. There are unfortunately few arenas where quality and dedication, are still appreciated. I have been told by every student of the Academy that they have found this dedication and commitment, at ANMT, more than anywhere else. As you live, and learn to value what music and theatre have added to your life, you begin to appreciate more and more, those people and organizations who will bring that level of adventure, romance, mystery, and excitement to future generations. I could not be more enthusiastic about the Academy For New Musical Theatre. Had I been involved with such a group, earlier in my career, I might have written a Broadway musical myself. I hope everyone who treasures the great works of the past, and believes in their responsibility to the future, will continue to support the efforts of this wonderful organization. By the way, they also put on wonderful benefits…"
Marty Panzer, Grammy-Award winning lyricist for Barry Manilow
"We are crazy impressed and honored to be working with you. You all rock so very very hard!!"
Michael Shepperd, Celebration Theatre
"The real value of this service is in its rarity: from genuine industry professionals who have the clarity and vision to provide feedback with no bias or agenda and which asks the right questions and suggestions to enable YOU to genuinely UNDERSTAND how to make your work a better piece of musical theatre - the long term benefits of which are incalculable!"
"To get professional feedback for a ridiculously low fee, where else are you gonna go?"
"ANMT. An incredible catalyst for new musical theatre."
Larry Dean Harris Dramatists Guild
"We are in receipt of your video and your analysis of the piece. After watching the video and taking notes, we feel as if a nurturing dramaturgical Mary Poppins has visited us with wonderful insightful nourishment. It appeared to us that you seemed to really relate to the characters we've established and are caught up with their plight and have come up with ways to strengthen them ... Your suggestions are invaluable to us and many will be integrated."
"I can’t let 2007 proceed much further without putting officially into words what 2006 and my collaboration with ANMT has meant to me. John Sparks and his fabulous team were the best thing that could have happened to FAIRYSTORIES. Scott Guy and Elise Dewsberry’s careful and insightful feedback provided me with expert and informed opinions and still allowed my show to change and grow in the way I wanted it to. They applied their knowledge to both the general and the specific and did so with unfailing generosity of spirit. I can’t believe we did all this by email and video feedback and we’re still speaking to each other! Not only were they careful and caring with the content of the FAIRYSTORIES, they also magnificently guided an (at times) overwhelmed author/composer through the various stages of the process. They don’t just know what makes a good musical, they know that it takes experimentation, U-turns and false starts to get a show to a stronger place. The subsequent workshops at Theatre Building Chicago and the beautiful development production at Village Theatre, Issaquah were really able to blossom as a direct result of the time that FAIRYSTORIES had spent with Elise, Scott and John. I would recommend this programme to any writer, composer or producer with a new musical... or a not so new one that isn’t working...or a show that IS working but could work better. You could not wish to be in safer hands!"
Paul Graham Brown Writer/Composer FAIRYSTORIES Berlin, January 2007.
"I wanted to drop you a note to tell you that Mark and I have found your notes very helpful -- very very helpful. We are incorporating many of your suggestions and looking forward to working with you on the new draft of the show we are now calling THE GROUCH'S DAUGHTER."
Jack Helbig, collaborator with Mark Hollmann (Urinetown)
"EWP had an opportunity to create an original musical from idea-to-production. We would never have attempted it on our own, but ANMT's incredible creativity, energy and artistic quality of musical development drove us all the way to production. The process is astonishing. We can't imagine how we would produce an original musical again without ANMT."
Tim Dang East West Players
"Elise Dewsberry's rare gift for analyzing plot and character is enormously helpful to writers. Her story sense is phenomenal."
Stephen Oles, bookwriter, Seattle
"We submitted PLANET EDEN in one of its initial drafts and received amazingly detailed feedback. Clearly, whoever was assigned to our project had read the script numerous times and took copious notes and we got them all. This has been one of my most personally satisfying interactions with an arts advisory group that I have ever experienced!"
Aaron Kirk Douglas
"The Search evaluation provided not only insights, but also inspirations - ANMT transformed the rewrite process into something exciting and fun!"
Charles Veley, G & S on Wall Street
"If anyone is hesitant about the cost of submitting to you guys, be sure to have them talk to me. Your evaluations are worth ten times the fee."
William Roetzheim, Producing Director
"Wow. This was a really detailed analysis. Many thanks."
"Wow! So awesome! This is extremely helpful and – wow! I say it again! So amazing that you would spend your time helping us in this way. We cannot thank you enough."
Aaron Douglas, Planet Eden
"First of all, let me just say thank you ...for this amazing experience. I would be remiss if I didn’t just say how grateful I am for this experience. I will certainly recommend ANMT to other writers I know.
Susan Murray, Bookwriter, Greenbrier Ghost
"We are so grateful for your thoroughness and the insight of your comments. Your report has given us a fresh approach to the project."
"I’ve never received a more cogent and useable evaluation before. I’m very comfortable with the critique process but I have never finished reading a critique/evaluation with as much desire and energy to go to work on and polish a piece."
"Thanks for the fantastic feedback that you provided on the evaluation. It sounds like you really understood my vision for the show more than many of the people I've shown it to."
"The critique was spot on. I would say that the work that you are doing is the most helpful I have ever received from any arts organization. I only wish that more organizations were able to do as much for the field of musical theater. I think that your entire approach is great, serving a wide number of artists at many different levels in their careers. An incredible process really."
"I thought the critique was very thorough, thoughtful, and encouraging, and it inspired many new ways of thinking about my project."
"I found the feedback extremely helpful. It was thoughtful, thorough and very supportive. This is the first time I have attempted to write the music, lyrics and book and your comments have re-energized me and I am currently hard at work on a second draft of my piece. Thank you so much!"
2008 Search Writers
"I can't tell you how much I appreciated the insightful, perceptive, intelligent, thoughtful discussion with the three of you. Wow! It was clear to me that not only did you all really hear what I had to say, but understood the dilemmas and took perceptive leaps in your responses. Still, the most critical piece for me was your approach. I don't know if you are "tougher" with others, but I have to say that your sensitivity -- to my sensitivity,allowed me to hear and take in everything you said, even when I was disappointed in your reaction to what I had written, I still was able to hear you and understand your position about it without feeling like I had to defend myself from you. That made all the difference in the world for me."
Janet Sandoval, bookwriter/lyricist
"I absolutely want to put in my thanks for the reading you conducted on Monday, and for your comments about the work. It's going to help us greatly on our next leg of the process. Conversations are already heating up about how to further shape the material. I'm sure that our show will be much better for the process. With much gratitude,"
Kirby Ward, bookwriter The Gypsy King
"Wow!! Thank you so very much. I love all your ideas. It's as though you were reading our minds -- Roger and I tossed some of those questions around as well -- then YOU magically solve our problems with the answers!! What's particularly brilliant is that you are having us work through the process in manageable stages. What a gift you have, that you can lead us so that we need to climb out of only puddles of quicksand of our own making, rather than oceans of it! We both hold you in the absolute highest esteem imaginable. Your very grateful students...
Roger Love and Ann McNamee
"I can’t tell you how useful your feedback is. We have NOTHING like this in England. No system at all for informed investigation of a musical. It’s so rewarding to see a group of professionals-in-the-know examining your work and not letting you get away with anything. It’s all too easy to kid yourself."
Chris Burgess Mercury Musical Developments London
"I’m extremely pleased and appreciative of your evaluation. It’s the first constructive evaluation I’ve had. Your thoroughness and assistance pretty much blew me away. I am both impressed and enthused."
"ANMT has found a way to combine both the educational component – How To Write A Musical – with the practical application – access to people and organizations looking for new musicals. In that, they are unique and proven. ANMT was responsible for bringing the three of us together – composer, lyricist and librettist – and introducing us to Steve Ullman and the South Bay Civic Light Opera. Without ANMT, THE COTTON CLUB would never have happened for the three of us in the way it did."
Arnold Margolin, Jason Kuller, Weslie Brown The Cotton Club
"I want to thank you both again for the tremendous help you've given us with Romancing the Throne. Please convey our thanks to the cast as well for all their hard in putting up the reading. I know I speak for Kirby as well in thanking you especially for the in-depth analysis and critique you provided. We've already begun discussing your comments and we're pumped up to start rewrites. We also plan to take you up on your offer to run our new outline by you. Again, much appreciated for all your help in this."
Randy Rogel, The Gypsy King
" I wanted to say one more time just how truly stimulating the feedback that you gave on the original submission has been, and I look forward to more...You did a fantastic job with the analysis, enormously helpful -- and I love the video format."
"ANMT is a welcome oasis for musical theatre devotees in the Los Angeles area. Its highly qualified staff knows the art inside-out, and in a stunningly comprehensive first year instilled in me the necessary tools to write professional level musical theatre. Their connections with the local and national musical theatre community provided me the dream chance of a lifetime: to write an original musical with a nationally recognized theater. I am grateful to ANMT for strengthening and deepening my already fervent passion for musical theatre."
Aaron Coleman Lyricist, IMELDA
"Enormous thanks for your incredible analysis of 'FALLING FOR LARA'. Both your overview and your detailed analysis is invaluable and we marvel at your ability to really 'get inside' a story. Our previous treatment of 'ROCKSWOP' (which you also dealt with) went on to be scripted and has been optioned by Hopscotch Films and Ealing Studios; and this was in no small part due to your terrific critique.
With all best wishes,
Chris Burgess and Marc Zakian
"Thank you SO much for your time in reviewing the Stardust Hologram treatment. I've got 12 pages of notes from your audio notes and found your critique wonderfully, deeply & objectively insightful."
"I want to thank you one last time for the care and attention you gave to Mad Bomber. I think it is a much better play than it was when I first submitted it and any further improvements will have started with you and ANMT. I will always be grateful for your enthusiasm and professionalism. Thanks again.
Charles Monagan, Mad Bomber
"Thank you so much for the evaluation. It was more helpful than I could have imagined. Your words inspired me to work most diligently ...You are more valuable than money and gold! I really appreciate your insights and clarity."
"... we are both very very happy with the knowledge and experience you have brought to this evaluation, The time and thought you have put into it is quite evident and greatly appreciated....Thanks again for all the work you have done in helping us to make [our musical] as good as it can be."
"And - just to let you know - another show of mine you analysed a while back - SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS - after much reworking - has been offered a four week run, opening mid-April at the Landor theatre, Clapham, LONDON. And it wouldn't be getting a professional outing without your guidance. So even more thanks.."
"Once again you put your finger on the things that need addressing - try to hide them though I may, you're in there like a pig discovering truffles. (Sorry, inelegant phasing!) . What's terrific is that you are interested in helping the writer write the best possible version of what he/she wants to write, Another critique I had done on GET THAT BEAT, was fine, but the 'critiquer' wanted it to be a different show altogether, with entirely different central characters. Might be a great show, but not the one I want to achieve. So thanks again for great feedback."
"Thanks for yet another amazing evaluation session, and the wonderful performers who did the reading. We are always incredibly moved by the dedication and focus of you people, and your devotion to the cause of 'putting it together'.
What a powerhouse ANMT is, and an inspiration for all of us trying to create new musical work."
"As always, I am blown away by the amount of amazing feedback that you give - I am nodding along vigorously. Thanks again for giving us this amazing opportunity to work with you again, and your great bunch of actors."
"I am so impressed with your evaluation. It is far more thorough than I expected, and full of valuable critiques and suggestions."
"[I have found] the evaluation to be very enlightening; I'd like to add that such a detailed treatment was far beyond my expectations and proved your organization to be totally sincere and definitely concerned with promoting quality and professional musical theatre."
"We appreciate your constructive review of our project. It was the best $100 we’ve spent in a while. In fact, a substantially revised version, that includes many of your recommendations, is being staged this summer by the El Paso Community College."
Mark Watts, eleven
"Thank you for the notes ... We’ve made a lot of changes, many of which were based on your direct feedback. It was very good to get an opinion from someone with your expertise."
Mark Knowles, Killer in Drag
"Thank you so much for these valuable notes. They are an incredible help and will push the show to the next level. It's given me something to think about and dwell on before moving forward. I miss all you guys and the intensity, professionalism, and talent over at ANMT. "
Mark Garcia, Holy Cows of Credence North Dakota
"ANMT offers something unique: an in-depth, thoughtful, honest appraisal of a work in progress. They deliver enormous value for a relatively small financial investment. I recommend the Search to any writer developing a new work for the musical stage. "
"Thanks for the honest evaluation. That's not easy to come by and the level of detail you provided far exceeded my expectations so I feel I got more than my money's worth. I realize that 'jukebox' musicals are sometimes viewed as the step children of the genre and I suppose in many instances rightfully so. But in my head I see the narrative arc of these songs clearly so I think I'll keep revising to improve the telling of that story rather than work it into more of a musical revue type piece. I hope I can get to LA to see one of your productions sometimes soon. "
"I wanted to tell you how much we appreciated your very thorough evaluation of our Musical, Gift of the Magi: The Musical. Your comments & suggestions were right on and gave us great insight to things in the show that we hadn't noticed. We have already made many changes to the script & songs as a result of your input. Thank you!"
Beverly Bremers and Faith Grant
"Thanks again for your honesty and smarts. Your candor, insights and graciousness are much appreciated. It's the best tutorial I've ever had and, like most artists, I generally don't sit still for tutorials."
Ed Goldman, Composer/Lyricist/Librettist, Friday@5
"I just finished reading your evaluation and want to thank you So Much for your perspectives and time. What you wrote is exactly the kind of fundamental theatrical feedback I was hoping to get for the work. Its always hugely helpful getting feedback revealing where the conceptual blind spots are."
"Once again you have identified moments that are not quite working and suggested ways to make them work. I will address the remaining points ... and return to you an outline that should be the springboard for creating a fine show. We can’t thank you enough."
"Thank you so much for your evaluation. I'm gratified by how whole-heartedly you engaged with the piece, and your report is full of useful insights and suggestions which will help us greatly in the next phase. Thank you to you and your colleagues for running this programme."
James Reid, Probe
"I realize I haven't been in touch since our reading, and I wanted to tell you three that our day of feedback has been incredibly useful and launched me into a completely new phase of work on the show. You've inspired me to start a serious education as a musical theatre writer"
"What can we say? We are DELIGHTED with your evaluation and we are now going to forge ahead with further revisions to make this show as water-tight as possible (before the forensic scrutiny it will eventually get in workshop rehearsal, when things will - inevitably - change again!!) You have an eagle eye and a pitch perfect ear and we treasure your insights and suggestions. A big thank you yet again from across the pond. We really wouldn't be where we are with this show without you."
Chris Burgess & Denise Wright
"Thank you SO MUCH for your absolutely fantastic analysis of 'EMERALD'. What a great opportunity we now have to strengthen and clarify the piece. If only life were like this, and you got a second and third shot at it! You put your finger on some story flaws that we are now working on, and it has been inspiring to build on what works and dismantle and re-invent those elements that need bolstering. We are am hoping to have this next draft completed sooner rather than later, and it would be great to get this to you, and pay for another session of feedback. Watch this space. "
Chris Burgess and Denise Wright
"Thank you for your evaluation of Eye of the Storm. WOW! That is all I kept saying to myself as I got thru Act 1's eval. I appreciate EVERYTHING you pointed out to me and believe me I have thought many of the remarks myself along the great writing way. You just confirmed so much of my gut feelings for the things I need to work on. I wanted to get my first thoughts off to you before I continue with Act II's eval. Again, Elise, thank you for all you did to make me want to continue to fix Eye. "
"Any musical theatre project in development can benefit greatly from the objective, knowledgeable feedback services provided by the Academy for New Musical Theatre. Their efficient staff provides a supportive viewpoint, rare in the profession. "
"Just to say a HUGE BIG thank you for your evaluation of 'SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS'. Some wonderful suggestions brimming with insight, and such attention to detail - where the devil lives - and it's going to be really helpful taking this piece to the next level.
I hate to still have to say that we have no-one her in the U.K who does what you do. You really are the only person I know who can be trusted with a new piece, and give comments which help one move forward. So many of our British 'critiquers' are stuck in the mode of suggesting what THEY would write if only it was THEIR piece.
Your objectivity and passion combine brilliantly. It's a tricky balancing act but you somehow manage to walk the tightrope without ever falling off.
I can't wait to tackle some of the issues you have raised and get 'SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS' into its best shape.
Again - THANKS!!!!!
Chris Burgess, London
"Wow! Almost 45 minutes of detailed analysis -- I'm frankly feeling a bit blown away! Such helpful insights. I've listened to the evaluation twice now. MANY THANKS for taking so much time to share such helpful insights.
"Elise Dewsberry has been the most influential, helpful, encouraging but brutally honest mentor in my six year attempt to write the book and many of the lyrics of a Broadway-style musical. I recommend Elise without reservation. Entering the Search was the beginning of a year-long association with ANMT, and I will continue to seek Elise's help and very happily pay for it."
Sandy Wolf, Marina
"Just a huge thank you for the feedback and suggestions. Way more detailed and involved than I expected, and extremely constructive. Feeling energized."
"Without ANMT’s help this project would never have come this far! After last year’s search and Elise’s analysis before that, I have received top notch plot help, character development, and musical advice. Useful is not a strong enough word. ANMT has been a guiding force in this project’s evolution, for which I am most grateful. One of the most difficult things for writers is obtaining professional feedback. Working in a vacuum is almost impossible. Collaboration and constant outside feedback is part of the process. I would certainly recommend ANMT to fellow writers."
people have said about our musical theatre curriculum ...
"Mercury Musical Developments has used ANMT's excellent writer training as a model and inspiration for many years. ANMT is ensuring, vitally, that new talent is nurtured, focused and honed. The organisation deserves huge plaudits for its commitment and service to new musical writing."
Georgina Bexon, London
"For the person interested in musical theatre, there are few places greater at bringing together support, critique, and artistic collaboration than The Academy of New Musical Theatre."
Sachi Oyama, Librettist Imelda
"In a world of diminishing standards, it's inspirational to be part of a group constantly striving to raise the bar."
Jeffery Lyle Segal
"Creating a musical in a vacuum is easy, it's only when you learn the art of collaboration that you realize what you've been missing and what your strengths and weaknesses are. The Academy for New Musical Theatre is on time, on target and long over due. If you're a serious writer, lyricist or composer and love musicals, stop playing around. Get to the Academy and get it done."
James Goins Composer
"John Sparks is a wonderful teacher and was a real help to me. I still think about things he said in that Workshop. He's a real boon to people writing musicals."
Mark Hollmann composer, Urinetown
"I always thought I had it in me to write for musical theatre, but it took ANMT to lead me through the steps to learn the craft, develop the skills, and ultimately find my own voice as a writer."
"I’ve spent many years looking for an organization dedicated to supporting, encouraging and training entertainment industry professionals and amateurs in the art and craft of musical theatre. When I discovered Elise and Scott at ANMT I knew I had finally found that organization. With so much expertise – Elise in performance and story craft and Scott in music and production – it’s a miracle that the musical theatre community has not lost them to higher paying industry jobs. The studios could certainly use the talents of these extraordinary professionals. We’re fortunate that they’ve dedicated themselves to our community. Their dedication alone should encourage any group with the resources to support ANMT. In addition, Elise and Scott’s expertise increasingly contributes to the community’s success, which means that increasing support for ANMT is in the best interest of the community itself."
"If you are serious about creating for the musical theatre, the program at ANMT is nonpareil. Experienced, professional, talented, and enthusiastic teachers guide a hard-working student body. This is the real deal, a bargain, great fun, and where careers are born."
"ANMT is a group of very talented writers and actors who are keeping the art of musical theater alive and well through collaborations and commissions from theaters, producers and directors. Since joining the workshop, my knowledge and skills have grown immensely through the support and guidance of the fabulous staff, which includes the best dramaturges anywhere!"
"This year's line-up of instructors for seminars is really excellent. Scott Guy has in-depth knowledge of forms, rhyme and scan in poetry and the knowledge of how to adapt this to create excellent prosody in writing lyrics for musicals. He's also written the lyrics to many musicals and has a depth of practical experience in collaborating with musicians, having worked with several. I've benefitted personally from his critiques. I've also personally experienced Ross Kalling's expertise in teaching song-writing for musicals. From knowledge of musical styles as used in existing musicals to details of piano-vocal scoring, from macro to micro, he is 'it.' "
"ANMT (formerly Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop) has taught me everything I know about composing for musical theatre. I am very grateful to the organization for inspiring me, equipping me, and broadening my opportunities."
Sandy Shanin, composer
"I've had hundreds of classes not only in getting my doctorate but all the many of the post-doctoral classes I've had. Your class taught me more in those three hours about working out a story than ever I've known before. Thank you for it!"
Mel McKee, Writer
"The Academy for New Musical Theatre is a wonderful place to learn new skills, make friends, see your work come to life and grow as a person. As a recent Core Curriculum grad, I can't say enough about the patience, skill and support one receives during the sometimes scary process of writing a musical that will actually be produced on a stage in L.A. The work they are doing at ANMT will serve American Musical Theatre very well in the coming decades, helping it to stay alive and prosper. Bravo to ANMT!"
"I wanted to give you a final round of thanks for your great work presiding over my lyric lab experience. I found your comments to be insightful and valuable supplements to the main body of Scott's lectures. And I especially appreciated your patience with my numerous questions. "
Michael Gordon Shapiro
"Your video lectures and lab assignments are all very informative. A lot of great learning here!"
"I expect to be connected to ANMT for many, many moons to come. It's like heaven to me there. A rare and rarified atmosphere, to be sure."
"I am impressed with the detail to the stages and in depth study requirements at every step of [the Music Lab]. I've been immersed in it and realise that this is what it takes for it to really become part of one's tool box of skills to be able to write musical theatre."
"It was a pleasure to spend the weekend with you and John [at the first session of the Core Curriculum]. Your keen eye, clear-minded and supportive vibe goes a long way to helping people feel that ANMT is a good space to grow in. John's insights and encyclopedic knowledge of musical theatre are inspirational. I spent more than a few years with various master teachers (Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Elia Kazan, Arthur Penn, Sydney Pollack, and the delightful Harold Clurman). Many had a quality similar to John's-- the view of craft honed over a span of many years. "
"You are a miracle wrapped in a dream. "
"How much I've learned from you! It's just been invaluable. I have yet to be able to find anything local in NYC that's as good as what I get from your program."
"You guys are a well-oiled machine - the auditions on Sunday were run so nicely - very organized and pleasant! Thank YOU! "
"Thank you so much for all the great notes, Elise. You've truly got a gift. I used to be a script analyst for Oliver Stone, James Cameron and Sydney Pollack - also Miramax, CAA etc. And I know a truly insightful eye when I see one. "
"You are making me aware as I need to be....I really do thank you.
"Thanks so much once again for all of the help over the past two years. All of you at ANMT have truly been so instrumental and crucial in my evolution as a writer as well as in helping to reunite me with lifelong love of musical theatre."
David Orris, Tisch, New York University
"There is nothing greater than the power of the right idea. We are blessed to have a visionary staff who are determined to nudge us out of inertia, down the bumpy road to musical theater success. We are also very fortunate to have the support of our performer members, who continue to prove themselves indespensible to the process."
"It is always amazing how you always manage, with seriousness, humor, and respect, to pinpoint what works and what can be improved in the works presented to you, and offer helpful suggestions. I just love the process of writing this way. Having you guys on our team is stimulating, helps us keep on track, and on our toes!"
people have said about our Performers' Workshop ...
"I just wanted to commend Joshua on a fabulous musical theater audition technique class last night. It was really awesome to see the immediate results from the adjustments he gave to everyone. I think every single person present walked away feeling much more confident, and equipped with concrete tools as well as a fresh perspective on the auditioning experience. I was so glad I decided to go, despite having to arrive late. It was definitely worth it! (And the half price offer on private coaching ain't too shabby either!)
Joshua has so many valuable insights and helpful tips for auditioning. Lots of fun and well worth your dues! Don't miss out!
The musical theatre workshop really was a wonderful learning experience. Josh taught us ways to relax and yet gain focus before an audition, two things that are key. He not only addressed our performance concerns, but spent a lot of time talking about the "business" aspect of the audition as well. I'm so glad that I went.
The suggestions for audition songs and roles people should become familiar with was especially helpful and the individual work really brought out the best in each person. I learned a lot from watching everyone work.
I was so happy I went to Josh’s Musical Theatre Intensive. It was so informative and affective. It is an invaluable experience for any actor to get feedback from someone observing their performance in an audition setting. Particularly when the audition is for musical theatre, because there are so many more elements that go into the process. It gets you out of your head and back into your body. I learned proper accompanist etiquette. I learned how to take charge of my audition. I learned several vocal audition preparation techniques. I got a bunch of suggestions from my fellow classmates about what other vocal audition material I should pursue. If anything, I just saved myself $80 that I would have paid to have a private lesson with Josh through his coaching classes! Josh's advice and coaching inspired me to dig deeper into my material so that it becomes a learning experience for me, too and not just for my auditioning panel. I discovered that my fellow ARC's struggle with the same kind of issues that I do when auditioning. Thank you Josh! We must do this again!"
Actors on Josuha Finkel’s acting workshops
"When I met Joshua Finkel over two years ago, I was in awe (and fairly intimidated!) of his obvious natural genius. His sensibility regarding coaching others whether it be for musical theatre, television, film or commercials, he truly understands how to convey the truth of the piece. He is incredibly specific in communicating and assisting the actor in being present and have their work efforts show up in the room. While Joshua is incredibly FOR the actor, encouraging them to always do their very best work, he in no way allows them to become lazy or slack. To allow that would be to disrespect them and their talent and that is something that Joshua is non-negotiable about. There have been so many times that I have needed last-minute advice or coaching and Joshua does everything possible to help me and fit me in to his schedule. He continually goes beyond the call of duty, including referrals to other wonderful coaches. Because of these referrals, I have grown immeasurably and am a much more well-rounded performer! In addition to being an incredible teacher and coach, Joshua is well-known in the industry and as a result has even referred me (and others) for a few role auditions when producers and directors he personally knows have called and asked if he knew anyone.
Joshua is amazingly generous, giving of himself, his endless talent, and vast information without complaint. Though he has no children of his own, I view him as a (very young!) father to every one of his students. He nurtures the talent within each performer, drawing out their very best. I truly cannot imagine my creative life without Joshua. I have grown ten-fold in the past two years as a result of his coaching and teaching techniques. In addition to everything I have mentioned, I consider him a personal friend. How much more personal can one get than to help grow the performer within another?
Jake Anthony, Joshua's "trusty side-kick" and most talented musical director never fails to awe someone with his prolific piano accompaniment. He offers praise and encouragement as well as gentle, truthful, constructive criticism. In fact, it is obvious that he has an incredible love and esteem for both Joshua and each workshop performer. The love comes through the keys as he interprets each piece and becomes part of the performance. Jake is the performer's "partner in crime"--always there, ever professional!
I am so thankful and grateful to have both Joshua and Jake in my life. I know with quiet certainty that I would be no further along in my theatre/film/TV career had I not had the great fortune to have met Joshua and Jake and become a part of the wonderful ANMT program!
Run--don't walk--to join these amazing men and other very talented performers in the outstanding program at ANMT!! You will NOT be sorry!"
"I just auditioned for Beauty and the Beast and I had a blast! That audition was so much fun because of everything you taught in the workshop. It was my chance to perform, and come what may, I had a great time and I accomplished my personal goals. Thank you so much!!"
Cynthia Ferrell, PW 2007
"Had a great afternoon with the coaching and the Master class. Learned quite a bit from both. Took many tools away from both classes yesterday as well as re-enforced some old tools and ideas I needed to be reminded of. It was great."
"Just wanted to send a quick thanks for all that you've done. The final performance was great, and though I'm not sure I nailed it (I dunno if I ever feel that way) I DO know that I got my confidence back. I'm trying hard to get outta my head, and just be in the moment and know where my talent lies, and be confident in that. Your class helped me to get there. I'm taking away lot's of great audition techniques, great audition pieces, and the confidence that I can do it. Mucho thanks to you, my friend! You are a talent and a joy. Your smile and humor helped to make that class something to look forward to every week. You and Jake are a great team, and I can't thank you both enough! Much thanks,"