Broadway performers rely on a variety of skills to propel them to stardom, and this class, taught by New York City theater professionals, will build these valuable skills in one-on-one instruction, group activity, and master classes. The focus of this intensive is on developing a well-rounded, multi-faceted, Broadway-caliber performer and helping students gain the confidence they need to land an audition and shine on stage!

The Broadway Bootcamp will culminate in fully staged scenes and songs from the hit musical Into the Woods, performed at the Swyer Theater at The Egg in Downtown Albany, on Thursday, July 26 at 7pm.

View the Summer 2017 performance here.

July 9 – July 27

9am – 4pm

Bootcamp workshops include:

  • Dance & Movement
  • Improvisation
  • Acting Method
  • Theatrical Make-up
  • Stage Combat
  • Audition Technique
  • Vocal Instruction
  • Physical Comedy
  • Classical Texts
  • Yoga
  • Monologue Work
  • Scene Study

Broadway Bootcamp Instructors

Melissa Firlit

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Melissa Firlit has been nominated and won various awards and accolades around the country for her work on the regional level. She recently directed the Ireland National Tour of Misterman by Enda Walsh, which was developed at Thingamajig Theatre Company in 2014. Prior, she was at Creede Repertory Theatre directing the world premiere of Albert Porter: Boy Explorer which toured the Southwest region of the  United States and reached over 24,000 people.  As part of her personal commitment to new work and collaboration with playwrights, Melissa dedicates a lot of her time to plays in various stages of development. In 2015 she started a playwright’s festival in Pagosa Springs, Colorado so that she could give a playwright the opportunity to work on their play in a rehearsal room setting. 
New Work Credits: The Texas Homecoming Revolution of 1995 (Best Medicine Rep), I’m Just Fine (solocomNYC), BUBBA (FringeNYC, Planet Connections, UnitedSolo, Theatre Tuscaloosa), SIDD ( Chicago Fringe Festival), Annabel Lee (Apothecary Theatre Co), Someone to Buy It (EST’s Youngblood), A Nasty Tempered Man (Theatre for the New City), Bunting or Flags (New Light Theater Project), Third Ward Scandal (Project Y), The Squizzinator (Project Y) and many FringeNYC shows. 

Favorite Credits: Trojan Women: A Love Story (Fort Lewis College), AidaCircle Mirror TransformationThe PillowmanThe Secret GardenRedA Picasso  (Thingamajig), Dracula (Mile Square Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Princeton Festival), Stop Kiss (Wagner College), Under Construction, Machinal, boom, Fabulation, or the Re-education of Undine (Rutgers Theater Company).

To provide up and coming thespians with the same encouragement and passion she thrives on, Melissa teaches at the renowned McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, helms a Musical Theatre Bootcamp Program at The College of St. Rose and does workshops at colleges around the country. Melissa’s training includes an MFA in Directing from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts and a BA in theater with a minor in music from The University of Hartford and The O’Neill National Theater Institute.  She is an associate member SDC. Check out Melissa’s website at

Craig Dolezel

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Craig MacArthur Dolezel is an actor and professor of voice and speech.  He recently completed a tour in Ireland of Misterman by Enda Walsh.  As an instructor of voice he has been a contributing faculty member at Rutgers University and AMDA.  He has also taught at the NYU Atlantic Acting School and HB Studio.  He is currently the head of speech in the HB Studio CORE Acting Conservatory.  He works as a mentor to other teachers in the field and contributes regularly to international workshops and conferences.  Craig received his BA from SUNY Purchase and a MFA in Acting from Rutgers University.  He feels that voice and speech are experiential skillets which are creative, fun and accessible to everyone.

Mark Murphy

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Mark Murphy received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Paired with minors in Vocal Performance and Theatre he has utilized these backgrounds as an educator, vocal coach, and performer. Acting credits include Les Miserables, State Fair, A Funny Thing…, Show Boat, and 25th Annual..Spelling Bee. A former faculty member of the Notre Dame Academy girls school as a private voice and piano teacher. Mark currently lives in New York City where he teaches private vocal lessons and audition prep.