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Broadway Bootcamp at Saint Rose Summer Academy (Albany, NY)

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July 8 – 26: Three-Week Program

9am – 4pm

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!

Legally Blonde

The Summer Academy for Youth Presents: Legally Blonde, scenes and songs from Legally Blonde, Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin Thursday, July 25 at 7:00 PM Swyer Theater At the Egg in Albany, NY
The Broadway Bootcamp will culminate in fully staged scenes and songs from the hit musical Legally Blonde, performed at the Swyer Theater at The Egg in Downtown Albany, on Thursday, July 25 at 7pm.

This program does not require an audition. All are welcome!

Bootcamp workshops include:

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

The Musical Theater Workshop is open to students entering 6th to 12th grade. Please note that this is the only Summer Academy class with an increased age range.

Cost: $990 (three week, full-day, lunch included)

Broadway Bootcamp Instructors

Melissa FirlitMelissa 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 DolezelCraig 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.

Brad GreggBradley has extensive teaching, performing, conducting and accompanist experience. He graduated from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and attained his master’s degree in music education at the College of Saint Rose.

Before accepting a teaching position in Galway, Gregg taught at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, Schenectady High School & Middle Schools, and at Scotia-Glenville High School. He also teaches private piano and voice lessons & is the organist and pianist at the West Charlton Presbyterian Church, where his father Thomas serves as pastor. Bradley has also served as accompanist to the Mohawk Valley Chorus since 2014.

Bradley has ample theater experience as well, both directing and accompanying for the likes of the Schenectady Light Opera Company, the Family Players of Northeastern New York, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Gregg lives in Clifton Park with his wife, Jaclyn, and their two corgis, Lola & Ruby