Broadway Training Center
Performing Arts & Fine Arts Camp:
Acting, Dance, Music, Performing Arts
10 Washington Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York 10706
BTC has been conducting summer performing arts camps since 1991. Now these camps are so popular that theatre students from all over Westchester and the Tri-State area sign up in anticipation of the fun learning, exciting performances, and unforgettable memories with new and old friends. The philosophy at BTC is "Theatre as a vehicle for personal development." Our staff of working theatre professionals and educators challenge each student at his/her own level, giving individualized instruction within the group setting.
- Summer Mainstage program (June 24-July 28, M-F 10am-5pm) is for students in grades 4-12 who desire a focused summer theatre experience. Five weeks of rehearsal process culminate in a full production of the musical The Wiz Performances July 26 and 27 at 7pm and July 28 at 3pm . * Admission interview and audition required for program placement.
- The Young Actors Workshop (July 29-August 9, M-F 10am-5pm) is for grades 3-7. A Musical Theatre camp for enthusiastic beginner and intermediate performers focusing on the material of a specific Broadway artist.
- The Teen Intensive (August 12 - 23, M-F 10am-5pm) is for grades 8-12. For focused and mature performers looking to train as beginning professionals. * Previous Performance Experience Required.
- Sprouting Stars program (August 26 - 29, M-TH 10am-1pm) for grades 1-3. A specialized 4-day end-of-summer workshop for your developing youngster to discover the love of performing arts.
- Teen Dance Experience (July 9-August 29, T/W/Th 5:15-7:15pm) For grades 9-12. For focused Intermediate and Advanced dance students looking to train as beginning professionals. Technique classes in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Tap are offered as an 8 week long intensive. Create your own training program by choosing which sections of dance discipline to attend.
Historic Building: Grand Loft style facility
Large Studio: 61 Feet Long x 20 Feet Wide
• Hardwood floors, 2 skylights, mirrored wall, and a sound system
Small Studio: 27 Feet Long x 14 Feet Wide
• Hardwood floors, mirrored wall, and a sound system
Male and Female Dressing room areas
Co-ed community areas for down time
Small, outdoor patio in backyard
Office has refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, coffeemaker, and additional
bathroom (office accessible only with BTC staff on premises).
Kevin R. Free: Summer Mainstage Director
Kevin R. Free has appeared on national television in commercials and on NBC’s Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU. New York audiences have seen Mr. Free Off-Broadway, creating the role of Memphis in From My Hometown both for Amas Musicals and at the Gramercy Theatre, for which he was nominated for an Audelco Award. He was also seen Off-Broadway at the York Theatre in Taking A Chance On Love, and as Bubber Brown in The New Federal Theatre’s acclaimed The Conjure Man Dies. He is a writer/performer/director in the New York Neo-Futurists, writing and performing regularly in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Once a regular contributor the NPR show “News & Notes, “ Mr. Free’s voice can now be heard on the World Premiere Recording of the musical Avenue X and numerous audio books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Known World, for which he won an AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award. As director, he assisted Martha Banta with Barbara's Blue Kitchen off-Broadway. Though he has been an actor, singer, writer, and director in NYC since 1995, he is proudest of his accomplishments as a teaching artist. He has shared his passion for Theatre-making for organizations like Symphony Space, QIIQ, The Hamptons Shakespeare Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Roundabout Theatre Company. He created his own company, Working Actor For Hire in 2005, to create and develop programming for Drama Clubs, and directed or vocal coached numerous school productions in NYC, including Dreamgirls, A Year with Frog & Toad, and The Big Bad Musical (his favorite). Kevin is now the Artistic Director of Educational Programming at Queens Theatre in the Park, overseeing their ever-expanding CentreStage Program, in which over 500 elementary and middle school children write, edit, rehearse, and perform their own plays.
Heather LoSchiavo: Managing Director, Acting/Dance Faculty and Program Director
Heather LoSchiavo is an accomplished producer, director, choreographer, master teacher and performer in NYC, LA and abroad. Currently, Heather is the Director of the Musical Theatre and Teen Acting Conservatory Programs at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, a yearlong faculty member at PPAS the Professional Performing Arts School in NYC, and the Managing Director at Broadway Training Center of Westchester – all are not-for-profit organizations dedicated to the enrichment and education of young people. Her experience in the professional world of entertainment has informed her teaching style, blending philosophies and technique to form an organic and impulsive way of utilizing movement with specialized moment-to-moment acting work. She is a visiting guest artist at The Dance Center of Westchester and The Caymichael Patten Studio for adult professionals. Her students have been seen on Broadway, listened to on the Radio, featured on numerous TV shows, and spotted in Films and commercials.
Performed: The Clark Studio Space/Lincoln Center, Dixon Place, The 92nd Street Y, BAM, Walt Whitman Theatre/Brooklyn College, ATA, The Gene Frankel Theatre, The Trilogy, Producers Club, NADA, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Carnegie Hall, Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, and The Cathedral of Saint John The Divine. Company work: Walk The Plank, I Guillari di Piazza, Contemporary Dance Theatre of NY, The Bouncing Gingers, and Jonathan NYC. Choreography: In The Mirror (Ugly- productions/film), Mazur Children’s Rep., BTC, French Woods Festival, and MTV. Produced: Straight ForWard (film/Saige Belle productions), The American Theatre, Classic Stage (CSC), and Chicago City Limits. Recent Film credits: Sheltered (featured on the Chiller network 2010), Echo’s (Independent film award winner), The Session, Reverse, and You Fit The Description. Television: ABC, NBC, HBO. Voice Over/Scratch: Pampers, Jello, Playtex, and US magazine. Worked: The Public Theater & The New Victory Theater, NYC.
Professional Movement Training: Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of America, Luigi, Frank Hatchett, Phil Black, Joe Lanteri, Gus Giordano, Suzi Taylor (Jazz Studies) Finis Jung, David Howard, Katie Lagan (Classical Ballet) Lisa Hopkins of Tap Kids (Tap), Maher Benham of Coyote Dancers and the Graham School (Graham Technique), Diane McCarthy (Simonson Technique), Rebecca Vernooy (Authentic Movement), Bachelor of Arts (BA) 4-year program participant MMC.
Professional Theatre Studies: Caymichael Patten, Richard Niles, Rod McLucus, Susan Riskin, Pat Hoag-Simon, Jim Seymour, Lisa Norman, Bob Vorlicky, Gordon Farrell, and Irma Nevero. She has additionally trained with educator’s who have affiliations with such theatres as: The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Signature Theatre Company, The Women's Project, The Second Stage Theatre, Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Circle Repertory Company, Playwright's Horizons, American Place Theatre, and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Heather holds a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) and is also a proud graduate and alumni-member of The Neighborhood Playhouse JR School.
She is a founding member of Focal Point Aid, a not-for-profit organization, helping education systems in crisis. Currently working on projects in Perquien, El Salvador and Coffee Bay, South Africa.
Fiona Santos: Co-artistic Director, Music Faculty and Performance Director
Fiona Santos is a Music Director, Pianist, Vocalist, Performer, and Instructor for Theatre, Film, TV, and Live Events.
Fiona has travelled the world playing piano, singing, music directing, and conducting. She tours as a musician and music director with 100 Years of Broadway, the #1 Broadway touring concert - with a roster of top Broadway singers. She is on the directing team of Summer With The Stars (starring 13 American Idols including season 2 winner Ruben Studdard, as well as Corbin Bleu of High School Musical & In The Heights, and Joey Fatone of *NSYNC), and The Ultimate Rock and Roll Experience (starring rock greats from the 1980s onward, including Jim Peterik of Survivor, Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Jeff Carlisi of .38 Special, and Liberty Devitto of the Billy Joel Band).
Fiona is on the directing team of The US Open Tennis Ceremonies, where she was the associate music director for such highlights as Diana Ross and the Broadway cast of Blast!, broadcast on CBS. She arranged and music directed Enya's backup vocalists, (and performed as one of those vocalists), for live performances of her hit song "Only Time" on ABC’s The View. Fiona music directed, arranged music, and played keyboard for the Off-Broadway show The Water Coolers, and she has played in countless other orchestra pits.
Fiona was the founding Artistic Director of Brand X Musical Theatre in upstate New York, and has music directed with companies up and down the East Coast, including Ithaca Opera, Civic Theatres of Central Florida, First Edition, and SAK Comedy Lab, where she tore up the piano improvisationally and comedically every night. She spent two years performing and directing for the Walt Disney World Co., one of the industry leaders in family entertainment.
Fiona received her theatre and music training at Ithaca College and Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She has been a musical director for the Theatre and Dance Alliance in New York City, a Theatre Department Director at Long Lake Camp for the Arts, and an adjunct professor at New York University. She is currently the Artistic Director of Broadway Training Center, and is married to Co-Artistic Director Jason Brantman.
Jason Brantman: Co-artistic Director, Acting Faculty and Performance Director
Jason Brantman is a Director of Theatre, Film, TV, and Live Events, currently living in New York. He recently directed Summer with the Stars - a week of events and concerts in Cancun, Mexico - featuring 13 stars from American Idol (including Ruben Studdard), plus Corbin Bleu, Cody Linley, and host Joey Fatone ('N Sync). Shortly after that, Jason directed the Ultimate Rock and Roll Experience – a week of events at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – culminating in a New Year’s Eve concert with band members from Billy Joel, Survivor, .38 Special, Starship, Wet Willie, and Night Ranger.
For the past 12 years, Jason has been on the directing team for the US OPEN Tennis ceremonies, getting to work with incredible musical legends ranging from Art Garfunkel, James Taylor, Harry Connick Jr., Tony Bennett, Carole King, and Liza Minnelli to film/tv stars Liev Shrieber and Phylicia Rashad to theatre icons Ben Vereen, Idina Menzel, and Twyla Tharp, to fabulous divas Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, and Patti Labelle. This event is broadcast live on CBS to millions of homes around the world, and includes Jason's favorite part - directing 40 Marines unfurling the largest American flag in the northeast.
Other live events include: productions for Walt Disney Entertainment, ABC's "The View," associate director for the IBM e-server Spectacular event at Radio City Music Hall (featuring the band Smash Mouth), and production stage manager for The Water Coolers - both off-Broadway and as a show for corporations such as Microsoft, Toyota, JP Morgan, Lego, Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas, and the launch of Microsoft's Xbox 360.
NYC and regional theatre directing credits include: The Crucible, All in the Timing, Urinetown, Les Miserables, Chicago, Tommy, The Secret Garden, Once on this Island, Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods, The Fantasticks, Assassins, The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the world premiere of Lady Chardonney at Theatre Row on 42nd Street, and the NYC premiere of Are We There Yet? at Queens Theatre in the Park.
In addition to directing plays, musicals, and live events, Jason has been the director of several improvisation troupes across the northeast. He received his improvisation training at SAK Comedy Lab (training ground for Wayne Brady).
On the filmmaking front, Jason has had the privilege of working with Emmy Award Winning Documentary filmmaker Slawomir Grunberg.
Jason has a passion for animals, and loves collaborating with them whenever possible. He had the honor of being part of the opening team of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, performing in a breathtaking free-flight bird show called Flights of Wonder (developed and run by one of the foremost animal trainers in the world – Steve Martin). During his time at Disney World Orlando, Jason got to perform at each of the 4 Disney Theme Parks.
Jason is a member of SDC - the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and also a member of AEA - Actors' Equity Association.
Jason is a proud graduate of Cornell University, and very much enjoys bringing his love of theatre to the next generation. At the college level, he has been an adjunct professor at NYU and a director & guest lecturer at Cornell University. At the pre-college level, Jason is show director for the CASA program at Queens Theatre in the Park, has been a senior director at Long Lake Camp for the Arts, has directed at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, and has worked with the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center - Youth Theatre Program. Jason is currently the co-artistic director of Broadway Training Center with his inspirational partner Fiona Santos and their mercurial child Mouser.
Patricia Santos, Administrator and Music Faculty
Patricia Santos, a native of New York, received her Bachelor’s of Music from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory with Regina Mushabac. After earning a magna cum laude degree in cello performance, Patricia’s postgraduate studies were with Bryan Dumm of the Cleveland Orchestra. Additional teachers include Carole Tilson and the late Andor Toth. She has performed at music festivals around the country and was an orchestral and chamber music fellow at Texas Music Festival in 2001. As an eighteen-year-old, Patricia took Gold Ribbon at the Young Artist’s Concerto Competition and subsequently performed Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major with the Rockland Symphony Orchestra. She is currently on faculty at Rockland Conservatory of Music and has served as Principal Cellist for the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her classical music pursuits, Patricia is active in pit orchestras for musical theatre and also collaborates with various bands on recordings and live shows.
John Scacchetti: Tap technique
John Scacchetti is a Broadway dancer who gets to celebrate 25 years as a dancer, and 10 years as a dance teacher this year. John has performed on Broadway in in the 2001 Tony Award winning revival of 42nd Street with choreography by Randy Skinner, and the recent critically acclaimed 2008 revival of Gypsy starring Patti Lupone with direction by Arthur Laurents. John has also toured the nation twice - once with 42nd Street, and again with My Fair Lady directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Matthew Bourne. John has performed in regional productions of West Side Story, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Anything Goes. John was also a soloist in The Illinois Ballet company before moving to NYC. John holds a BS in theatre performance from Bradley University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Lynne Ciocca has studied ballet, pointe and jazz since she was very young. Her initial training was with Al and Connie Fanton, of CT, where she became a soloist with the Fanton Dancers. She has trained with Peter Humphrey, Jo Ann Ogawa, Judith Garfinkel, Suzanne Hawe, Sheree Roller, Lisa Lockwood, and Joe Cavise, where she trained with his professional Company Off Center Dance Group. Lynne has taken master classes in NYC with Lisa Lockwood, Daniel Catanach, Joe Lanteri, Patricia Wilcox, Sheila Baker and Michele Assaf.
She has performed in numerous variety shows, theater productions, and dance performances, including a principal role with the SHPAC Professional Company, where she was also head choreographer for the Professional, Adult, and children companies. As a choreographer, Lynne has had many of her works copy-written, and performed as repertoire with various companies.
Lynne has been teaching dance in this area for over 20 years. She taught at Humphrey Dance Centre, Tappan Zee Dance Group, and Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Center. She taught the after school program for elementary school children at Bedford Road School in Pleasantville, and the afterschool Dance program at Mahopac Middle School. She was also a guest teacher at Lakeland High School where she taught classes for their Dance Team, and was a guest artist at Dance Expression in Peekskill. In 2000, she co-founded the very successful Dance Centre of Westchester (DCW) dance studio in Pleasantville and was co-director until it's closing in 2011. At DCW, she taught both children and adult age ballet and jazz classes. She ran the advance level ballet and Pointe classes, and offered Pointe Variation Workshops, in which she taught professional Pointe Variation repertoire. Lynne's ballet students have been accepted into various dance programs including Alvin Ailey's prestigious summer dance program, the Boston Conservatory Dance Workshop, , and various other dance programs stretching from NYC to Russia. Her students have graduated and been accepted to many college dance major programs, including the University of Massachusetts, Vassar, Columbia, Potsdam University, and Westchester Community College's Dance Company.
Lynne graduated summa cum laude from Mercy College, in 1982, where she received her Bachelor's degree.
Julie Mac: Classic and Contemporary Jazz technique
Julie Mac has been dancing tap, jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, African and hip-hop for over 20 years. In 2004 she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Studies with a minor in Theatre at the University of South Florida. At USF, her studies with well-known professionals in Choreography, Music for Dance, Dance Kinesiology, Dance History, Stage Practicum combined with hours of dance technique provided an in-depth understanding of the many styles of dance. While at USF, she performed and choreographed the production of “HONK! The Musical,” and numerous other fall, spring and student dance productions. After graduation, Julie landed her first professional dance job at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay appearing in the main stage show “Katonga, Tales of the Jungle.” She remained with the show for two years, working as a dancer and technician. In January 2006, Julie moved to New York City and was hired as a choreographer for Long Lake Camp for the Arts during the summer of 2006. She returned to Long Lake in 2007 and 2008 to choreograph and to co-direct the camps first year of a Dance Intensive. Julie is currently dancing and choreographing for MusInc.-An Artist Collective a local company based in Tampa and West Palm Beach.
What is the Entrance and placement process like?
Each new student to BTC schedules an appointment to meet with one of the school’s Directors. At this entrance interview, students show their work by singing, dancing, and acting something they have prepared. It can be a simple “Happy Birthday” song and a favorite poem, or a standard Broadway show tune and a classical monologue—anything at all! Together directors and families assess the best program placement for the student by discussing how each camp program works. This is a terrific opportunity for students to ask questions and ensure that families and instructors are all in agreement on program placement before enrolling. It is the start of a supportive relationship that will grow throughout the summer.
Will my child really be included and engaged all day long?
Summer directors Kevin R. Free and Heather LoSchiavo create ensembles that bring to life magical performances that are bigger than any single member of the cast or production team. Our staff of working theatre professionals and educators challenge each student at his/her own level, giving individualized instruction within the group setting.
Does my child need to have previous experience for each camp program offered?
At BTC, no experience is necessary to study and enjoy the performing arts of singing, dancing, and acting— all you need is a desire to learn new things, work hard, and takeinstruction well. Our philosophy is “Theatre as a vehicle for personal development.” Our mission is to educate young people about the truth and professionalism required for strong theatre performances.
Camp Season: June 24, 2013 to August 29, 2013
- SessionDates# CampersTuition
- Summer Mainstage Production: The Wiz
MORE INFORMATION ▼6/24/2013 to 7/28/201320 Campers$1,995.00
- M–F 10am–5pm, Grades 4–12 Directed by Kevin R. Free Performances July 26 and 27 at 7pm and July 28 at 3pm * Entrance interview and audition required * Five week Intensive * Full rehearsal process * Master classes in performance techniques * Work one-on-one with theatre professionals * A full Broadway-style production at formal venue
- The Young Actors Workshop
MORE INFORMATION ▼7/29/2013 to 8/9/201325 Campers$850.00
- M–F 10am–5pm, Grades 3–7 Directed by Heather LoSchiavo For enthusiastic beginner and intermediate campers. * Musical Theatre Workshop focusing on a Broadway artist * Voice and speech training * Acting, improv, scene study, and commercial acting for the camera * Dance: hip hop, basic ballet, and jazz techniques * A fun rehearsal process including stagecraft * Workshop performance at 4pm on final day of session
- Teen Intensive
MORE INFORMATION ▼8/12/2013 to 8/23/201316 Campers$895.00
- M–F 10am–5pm, Grades 8–12 Directed by Heather LoSchiavo Performance Experience Required For focused and mature students looking to train as beginning professionals. * Master classes and Q&As with industry professionals * Audition technique, résumé building and headshots * Scene/monologue study, script analysis, and acting for the camera * Vocal production courses * Modern dance and choreography workshops * Showcase performance at 4pm on final day of session
- Sprouting Stars
MORE INFORMATION ▼8/26/2013 to 8/29/201312 Campers$200.00
- M–Th 10am–1pm, Grades 1–3 Directed by Heather LoSchiavo and Fiona Santos A place for your developing youngster to discover the love of performing arts! * Daily dance and movement classes * Singing and music lessons * Theatre games and drama club exercises * Structured break time * Art projects * Mini Show at 12pm on final day of session
- Teen Dance Experience
MORE INFORMATION ▼7/9/2013 to 8/29/201320 Campers$550.00
- T-TH, 5:15-7:15pm Instructors Lynne Ciocca, John Scacchetti, and Julie Mac Tuesday Intermediate/Advanced Ballet 5:15-6:15pm Intermediate/Advanced Jazz 6:15-7:15pm Wednesday Intermediate/Advanced Tap 6:15-7:15 Thursday Pointe Technique & Variation 6:15-7:15 *Participation by approval only For Grades 9-12 * 8 weeks of summer dance studies * Create your own schedule by choosing either 2 classes or 3 classes per week.
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