Newman Summer Theater Conservatory

+ Curriculum & Staff

Top-notch educators with years of experience teach, mold and guide students through a compelling curriculum designed to get the best from young performers.

Acting Styles

Students perform from monologues and scenes from classical and contemporary works. Students explore theater games, improvisations and acting exercises, focusing on the techniques of Meisner, Adler, Hagen and Spolin. Through these techniques, students discover physical and vocal flexibility within various styles. Scenes are rehearsed, memorized and critiqued by a teacher and class members.

Musical Theater Dance

A variety of dance styles from tap, jazz, musical theater and hip-hop are studied. Dance class is designed to develop body placement, mobility and coordination skills, as well as strength needed to execute style and speed. At the conclusion of the program, students will have one choreographed segment prepared for future auditions.

Musical Theater Voice

Emphasis is placed on character development in song through vocal technique and movement, with focus on breath control, articulation, phrasing, dynamics and effective vocal projection. At the conclusion of the program, students will have one uptempo or ballad fully rehearsed and prepared for future auditions.

Technical Theater Workshops

Students have the opportunity to work on the sets for the musical, learning about basic stage construction and lights.

Theater Workshop Staff

Andrew Rodgers is the Dean of the Arts at the Isidore Newman School. He was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania where he quickly developed an appreciation for all things artistic growing up with artistic parents and within one of the most architecturally splendid cities in the country. Andrew earned both his Bachelors of Fine Arts and his Master of Fine Arts degrees in Savannah at SCAD and in Philadelphia at the University of the Arts respectively. After his college studies and the extensive exhibition of his work, Andrew began his full time educational career at St. Thomas More Boarding Prep School in Connecticut. There he eventually became the Chair of the Fine arts and gained extensive experience in creating a new and fledgling art program. Andrew is excited to play an even larger role in the fine arts at Newman with his recent appointment as the Dean of the Arts. In his new role Andrew has developed a clear emphasis on building the Newman Arts Curriculum and Team and creating groundbreaking opportunities for Newman students on campus and in the community through outreach programs.

J Hammons is happy to be returning this summer to help inaugurate the new Newman Summer Theater Workshop. He holds MFAs in both Theater/Directing (UNO) and Dance/Choreography (UNCG). He created the Dance Program at Lusher High School where he taught theater as well. J held university positions at Tulane, Texas Woman’s, Montclair State and Southeastern Louisiana. He was company member with MOMIX, Dan Wagoner, Chen & Dancers, Baba Dancers, Gail Gilbert and Gina Gibney. He has choreographed work with MOMIX, Bill T. Jones and David Dorfman. In New Orleans he has danced with Tsunami, Confederacy of Dances, and Happensdance. He has trained with SITI Company; performed in” Big Love” for Leon Ingulsrud at Swine Palace; directed “Catching Him in Pieces,” “To Flee, Flee This Sad Hotel,” “J.B.”; and co-founded Moving Humans within ArtSpot Productions (“Chekhov’s Wild Ride,” “Maid of Orleans”). In all J has performed on 4 continents, 17 countries and more than 30 US states, performing in several works for film/video, 30 pieces for theater and over 200 dances.

Terry Marek Mr. Marek is currently the Technical Director for the Arts department at Isidore Newman School. Previously, he worked for 9 years at Lusher Charter School and at The Woodlands College Park High School in Houston, Texas. Mr. Marek comes to the Newman Summer Theater Workshop with years of teaching and professional experience. With a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Master's of Fine Arts Degree in theater from U.N.O., Mr. Marek worked for years on Broadway in New York as a prop master and prop supervisor for numerous shows including, "Hairspray," "Thoroughly Modern Millie," and "The Producers." Having graduated high school in the New Orleans area, Mr. Marek believes in the unique atmosphere and phenomenal creative environment that is New Orleans and seeks to harness this energy through our theatrical creations at the Newman Summer Theater Workshop.


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