Fall 2023

Elena Galvan

Tuesday, October 24th from 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Don Taft University Center, 310


Protecting the performance

Saturday, January 20th at 11:00am
Don Taft University Center, Black Box Theatre


Monday, March 13 from 1-3pm
Don Taft University Center, Performance Theatre


Broadway artist, Jake Swain will teach a masterclass on March 13 from 1-3pm in the UC Performance Theatre. Jake will teach a dance combination from Mean Girls and tell participants about the Open Jar Summer Institute; there will be a Q & A after the class. Come prepared to move!


Jake Swain is a NYC-based actor. Broadway: Mean Girls (Tyler Kimble, u/s Aaron Samuels). Regional: Oklahoma! (Will Parker) & Bye Bye Birdie (Harvey Johnson) at Goodspeed. National Tour: Elf the Musical. Other favorites: Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Collins), Our Town (Stage Manager), and a character mask production of The Crucible. BFA in Acting, BYU. TV: “Hysterical Women.” Film: Zombied, Now Again. Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Irene Ryan National Finalist.

FALL 2022

Auditions Workshop












Auditions Workshop
Monday, October 10 from 6:30-9
Don Taft University Center, UC 354
Free and open to the public but space is limited

A Carbonell- and Silver Palm Award-winning Music Director and Pianist, Caryl has performed from Carnegie Hall and Off-Broadway’s York Theatre to the esteemed 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle and Florida’s Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Zoetic Stage, Actors’ Playhouse and City Theatre, plus Slow Burn Theatre, and other regional theatres around the U.S. Caryl has supervised vocal group performances for events including the Tony Awards and Hugh Jackman’s World Tour, as well as played in concert with Andrea Bocelli, Liz Callaway, Beth Malone, Tovah Feldshuh and other acclaimed performers. Caryl is Producer and/or Music Director of events happening throughout South Florida, including the Carbonell Awards and the Cappies, and also Music Director and Instructor (Audition Coaching and Prep., Music Theory for Musical Theatre Artists) at FAU, Lynn and Nova Southeastern Universities, and West Boca Raton Community High School Performing Arts Academy. Caryl enjoys developing new musicals, and has served as Music Director in presenting more than two dozen, in addition to composing the new musical Fish Head Soup and doing vocal arrangements for a number of other new shows. She is also a Private Vocal and Audition Coach and Piano Teacher; Workshop Presenter; and member of the Broward County Cultural Council. A transplanted New Yorker, Caryl and her drummer husband Roy have been part of the South Florida arts community for more than 25 years. Find out more at FantelMusic.com.
As Director, Writer and Choreographer: Michael Leeds has worked with such talented and legendary artists as Arthur Miller, Martin Scorsese, Dennis Hopper, Liza Minnelli, Lynn Redgrave, Tyne Daly, Tommy Tune, Donna Murphy, Kate Burton, Stephen Schwartz, Kander & Ebb, and many others. For film, he choreographed End of Summer, starring Jacqueline Bisset and Peter Weller and co-wrote Linda Yellen’s The Simian Line, starring William Hurt, Lynn Redgrave, Tyne Daly and Harry Connick Jr., The Last Film Festival starring Dennis Hopper and Jacqueline Bisset and Fluidity starring Nico Tortorella (Younger) and Tommy Dorfman (13 Reasons Why). His latest film, Chantilly Bridge starring JoBeth Williams, Jill Eikenberry, Lindsay Crouse, Patricia Richardson, Talia Shire and Ally Sheedy is currently in post-production. For theatre he wrote and directed the Tony nominated B’way musical, Swinging On A Star. Off-B’way he directed and choreographed Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah – The Songs of Allan Sherman, starring Tovah Feldshuh & Mary Testa, for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Director and Best Choreographer. His adaptation and direction of Arthur Miller’s Playing For Time won a Festival First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was given its European premiere. He has directed for Playwrights Horizons, the York Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse and the Goodspeed Opera House among others. His opera credits included directing and choreographing A Little Night Music for the Houston Grand Opera starring Frederica Von Stade and Regina starring Lauren Flannigan for Florida Grand Opera. As a playwright, his play Who Killed Joan Crawford? premiered at Island City Stage and received the Award for Best New Work of 2016 by the Miami New Times. Other plays include Impressions, The First Step – Diary of a Sex Addict, The Gift, Starmaker and Mira. As a songwriter, Mr. Leeds’ work has appeared Off-B’way in Martin Charnin’s Upstairs At O’Neals and the No Frills Revue, as well as on CBS’s The Comedy Zone. Mr. Leeds also collaborated on Miracles, a musical he wrote with Joe Stein, with a score by Sheldon Harnick, Stephen Schwartz, David Shire and Marvin Hamlisch. He co-wrote, directed and choreographed Mating Habits of the Urban Mammal, for the Broward Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs. Mr. Leeds is Associate Artistic Director at Island City Stage in Fort Lauderdale and since coming to South Florida, his many directing credits have earned him the prestigious Carbonell and Silver Palm Awards. He is proud to have studied with renowned Acting Coach, Larry Moss for ten years

The ultimate goal is to create a space where students can connect and get professional feedback from theatre artists for whom they will audition in the future. Contact Professor Gaby Tortoledo (gt319@nova.edu) if you'd like to find out about participating.

Movement Workshop - Jon Lehrer











NSU Dance in the Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts Presents Workshop with Dancer and Choreographer Jon Lehrer

The NSU Dance program in the Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts presents a workshop with dancer and choreographer Jon Lehrer. Lehrer will lead an intermediate/advanced movement workshop open to the NSU and local community.

Lehrer, artistic director of the Jon Lehrer Dance Company, has danced with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Paul Sanasardo, John Passafiume Dancers, in Merv Griffin's “Funderful" in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and in The Radio City Rockettes “Christmas Spectacular.” He also served as the resident choreographer for Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, the world’s preeminent jazz dance company.

· Date: Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

· Time: 3 – 4:50 p.m.

· Location: Performance Theater, Don Taft University Center

· Free event and open to the community.

· Dance experience required.

For more information, contact Elana Lanczi at lanczi@nova.edu