Master Class Series

Texas Arts Project Masterclass Series
Featuring J. Quinton Johnson from Broadway’s HAMILTON

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Saturday June 16


St. Stephen’s Episcopal School
6500 St. Stephen’s Drive

Who can attend?

  • Middle School Students
  • High School Students
  • College Students
  • FREE observation option for educators


9:30 Check In at Hines Hall

10a Session One

  • All participants – J Quinton Johnson from the cast of Broadway’s Hamilton

12p Q&A with guest artists

  • Pizza provided

1p Sessions Continue

  • Choose from multiple sessions in musical theatre, acting, filmmaking, songwriting, and more!

Session One 1:10-2:40p (choose 1)

  • Broadway Open Call Catch All – Wicked
  • Lights! Camera! Wait! It’s My First Day On Set
  • Make the Monologue Mine
  • Acting a Song

Session Two 2:50-4:20p (choose 1)

  • Songwriting 101
  • Filmmaking: Let’s Make a Movie!
  • Make the Monologue Mine
  • Acting a Song

Session Three 4:30-6p (choose 1)

  • Songwriting 101
  • Make the Monologue Mine
  • Acting a Song
  • Broadway Open Call Catch All – Hamilton

6p Sharing and end of day


  • 6:30p Bar-b-que dinner  $15
  • 7:30p Scholarship Benefit Concert (suggested donation $20)
    featuring Broadway’s J Quinton Johnson, award-winning songwriting team, Kelley McRae and Matt Castelein, and the Texas Arts Project faculty, staff, and campers

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  • Broadway Open Call Catch All – Wicked & Hamilton

NYC based dancer, Jamie Askey leads a class mimicking a real NYC dance audition.This mock audition will include a ballet cut, a combo from Wicked or Hamilton, and will end with a 16 bar cut of a song of your choice. Please bring appropriate shoes and sheet music for the accompanist. This will be a fast-paced experience, challenging participants to pick up the choreography with efficiency and sing with confidence.

  • Lights! Camera! Wait! It’s My First Day On Set

You’ve just been cast in a movie. Congratulations! Now what? From understanding your call sheet to wrapping your character, this hands-on session will prepare you for what to expect as an actor on your first day of filming. Led by Los Angeles based filmmaker, Dustin Gooch.

  • Filmmaking: Let’s Make a Movie!

I’ve seen a lot of movies, therefore I think I’d be an awesome filmmaker. Probably true. But first you need to become acquainted with the basics of the filmmaking process. Come to this class to learn the ins and outs of creating art in this very popular medium. This class will focus on the pre-production phase and everything you need to know before rolling the camera on your first independent film. Led by Los Angeles based filmmaker, Dustin Gooch.

  • Make the Monologue Mine

Master acting coach, David Valdes will work your individual monologues preparing you for audition success. This TECHNIQUE class will provide you with an intellectual, psychological, physical and visceral approach to creating layered characters through monologue. You will learn how to break down monologues, analyze character, make dynamic choices, and organize those choices in a cohesive way. Characters tell stories. This workshop will help you to analyze the text and prepare you to communicate, engage and illustrate your story to an audience.

  • Acting a Song

Broadway actor and Juilliard graduate Nick Mayo leads a class focused on activating and aligning the actor’s voice, body, and passion. Actors learn techniques for approaching the creative process with an aligned and activated instrument, asking “How do we care for our instrument when we are the instrument?” Bring your audition song and Nick will work individually with participants to physically and emotionally engage with the material.

  • Songwriting 101

NYC Songwriting team, Kelley McRae and Matt Castelein, guide songwriters of all levels and genres through a series of exercises to creatively engage in the songwriting process. Through a discussion of creativity, inspiration, song structure, and the elements of a song, participants will work together to create new songs. Feel free to bring your instrument: ukulele, guitar, drum, etc.

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J. Quinton Johnson

J. Quinton Johnson currently stars as HERCULES MULLIGAN/JAMES MADISON in Hamilton on Broadway. He made his professional debut in Richard Linklater’s Annapurna/Paramount feature EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! opposite Blake Jenner and Zoey Deutch last year. Linklater discovered Quinton at the University of Texas in Austin. He then went on to star in ABC’s musical reboot of DIRTY DANCING as Sarah Hyland’s love interest Marco” as well as recurring in Pierce Brosnan’s AMC series THE SON as Neptune.” Just before jumping into the Broadway cast of Hamilton, Quinton completed filming another Linklater feature, LAST FLAG FLYING for Amazon, opposite Bryan Cranston, Steve Carrell and Laurence Fishburne. LAST FLAG FLYING opened the New York Film Festival in fall of 2017.


Nick Mayo

Texas Arts Project, Head of Acting

Nick is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where his favorite projects included One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, As You Like It, The American Clock, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Listener, Henry IV, The Realm of Chelm, Kitty Kitty Kitty, The Workroom and Platonov directed by John Stix. He made his debut on Broadway on The Ritz. He went on to perform in South Pacific and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He would eventually move from his career in New York City to Austin, TX where he directed She Loves Me at St. Edward’s University. That show won him the 2016 Austin Critics Table Award for Best Musical. Nick has taught classes, workshops, and master classes for Interlochen Arts Academy, The Juilliard School, North East School of the Arts in San Antonio, The Kennedy Center Summer Educational Center, and The Shubert Organization educational outreach.

Dustin Gooch

Texas Arts Project Head of Filmmaking
After studying theater at St. Edward’s University, Dustin received his B.F.A. in Film Directing from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is a freelance filmmaker currently residing in Los Angeles and recently starred in the award winning film Born River Bye.




Jamie Askey

Jamie Askey is a professional dancer in NYC. She also teaches and choreographs around the area. She recently worked for RWS and Associates on Holland America Line and for Matt Davenport at HersheyPark. While working on Holland America Line she had the privilege of working with the stars from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars for a special at sea addition. Along with that, she has also worked with ME Dance Company and Dawn Branch Works in Orlando, Florida. You can visit her at and follow her on Instagram @jamieaskey.




David Valdes

David was the Director of Theatre at St. Paul’s School for 9 years. Before that, he was the Director of Theatre for the Theatre Focus program at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. Prior to coming to St. Stephen’s, he was Theatre Department Chair and Arts Facilitator (fifteen years) at one of the top ten nationally ranked performing arts high schools in America. David was awarded “arts educator of the year” from the Milwaukee Magazine in 1998. He has directed many award winning plays and musicals in Milwaukee and many of his former students have gone on to study at the some of the top pre-professional acting programs in the country. His goal as a theatre educator is to make it clear to student actors that the classroom is an extension of the stage and that the stage must always be a classroom. His goal is to guide actors through a “process” rather than a “product” oriented curriculum. David has his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and has MFA graduate training from Boston University and Minnesota State University.

Kelley McRae & Matt Castelein

Kelley McRae called New York City home for many years, cutting her teeth in the vaunted singer/songwriter scene and honing her craft at legendary clubs like The Living Room, The Rockwood Music Hall and the Bowery Ballroom.

In 2011, McRae teamed up with guitarist Matt Castelein, and the duo traded in their Brooklyn apartment for a VW camper van and hit the road full time. The duo has played hundreds of shows across America and Europe, taken the stage with sold-out shows at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, performed at major festivals, and were named New Folk Finalists at the Kerrville Folk Festival. They’ve been featured on NPR, Billboard, and Paste Magazine. Their latest album, The Wayside, debuted at #7 on the Euro-Americana charts and hit #4 on the Roots Music Reports Top 50 Contemporary Folk chart.

Kelley McRae is the Music Program Director for the School of Creative and Performing Arts in New York City, where she helped found the program in 2013. She spearheaded the addition of a Los Angeles program in 2015, and her songwriting curriculum was approved for college credit in 2017. Matt Castelein joined the teaching staff in 2016, and together they worked to create an inspiring space for their students to hone their craft.

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