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 www​.jamieaskey​.com 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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