Is Tom Hanks Considering A Broadway Debut?

Oscar win­ner Tom Hanks is pon­der­ing his Broadway debut. Nora Ephron’s lat­est stage project, accord­ing to the New York Post, is titled Stories About McAlary. It cen­ters on the life of Pulitzer Prize-win­ning Post colum­nist Mike McAlary. Reports sug­gest it began as a film that would star Hanks, though he has yet to com­mit to the project since Ephron opt­ed to make it a play instead. I sure hope we get to see the 2-time Oscar win­ning actor on stage.

-Ginger

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Interview with Aaron Moten...

Aaron Moten taught at TAP Camp for four sum­mers, while he was attend­ing The Juilliard School. He grad­u­at­ed in 2011 and is already per­form­ing in a Broadway show. He is in pre­views for A Streetcar Named Desire and will open in just a few weeks. We asked Aaron a few ques­tions about his edu­ca­tion, his career and his expe­ri­ences. Enjoy…

Q: How has teach­ing at TAP helped you to become a more round­ed artist?
A: Teaching, for me, is allow­ing every per­son in the room a voice in the con­ver­sa­tion of act­ing. Together we cre­ate new def­i­n­i­tions of prin­ci­ples that are con­stant­ly evolv­ing, and in response we are becom­ing decid­ed hybrids of the artis­tic world we live in.

Q: What was the most impor­tant thing you learned in your high school career?
A: The most impor­tant thing I learned in high school was how to care for mate­r­i­al and myself. How to bring myself to a piece and allow myself and the piece to both speak and exist togeth­er.

Q:What was the most impor­tant thing you learned dur­ing your stud­ies at Juilliard?
A: Ease of work.

Q: Talk a lit­tle bit about your first rehearsal for Streetcar. What was the expe­ri­ence like for you?
A: My first rehearsal was crazy. I want­ed just blend in and not be noticed beyond any oth­er indi­vid­ual present, how­ev­er it was birth­day – and they knew – and when the cake was brought out with lit can­dles after our 2 hour press event I stood out. It took us 5 hours from my first call to even open our scripts, and around the table were faces that I felt I had know for years. Celebrities. An alto­geth­er whirl­wind was my first rehearsal.

Q: What is your favorite TAP mem­o­ry?
A: My favorite TAP mem­o­ry would have to be watch­ing the camp final show. Every year there is mea­sur­able growth in every stu­dent of every dis­ci­pline. It’s like watch­ing mag­ic.

Q: How does work­ing on Broadway dif­fer from work­ing else­where?
A: You can work any­where – the dif­fer­ence with Broadway is every­one from this indus­try sees Broadway shows. There’s noth­ing like doing a Broadway show to remind you how con­nect­ed you are to the indus­try of the­atre, film, and tele­vi­sion.

Q: How do you like liv­ing and work­ing in New York City?
A: New York is cold. It cer­tain­ly isn’t any­thing like home. I do love the work here though. I’ve always believed that if you want to do some­thing with your life and you want to do it some­where – go there.

Q: If you could play one role that you haven’t already, who would it be?
A: Easy. James Baldwin.

Q: Who is your favorite char­ac­ter that you have played and why?
A: My favorite role that I’ve ever played hands down was King Henry V. Shakespeare will do noth­ing but make you bet­ter. Shakespeare is only good when you are hon­est, pure, unguard­ed. It takes a lot of work; years and years, to be able to com­mand his text, but worth every sec­ond.
-Aaron Clifton Moten-

Where are our former campers now?

We are extremely proud of the success of our former campers.

Where Are They Now?

CurrieWood_Wallis_picWallis Currie-Wood — The Juilliard School ’14

After her time at Texas Arts Project, Wallis went on to study at The Juilliard School, per­form­ing in pro­duc­tions of Twelfth Night, The Cherry Orchard, and Buried Child. After grad­u­a­tion, Wallis appeared in The Intern (star­ring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro) and can be seen as Stephanie “Stevie” McCord on Madam Secretary on CBS.

Phipps_Grace_picGrace Phipps

After grad­u­at­ing high school, Grace starred in Teen Beach Movie and Teen Beach Movie 2 with The Disney Channel, and as Bee in the 2011 remake of Friday Night, the 1985 hor­ror film. She can also be seen on the ABC Family series The Nine Lives of Chloe King and in ten episodes of sea­son four of The Vampire Diaries.

Brendle_Travis_picTravis Brendle — Cincinnati Conservatory of Music — BFA Stage Management ’10

Upon earn­ing his degree in Stage Management, Travis served as a Production Manager for Norwegian Cruise Line from 2013 – 2015, and as Production Supervisor for the mind blow­ing, Broadway spec­tac­u­lar, The Illusionists from 2015 to 2017. He is now work­ing as the man­ag­er for Shows and Entertainment with Virgin Voyages, the new­ly launched cruise line by Richard Branson.

Nicole Gehring — Point Park University — BFA Musical Theatre ’10Gehring_Nicole_pic

Nicole is cur­rent­ly a free­lance gen­er­al manager/​consultant for the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions in New York City. She has worked on the nation­al tours of A Christmas StoryDirty Dancing, and Pageant: The Musical, and served as the com­pa­ny man­ag­er for Davenport Theatrical Enterprises and  PUFFS, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic.

Coy Branscum — Millikin University — BFA Musical Theatre ’15
Alexa Cepeda — Ithaca College — BFA Musical Theatre ’16
Jenna Carson — American Musical and Dramatic Academy ’16
Jacob Scott — Webster University — BFA Musical Theatre ’17
Donelvan Thigpen — 
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music — BFA Musical Theatre
Christopher Washington — 
University of Michigan - BFA Musical Theatr
Korina Lurie 
 - North Carolina School of the Arts — BFA Acting
Jenna Scott — 
Belmont University — BM Commercial Music
Lena Owens — 
Oklahoma University — BFA Musical Theatre
Keith Gruber — 
Oklahoma University - BFA Musical Theatre 
Kate Brimmer — 
Oklahoma University — BFA Musical Theatre 
Renelle Wilson -
Boston University — BFA Acting 
Jacob Oderberg - Texas Christian University - BFA Acting 
Matthew Moore - Elon University — BFA Musical Theatre
Madison Calicchia — 
New York University, Tisch - BFA Filmmaking 
Hannah Roberts — Otterbein University — BFA Musical Theatre
Matthew Kennedy — Texas State University — BFA Acting
Evan Hays — Texas State University — BFA Acting
Bailey Kearns — Roosevelt University — BFA Musical Theatre/​Voice

What do Campers Say About Scott Thompson?

Scott Thompson is a phe­nom­e­nal per­son. I have nev­er worked with some­one as ded­i­cat­ed to their craft as he, and I don’t know if I will again because I have a sneak­ing sus­pi­cion that even on Broadway, peo­ple as pas­sion­ate are some­what of an anom­aly. Scott did more for me than just teach me dance moves and block my scenes: he gave me a dri­ve in every area of musi­cal the­atre includ­ing singing and act­ing. Working with Scott was life-chang­ing, and I am ecsta­t­ic to hear that he is com­ing back. I can only hope that more of his tal­ent rubs off on me. He is one of the most skilled, hard­work­ing, and sin­cere peo­ple you will ever meet.
-Jacob Scott

What I learned the most from Scott Thompson was that you can hon­est­ly push your­self far past your own expec­ta­tions. Before this past sum­mer I had nev­er con­sid­ered myself to be a dancer, but after 3 weeks with Scott, it final­ly didn’t feel out of place to say that I was one. I was cast as the lead dancer in my school show this year and I know with­out his help, I hon­est­ly would have had no shot at being cast as that. Not only did my danc­ing improve but over­all per­form­ing improved dra­mat­i­cal­ly. He taught me that you have to always be work­ing for it, and nev­er let your act­ing slip for even a sec­ond when you’re danc­ing. He taught me that act­ing was the most impor­tant part of the dance.
-Korina Lurie

TAP Camp is a won­der­ful place where the staff takes a per­son­al
inter­est in each camper. If there’s some­thing you feel you’re not as
strong in, you’ll prob­a­bly feel much more con­fi­dent after TAP. Scott
Thompson is a won­der­ful direc­tor full of life expe­ri­ence, won­der­ful
sto­ries, and just plain tal­ent! He makes rehearsals fun and effi­cient.
I learned so much from the TAP Camp staff and Scott Thompson last year
and wouldn’t trade it for any­thing.
-Lizzie Guest

Let me begin by say­ing that I can­not dance, or rather, I could not dance until I met the incred­i­ble Scott Thompson. This man lit­er­al­ly changed my life (as is the nature of every fac­ul­ty mem­ber brought into Texas Arts Project). For the three weeks the camp ran, I watched in amaze­ment as he made girls belt and turned boys into strong lead­ing men, includ­ing myself. However, in addi­tion to all of this, he gave me the oppor­tu­ni­ty I had giv­en up hope on ever receiv­ing — he gave me the chance to dance. Until this point I had been told I would nev­er dance, but “no” and “can’t” aren’t in Scott’s vocab­u­lary. This man was the first per­son to tell me I could be every­thing I ever want­ed to be, he took a chance and trust­ed me and now I am pur­su­ing a BFA in Musical Theatre at Millikin University, where I am being cast in musi­cals as a main dancer. Who would have ever known? I guess Scott did! I’ve heard peo­ple jok­ing­ly say, “TAP Camp changes lives,” but it real­ly does. Do your­self a favor and sign up for this amaz­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty.
-Coy Branscum

From my point of view, he was the best teacher I’ve ever had the plea­sure of work­ing with. Just by the way he taught he made every­one love and learn the the­atre craft. I’ve learned way more about the indus­try in 3 weeks with him than I have any oth­er way. He real­ly pro­vid­ed the stu­dents a great relax­ing envi­ron­ment to learn the craft. He taught dance as though it was act­ing which is hard to find in some chore­o­g­ra­phers. We stu­dents weren’t learn­ing chore­og­ra­phy, but instead we were act­ing out dif­fer­ent emo­tions that just so hap­pened to have syn­chro­nized move­ment to them! I felt that he made every­one feel like they could do any­thing, if they tried hard enough. If they want­ed to be suc­cess­ful, they could do it. He was a firm believ­er in “if you want it, go and get it”. And he made every­one learn­ing from him try their absolute hard­est each chance they got, with no wast­ed rep­e­ti­tion. “Look the tiger in the eye”!!
-Hayden Warzek