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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.
Thank you to the C.W. Post/Long Island University Department of Theatre and Film Handbook for Theatre Students. This is a fantastic list of ethics that all students and participants of the theatre should be challenged to follow.
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-
We are extremely proud of the success of our former campers.
Where Are They Now?
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.
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.
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 is currently a freelance general manager/consultant for theatrical productions in New York City. She has worked on the national tours of A Christmas Story, Dirty 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 Theatre
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
Are you ever working on beats, objectives, and tactics and you just can’t seem to find the right acting verbs to use as tactics? This is an extensive list of great acting verbs. And it doubles as an SAT prep. 🙂 We hope you find it useful.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”!!
Enjoy the TAP 2011 Junior Camp performing Shine It On…