Mainstage New York City Team

Kristine Bendul

Kristine Bendul

Director / Choreographer

Kristine Bendul is thrilled to be returning with Camp Broadway in 2019. Kristine brings her her experience of seven Broadway shows. Aside from being nominated for a Helen Hayes award for Movin’ Out, other favorite theater credits include performing Live at Lincoln Center and five Broadway productions with the City Center Encores series. You may even recognize her from NBC’s Smash or most recently, the first episode of Baz Luhrman’s new Netflix show, The Get Down. She has performed at both the Tony’s and the Oscars with Hugh Jackman and Beyonce and holds two First Place ProCabaret titles, one with The International Hustle & Salsa Congress and the other with Bill Cameron’s Swing Dance Championships. Her ballet experience includes being one of the selected company members of NJ Ballet to tour alongside with New York City Ballet to Russia and Taiwan. As a choreographer, Kristine has been creating works for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS’ highly profiled annual events the Easter Bonnet and Broadway Bares Fire Island. She has choreographed for immersive theater, musical showcases, a music video and the International Hustle & Salsa Congress. She was asked back a second time to premiere a new piece for The Actor’s Fund benefit Dancers For Good hosted by Bebe Newirth. Her newest achievement however, is as a published children’s book author & illustrator of Noodles Needs A Nap which was inspired by a character she played in Broadway’s Cinderella in which she was the assistant choreographer and partnering consultant. She is ever grateful for her years in show ‘biz’ and it brings Kristine so much joy to now be able to give back by sharing what she has learned over the course of her career. www.kristinebendul.com

Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson

Director / Choreographer

Michelle M. Robinson, a native of New York, is an accomplished dancer, actress, and choreographer. As a dancer, she began her training at The Dance Theatre of Harlem. As early as her pre-teens she became a member of the Marie Brooks Children’s Dance Theater, a professional children’s dance company devoted to researching dance forms from other countries. She has had the opportunity to travel to such places as Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, Martinique, Suriname, Ghana, Italy, and Brazil. The recipient of the coveted Harry Belafonte Performing Arts Scholarship, she went on to attend the State University of New York at Purchase where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. After graduation, her talents were sought after by many prestigious dance companies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Bucket Dance Theater, The Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Eleo Pomare Dance Company. But that was only until Michelle set her sights on Broadway.

From Europe to Broadway, Ms. Robinson’s musical theater credit include: Ain’t Misbehavin’, Can-Can, For Colored Girls…, Jelly’s Last Jam, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sophisticated Ladies, They’re Playing Our Song, Sweet Charity, The Tempest, and the smash Broadway musical revival, Chicago. She has had the opportunity to work alongside notables as Bebe Neuwirth, Gregory Hines, Patrick Stewart, Joel Grey, Debbie Allen, Melanie Griffith, and Brooke Shields, just to name a few. However, Ms. Robinson admits that one of her most memorable show biz moments was becoming a Radio City Rockette. She acknowledges that nothing gave her as much joy and pleasure as when she heard her mother say, “No matter where my child is on that kick line, I will be able to find her!” No stranger to film and television, her television credits include appearances on Deadline, Law and Order, New York Undercover, Third Watch, and HBO’s Lackawanna Blues. Ms. Robinson has also had a long running, recurring role on the daytime soap opera, One Life to Live. On film, she can be seen in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, Flawless starring Robert DeNiro.

Sean Mayes

Sean Mayes

Music Director

As a Canadian music director holding experience in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, Sean brings a wealth of experience to the musical theatre scene as both a musical director, conductor, arranger, orchestrator and performer.

Sean holds a Masters in Music Direction from the University of Surrey in England, graduating with Honours with Distinction from the Guildford School of Acting, one of the top respected conservatories in the United Kingdom.

Sean’s UK experience has included work with music team of the UK Tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Sean was also music director/supervisor and dramaturg on the creation of a one-hour musical adaptation of the recent West End musical, LOSERVILLE, in collaboration with the authors and licensors.

As an arranger & orchestrator, Sean’s work has been played by and written for some of the top Pops Orchestras and musical theatre performers in North America.

Sean works between New York and Toronto, and is a frequently sought out accompanist & conductor for numerous musical theatre performances & performers in both countries.

Private study in conducting in musical theatre has included study with Jeffrey Huard, conductor of Kiss of the Spider Woman on Broadway.

Who Is Mainstage at Camp Broadway For?

Our Mainstage musical theater camp is the destination where theater-loving kids ages 10 to 17 learn what life on Broadway is all about: working as a team to stage a full theater production, personal growth in your artistic craft, experiencing New York City, and expanding your circle of theater-loving friends.

Located in the heart of NYC, this immersive 5-day intensive offers Mainstagers a taste of the total production experience! Want to improve your acting chops, explore costume design, or enhance your dance skills? At Camp Broadway’s signature musical theater camp, you’ll get to do it all while learning from seasoned Broadway professionals in a real Broadway setting. Mainstage is also an unforgettable event for the whole family, culminating in a dazzling finale performance, showcasing your learning, talent, and passion for theater!

Along your journey, you’ll also discover ways to Develop Your Character. Character means more than the role you play on stage – it’s also who we are off-stage. At Mainstage, developing your character means balancing teamwork with self-discovery and understanding how your individual contributions lead to group success. By cultivating the habits such as mindfulness, personal accountability, and courage, we become better people as well as artists.

Nervous about making your Broadway debut? Don’t be! You don’t need to be a local theater star or show choir diva to join Mainstage, just an excitement for the theater and a willingness to learn and grow in your craft. Our supportive and enthusiastic Broadway community awaits!

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions?

We’d love to chat! Contact Jerri Anna Phenix at 212.575.3103 or jerrianna@campbroadway.com to find the program that’s just right for your theater-lover.

Why Mainstage at Camp Broadway?

Researching and selecting a summer theatre intensive is a massive undertaking, and we know that you have lots of choices available. But with over 20 years of experience, here’s what makes our Mainstage program stand out from the crowd:

  • You’ll Develop Your Character

    – literally and figuratively! During your time at Mainstage, you’ll learn and practice the Camp BroadWAY of Life, including mindfulness, self-awareness, courage and respect. No matter what path you pursue, these are skills that endure, both on-stage and off. Our values create community, and it’s this community that brings Mainstagers back every summer for more!

  • Our focus is on Ensemble Players, Not Stardom.

    At the Mainstage, teamwork is emphasized over individual performances. That’s why our Mainstage productions are led by Broadway professionals that rehearse with you all week. By removing the focus from centerstage, all players are free take artistic risks, support their cast members and just have fun!

  • We hire Broadway pros who also have a passion for teaching tweens and teens.

    Over the course of your 5-day intensive, you’ll be taught and inspired by our staff of Broadway directors, choreographers, and music directors, who will support you through an authentic Broadway rehearsal process. Each of our staff are hand-selected, not only for their impressive credentials, but for their knack for seeing and bringing out talent in young people.

  • You’ll gain new theatre-loving friends that feel like family.

    Mainstagers never leave the same as when they arrive. Staging a production with young thespians from across the country (and the world!), is enhanced by special Broadway traditions and the exceptional camaraderie that can only be built by sharing a stage. It’s these memories and connections that keep our Mainstagers in touch throughout the year and back for more every summer.

But you’ll also leave a piece of yourself behind. Part of what makes Broadway so beautiful is its dedication to honoring the past while reveling in the present. You’ll leave your mark by participating in one of Broadway’s most treasured traditions – the Gypsy Robe ceremony. Every cast member will create their own patch for the robe, forming a stunning physical representation of the many parts that make a whole.

 AGES 10 – 17

 July 8 – 12, 2019

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What Can You Expect from Mainstage?

A better question might be “what won’t you do?” This jam-packed week has it all – from preparing and performing, to getting industry insights from the pros.

Your Mainstage package includes 5 days (40 hours!) of instruction and activities including:

  • Intensives in singing, acting, and dancing taught by Broadway professionals
  • Master classes with a current Broadway actor
  • A memorable pre-show lunch at a restaurant with all your fellow Mainstagers
  • Matinee ticket to a Broadway show – a real Mainstage favorite!
  • An exclusive post-show Q&A with the cast
  • Camp Broadway swag – including our official t-shirt, labeled bag and pencil
  • A collectible Mainstage program patch
  • Your professional ‘Cast of Characters’ headshot
  • Healthy lunches, snacks and water – because you’ve got to feed the talent!

Mainstagers and their families also receive:

  • Access to our ‘Call Board’ – with exclusive sneak peeks and all the need-to-know details to get you ready for Broadway!
  • End-of-day info to prepare for the next day’s activities
  • A keepsake playbill from your Mainstage Finale performance
  • Complimentary admission to our Family Finale show at Symphony Space

TUITION

$1,450with 50% deposit at registration

Marya's Gift

Thanks to the support from many of Camp Broadway’s grateful parents and generous friends, the Broadway Education Alliance, a New York based 501.c3, has established Marya’s Gift, to provide financial assistance to deserving children, ages 7-13, who do not otherwise have the means to attend Camp Broadway. Learn more.

A week in the life…

WHY PARENTS CHOOSE CAMP BROADWAY