THE NEXT STEP 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

Trevor Pierce

Trevor Pierce

Music Director

TREVOR M. PIERCE (Music Director/Vocal Coach) A New York-based music director, accompanist, and vocal coach, Trevor has worked at regional houses across the east coast in many different musical capacities. Upcoming: Once Upon A Mattress (St Jean’s Theater, NYC). Off-Broadway: Whiskey Pants (Music Director, HERE Arts). Tours/Int’l: Elf Nat’l Tour (Associate Conductor), Anything Goes Nat’l Tour (Associate Conductor), Celebrity Cruises (Vocal Director). Regional: Catch Me If You Can (Philly Premiere, Music Director/Conductor, Eagle Theater); Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Associate MD, The Ogunquit Playhouse); The Drowsy Chaperone (MD/Cond, Northern Stage); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (MD/Cond, New London Barn); Mame with Loretta Switt (MD/Cond, Forestburgh Playhouse).  Trevor has worked at the Walnut Street Theatre, the Arden Theatre Co, Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Kimmel Center, FringeNYC, Musical Theatre Factory, AMTA, NYU Tisch, and many others.  He holds a BA in Theatre Arts and Music from the University of Pennsylvania.  www.trevormpierce.com

Isaak Olson

Rehearsal Assistant

ISAAK OLSON is proud to have worked with Camp Broadway for over 7 years now! A California native and proud UC Irvine graduate, Isaak now lives and teaches in NYC.  Some of his favorite theatrical credits include: Oklahoma!, Les Miserables, Footloose, RENT, and Spring Awakening. “Thank you for your continued support of the arts & live theater!!” @isaakolson

AGES 14-17

July 22-26, 2019

Who is The Next Step for?

The Next Step at Camp Broadway is a musical theater intensive designed to give experienced teen performers, ages 14 to 17, a taste of what Broadway life is all about: refining technique and performance, growing personally as artists, experiencing New York City, and making lifelong friends.

Set in the heart of Broadway, this 5-day intensive emphasizes both the collective experience of the ensemble, as well the discovery of your individual gifts and interests as an actor, singer, and dancer. Taught by true Broadway professionals in real Broadway venues and rehearsal spaces, The Next Step program culminates in a dazzling cabaret-style showcase!

Along your journey, you’ll discover ways to Develop Your Character. While finding your on-stage character – be it an ingenue, comedian or belting diva – you’ll cultivate the habits of discipline, interpersonal awareness, and collaboration you need for off-stage success as well.

Nervous about taking The Next Step? Don’t be! While some theater experience is required to participate in The Next Step, you do not need to be a previous Camp Broadway attendee or local theater star. Creating a safe, and supportive community is our highest priority – come as you are!

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions?

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

Why The Next Step 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 here’s what makes our Next Step program stand out from the crowd:

  1. You won’t just become a character – you’ll build character. More than any other program, at The Next Step, you’ll learn and practice the Camp BroadWAY of Life, including mindfulness, self-awareness, courage and respect. No matter what professional path you pursue, these are skills that endure, both on-stage and off.
  2. Our focus is on Ensemble Players, not Stardom. Collaboration is a key takeaway for our Next Steppers. Because all Next Steppers have prior experience, you’ll enjoy small group coaching, character study and advanced acting work appropriate to your level of skill and ability. At the same time, you’ll be allowed opportunities for self-discovery – for example choreographing your signature bow for the closing show.
  3. We only hire Broadway professionals who also have a passion for teaching and working with 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 others.
  4. You’ll gain new theatre-loving friends that feel like family. Next Steppers 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 Next Steppers 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 through our our Next Step trunk sticker and signing in a ceremony that celebrates your contribution to the Broadway world.

ENROLL NOW

What Can You Expect from The Next Step?

The Next Step package includes 5 days (40 hours!) of instruction and activities including:

  • Musical theater-focused intensives in singing, acting, and dancing taught by credentialed Broadway professionals
  • Master classes with Broadway artists
  • Q&A sessions with industry professionals
  • Rehearsal day at an authentic NYC performance space
  • A ticket to a Broadway show – a Next Stepper favorite!
  • Exclusive post-show Q&A session with the cast
  • Camp Broadway swag – including our official t-shirt, labeled bag and pencil
  • A collectible Next Step program patch
  • Your professional ‘Cast of Characters’ headshot
  • Healthy lunches, snacks and water – because you’ve got to feed the talent!

Next Steppers 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!
  • A Welcome Booklet to enhance your on-site experience
  • End-of-day info to prepare for the next day’s activities
  • A keepsake playbill from your Next Step Finale performance
  • Complimentary admission for families to The Next Step Showcase

TUITION

$1,595with 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.

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