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Theatre Aspen creates new role in visiting casting director

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Theatre Aspen School students Marissa McKinney and Emery Major rehearse for the program's production of "The Drowsy Chaperone." This winter, Theatre Aspen School will stage "Shrek the Musical."

New York casting agency McCorkle Casting is sending casting partner Jeffrey Dreisbach to teach a master class to Aspen-area teen actors at the Theatre Aspen School this fall. Theatre Aspen announced the Oct. 4 student program Monday.

In addition to casting Broadway, regional theater, film and TV roles, Dreisbach regularly offers workshops to schools, colleges and universities that feature what a Theatre Aspen statement calls a "unique, practical, hands-on approach to acting as a profession." He specializes in audition technique, voice-over and acting for the camera.

"It's fairly rare that we get such high-profile casting professionals in Aspen," said Theatre Aspen director of education Graham Northrop, "and this will be a great chance for students who are serious about acting, or even curious about a career in theatre, to get one-on-one coaching and feedback from an industry insider."

Dreisbach's master class is part of a six-week advanced acting course offered by Theatre Aspen School to Roaring Fork Valley teens and is included with the students' tuition. The session will emphasize "cold-reading" and other skills that will help students prepare for upcoming auditions, including Theatre Aspen School's Winter Teen Conservatory production of "Shrek the Musical," which begins rehearsal in the fall. The master class has limited space open to students who are unable to take the longer course for a $50 registration fee.

“It’s fairly rare that we get such high-profile casting professionals in Aspen, and this will be a great chance for students who are serious about acting, or even curious about a career in theater, to get one-on-one coaching and feedback from an industry insider.”
Graham Northrop
Theatre Aspen director of education

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Theatre Aspen School's efforts to provide quality theater education and access to industry professionals is supported by underwriters and donors, including Juliet Shield-Taylor, of the Robins Foundation, and Jackie and Jerry Kehle. The school offers scholarships to students in financial need.

For more information on Dreisbach's class or Theatre Aspen School programs, contact Northrup at graham@theatre aspen.org or call 970-925-9313.

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