EPAC’s Winter Theater Class Series
EPAC is excited to offer actors of all ages and experience levels the opportunity to take a variety of acting classes and master classes. Private voice lessons are also available. All classes will be virtual.
Master the Audition
January 9th – (1:00 PM, 2-3 hours, $50/student)
As young actors, we often struggle with how to present ourselves in the audition room. In this masterclass with NYU Musical Theatre graduate and vocal coach, Natalie Young, learn the essential skills of auditioning: whether you’re preparing for a school musical, college program, or general audition! Each individualized coaching will cover how to select repertoire, create vocal cuts, communicate with accompanists, analyze text, and physicalize your acting circumstances.
Unleash Your Inner Belter
Jan 16 – (1:00 PM, 2-3 hours, $50/student)
Are you a seasoned belter looking to workshop new repertoire? Or a classical singer endeavoring to expand your vocal technique? In this masterclass, gain technical skills essential to improving the efficiency of your musical theatre belt! NYU Musical Theatre graduate and vocal coach, Natalie Young, offers her extensive knowledge of contemporary musical theatre and vocal pedagogy to help you hit those notes with ease. Each individualized coaching will emphasize healthy belting technique while helping you analyze the text and acting circumstances of your songs. Come prepared to move your body and stretch your voice!
Musical Theatre Through the Ages
Jan 23 – (1:00 PM, 2-3 hours, $50/student)
Do you struggle with golden age repertoire? Are you hoping to add some Rodgers and Hammerstein to your book? This masterclass will focus on connecting with golden age material: how to modernize its narrative contexts, how to navigate the relationship between classical and contemporary vocal technique, and how to select repertoire that best suits your needs. NYU Musical Theatre graduate Natalie Young offers her extensive knowledge of musical theatre history and vocal pedagogy to help you grow your book. Whether it’s a feminist take on Lerner and Loewe or a gender-bent piece from Kurt Weill, you’re sure to leave with a new appreciation for the classics.
Songs for the Actor
Jan 30 – (1:00 PM, 2-3 hours, $50/student)
For those of us who consider ourselves “actors first,” approaching vocal repertoire can be intimidating. In this masterclass with NYU Musical Theatre graduate and vocal coach, Natalie Young, get individualized feedback on how to choose repertoire and explore your voice as a component of your actor’s toolbox! From the classics, to Sondheim, to Pasek & Paul, learn how to cultivate a book that serves your strengths.
Mon/Wed (6:00 -7:00 PM) 4 weeks, beginning Jan 11 – ($45/week)
Meeting twice weekly, this structured class for elementary aged children takes advantage of the virtual platform to facilitate imaginative play, voice & movement, and theatre games. Each week will culminate in a short devised musical performance based on the week’s storybook theme!
(1-hour lesson blocks, $45/hour)
Take private voice lessons with NYU graduate Natalie Young (B.M. Musical Theatre Vocal Performance). Use this time to refine your vocal technique, workshop new songs, improve your belting & riffing skills, or investigate new repertoire! Lessons are adapted to fit the needs of individual students, but typically adhere to the following structure: discussion of goals and repertoire, full physical and vocal warmup, short pedagogical demo and exploration, repertoire work and coaching.
Natalie Young (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist and educator based in NYC. She holds her Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre Vocal Performance from New York University, with a minor in Applied Theatre. Natalie has over 15 years of experience as a musical theatre performer and over 5 years of experience as a private voice teacher. Natalie’s conservatory education informs her teaching praxis, which cultivates a balance between anatomy & pedagogy, cultural musical contexts, and exploratory play. She is trained in verbatim ethnodrama, educational theatre, and traditional technique. She is currently a teaching artist in residence with Brooklyn Acting Lab and EPAC, specializing in early childhood theatre education and musical theatre.
Natalie’s collaborative praxis includes applied theatre facilitation, curriculum development, performance, directing, and dramaturgy/new work development. She is passionate about theater as a resource for comprehensive education, community engagement, and socio-cultural investigation. She believes theatre belongs to the communities it serves and incorporates community collaboration into all of her practices. As a disabled person, Natalie is an avid advocate for accessibility and representation in creative and administrative arts environments. Learn more about Natalie on her website: nataliebyoung.com!