From Boston Selected to Attend Yale Cabaret Conference
Seven members of the Boston cabaret community have been selected to participate
in the inaugural Cabaret Conference at Yale University this summer.
The Cabaret Conference, making its debut this year, is an internationally
focused, nine-day teaching program that will offer an intensive look at
the art of cabaret performance technique, and train professionals for
the live entertainment industry. The Great American Songbook will be addressed
and promoted in its entirety, from its origins in the late 19th century
through the classic pop standards of the 1930s and 1940s to todays
contemporary cabaret, musical theater and pop music.
Thirty-six participants were selected from nationwide auditions held in
February and March. Attending from the Boston area will be Bobbi Carrey,
Cambridge; Pamela Enders, Cambridge; David Foley, Cambridge; Joanna Gaughan,
Walpole; Sylvia Greenberg, Haverhill; Manny Lim, Dorchester; and Will
McMillan, Cambridge. Also selected from the New England region was Eric
Bronner of Bristol, R.I.
The Cabaret Conference will be held on the historic Yale University campus
in New Haven, Conn., renowned as one of the worlds finest educational
facilities, and for its spectacular architecture, world-class museums
and libraries. The brainchild of Erv Raible, the director of the now-defunct
Eugene ONeill Cabaret Symposium, the Yale conference was developed
in conjunction with the Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theater,
and several conference sessions will be held in the drama schools
facilities, including the University Theater and the recently opened New
The award-winning faculty includes such luminaries and experts as Tovah
Feldshuh, Carol Hall, George Hall, Julie Halston, Lina Koutrakos, Marilynn
Lovell Matz, Sally Mayes, Fred Voelpel, Thommie Walsh and Julie Wilson;
piano faculty includes Tex Arnold, Christopher Denny, Rick Jensen, Jeff
Klitz, and Shelly Markham. This team will guide thirty-six students in
a collaborative process of critical refining and honing their craft as
cabaret performers. Classes will focus on such topics as performance technique,
acting for singers, lyric interpretation, focus and concentration, act
structure and writing, material research, comedic development, musical
director and director relations, arranging, orchestration, composer/lyricist
relations, and image consultation.
In addition to attending public cabaret performances, the participants
will perform at the conclusion of the conference, demonstrating what they
have accomplished in their nine days at the Cabaret Conference.