Overtures Grads - Where are they now?

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Overtures is Signature Theatre’s two-week summer musical theater training program for college students and recent graduates.

Auditions for Overtures are on March 19, 2016, and the program runs from June 20 – July 2, 2016. Click here to learn more!

We asked several Overtures grads to talk about how the program kickstarted their professional careers and helped them make valuable connections in the theater community. Here are their answers:

Matthew Gardiner

Associate Artistic Director, Signature Theatre

Matthew Gardiner

My relationship with Signature Theatre began with the Overtures program. The opportunity to work with artists working on DC and NY stages was an incredible opportunity that gave me a 2 week crash course on what to expect as a professional theater artist. I can say with total certainty that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the connections I made during Overtures.

Nick Blaemire

Actor in Broadway’s Godspell, Crybaby, The Spongebob Musical

Nick Blaemire

I loved my time at Overtures. It gave me the confidence necessary to deal with the constantly shifting life that was ahead of me in this business. And I was given that confidence in the form of nurturing, constructive criticism, spot-on advice, and examples set by the incredible talent around me – both in the faculty and the students.

Emily Zickler

Starred as Carrie in Studio Theatre’s Carrie: The Musical

Emily Zickler

Overtures helped me develop my skills as a performer and, more importantly, gave me tools and knowledge I needed in order to succeed in the Business of Show Business. Simply put: I owe so much of my current success in the DC theater scene to the training I received at Overtures!

More Overtures Success Stories

Florrie Bagel: National tour of Sister Act
Priscilla Cuellar: Helen Hayes Award-winning actress
Danielle Eden: Ford’s Theatre’s Meet John Doe
Christina Kidd: Ford’s Theatre’s Parade and Arena Stage’s The Music Man
Michael Mainwaring: Signature’s Dreamgirls and Arena Stage’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Ines Nassara: Signature’s Crossing and Keegan Theatre’s Hair
Allie Parris: Olney Theatre Center’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Tim Rogan: National tours of Camelot and Beauty and the Beast
Kyle Schliefer: Arena Stage’s Fiddler on the Roof and Olney Theatre Center’s A Chorus Line
Hana Slevin: Prospect Theatre’s Tamar and the River
Hannah Willman: Signature’s Show Boat, Sweeney Todd, and Les Misérables