Whether you are a theater connoisseur, a student, want to learn more about the business, or just want a fun activity for your evenings at home, there is a masterclass for you. Signature’s Virtual Masterclass Series offers in-depth behind-the-scenes access on a variety of theater topics. Try a participatory dance class, observe how pros coach the voices of tomorrow, learn how designers and creative team make the magic happen, and find so much more.
Registration $10 per class
All classes take place over Zoom
ENGAGE: Taming Your Inner Critic with Dana P. Rowe
January 7 at 7PM
Composer Dana P. Rowe (Blackbeard, The Witches of Eastwick, The Fix) discusses how to train your brain to shut down the doubt. Through the science behind why we think the way to do, through strategies such as mindfulness, compassion and empathy, Dana helps you identify and tame those inner saboteurs so your innate creativity can shine through.
LEARN: Sondheim Orchestrator Jonathan Tunick
January 14 at 7PM
Signature’s Resident Music Director Jon Kalbfleisch sits down with legendary EGOT winner Jonathan Tunick for a fascinating conversation about his life, how he orchestrates for a show, working with Sondheim, and stories from his time at Signature and beyond.
LEARN: Spotlight on Theatrical Lighting
January 21 at 7PM
Signature’s Master Electrician Dan Kimble shines a spotlight all things lighting. This illuminating class first tackles the how-tos of lighting, including designing for stage, interpreting a design, creating a mood through light, building a plot, hanging and focusing, and technical rehearsals. Then Dan leads a brief demonstration of different techniques to light up any stage.
DANCE: Street Jazz with Dani Ebbin
January 28 at 7PM
Great ready to sweat! Groove to the moves of artists such as Beyoncé as Dance Educator Dani Ebbin (Assistant Choreographer for Billy Elliot, Grand Hotel) lets loose with an aerobic, high-energy and enjoyable street jazz combo appropriate for all levels.
LEARN: Personalizing the Song with Nova Y. Payton
February 4 at 7PM
Vocal powerhouse Nova Y. Payton (Signature’s Assassins, Shakespeare Theatre’s The Amen Corner) coaches a group of pre-selected students on how to make a song your own. Watch how Nova guides up and-coming actors and gain insights from the best in the business.
LEARN: The World of Wigs
February 11 at 7PM
DC area wig designer Anne Nesmith (Signature’s A Little Night Music, Arena Stage’s The Pajama Game) teaches you the tricks of the trade for creating and crafting wigs. From historical research to the painstakingly detailed process of building a piece strand by strand to the secrets of how to keep the style looking great night after night, Anne’s deep dive into all things headwear touches on everything from weft to weave.
DANCE: Musical Theater
February 25 at 7PM
Helen Hayes Award-winning choreographer Rachel Leigh Dolan (Keegan Theatre’s Chicago, Olney Theatre Center’s Annie) leads you through a full body experience focused on musicality and storytelling. After a brief warm up, learn the choreography for a fun combo to “You Can Leave Your Hat On,” appropriate for all levels. Hat optional, but encouraged!