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We had a successful master class with Broadway stars,

Ben Hope and Katie Barton!


Get to know Ben Hope and Katie Barton!









Ben and Katie are a married couple that have more than 20 years professional experience between them in the theatre world.  Ben is a Birmingham native and Katie is a BFA graduate from the theatre department at Birmingham Southern, so they are thrilled to share their experience with the students in Alabama.  Katie just recently came off of 3 years of a Broadway tour with the hit show Million Dollar Quartet and Ben just finished a 3 year Broadway run with the Tony Award winning musical ONCE.  Ben and Katie bring a fresh, real world perspective to theatre training, as they’ve worked in almost every level and capacity in the business.  They both started their careers as apprentices and they love to share their experience from humble beginnings to their successful professional careers.  Please join them for some great fun and informative classes! 

The audition is the day job of the actor. Working on a show is the easy part, getting in the show is where the work comes in. On day one, our students had the opportunity to perform their audition materials in front of Ben and Katie. Not only did Ben and Katie talk about their personal experiences auditioning in the professional theatre world but also was given advice based on the students audition materials.

You've got the job, now what? Building a character is only the beginning. Day two, Our students dove into scene study and character building. Ben and Katie guided the students through analyzing the text, building a three dimensional character, and working with scene partner to create power, action driven scene work.


                           Be on the look out for more Master Classes!