Registration is now open for the fall semester of the Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theater Academy of Amas Musical Theater


Amas Musical Theater is accepting applications for the fall semester of The Rosetta Le Noire Musical Theater Academy, its award-winning pre-professional performance program for musical theater enthusiasts ages 12-18. Reopening in the heart of the Theater District at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School (120 West 46th Street), classes will be held in person * on Saturdays from November 6, 2021 (until February 5, 2022) from 9 : 45h to 4h. A team of qualified instructors – Christophe scott (Acting), Monica johnson (Dance) and Chris Lavely (Voice) will immerse students in song, dance and drama, while improving and strengthening their artistic skills. Zeynep Akca is Director of Education.

Classes include one-on-one performance-oriented instruction in voice, theater and dance. The vocal studio helps students find their own unique voice by exploring musical theater songs using good vocal technique and explaining how to bring narration and musicality to a song. Drama classes help students hone their acting skills by exploring imaginary circumstances, examining character, relationships, and goals through monologues, stage work, and acting exercises. Finally, dance lessons include the ballet barre, jazz warm-ups, dancer fitness, basic tap dancing, and theater-style jazz. The semester ends with a special public presentation created by students and staff to be performed live for friends, family and the public.

The fees are $ 875 ($ 800 until September 30) and scholarships are available. No previous experience is necessary. Registration is at Students must be fully immunized before the start of classes on November 6. Proof of vaccination will be required.

The Rosetta Le Noire Musical Theater Academy (formerly the “Eubie Blake Youth Theater “), named after the famous actress Rosetta Le Noire, has been in continuous service since the 1970s. Students across the metropolitan area receive training in the performing arts from established theater professionals. Classes include acting technique, dance and movement, and music, including theory, training, and vocal technique.

The Academy has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Post and on “NY1”. Theater critic and former president of the Drama Desk Committee Pierre Filichia called the Academy’s production of Hello, Dolly! the “Best Musical Revival of the New Season”. The New York Times hailed “the Academy’s production of” Virtual Families “as a” fiery revival … which showed the triple-threat talents of a multicultural ensemble of teenagers … “theaters across America, and in film and television. Academy alumni include, Briana carlson goodman (Wretched), Rebecca naomi jones (Oklahoma), and Brett Sturgis (On your feet).

What the students are saying

“My school didn’t have a lot of arts programs. The biggest changes for me are that I’m a lot more confident, disciplined and on top. Amas Academy definitely helps in school!”

“Being around people who believe in you as much or more than you believe in yourself is an incredibly warm blanket at night.”

“This is my first year at the Academy and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Everyone is welcoming and friendly which makes it easy to share my acting, singing and dancing skills, all in one. stress-free environment. “

What parents say

“As a parent of a student, the Academy is everything! My daughter is in third year at the Academy and could not imagine her life without her.”

“This program has changed the lives of both of us. The teachers who work with the students every week are so dedicated to this program. They don’t just work with the kids to perform better, they work with them to be better people. . parent, I couldn’t ask for more. “

Meet the Faculty

Christophe scott (Acting Director / Instructor) is an artistic associate with Amas Musical Theater where he has directed Academy performances for 26 years including Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar and the virtual Into the Woods. NYC’s work includes: The Glass Menagerie, Aristophanes ‘Lysistrata, Sophocles’ and Anouilh’s Antigone, Hedda Gabler, Medea and Zoo Story, and In the Blood (Baruch), The Morons by Dan McCormick (jury nomination for best director, first Irish festival), Years of Sky (59E59) and Best Night Ever by Barbara Suter, and shows for Theaterworks / USA among others. Member playwright / director workshop at The Actors Studio. As a teacher, Christopher served on the faculty of NYU / CAP21, Baruch College and the Michael howard Studio. Graduated from the Boston Conservatory.

Monica Celeste Johnson (choreographer / dance teacher) turns 26 with The Rosetta Le Noire Musical Theater Academy. She is a dance teacher for the Mount Vernon City School District and a ballet teacher for ages 7 to 14 at the Artistry Performing Arts Center in her family’s dance studio in West Hempstead. Monica also choreographs for the pre-professional dance company Mindbuilders. As a performer, she performed at the Apollo as a co-host and choreographer for Amateur Night “Live” and toured 25 cities. She starred in Forum with Nipsey Russell, Off-Broadway in The Wiz and Long Tongues and has been on tour with numerous recording artists and on television, in movies, in videos and in “live” performances. Monica graduated from City College of New York and received her BFA in the Leonard Davis Harlem Performing Arts Program.

Chris Lavely (Academy Instructor / Music) is originally from Bryn Mawr, PA and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Music. He is the owner of TNT Music Services (Theatrical Notation & Transcription) which provides transcription and arrangement services for the Musical Theater, including Broadway (Something Rotten!) And Off Broadway. He has directed dozens of professional productions in Los Angeles and was resident conductor of the Utah Musical Theater for four seasons. As a performer, Chris has performed regionally (Annie, Little Shop Of Horrors, Pirates Of Penzance, Camelot, Jacques Brel…) and Off-Broadway (The Fantasticks!). Chris is fortunate to have worked with Burt reynolds, Charles Nelson Reilly, Alice ghostley, Dom DeLuise, Marilyn mccoo, Linda purl, and Piper Laurie. Chris also presented his cabaret show, If I Sing, at Cinegrill in Los Angeles.

Zeynep Akca (Director of Education) is a Southwest Asian director, artist, teacher, and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. She recently graduated from CUNY MA in applied theater. She is the artistic director of No Exit Theater Collective (NETC), serving the marginalized artistic community through digital integration into productions. As a teaching artist, Zeynep has worked with companies such as TADA! Youth Theater, Acting Out and CUNY Creative Arts Team to bring the performing arts to young people in New York.

Amas Musical Theater (Donna Trinkoff, artistic producer) is a non-profit, multi-ethnic theater organization founded in 1968 by Ms. Rosetta Le Noire. Amas (“you love” in Latin) is dedicated to the creation, development and professional production of new American musicals, the celebration of cultural fairness and minority perspectives, the emergence of new artistic talent , as well as the training and encouragement of young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods. people. Amas celebrates its impact as a pioneer of multi-ethnic casting in American theater and reiterates its commitment to this reflection of our diverse society.


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