Katie Palmer is the Executive Director of Together in Dance. As a creator/performer, she has worked with dancers, singers, actors, and musicians across multiple performing arts organizations including NY Theater Workshop, Theater in Asylum, Alvin Ailey, and Disney Theatrical Group. She is delighted to draw on the rich talents of Together in Dance artists to present six amazing musical theater and dance professionals as they share their virtuosity with The Learning Collaborative.
2.3.4 Artist’s Process: Unpacking the Creative Process versus Performing!
Join the artists of Together in Dance as they take you behind the scenes in the life of an artist. In this series, we will compare and contrast the difference between creation of a work versus performing in one that’s already established. You’ll talk with dancers, choreographers, songwriters, and actors who are currently working members of the theater and dance industries who have performed on Broadway, in Europe, Asia, and everywhere in between. Our artists will walk you through their journey from first notes all the way to the spotlight. You’ll see excerpts of their work and hear them describe their artistic collaborations and process. These creators and performers can’t wait to share their artistic journeys and talents with you, because getting to opening night is half the fun! NEW MATERIAL!
Artist’s Process: Unpacking the Mysteries with “Together in Dance”
Get to know musical theater and dance professionals from the “Together in Dance” community (led by Executive Director Katie Palmer). Some performers will be returning (from last semester) and some will be new! In this series, participants will be treated to a sample of all of the artists’ work in their respective métier and have a glimpse into what it takes to prepare, create, and perform. “Together in Dance” is an NYC-based arts education company that builds community through experiences in the performing arts. With expert guidance, participants will also be invited to step into an artistic process of their own – in a fun, inclusive way – “The Together in Dance” way! NEW!
Artist’s Process – Unpacking the Mysteries with Together in Dance
Please join us as musical theater and dance professionals from the “Together in Dance” community (led by Executive Director Katie Palmer – see Bio section), share their experiences and processes as artists. In this series, participants will be treated to a sample of all of the artists’ work in their respective métier and have a glimpse into what it takes to prepare, create, and perform. “Together in Dance” is an NYC-based arts education company that builds community through experiences in the performing arts. With expert guidance, participants will also be invited to step into an artistic process of their own – in a fun, inclusive way – “The Together in Dance” way!
Session 1 – 3/2
My Life on B’way – Karen Curlee will sing (live) and discuss her experiences working on B’way
Karen Curlee was a performer on Broadway for 20 years, most notably in CATS, A Chorus Line, and Showboat. She then completed an Arts Management certificate program at NYU and has designed and implemented arts in education programs for Together in Dance, New York City Center, The Bronx Arts Ensemble, and the University of Michigan.
Session 2 – 3/9
Storytelling through song (ballad or some other song dissection) – Colleen Hawks will sing 1-2 songs and discuss specific song style
Colleen Hawks is a Broadway performer (Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Boy from Oz with Hugh Jackman, and Shrek the Musical – available on Netflix and DVD) who has been teaching voice and musical theatre for many years. Other notable credits include the original Off Broadway production of Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party and Anything Goes with Chita Rivera.
Session 3 – 3/16
Songwriter’s process – Sabrina Chapadijev will share 1-2 of her original songs and lead participants through a chorus of writing a song
Sabrina Chapadijev is a musician, songwriter and musical director who has independently recorded and produced two CDs of her own work and performs all over New York and the country.
Session 4 – 3/23
Choreography in Pandemic Times – Louise Heit-Radwell will share original piece Garden Party, lead a “hand movement’ activity and discuss process of creating the dance on film
Louise Heit-Radwell has performed and choreographed in many dance, dance theater and performance art pieces throughout New York City and worldwide. She holds a MA from the Trinity Laban Conservatorie of Music and Dance in London, a CMA (Certified Movement Analysis) from Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC, a BFA in dance and theater from New York University and a certificate from the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street Y.
Session 5 – 3/30
Choreography workshop – Macy Sullivan will share original piece Lonely City, discuss process and lead a simple movement workshop
Paralleling her teaching endeavors, Macy Sullivan also works as a dancer, rehearsal director, and dance editor for Caleb Teicher & Company. She has worked extensively with Dance Heginbotham, and has also enjoyed projects with Merce Cunningham Trust, The Bang Group, The Chase Brock Experience, and Pat Catterson. She is a graduate of Juilliard’s Dance Department.
Session 6 – 4/6
Wrap around – Karen Curlee will come back and guide the participants in looking at “master” footage, using their newfound knowledge to frame a discussion. Clips may include the following, or other relevant examples: “Swing Time” (Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers); “Dance at the Gym” (West Side Story); “And I Am Telling You” (Jennifer Holliday)