Professional Performance PREP
A Professional Track Training Studio for Performing Artists.
March 2020 - MAY 2020
PRIVATE ACTING & VOICE TRAINING • PIANO & MUSIC THEORY • AUDITION & CALLBACK PREP • COLLEGE PREP • SELF-TAPES • VOICEOVER TRAINING • ACTING REELS & VOCAL DEMOS • CAREER COUNSELING • AGENT & MANAGER WORKSHOPS & AUDITIONS • ARTIST DEVELOPMENT • PERFORMER WEBSITES & BRANDING and More!
The Prep's founding faculty...
Theresa Fowler Pittius
International/National Broadway Tour: Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Oliver! (NANCY/CHARLOTTE/BET u.s./FEATURED ENSEMBLE/ORIGINAL CAST); Off-Broadway: A Savage Light (TEHURA); Off-Off-Broadway: Sex & the City: The Parody (CHARLOTTE), Chosen: A New Musical (CHRIS), Forbidden Kiss (VERONICA); Regional: Grease! (RIZZO), Titanic (KATE MULLINS), Guys & Dolls (SARAH BROWN). Film: “Eyes” (co-starring Oscar®-Winning actor Martin Landau), “New York Lately”, “Jersey Girl”, “Day Zero”, and “How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song.”
Theresa has been a Broadway Sings cast member since 2011 and was a Guest Instructor at New York City’s acclaimed Camp Broadway. Her students can been seen on Broadway, National & International Broadway Tours and Regional Theatre, in Film as well as on Television Networks like HBO, Netflix, NBC, CBS, ABC, Showtime, Lifetime, Amazon Prime & more. She is proud to have given back to her hometown area of Monmouth County, New Jersey as the Founder/Director of Broadway Boot Camp and The Broadway Bound intensive programs featured at The Middletown Arts Center, Colts Neck Dance & Performing Arts Academy, and in Asbury Park.
Her expertise in social media marketing, self-promotion & branding as a Co-Founder of
Social Sidekick® Media, Branding & Public Relations has taken her career counseling students to the next level on social media, television interviews, national & local press & established web presence alongside her partner, award-winning publicist Cassie Galasetti.
Theresa was the Founder/Executive Producer and Host of the Bar-Top Bandits™ nightlife touring production for 5 years from NYC to Vegas, and rocked rip-roaring vocals from Rockefeller Center & Times Square to the legendary Stone Pony, Count Basie Theater and Asbury Park Convention Hall. Proud Graduate of The American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA), NYC.
Theresa is an Expert Contributor on Backstage.com.
Theresa Pittius, founder
Off-Off Broadway: Second Hand Gifts (ALLISON). Regional: American Theater Group's World Premiere of Small Town Story: A New Musical (MARGIE), SOPAC; Spring Awakening (ILSE) and Chess. Concert/Live Performance: The Songs of Small Town Story: A Musical about a Musical that Rocked a Community, Feinstein's/54 Below, NYC; The Flute Player’s Song (MARY), They Call It Gravy WE Call It SAUCE!” (ERICA). Numerous print & commercial credits, including Beachbody Infomercial & American Express. A North Carolina native, Jessi is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a B.M. in Vocal Performance, as well as a Musical Theatre graduate of New York Film Academy. Proudly signed with CESD Talent Agency.
Jessi's most recent College Prep students were accepted to NYU Tisch, Emerson, PACE, Shenandoah Conservatory, Point Park, Ohio University and LIU. Her Agent Audition Prep students have signed with CESD Talent Agency and SW Artists Agency.
Bobby Cronin is a graduate of Yale University where he majored in Theatre Studies (with a focus on directing) & Music Theory and Composition. Bobby spent the first ten plus years of his career directing tours and productions all over the country. He is on faculty at the New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Conservatory in NYC where he teaches pop/rock performance and history, audition technique, business of theatre, and performance lab. Bobby recently headed the first Musical Theatre Summer Program at Harvard University. He also taught audition technique for students ranging from 10 to 45 as a guest artists at Broadway Dreams Foundation. as well as being a guest artist at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Illinois. He taught at Stoneham Theatre in Massachusettes and ran the musical theatre education program at Northern Stage in Vermont where he was Associate Artistic Director.
As Bobby's composing/writing career took off, he gained an even greater understanding of song interpretation, having a keener sense of the role of the music in the storytelling of a song in addition to the lyric. Bobby has developed his teaching techniques at NYU/CAP21 and privately in New York City. His positive approach to the business and skills of musical theatre, he created the "Belief Is Key" Master Class which has become a highly sought after addition to schools across the world including The Royal Academy of London, Arts Educational Schools (President: Andrew Lloyd Webber), and plenty more.
One of the industry's most sought-after live vocalists, Kat Tucker has been an on-stage spitfire for almost 20 years, working with multiple Grammy®, ACM, CMA & Billboard® Award-winning country music sensation Big & Rich, rocking stages from Nashville to New York City, Asbury Park to Memphis, and even Atlantic City. Ms. Tucker starred as the lead vocalist for the Bar-Top Bandits™ nightlife touring production, headlining private functions for America's Next Top Model, MetLife Stadium, Panasonic, Novotel Times Square, Rockefeller Center, NashFM Country Radio, and many more. She has lent her voice for live concert/festival events to benefit organizations like Wounded Warrior Project, Big Brothers Big Sisters, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, MTV®'s Love is Louder, Boys & Girls Club of America, The Eric Trump Foundation, and Hurricane Sandy relief efforts to name a few. Kat builds confidence in each of her students, teaching them how to establish their stage presence and find their own sound in pop, country, jazz/blues and musical theatre numbers.
Adam Kee is a NYC-based Actor, Voice Artist, & Teaching Artist. NYC Credits include: Off-Broadway: FRANKENSTEIN THE MUSICAL at St. Luke’s Theatre (Alphonse Frankenstein), LILI MARLENE (Friedrich); Schapiro Theatre: AS YOU LIKE IT (Touchstone); 59E59 Theatres: IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (Mr. Endicott), WINKIE (Charles Unwin); New Ohio Theatre: PILO FAMILY CIRCUS (Winston); Access Theatre: HENRY V (Nell Quickly). Gallery Players: MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE (Rasher). Regional: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST at Playhouse on Park, CT (Mr.Harding). Additional Regional: Winnipesaukee Playhouse: CHARLEY’S AUNT (Sir Francis Chesney), TWO ROOMS (Walker Harris), STONES IN HIS POCKETS (Charlie Conlon), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Tom, NH Professional Theatre Award, Best Actor); M & D Productions: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Mitch); Broward Stage Door: THE MUSIC MAN (Quartet); Shakespeare Theatre of NJ: ROMEO & JULIET (Capulet), COMEDY OF ERRORS (Egeon). Feature Film: Thomas, THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND (starring Ed Asner/Michael Madsen, 2019 Premiere; *Also: Production Vocal Coach). *Five-Time Nominee, NH Professional Theatre Award.
Adam holds an MFA in Acting from the prestigious Actors Studio (Lifetime Member). Additional: AADA, London’s Old Vic, Pearl Theatre Company Conservatory, UCB; *Representation: About Artists Agency, NYC.
As a Teaching Artist, Adam has been a Guest Artist for Northern Stage, VT, Winni Playhouse, NY School of Visual Arts, NY Film Academy, The New School. He teaches Voice/Dialects/Speech for American Cultural Immersion, and has taught master classes & workshops for numerous NYC/Regional Theatres, as well as Acting Training Programs. He also teaches private lessons in Acting, Voice, Dialects/Accents, and Singing. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a talented group of instructors and performers here at
Miss Pizzolo has been training as a Private Voice student of Theresa Fowler Pittius since 2016 and has been training in dance since 2001. Kara's degree in education and hands-on experience as a Prep Faculty apprentice for the past two years now makes her one of the area's most sought-after up-and-coming Private Voice coaches. Students gain confidence, find their voice, and become all around stronger performers under her instruction. Her favorite theatre credits include: FOOTLOOSE (Rusty), In The Heights (CARLA), and Spring Awakening (ANNA). Kara is honored to officially be a member of The Prep faculty, and is making major strides as an instructor.
Special Guest Faculty...
Desi Oakley is not only a leading lady on Broadway, but is also an accomplished recording artist -- and guest instructor at The Prep! Credits include: Broadway: *Currently starring as Roxie Hart in Chicago, Wicked (Elphaba & Nessa Rose), Annie (Original Revival Cast; Grace/Lily Swing), Les Miserables (Fantine). National Tour: Waitress (Jenna), Evita (Eva Peron), Wicked (Elphaba & Nessa Rose). Regional: The Little Mermaid (Ariel); BFA, University Of Michigan. Television: Gotham (Antonia) on FOX. DesiOakley.com
Prep Guest Faculty
Prep Guest Faculty
Travis Greisler is a New York City-based director and teacher who began his career as a professional actor at the age of nine appearing on Broadway in The Who’s Tommy, Radio City Music Hall’s Xmas Spectacular and the National Tours of Les Miserables and Big.
After graduating from Northwestern University he began working as an associate director on many projects including Tales of the City (score by the Scissor Sisters) at the American Conservatory Theatre alongside Jason Moore, whom he also assisted on the original workshops of The Book of Mormon, and contributed musical staging for Yeast Nation by the writing team behind Urinetown at the NY Fringe. He worked as an assistant director for Michael Greif, David H. Bell, Mark Hoebee, and Dominic Missimi among others at theaters like Chicago Shakespeare, Paper Mill Playhouse and the Marriott Lincolnshire.
He has directed and taught at major universities and theatre programs including last year’s production of Into the Woods at Cap21, The Rocky Horror Show at Yale, The Wild Party and Company at Fordham University, a musical showcase for the class of 2013 at ACT and an immersive musical piece at Princeton University. He created and directed The Orion Experience - an immersive rock concert which had it’s Off-Broadway debut in the summer of 2013 and continues to teach through his company The Other Side of the Table. Other favorite directing credits include: Rated RSO(NYMF, Joe's Pub, The Court LA), Hey You Know What Movie Would Make a Good Musical?, Into the Woods (NU), Lippa's Wild Party, Edges, Jon and Jen and multiple productions at Stagedoor Manor.
Travis is currently the associate director for Broadway's upcoming The Cher Show about the iconic performer which premieres this Fall with an incredible creative team of Tony nominees and winners. He was the assistant director on Fully Committed starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson in 2016 and directed the one night only concert version of Tales of the City the musical based on the classic book series at the Music Box Theatre in April 2017.
"Your Success is Our Success!"
Additional Master Class Guest Artists have included:
Gavin Lee, CESD Talent Agency's Kerri Krilla & David Doan,
Bercy Talent Management, SW Artists Agency,
DDO Artists Agency's Mallory Levy, Jonathan Reid Gealt,
Taylor Lauderman, Michael Mott & more!
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and beginners welcome.
Love Broadway? So does The Prep!
Throughout the year,
Our Broadway Guest Artists
work with students on
Audition Prep & professional routines.
SCENES FROM OUR
TRIPLE THREAT INTEnsive
Vocal Arts & Audition Prep
Students work with co-owners, Theresa Fowler Pittius & Jessi Clayton to better enhance their singing performance with proper, powerful technique, as well as strategically hone their Auditioning Skills and prep their 16 & 32 - bar cuts or monologues, even run cold readings, so they are ready to book their next gig, or 'wow' agents.
Students will work with Prep Instructors to learn the basics or to grow their current piano skills.
ACTING FOr THE STAGE
Students work with Prep Acting Development Instructors & Guest Artists to learn techniques like script analysis, character building, body positioning and language, enunciation, breath control, projection and more.
Students will engage in group work, scene study, and learn monologues for future successful auditions.
SELF-TAPES and REELS
SELF-TAPES and REELS
Due to how many of our students are working professionally in the industry, we shoot self tapes, voiceover submissions, acting reels, demos, etc. on an ongoing basis at The Prep (our record is 40 self tapes in one week!). Emergency self tapes, FaceTime sessions and over-the-phone prep calls are provided 24/7 to our registered students, and are an exclusive benefit to training at The Prep.
When it comes to Industry Master Classes, nowhere else compares to The Prep. From some of NY's top Agents & Casting Directors to Broadway Directors & Composers and TV/Film Producers, to Broadway performers of all ages and levels, we've got it all. Our programs are competitive with the most well-known professional track training studios in the Greater NY Metropolitan area. There is no need to go to NYC anymore for great training. We bring professional, high-caliber programs to you.
Students work with Select Professional Guest Artists to learn the exciting, spontaneous craft of Improvisation. Thinking on your feet, trusting your partner, and allowing the antics to evolve make this fun- yet challenging- class a favorite with students!
ACTING FOr FILM / TV and Commercials
Students work with Prep Acting Development Instructors and Select Professional Guest Artists to learn the major differences between stage and screen performance... and techniques that will get them ahead of the curve for future featured and leading roles.
Students will also learn the basics of video production, editing, lighting, sound, and more!
Students work with Prep Instructors to learn the all important skill of understanding Music Theory. This class is a MUST for vocalists and musicians of all ages.
College Auditions can be overwhelming, especially with the anxiety that goes along with it. Does choosing the right college make or break your career? Can you sing that song for unifieds that you sang at that community theater audition? What's a contemporary monologue?
Team up with the right mentor to prep you with appropriate materials and get you confident for the big audition. Gain guidance and extensive theatrical training along the way in this private, one-on-one service provided by Prep Co-Founders, Theresa Fowler Pittius and Jessi Clayton. Over the past few years, Theresa and Jessi have successfully guided over a dozen local students into Musical Theatre programs at The American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA NYC), Pace University, Emerson College, The University of the Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Long Island University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and more.
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The Prep is now accepting new students for
group classes and private lessons!
Ensure your child's schedule is filled with positive encouragement, intense performing arts training, caring instructors and mentors, new theater friends, Broadway Guest Artists, and more!