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Carolyn Bowman Theatre Symposium

“Making It” will focus on what it takes to achieve success in today's ever-changing musical theater industry. Sessions will address achieving personal and professional goals, creating an optimistic mindset & work environment, overcoming adversity, and believing in oneself. These sessions are ideal for students and professionals interested in taking their careers to the next level!

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Friday, September 30, 2022

Cultural Life Center | Roberts Wesleyan College


9:15 a.m. Registration

9:45 a.m. Opening

10:00 a.m. Panel

11:00 a.m. Break 

11:15 a.m. Workshops

12:15 p.m. Lunch 

1:30 p.m. Keynote

2:30 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m.  Workshops

3:45 p.m. Closing


Workshop Options

Storytelling Through Movement ~ Gabriella Perez

In this creative session, we’ll work on our feet together to explore the key elements to choreographing for the stage. We’ll move our bodies through simple choreography, examine how those steps came to fruition, discuss how dramaturgy can channel into movement, and discover how to get out of our own way to tell movement stories with joy. (Masks required)

Breath and Bodywork for Singers ~ Matthew Campisi 

Based on the principles of Hennessy Breath and Bodywork, participants will learn how to apply breath and bodywork to optimize your vocal performance on stage. 

Inclusion and Making It Work for You ~ Stephanie Parades

Participants will focus on why Inclusion matters and how it can create an environment for collaboration, success and community building.

Acting Through a Song ~ Brynn Tyszka

In this workshop, we'll be discussing the challenges of acting through a song, the difference between acting a song and acting a monologue, and pearls of wisdom when it comes to auditioning and audition prep. Come prepared with a song in mind that has a YouTube karaoke track--you might get to work on your piece!

Why You Should Definitely Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus ~ Freyda Schneider 

TYKEs' (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy) Founder/Director leads a lively interactive discussion about what makes children's theatre an especially rewarding career path, and the unique benefits of introducing children to the performing arts.

A Musical Without Music? ~ Lindsey Warren Baker & Amanda Jacobs

Regardless of your role in a production - producer, writer, director, designer, cast, board member, etc. - table readings are an incredibly useful tool in the development of a musical theater production. In this session, participants will read a portion of a musical libretto without music in order to discover how valuable a table reading can be in getting from the page to the stage.


Please call 585-594-6101 with any questions!

Theatre at Roberts

The Roberts Wesleyan College student theatre program and consequent
minor was rebooted in the Fall of 2014 with the inaugural production “Screwtape,” and since has mounted 10 additional productions. Starting in the Fall of 2022, the program began offering a yearly 24-Hour Theatre Festival, offering students the chance to write, direct, produce, and act in their very own productions. The theatre program is managed by artist-in-residence, Shawnda Urie.

About Carolyn Bowman

Carolyn Bowman was an avid reader, homemaker, teacher and librarian who viewed personal interests in drama and theatre as valid Christian ministries. She had a special talent of visualizing dramatic potential and transforming it into vignettes and plays suitable for worship and spiritual growth. Her family is pleased to know that her interests and influence are continuing at her Alma Mater, Roberts Wesleyan College.

Getting Here

Parking is free and is available in lot A.