Taught by industry professionals, Vivian Sam and Lauren Mayer, who understand the "triple threat" required in Musical Theater and support the growth mindset for our students. The curriculum will consist of studying the three modalities of Musical Theater (dancing, singing, acting) and focusing on material that will challenge the student to grow as a performer. By integrating dancing, singing, and acting, they will also be learning about performance technique.
Our philosophy at Zohar is to focus on the needs of each individual student. We encourage all levels to participate - Students who are new to musical theater to students who are training for their college auditions. This type of grouping is great for discussion purposes and getting others' perspectives on things. The power of observation is crucial to performing artists.
The Musical Theater Intensive will provide:
• Singing: Breath Control, Articulation, Vocal Flexibility and Technique
• Dancing: Learning Dance Vocabulary, Body Alignment, Weight Transitions, Understanding how to Quickly Grasp (Learn) Choreography
• Acting: Interpreting the Song, Character Development, Acting through Song
• Audition Technique: Understanding how to Present and Prepare Yourself and Your Material at a Professional Audition
Vivian is originally from the Bay Area and studied dance at the Oakland Ballet. She attended UCLA where she studied Jazz with Hama (Luigi's protege). After dancing professionally in Los Angeles, Vivian went to Graduate school at Santa Clara University. While in Graduate school, she began performing in Musical Theater productions in the Bay Area. While completing her graduate degree, she was cast in Miss Saigon on Broadway and moved into the 2nd National Broadway Tour as the Dance Captain/Swing/understudy for Gigi and Ellen. After touring, she started teaching for The American Conservatory Theater's Young Conservatory training young people in Musical Theater. As a working artist, she was also performing again throughout the Bay Area (TheaterWorks, Woodminster, AMTSJ) and choreographed for musical productions in High Schools and ACT. Some of her past students include: Darren Criss (Univ. of Michigan), Ari'el Stachel (NYU), Bobby Conte-Thornton (Univ. of Michigan), Laura Corina Sanders (Eastman School of Music). She enjoys helping young people with their college musical theater auditions. Most importantly, she enjoys teaching musical theater to everyone hoping to cultivate a love for this craft.
Lauren is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, where she studied conducting with Robert Kapilow and songwriting with Maury Yeston. She has worked as a music/vocal director with Theatreworks, 42nd Street Moon, Woodminster, Crystal Springs Uplands School, The Burlingame Country Club, and many others, and as a performer she is a 5-time recipient of the SF/Bay Area Cabaret Gold Award. Lauren also writes award-winning children's educational music and musicals through the company she founded, Curriculum Rocks, performs a cabaret act with her singer-husband, Scott Grinthal, and posts weekly topical comedy songs based on current events. Her recent "Sexual Harassment Prevention Song" has almost 3 million views on social media (and almost as many internet trolls).