Summer ThEATER INTENSIVE
Registration for the 2018 intensive will open February 2018
Michael Sherry (Director & Choreographer) - Michael , the Artistic Director at Backdoor Theatre in Wichita Falls, TX, is New Jersey born and raised. After living and studying in New York City, Michael is a graduate of AMDA and Elon University in North Carolina. Regional credits include A Chorus Line, Oklahoma, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Big River. Off-Broadway credits include Dickens's- A Christmas Carol, and one of the first Off-Broadway project productions of The Phantom of the Opera. Other credits include Cats and Hairspray. Michael moved to Wichita Falls to dance for the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre. Later,Michael was asked to direct and choreograph Backdoor Theatre’s production of A Chorus Line, and later Chicago. SInce taking over as Artistic Director, he has directed numerous shows, including “Chicago,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Spamalot,” “Cabaret,” “Les Miserables,” “RENT,” “Avenue Q,” and “Rocky Horror Show.”
Kevin White (Musical Director) is a New York based music director and actor, began his love for music and theater at a very early age. He spent last winter as a guest artist teaching and music directing at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire, as well he will be music directing "Mamma Mia" at Northern Stage this spring. Kevin spent the end of 2016 traveling internationally with a show entitled, "Oh What a Night!" A tribute to Frankie Valli and the four seasons. He also spent several years touring internationally with a group called, "The Water-Coolers" a musical sketch comedy show about the workplace, where he served as music director and vocalist. In New York, Kevin serves as music director and vocal coach for many actors. Most recently he served as music director for "Gypsy" at The Gallery Players in Brooklyn, and associate conductor/assistant music director for "Oklahoma!" at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, NY. He has musically helped create several one-man shows which have played all over NYC. Favorites include "IMperfect," and most recently "36 expressions" where he created a 36 (yes... thirty six) song medley. Before leaving NYC to tour with "Oh What a Night," Kevin spent three years on staff teaching and music directing in the musical theatre conservatory at the New York Film Academy. During his time at NYFA, Kevin taught alongside many of Broadway's top actors, directors and choreographers. Kevin was also on staff teaching at a premier acting school in Brooklyn called "Acting Out!" where he successfully coached numerous elementary and middle school students for auditions to some of New York's famed performing arts schools. As an actor, Kevin spent seven seasons in the resident equity company of The Barn Theatre in Michigan. Favorite roles include: Lonny (ROCK OF AGES), Johnny (AMERICAN IDIOT), Sir Robin (SPAMALOT), Huck (BIG RIVER), Joseph (JOSEPH... TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT), Brad (ROCKY HORROR), and Berger (HAIR). At the Barn Theatre, Kevin also served as music director for their famous "Rehearsal Shed Bar Show," a nightly cabaret, where he was able to fine-tune his craft of vocal-arranging. Kevin received a BFA from Millikin University in Illinois, where he music directed their mainstage productions of "Ruthless: The Musical," and "The Spitfire Grill." He is the only student in the university's 110 year history to have music directed at that level while attending the school. Last, Kevin served as Music Director, orchestrator, and pianist for Greenwood Lake Theatre Company's premier production, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."