WHY PASSPORT TO BROADWAY IS DIFFERENT THAN OTHER PROGRAMS AND INTENSIVES
The Passport to Broadway Program is akin to a “real” rehearsal process, from day one, with auditions, casting and rehearsals that center on a customized and pre-designed Show and materials that are modified and created specifically for each population attending, worked on months before by our Creative Team. Other programs are more a series of “ad hoc” classes, without a specific common focus until the very end.
Other organizations are a more generic template that tailors to mostly American theater interested students, who ultimately need to fit into their model that they use across the board for everyone, whether international or domestic. They do not customize or build their scripts or material from the ground up, with the purpose of developing unique exclusive material for the unique partner, rather, the individual needs to fit into their generic model, the opposite of the way Passport to Broadway works. Passport works diligently with our partner organizations to research what their culture reflects and what best represents the student body/ make up and background, and then uses our existing models to adapt, rearrange and/or write entirely new material for each organization we work with, developing a unique story and curriculum for that specific country or culture. Other programs use existing Show material similar to the way a university or school drama department would procure a Show that anyone can procure and have access to, to produce a musical many universities/schools use for their final showcase.
Other organization’s do not use similar advance time for new creation or educational development with the stringent requirements Passport requires for our Broadway Teaching Artists, to assure each group has the best teams of not only creative staff, but educationally like-minded artists that suit that unique group’s educational needs. Passport also combines the widest and multiple ranges of Broadway songs/Shows and numbers in our Workshops to give the broadest scope of diversity and styles of art Broadway represents, not using one show, composer or choreographer to teach in each individual workshop, like most other organizations. The effect is a broader base of knowledge and expansion of skill sets for our students.
Other organizations typically register individual students from a wide range of skill sets and educational standards, and build these individuals into one group to fulfill registration requirements for their programs. Passport generally works solely with each university/school and their like-minded educational leaders, to customize and prepare together, not with individual parents and students. This makes for a more flexible, mutually synergistic mission with our partner organizations, as well as a more beneficial interdisciplinary and academically supported educational outcome for both educational organizations, and best serves the process of mutual collaboration and goals, in order to offer the best programming for each partner’s unique mission.
Knowing the methods and philosophies of other organizations, StudentsLive is exceptional in that they take the time to offer true value of education and the arts. Other Broadway type platforms often are more commercial and less serious about collaboration. They tend to make the experience a more “camp” like atmosphere, with fewer demands on the students than StudentsLive requires. They often use their teaching artists in their final performance alongside the students, to make the showcase “look better”, not necessarily challenging the student to give them the responsibility and therefore equally, the rewards, on their own. Passport to Broadway believes we must allow the students to grow as fast and far as they can to effectively improve and grow in this short window of time. From beginners to advanced, our tightly focused Broadway Workshop curriculum requires top down philosophy, direction, creation, execution and artistic oversight. Finally, our CEO is an accomplished educator as well as Artistic Director of our organization; everything is designed with a comprehensive National and International educational mission from the top down. Other Broadway education organizations often use marketing managers, mid-level management, professional performers and administrative staff to oversee and run their educational platforms.
Please see some other general differences between our organization and other organizations that promote Broadway training below.
-Passport to Broadway is a hard program and is intended to push and bring out the best in serious students/participants as well as give them access to the best professionals in Theater Arts Programming, Curricula and Development. It is a synergistic fit with universities and schools that have a serious and selective process.
-Other programs have students present their own individual monologues and songs to faculty and families only at their final showcase. The students in our program work as a “cast” from day one, to perform top-level, complex original arrangements of Broadway Materials tied together by an original book, and then performed for some of the top-Broadway Professionals we have created relationships with for the past 20 years, and who are invited to attend to share feedback and offer access to meet and greet with the students.
-Other programs performances help students develop materials that they either suggest or that the students may already bring on their own to the table, and then gives them individual classes to hopefully increase their skill levels, not necessarily to experience a “Show process” or work as a unit or cast with a common focus together from day one. Our Director, Musical Director, Choreographer and Teaching Artists work together in the room with the students at all times, in an effort to emphasize the very necessary Musical Theater Performance process of combined learning in all disciplines, not as easily or comprehensively accomplished by individual classes in singing, dancing and acting.
-The impact of the work is that it helps the students combine skill sets from day one, and they are ultimately, professionally challenged in the final showcase for top-professionals. The feedback from the audience, time and again, is that they are impressed by the difficult range, scope, material and the “show” polish that those non-professional students have achieved in such a short time; ultimately very helpful for them to be recognized in this very competitive industry.
Passport to Broadway truly represents the process and results of a “professional” with a strict and demanding educational focus. There are few programs that provide such excellent and customized access/standards that also have the experience, respect of our industry and proven track record.
-StudentsLive mission, to provide international/domestic students with access to these opportunities while creating an intensive life-changing process, to prepare them for future careers and opportunities, is a once in a lifetime investment.
Artistic and Educational Philosophy
Involves a triad of goals and purposes: to instill pride, a sense of purpose, and a passion for colleagues and constituents to achieve their goals and aspirations. We have worked passionately and assiduously to achieve these goals through the arts utilizing the unique pressures and demands of live theater. By utilizing the educational theory of multiple academic intelligence’s, whereby each performer/playwright student learns through myriad different educational mediums, specifically focusing on the ability of live theater to engage and inspire unique, creative collaboration, combining a range of academic studies and awareness in socially, culturally, historically and politically relevant themes and issues, we have helped enhance general education standards and performance. This is accomplished through an interactive process of management and techniques, using methods and styles that access myriad team teaching and collaborative disciplines, and artists/student self-initiated goals and earmarks for results, to achieve a diverse range of goals. We instruct artists/students and collaborate with colleagues and professionals by understanding and appealing to their own unique talents, needs, purposes and aspirations. Doing so on a global level, in order to expand and increase diverse student’s/artist’s social, political, cultural and historical awareness of the world they live in, through their range of skills/studies, is vital for serious aspiring artists everywhere. All with the purpose of sharing our passion for theater and the arts and creating a common/collaborative vision to share the power, history and relevance of musical theater in a larger social, cultural and historical context with performers/students of all levels/backgrounds, and allowing it to transform their lives and expand their universal/educational knowledge.
StudentsLive/Passport to Broadway was founded in 2000. The organization has attracted over 350,000 participants from the widest range of cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. It continues to support alternative learning, cross cultural and interdisciplinary opportunities for a wide range of new audiences and creating, developing, managing and implementing National Standards theater curriculum and interactive Broadway Educational Workshops and Materials for support in classrooms worldwide by training, hiring, and organizing teams of Broadway Artists and Professionals to serve each organization’s needs. By doing so, these programs enable a new generation of students to make the arts a permanent part of their lives in ways in which they can deeply explore its value, not just fill up a seat.
Philosophy and work includes: Strategizing, targeting and outreaching to a wide range of new audiences and creating, developing, managing and implementing interactive Broadway Educational Workshops for diverse students; training, hiring, and organizing teams of Broadway artists and professionals to serve each audience’s needs, particularly in the education communities’ worldwide; creating and developing supplemental new theater curriculum components for educators worldwide. Students of all liberal arts interests have the opportunity to experience first-hand, the best live, interactive theater education programs, taught by some of the best, highly trained specialists, our country has to offer allowing new audiences to experience the rich and complex theme and issues in each Show they attend, the intensive training of a successful and highly disciplined actor, the career responsibilities and talents of Broadway professionals behind the scenes, and the myriad skills required in collaboration, interrelationships, communications and human exploration.