High School Workshops
I immediately connected with the work they do to educate and train young performing artists. When I invited them to come work with students in our OCU Summer Music Program I had no idea what a POSITIVE experience it would be! Besides being amazing performers and coaches, Tom and Caroline are truly nice people who share a passion for helping young performers achieve their dreams.
Oklahoma City University Assistant Dean
Director of Summer Performing Arts Academy
High School Workshops will include a combination of the following topics:
An overview of the arts-based college admissions process, differences amongst BA, BFA, and conservatory program tracks, and standard requirements for each track (musical theatre, acting, dance, voice, BA vs. BFA)
Highlight a range of BA and BFA college programs for students interested in pursuing the performing arts and provide insider info about the application and audition process (including prescreen audition video requirements)
How to create a “best fit” college list and maximize college visits to get the competitive edge in the arts-based supplemental essay/interview portions of the application
Interactive mock pre-screen/arts supplement video recording session
Polish Your Passion is an online-based performance training company that helps prepare high school students across the country who are auditioning for college as well as college students who are transitioning into their professional careers. In the past, our high school students have been accepted to BFA programs including Carnegie Mellon University, The Juilliard School, Ithaca College, and NYU Tisch and BA programs including Northwestern University, Oberlin College, and UCLA. Our college students have held apprenticeships at regional theatres including the Berkshire Theatre Group and Powerhouse Theatre and recent college grads have worked regionally at theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, and Pioneer Theatre Company, on tour including Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, and Hair, and on film/tv including Law & Order: SVU, Boardwalk Empire, Vynyl, and The Family Fang.
MEET CAROLINE SELIA
Caroline Selia (Co-founder & Singing Coach) is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she also completed her B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. She completed her M.M. degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As a singing coach, Ms. Selia has taught at The Studio of Performing Arts in New Canaan, 74th St. Magic NYC, KCMO Theatre Magic, and most recently, the Statement Arts program, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the creative visual and performing arts to underserved/low-income students. She has performed with American Idol finalist and B'way veteran Diana DeGarmo at Birdland Jazz Club. Her most recent musical theatre credits include: Claire in Class: a New Musical by Karl Michael Johnson & Alex Beech and Elsa in A Bump in the Road by Michael von der Nahmer & Emily Roller directed by Tony nominee Jerry Dixon & Nick Corely. She also has sung extensively throughout Europe, winning awards for her performance in Graz, Austria & sings the National Anthem for the NY Knicks. Her television & film credits include: Redneck Rehab ep. 104 (Country Music Television), Dog Park (Rowman Productions), and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC). She also has featured vocals on the dance/electronica song "Waiting for Me" by DJ Eddie Essa and is continuing to work on musical collaborations.
MEET TOM MORIN
Tom Morin (Co-founder & Acting Coach) is originally from Portsmouth, New Hampshire and is a NYC-based actor and acting teacher. He holds a B.A. in Theatre and Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross and a M.F.A. in Acting from Ohio University. As an acting instructor, he has taught at the Studio for Performing Arts in New Canaan, CT, St. Paul’s School, Ohio University, and the West Side YMCA in NYC. As an actor, his Off Broadway/NYC credits include Measure for Measure at New York Classical Theatre, The Rivals at the Pearl Theatre Company, A Christmas Carol at Titan Theatre Company, and That Lady from Maxim's at the Robert Moss Theatre (2013 NYMF selection; Nominee for 7 2013 NY Innovative Awards and winner of Outstanding Production of a Musical). His regional professional credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (Walnut Street Theatre). The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Liar (Centenary Stage Company); Twelfth Night, Macbeth (Great River Shakespeare Festival); The Winter’s Tale, Marriage of Figaro (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Dana Lynn Formby’s The Small of Her Back (Victory Gardens Theater, workshop); Guys and Dolls, Scapino, The Front Page, Merry Wives of Windsor (Monomoy Theatre); Anything Goes! (Best Supporting Actor in a Musical nominee), Our Town (Hackmatack Playhouse). He also interned at Christine Wyse Casting in Boston, MA and worked two seasons with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Proud member of AEA.
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