By kristin3

Westport Fireworks!

Wow I had not realized how long it has been since I posted! Ah summer!  Let me catch you up!On July 7th the NPT Youth sang for the Westport Fireworks.  Over 2000 folks on the beach got to hear some of our wonderful Youth Board and college int...

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Cause and Effect


I never thought I would be quoting Jim Carey but I saw a link on Facebook the title “What Jim Carey explains in 1 minute will change your life forever. Seriously.”  

I had to click on that.

While not a huge fan of his comedic style, I watched his commencement address to graduates at Maharishi University with growing admiration.  The jewel I took away was “your most valuable commodity is the effect you have on others”.

I mused on that during my walk to the beach with Gracie today and I will be honest that I am in what Seth Godin calls “The Dip”.  A bit stuck.  I was feeling sorry for myself, a bit down, stalled.   And that is silly because good things are happening. Things are moving forward…but we always want them to be further ahead than they are.  

Then I realized, I was thinking about the effect my life was having on me, as opposed to the effect my career, NPT, my teaching was having on others. 

I feel as though I take direction well, so I started by noticing simple things on my walk with Gracie today concerning the “effect” I have on others.  I acknowledged that the effect I have on Gracie when I am scratching her chin is that her back leg thumps too.  When I smiled at the older gentleman pruning his bushes as we walked by he smiled back. 

Then I transferred the cause and effect thinking to part of my career.

My teaching: The effect I want to have on my students is not just to teach them technically how to sing, but also to keep showing them how the real world of theatre works. The entrepreneurial side of the business. The effect I want to have on them is that they enter that world well-armed and ready psychologically.  Nurtured, yes.  But not pampered. Inspired to do their best work, but also tough-skinned.  I realized if I am thinking of the effect on myselfin this I would only be nice and sweet and relatively uncritical so that they think highly of me.  But if I really want to have a positive and lasting effect, I have to be honest and diligent in my teaching. Yes and tough. 

My career:  It’s so easy to say as an actor that you had an effect because you made the audience feel, cry, laugh.  That’s good!  Is it enough for me? I guess not because I have always taught andperformed.  There needed to be more even than that or I guess I would not have started NPT. 

Ah and now we come to the crux of my cause and effect thinking.  The reason for my musing.  The reason I am stuck.  What “effect” do I want NPT to have on others? 

In total honesty, it’s easy to get lost in the ego of this.  What effect does starting NPT have on me?  What effect does it have on my career? We are at a huge jumping off point now and it’s not just my owncareer, it’s an entire nonprofit with a board that believes in this project, and donors and other performers and, and, and!

I started NPT with a huge vision. I have it written down. I know others believe in it. It could be as simple as remembering the effect the arts have on those in need I guess and then applying it to a whole community. 

The little neighbor girl I gave flute lessons to years ago who had lymphoma.  It was the only thing that would get her to move her swollen little fingers.  The kids at After School at the Klein who feel inspired beyond their immediate inner-city surroundings to do more with their lives because of an arts class. 

I need to make this post a, "To be continued...." as I keep my mantra "The Effect you want to have on others".....on the world....

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It’s not about you!

Great Blog today by Seth Godin. I love how he uses artist examples. Shun The Non-Believers! is my new motto.

It's not about you-Seth Godin

Right in the front row, not four feet from Christian McBride, was every performer's bête noire. I don't know why she came to the Blue Note, maybe it was to make her date happy. But she was yawning, checking her watch, looking around the room, fiddling with this and that, doing everything except being engaged in the music.
McBride seemed to be too professional and too experienced to get brought down by her disrespect and disengagement. Here's what he knew: It wasn't about him, it wasn't about the music, it wasn't a response to what he was creating.
Haters gonna hate.
Shun the non-believers.
Do your work, your best work, the work that matters to you. For some people, you can say, "hey, it's not for you." That's okay. If you try to delight the undelightable, you've made yourself miserable for no reason.
It's sort of silly to make yourself miserable, but at least you ought to reserve it for times when you have a good reason.

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Summer Triple Threat Classes at The Klein/NPT

EXCITED to announce:

NPT/Klein Summer Triple Threat Workshops! For all Ages including ADULTS! 

(Priority will be given to students who sign up for 4 week session in a discipline. Then we will allow single class-takers to fill in if space allows)

Please respond asap to info@nptheatre.orgwith your interest and contact information 
or call 646-342-3200 with questions. 

Vocal solos and NY Auditions 
with Kristin Huffman   6-8pm

Tuesdays starting July 8th - 4 week session= $240 0R $60 per class

(priority give to those who sign up for 4 weeks)

Executive Director of the professional theatre company, The New Paradigm Theatre (, Kristin Huffman appeared in the Tony award winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim-"Company"in which she played the leading role of “Sarah” as well as flute, sax and piccolo. A sought after International Master Class teacher and vocal competition judge, Kristin will work with you on your audition pieces (musical theatre, pop, rock etc) with a professional accompanist to ready you for the stage and audition room. Feedback also provided on the “business” including resumes, networking protocol, rep book review etc.

Acting/Scene Study  
with Jodi Stevens  6-8pm

Wednesday starting July 7th - 4 week session=$220 or $55 per class

(priority give to those who sign up for 4 weeks)

Busy theatre, TV and film performer Jodi Stevens (Broadway: Jekyll and Hyde, Urban Cowboy. TV: Sex in the City, Central Park West) works with you in this audition prep, Scene Study and Monologue class. This is simply your best opportunity to flex your acting muscles and refine your craft. In this acting class students take all of their technique and harness it for performance. It is a weekly workout where actors test their performance abilities in a safe and playful environment. Through working on scenes and monologues of various genres, the actors discover their strengths and weaknesses. Because class size is restricted, each actor works in every class. You may bring your own material or the teacher can recommend pieces for you.


Mondays starting July 9th - 4 week session=$100 or $25 per class (priority give to those who sign up for 4 weeks)

Hip Hop Tap Dance is an excitingly different form of Tap Dance; it is very rhythmic and allows the dancer to be free and creative .  Tiffany Wilson (seen on television shows such as Showtime at The Apollo and 106 & Park) has trained, performed, choreographed and taught in various settings including academic institutions, community centers, and other dance facilities. During the Hip Hop Tap sessions the individuals will learn to Tap Dance while incorporating Hip Hop Music and they will explore basic elements of Tap and Hip Hop Dance including: stretching, toning, coordination, body awareness, building self-confidence, and some Tap terminology. Students will begin to understand group dynamics in terms of being a cohesive unit. Together, the instructor and students will focus on individual and group presentations as well as different exercises that will aid the student’s development and sharpen their own creativity as a performing artist. 

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