So You Wanna Be A Broadway Star?

September 28, 2019 

A Mentoring and Audition Event Saturday September 28th 11-3pm 

at Emmanuel Church – 285 Lyons Plain Rd, Weston CT

New Paradigm Theatre’s Signature event:

Singers and actors from age 8 through adult will audition with a song or monologue and receive professional feedback from Broadway and film casting directors, agents, and producers in New Paradigm Theatre’s (NPT) signature event, SO YA WANNA BE A BROADWAY STAR? 

This educational audition master class is also a chance for us to choose our Holiday Show performers.

Due to a generous supporter’s donation, we will allow the audience to choose a “Fan Favorite” at the end of the event. The winner will receive $100. Everyone who performs/auditions on September 28th will be offered the chance to perform in our Holiday show alongside our Broadway performers on December 14 and 15 at Fairfield Theatre Company. Click here for a short video of the event.

Networking is crucial in the entertainment industry, and the singers who have auditioned meet and receive feedback from such pros as : Jamibeth Margolis (NY Casting Dir: Les Miz, Phantom, Cats); Paul Bogaev (Music Producer Movies- Dreamgirls, Chicago and Across the Universe) ; Gwendolyn Jones (Broadway and National tours); Alan Rust (Department Chair of the Theatre Department at University of Hartford), Scott Bryce (Emmy nominee, film and TV performer and director), Jeremy Sickels (NY talent agent with Daniel Hoff agency and many other working professionals.  See below for our confirmed list of panelists.  

Chris Coogan, music director for the Holiday show will be accompanying this master class and taking notes, to help the director create our upcoming Holiday show from the talent we see during this educational event/audition. 

Past winner Amanda Forker.

Kristin Huffman, Producing Artistic Director NPT, Broadway Performer, and professor at University of Hartford will also lead a panel discussion and the audience (friends, parents and auditioners) may ask insider questions about the industry.“Mentoring is a large component of NPT’s mission statement. We often feature the stand-out performers (adult and youth) we see at this event, in our shows throughout the season. 

Pre-Registration is required. There are only 20 spots available for this mentoring event. 

Audience members may pay $10 at the door to watch and to vote for “Fan Favorite”. 

  1. Download app (below) fill out and send to (1st button) 
  2. Once approved, come back here and pay the application fee of $50 (2nd button) 

Start Here: Register by Downloading the Application

Once Approved, Register Here

Confirmed panelists giving feedback:  (We will continue to add to our panel of professionals throughout this month. Panelists are subject to change but if changed, will be replaced with equally professional industry pros.)

Tim Howard (Broadway performer, Director and Coordinator of BFA in Musical Theatre WCSU) has had a diverse career as a director/actor/ and music director.  Most recently, his direction and reimagining of Evita received 10 National Awards from the Kennedy Center (KCACTF) including Distinguished Director of a Musical. Recent credits include directing the premier of a new play, Killing Mom at ACT, A Christmas Carol at Music Theatre of Connecticut and A.R. Gurney’s The Fourth Wall at Oldcastle Theatre Company in Vermont. His direction of Big River, also at Oldcastle, received a Berkshire Theatre Award nomination. In 2016, his production of Parade received 14 national KCACTF awards followed by The Drowsy Chaperone in 2017, which garnered 11 national awards.  Both musicals received Outstanding Production of a Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical.

Acting credits include:  Broadway National Tours of Show Boat (Jake) directed by Harold Prince, Parade (J.N. Starnes) directed by Harold Prince and conducted by Jason Robert Brown, Leachman and Howard: Together at Last!  (Two-person show with Cloris Leachman).  New York Theatre:  Elegies (Bill Russell, director/writer) National Dance Institute, The Happy Prince (Cedric) New York Musical Theatre Festival, Jubilee (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Hunchback of Notre Dame (ABC Television-workshop), Abelard and Heloise (Roundabout Theatre).  Regional:  Studio Arena, Capital Repertory, Boston Shakespeare, Merrimack Repertory, Pittsburgh CLO, Stages St. Louis, Actors Theatre of Louisville.  Television:  Law and Order:  Criminal Intent, Late Night with David Letterman

Other selected directing credits include:  Hair (20th Anniversary Production-collaborated with writers), Get Any Guy Thru Psychic Mind Control (Critic’s Voice-Time Magazine), Red Roses for a Blue Lady (with Cloris Leachman-White Barn Theatre).

Jeremy Sickels– NY Agent at the Daniel Hoff Agency with a specialty in theatre.  Daniel Hoff is a bi-coastal agency that has been around for over 25 years.  Recent theatrical bookings for his clients include:  The Cher Show, King Kong, Hamilton, My Fair Lady, Meangirls, Bat out of Hell; as well as bookings at theatres such as The Public, Yale Rep, Theatre under the Stars, Ogunquit Playhouse.  Other TV/Film Bookings include:  The West Side Story Movie, Divorce, The Last O.G.

Kristin Huffman- Artistic Director

Kristin Huffman appeared in the Tony award winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim-“Company”. It also won a Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Revival of a Musical in which she played the leading role of “Sarah” as well as flute, sax and piccolo. The production was filmed and aired on PBS’s Great Performances.  She has a career that has spanned over 25 years professionally performing with operas, theatres, symphonies around the US and she played “Christine” in the European tour of Phantom.

Kristin is the Founder and Producing Artistic director of The New Paradigm Theatre (NPT), a professional non profit (501c3) theatre company, whose mission is to foster creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through theatre arts education and productions. She’s delighted to include college interns from Hartt, UArts, Uconn, WCSU and other colleges in the shows and events. In 2016 sixteen college students from Hartt sang onstage in Kristin Chenoweth’s Broadway show “My Love Letters to Broadway” as part of NPT’s college intern program. Kristin is thrilled to include college students whenever she can in these types of shows, as well as master classes with pros from Film/TV and Broadway.

As a former Miss Ohio/Runner-up Miss America she continues hosting and producing charity events for NPT that feature her favorite Broadway, Film and TV colleagues often in combination with the NPT Youth Board of directors and college interns.  She is a professor at the University of Hartford and trains singer/actors for a life “on the wicked stage”. She is a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA) and she frequently judges international choir competitions in the US and Canada.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from both Capital University Conservatory of Music BM (Music ed: flute and voice concentration) and Northwestern University (Masters of Music- Opera)

Jamie Karen is an American musical theatre performer and BMI songwriter who was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She began dancing at the age of three, and went on to discover acting and singing at the age of seven. She studied at the Coconut Grove Playhouse and The Dance Center, as well as the Royal Academy of Dancing. She attended Southwood Junior High South Center for the Arts in the Theatre department under the direction of Rick Adams. During these years, she was handpicked to appear on the television show “Kids Biz,” a nationally syndicated network program for children. When it came time for high school, she auditioned for the music, dance, and theatre departments of the prestigious New World School of the Arts and was accepted into all three. She chose dance, but starred as Cassie in the theater department’s production of “A Chorus Line”. She later went on to attain her B.A.  from Hofstra University in Dance and Psychology, where her choreography for “Everybody Hurts” was selected for DEA finals. After graduation, she moved to NYC and began working regionally in musical theatre, realizing that this was her true calling. She is proud to have performed on Broadway, around the country and abroad, and has sold her music to television networks. Jamie was recently seen in NPT’s production of Bye Bye Birdie as “Rosie”. 

Randye Kaye–  is an actress, broadcaster, author and singer, with credits that include 20 years as a Connecticut radio personality (STAR 99.9, WSHU, and her podcast The Life Talk Show), and theatre appearances in NYC and Connecticut. Favorite stage roles include Broadway Bound (Kate), Momoirs (original production with Theatre Artists Workshop),  Nunsense 1 and 3 (Sr. Robert Anne, directed by Danny Goggin), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife) and Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), Randye does voice-over and on-camera work in commercials, corporate film, telephony and audiobooks. She is the author of Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope, and was nominated for a Listen Up! Award for the audiobook version.