Meet the Coaches
Kurt Domoney, Co-Founder/Director/Coach
KURT DOMONEY, AEA, has been coaching young people professionally through MTCA, Musical Theatre College Auditions for the past four years and is still a passionate and active college prep coach. He is thrilled that BKA has students working in all levels of the industry, from television, film, Broadway shows, National Tours, regional theatre and community theatre. Our students have been seen on Broadway in shows from LES MISERABLES to ANASTASIA to MATILDA, National Tours of ANNIE, DR. SUESS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, ELF, SCHOOL OF ROCK, MATILDA and in almost every regional theatre in the country!
As an educator he has taught tap, jazz, musical theatre, voice and song coaching through Front & Center Performing Arts in Springfield, NJ in addition to many private clients. Through his work as a freelance coach in all of these disciplines, he found his love and passion for teaching kids of all ages the skill of a successful audition. This heart centered process involves a creative, nurturing and solid audition technique that is both effective and fun. Broadway: Don Kerr in the Broadway revival of A CHORUS LINE, 1st National Tour of the revival of 42ND STREET and Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS. He has been seen Off-Broadway in the Jones and Schmidt musical ROADSIDE at the York Theatre Company, ALL IS LOVE at the New York Musical Theatre Festival as well as performing with the Rockettes in the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. Kurt has been seen at most of the country’s top regional theatre's including the Arena Stage and Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC, Goodspeed Opera House, North Shore Music Theatre, Geva Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus and Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars. He directed and choreographed PRINCESS DIANA, THE MUSICAL at the Spoletto Festival in Charleston, SC. Choreography credits include EVITA, DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT and LA BELLE HELENE at Opera North and EVERYONE'S CAROL Off-Broadway. In addition, Kurt performed, taught and choreographed for the Transcendence Theatre Company, Sonoma, CA in FLY ME TO THE MOON, FANTASTICAL FAMILY NIGHT and their Kids Fun Camp. Kurt has also been a casting associate for two season’s at the Cape Playhouse. This job gave him the privilege of working on the "other side" of the audition table and seeing hundreds of actors audition in New York. Marrying all of this professional experience together resulted in the desire to help children understand and develop the fundamentals of auditioning at an early age. It's also a blast! Kurt holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)
WHY I COACH? “To help channel a young person's passion and energy into a performance where THEY can have a creative experience. I strive to help them think on their feet so they can be generous and confident in their skill set and dream big with the inspiration to become more confident, courageous and fearless people. These things, I believe, will help shape the future of this amazing art form."
Julianne Katz, Co-Founder/Director/Coach
JULIANNE KATZ, AEA, A performer since the age of four, Julianne began teaching and directing in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona when she was sixteen years old. She has been coaching and teaching professionally in New York City since 2011 with MTCA, Musical Theatre College Auditions and has taught at the Engeman Theatre Children's Conservatory in Northport as well as at workshops and studios all over the country. Performing Credits Include: Hodel in Fiddler On The Roof (National Tour), Adele Rice in A Man of No Importance (Gallery Players, NY) and Jenny Brinker in Allegro (APAC). Regional Credits include: Berkshire Theatre Festival, Artpark, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, and many more!
In addition to performing and teaching, Julianne has spent a lot of time “behind the table,” within the realm of casting and choreography. She served as an assistant at SH Entertainment, where she got an inside look into the audition process from a casting director’s point of view. Julianne’s work as a choreographer has given her a great scope of what it means to have a “successful audition.” Julianne currently works as an Assistant Choreographer to Broadway Living Legend, Susan Stroman, on various projects. Most recently, she Assistant Directed/Choreographed a brand new musical, Chasing Rainbows, under director Jeff Whiting at the Flat Rock Playhouse. Julianne is a proud graduate of Elon University with a BFA in Music Theatre, minor in dance. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and conducted her Undergraduate Honors Thesis in Music Theatre Choreography with a focus on Dream Ballets.
For more info visit www.JulianneKatz.com
WHY I COACH? "My life in the theatre world has truly shaped who I am as a person. I believe that the theatre is a powerful place where children can learn confidence, passion, and a sense of community, whether or not they want to make it their life's work. To be apart of their discoveries and growth is an absolute GIFT!"
DEBORAH K. ABRAMSON (Song Coach / Musical Director)
Deborah Abramson has worked as a Music Director, pianist, and coach for over thirty years, but found her greatest fulfillment as Children’s Music Director for Matilda the Musical on Broadway, where she spent nearly five years casting and training and mentoring all the children of the Broadway and touring companies. She has also served as Music Director or Associate Music Director for many other Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including Spring Awakening, James Joyce’s The Dead, Bernarda Alba, Dessa Rose, My Life With Albertine, and The Glorious Ones. In between those jobs, she has logged thousands of hours as an audition pianist, and a few other hours as a composer with lyricists William Finn, Peter Mills, and Amanda Yesnowitz.
Deborah was formerly grateful to BKA for helping to prepare a few wonderful kids to be cast in Matilda, and is now grateful to BKA for putting her back into rooms where children open their hearts and minds in song with a gorgeous freedom that no other kinds of people have.
For more information, visit http://www.deborahabramson.com.
WHY I COACH
"One of my greatest joys is witnessing a performer using a song to portray all the things that are difficult and beautiful about being human. One of my other greatest joys is helping a performer to make that portrayal happen, being a partner in working through fear, through confusion, through self-consciousness. It is an enormous privilege to be a person who gets to use information and encouragement to help set another person free."
Michael Brian Dunn- Acting Coach/On-Camera Coaching
AEA, SAG-AFTRA, was born in Utica, NY and is thrilled to teach and coach for BKA! Broadway: Doctor Zhivago,The Life, Cats, Guys and Dolls, Big River, Baby, Sweeney Todd . National/International Tours: Amadeus, HMS Pinafore, IfThis Hat Could Talk, Stratford Festival Canada: HMS Pinafore, (Ralph Rackstraw) Nina and the Twelve Months, Tokyo, (performed in Japanese) Off Broadway: Perfect Crime, Ensemble Studio Theater, Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Love In Two Countries, Lenny and The Heartbreakers & Death Of Von Richthofen both at New York Shakespeare Festival, Gifts of the Magi, Kenedy's Children. Regional Theaters: Cincinnati Playhouse, GEVA Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Actors Theater of Louisville, Goodspeed Opera House, Walnut Street Theater Philadelphia, , North Shore Music Theater, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, St. Louis MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO, San Bernardino CLO, Hartford Symphony, and South Coast Rep of CA. (Drama Logue Award) Television: Law and Order CI, Trial by Jury, S.V.U. Film: Julie & Julia (Ivan Cousins) starring Meryl Streep
WHY I COACH? " I coach because I love helping kids find an easy and effective way to interpret text to bring the best results to their auditions. I get a lot our ofseeing the development of communication skills by encouraging self expression and confidence in themselves."
Matthew Deming- Voice Coach, Music Director
AEA, AGMA, SAG-AFTRA, is the voice teacher and coach for Broadway Kids Auditions. He began his work with young performers teaching voice and musical theater classes at THE STUDIO in New Cannan, CT over eight years ago. Matt served as the primary voice teacher for four years at the Front & Center for the Performing Arts in Sringfield, NJ, and well-rounded after school training program for young dancer/singer/actors, and was also a music director for several shows and countless competition numbers. In addition, he was a voice teacher and headed a musical theater class at the Berkeley Carroll School and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Matt has always created fun, kid friendly approach to teaching young performers by providing a safe and supportive environment so that each and every student can fully explore their talents and learn the tools and techniques of auditioning successfully. His own experience as a working actor/singer has given him many years to craft his method of musical preparation for auditioning in the competitive New York market. For ten years, Matt has been singing professionally with the New York Philharmonic, The American Symphony Orchestra, Musica Sacra, the Collegiate Chorale and has toured to France, Austria and Israel as a guest singer. In musical theater, he has worked with Tony Award Director, John Doyle, at the Cincinnati Playhouse, and Tony winners, Frank Galati, Director, Ann Reinking, Choreographer, Terrance McNally, Writer and performers Chita Rivera and George Hearn. Regional credits include the Signature Theater, Huntington Theater Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Ogunquit Playhouse, Allenberry Playhouse, to name a few. He has musical director several shows for young singers including Into the Woods, Anything Goes, 42nd Street and has arranged many musical reviews for classes and workshops. Matt has taken years of experience as a teacher and performer and has crafted his teaching style to work with children of all ages and levels of ability. As his students grow up and head to high school and onto college, they can be confident that they have the skills and knowledge that is necessary to be successful in their auditions, whether it is to get into competitive schools or to book that show! Matt graduated from Boston University and is now a full time voice teacher and actor in New York City.
WHY I COACH? "My hope is that each kid will be confident that they are putting their best foot forward in any audition scenario. I desire to focus on helping build a strong vocal technique for each student while learning varied and appropriate repertoire, and practicing the routine of auditioning."
Jeremy Greenbaum- Song and Acting Coach
Broadway: ‘Newsies’ (Davey). Off-Broadway: ‘The Fantasticks’ (Mute/Matt u/s), Prospect Theater Company’s ‘Tamar of the River’ (Shelah), York Theatre’s ‘Saturday Night’ (Dino). Tour: Dreamworks’ ‘Madagascar Live!’ (Melman). Regional: Miami Theatre Center, The Gretna Theatre, The Media Theatre. Directing: Ars Nova’s ‘Orpheus and Eurydice are Fucking in Love’. Teaching/Coaching: Broadway Tours, Camp Broadway. BFA from Penn State University. Representation: Wolf Talent Group. www.JeremyGreenbaum.com. Twitter: @JeremyGreenbaum. Instagram: @JPGreenbean.
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WHY I COACH? " I coach because I am passionate about taking my experiences as a performer, teacher, and director and using them to help my student reach their maximum potential."
Angela Palladini, Dance Audition Coach
National Tours: Annie (Swing, Asst. Dance Captain), American Showstoppers- An Evening with Irving Berlin (Asst. Dir./Choreographer, Dancer), Full House: The Musical Parody! (Asst. Choreographer, Off-Broadway), Broadway Dance Center (Asst. to Jason Wise), Dance Gallery Festival 2014 Finalist (Alvin Ailey), Polaris Dance Theatre, Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Scholarship, South Bay Ballet (Main Company Member). Gyrotonic and Yoga Instructor.
Infinite love and gratitude to Jason Wise, family, and friends for their unconditional support!
"The more I can give back from my own experiences to help them on their path both on and off stage, the more I know the future of Broadway is unstoppable. They bring so much joy and fearless energy into the room- it's contagious! And it brightens up my world in more ways than they'll ever know."
Shannah Rae (Vocal Technique)
Shannah Rae is a vocal coach, teacher, actor, and director with over 15 years of experience on the private studio, public school, and collegiate level. She has previously taught for Dallas Summer Musicals Academy, Casa Manana, and Theatre Arlington and is the owner of Phoenix Performance Studio-a triple threat training program for students in Dallas/Fort Worth and across the nation. She is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a BA and MM in the vocal music. She has studied vocal pedagogy (including the Estill Method) with Broadway vocal coach, Tom Burke and has studied acting/musical theatre interpretation with Kimberly Vaughn at the Kimberly Vaughn Performance Studio. Selected stage credits include Sweeney Todd (Beggar Women), 9 to 5 (Judy Bernly), 1776 (Abigail Adams), The Drowsy Chaperone (The Drowsy Chaperone), and Oliver! (Widow Corney).
Why I teach: There is no greater privilege than watching a young person find their wings. Through coaching, I've watched children who had previously struggled with self-worth step up onto the stage and confidently sing a song while their parents cried with joy. I've seen children paralyzed by the fear of making a mistake become courageously willing to take risks and try new things. And my heart has burst with joy at curtain calls when I see their faces beaming with the joy that theatre brings. My goal is not just to teach them to be a good vocalist. I wish to also provide them with skills that will serve them throughout life and ultimately grow them as human beings. I, personally, have benefited from the investment of mentors and artists throughout my life. They have helped shape who I am today. My wish is to provide the same mentorship to the next generation of students.
Brett Teresa- Voice Coach/Music Director
AEA, is a Vocal Technician and Audition Coach who has been teaching in New York City for the past ten years. As a California native he has worked extensively as a musical director with the Arts Bridge program by bringing the performing arts to underprivileged schools. As a director and choreographer Brett has taught at Stagedoor Manor as well as other youth theater programs. He attended The University of California, Irvine’s Theater & Dance Department with a major in Musical Theater and has performed in shows regionally, on tour and in NYC. For the past six years he has been the Vice President of Sing For Your Seniors, a non-profit organization that organizes performances for senior day centers and hospitals. Brett is a company member of Wanderlust Theatre Company and Homunculus Mask Theatre and also a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
WHY I COACH? "I coach with the hope of bringing that same sense of camaraderie and passion to the next generation of musical theater performers. Seeing a young actors eyes light up with the recognition that something was just made possible that wasn’t there a moment ago and that there are always new discoveries and growth to be made at any age keeps my own passion alive and keeps me coaching."
Peter Thoresen- Voice Coach/Music Director
Peter is a Manhattan-based voice teacher, performer and writer. He serves as a vocal tech coach for Broadway Kids Auditions (BKA), Musical Theater College Auditions (MTCA), and is the founder of his private studio, Voice Lessons in Washington Heights. He coaches students of all ages, and many of them regularly appear in productions on and off Broadway, in national tours, and in numerous New York venues, including 54 Below and Joe’s Pub. His students can also be heard on albums released by the Broadway Records and Columbia labels. His recent New York performances in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen were described by Broadwayworld.com as ‘Spellbinding.’ Other recent New York highlights include premiere performances as Dolly Parton’s assistant in Heartbreak Express with Rhymes With Opera. Additional concerts include gala performances in Maine at the Winter Harbor Music Festival, where Peter serves as head of vocal activities and managing director. A countertenor, Peter’s portrayal of Julia Child in Hoiby’s Bon Appétit! with Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble was named in the list of top 10 classical music events in Pittsburgh. Concert and operatic engagements include performances with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Musicians, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Monterey Symphony, American Opera Theater, and Bloomington Early Music Festival. He previously was a member of the Philharmonia Baraoque Orchestra Chorale in San Francisco, where he was also named a district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Peter takes special joy in working with groups as they prepare for concerts at Carnegie Hall and other venues, and he’s served as a vocal and diction coach for the Manhattan Girls Chorus, Collegiate Chorale and American Symphony Orchestra. A frequent presenter and master class teacher, Peter is the creator of the popular Unlocking Your Voice workshop series, which he presents regularly to students at NYU. He’s given vocal master classes and workshops in New York, Indiana and Chicago. He previously led Project Jumpstart, a career development and entrepreneurship program at the IU Jacobs School of Music. Peter regularly contributes featured articles to Classical Singer magazine, and also writes for the AuditionsPlus blog. Peter grew up in Chicago where he performed regularly as a child actor in over 500 performances of musicals and operas at Drury Lane Oakbrook Theater, Candlelight Dinner Theater and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Peter is a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). He holds a Doctor of Music degree in voice from the Indiana University; MM voice from the Peabody Conservatory; BM voice from Illinois Wesleyan University.
WHY I COACH?
"I coach because guiding students to moments of self discovery is a total joy that’s empowering for both student and coach. I love providing a safe place for students as they grow in healthy vocal production and artistry. And the vocal studio is also a fantastic place to teach confidence and develop & rehearse positive self talk, both of which are critical in the audition room, on the stage and everywhere in between."