Our second PASTUDIO USA TOUR to NYFA and New York City was really amazing!
PASTUDIO students participated in the exclusive 6 day workshop prepared especially for us by NYFA including: Voice and Movement, Acting Technique, Ballet, Performance Lab, Voice Lab and Jazz. They later applied all the newly learned skills in a final showcase presentation in front of various parents who travelled especially from Argentina for the occasion.
Students would get up very early in the morning and take the subway from midtown to the new NYFA facilities at South Ferry (17 Battery Place) and study approximately 8 hours a day with an extraordinary selection of Broadway Veterans.
After class, students continued participating in more artistic activities including a meeting with the MCC THEATRE YOUTH COMPANY and watching Musicals such as: “Wicked”, “The Lion King” and “Spiderman”.
NYFA offered us backstage tours in “The Lion King” with faculty member Thom Christopher Warren (Character: Scar) showing us around personally before performing and “Wicked” with faculty member Christy Ney (Stage Manager) giving us an incredible glimpse into the magical world of technical developments in today’s major Broadway productions.
PASTUDIO students even enjoyed a unique tour around New York City in “The Ride” and had a wonderful dinner at the famous “Hard Rock Café”.
After hours of studying, practicing, doing homework, going on outings to theatres and MCC, we were also able to do some shopping and get to know “The city that never sleeps” first hand.
I would personally like to thank Jack Newman (Director of Outreach and Development at NYFA) for his confidence and help in making this a successful tour, Mark Olsen (Chair of the NYFA Musical Theatre Program) , Neva Rae Powers (PASTUDIO special program coordinator) and the rest of wonderful staff who taught us so much and made us feel at home: Sara Antkowiak, DJ Salisbury, Michelle Potterf, Deidre Goodwin, Nathan Crocker, Brian O’Neill and Frank Lindquist.
Finally, I wish to thank the parents who supported our PASTUDIO USA TOUR to NYFA and NYC in 2013, Martín de Eugenio from Auquinco Viajes and would like to congratulate each and every one of our students on their excellent behavior, discipline and learning achievements!
Cris Hansen (Founder and General Director – PASTUDIO.COM)