7 episodes

Elysa Gardner hosts a series of candid conversations with industry experts, theatre educators and savvy parents discussing strategies to help culture-consuming kids and aspiring young artists become great performers—on stage, off stage and at every stage of their lives. Created by the team at Camp Broadway.

Develop Your Character Camp Broadway

    • Performing Arts

Elysa Gardner hosts a series of candid conversations with industry experts, theatre educators and savvy parents discussing strategies to help culture-consuming kids and aspiring young artists become great performers—on stage, off stage and at every stage of their lives. Created by the team at Camp Broadway.

    #6 - Dara Paige Bloomfield

    #6 - Dara Paige Bloomfield

    Camp Broadway presents Develop Your Character hosted by Elysa Gardner who talks with theatre insiders about ideas to help culture-loving kids and aspiring artists become great performers at every stage of their lives. This episode features Dara Paige Bloomfield, actress, educator, and producer of Growing Up Broadway, a series of cabaret concerts featuring Broadway’s former and current child performers.
    Dara set her sights on Broadway at age 5 after seeing Cats and by age 9 she was cast in the original production of Ragtime, where she learned the value of teamwork. While she continued to work professionally during her tween and teen years, she embraced the importance of having a “normal” life. Inspired by actress/writer Lily Tomlin who told her to “make your own work,” Dara leveraged her early experience and her natural organization skills into a producing career that now enables her to work both on stage and behind the scenes. Her advice to aspiring young performers and their parents—“Don’t let auditioning and performing take over your life. Being an actor alone isn’t the thing that will make you an interesting person.”
    Develop Your Character is produced by Camp Broadway for the Broadway Podcast Network. For more information, visit campbroadway.com or post a comment about this episode on our Facebook page.
    A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
    Produced by Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales.
    Edited by Derek Gunther.

    • 36 min
    #5 - Lisa Michell, Director of Education for Disney Theatrical Group

    #5 - Lisa Michell, Director of Education for Disney Theatrical Group

    Camp Broadway presents Develop Your Character hosted by Elysa Gardner who talks with theatre insiders about ideas to help culture-loving kids and aspiring artists become great performers at every stage of their lives.
    This episode features Lisa Mitchell, Director of Education for Disney Theatrical Group, where she oversees Disney Musicals in Schools, a national program committed to developing sustainable theatre programs in schools that don’t have one. The program is currently in 400 schools across 26 cities and positively impacts over 43,000 students annually.
    Lisa discovered theatre as a student whose academics were significantly improved through engaging in school productions. Today she is one of Broadway’s thought leaders advancing the field of educational theatre. Lisa discusses the important role that teaching artists play in classrooms and offers practical advice for educators who want to provide theatre arts instruction to their students. She believes that the most important resource is “human creativity” and encourages kids who are interested in the arts to “try everything.” By engaging in the theatre in school or after school, kids will see that there are so many aspects to the field and many personal benefits they will receive whether or not they aspire to a career in the sector.
    Camp Broadway’s Develop Your Character podcast is available on the Broadway Podcast Network and iTunes. For more information on Camp Broadway’s many youth-focused programs, visit campbroadway.com or post a comment about this episode on our Facebook page.
    A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
    Produced by Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales.
    Edited by Derek Gunther.

    • 30 min
    #4 - Ruthie Fierberg, Senior Features Editor for Playbill

    #4 - Ruthie Fierberg, Senior Features Editor for Playbill

    Camp Broadway presents Develop Your Character hosted by Elysa Gardner who talks with theatre insiders about ideas to help culture-loving kids and aspiring artists become great performers at every stage of their lives.
    This episode features Ruthie Fierberg, Senior Features Editor for Playbill where she creates informative behind-the-scenes stories, artist interviews, and multimedia features, and hosts Playbill's “Live from the Red Carpet” specials on Broadway's opening nights. She's also led Talks at the New York's 92nd Street Y, BroadwayCon, and more. 
    Ruthie’s passion for the theatre began at age 2 when she started her journey of creative discovery through the theatre arts. She found her career path at Barnard College when she became a writer and the theatre editor of the Columbia University newspaper. Since then she has become a prolific contributor to many national publications and a role model for many young professionals. She shares her advice about the importance of authenticity, preparedness and being informed about all aspects of the field one wants to pursue.
    Camp Broadway’s Develop Your Character podcast is available on the Broadway Podcast Network and iTunes. For more information on Camp Broadway’s many youth-focused programs, visit campbroadway.com or post a comment about this episode on our Facebook page.

    A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
    Produced by Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales.
    Edited by Derek Gunther.

    • 33 min
    #3 - Tasha Partee, Award-winning Educator

    #3 - Tasha Partee, Award-winning Educator

    Camp Broadway presents Develop Your Character featuring Elysa Gardner, hosting candid conversations with theater educators, industry insiders and savvy parents, who discuss ideas to help culture-loving kids and aspiring artists become great performers at every stage of their lives.
    This episode features Tasha Partee, playwright, performer and recipient of the 2019 Inspiring Teacher Award presented by The Broadway League Foundation at the National High School Musical Theater Awards, popularly known as the Jimmy® Awards. She currently serves as Upper School theater director at Lawrence Woodmere Academy on New York’s Long Island. Her student, Andrew Barth Feldman, won the 2018 Jimmy® Award for Best Performance by an Actor, and has been starring in the Broadway production of Dear Evan Hansen in the title role for the past year.
    Tasha shares her childhood quest to become a teacher and her discovery that theatre could be the path to pursuing her passion in education. As a theatre arts leader, she emphasizes how engagement in theatre is a crucial element of a well-rounded education and a unique way for students to learn 21st century skills—collaboration, effective communication and the ability to listen to others. She also shares her optimism for millennial age artists whose creativity and activism are helping to dismantle the perceptions society has about today’s young people.
    Camp Broadway’s Develop Your Character podcast is available on the Broadway Podcast Network and iTunes. For more information on Camp Broadway’s many youth-focused programs, visit campbroadway.com or post a comment about this episode on our Facebook page.

    A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
    Produced by Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales.
    Edited by Derek Gunther.

    • 25 min
    #2 - Greg Nobile, Producer

    #2 - Greg Nobile, Producer

    Camp Broadway presents Develop Your Character featuring host, Elysa Gardner, leading candid conversations with theater educators, industry insiders, and savvy parents, discussing ideas to help culture-loving kids and aspiring artists become great performers at every stage of their lives.

    This episode features Greg Nobile, Camp Broadway alumni, entrepreneur, and the youngest producer on Broadway to win a Tony® Award—which he received for A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder. This season he is producing two critically acclaimed productions on Broadway, Moulin Rouge! and Slave Play. Greg began his career in the theater around age 10 as the producer of The Lemonade Gang, a group of his friends who put on shows to raise money for a local child’s medical care. Since then he has honed his leadership skills and focused his talents on producing and nurturing emerging artists. Greg shares his creative process and discusses the importance of grit, determination, collaboration, and courage as the keys to his early successes on Broadway.

    Camp Broadway’s Develop Your Character podcast is available on the Broadway Podcast Network and iTunes. For more information on Camp Broadway’s many youth-focused programs, visit campbroadway.com or visit our Facebook page.

    A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
    Produced by Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales.
    Edited by Derek Gunther and Alan Seales.

    • 28 min
    #1 - Colleen Jennings Roggensak, President, ASU/Gammage

    #1 - Colleen Jennings Roggensak, President, ASU/Gammage

    Camp Broadway presents Develop Your Character featuring Host, Elysa Gardner, to offer candid conversations with theater educators, industry experts and insiders and savvy parents, geared towards helping culture-loving kids and aspiring artists become great performers on and off stage, at every stage of their lives. The first episode features Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, an arts leader and visionary who for the past 26 years has been the Executive Director of ASU Gammage and Vice President for Cultural Affairs for Arizona State University. She was previously president of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, served on the National Council on the Arts at the bequest of President Clinton, and currently chairs The Broadway League's Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

    Colleen discusses her career-long commitment to arts enrichment, highlights the value that engagement in the theatre has on a child’s personal development and describes the vital role that Broadway plays in every community. She also discusses the importance of having a passion for something—in one’s life and career. Her advice to parents and aspiring artists is both profound and inspiring.
    Camp Broadway’s Develop Your Character podicast is available on the Broadway Podcast Network and iTunes. And information on Camp Broadway’s many youth-focused programs, visit campbroadway.com.

    A proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network.
    Produced by Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales.
    Edited by Derek Gunther and Alan Seales.

    • 26 min

Top Podcasts In Performing Arts