MasterMiND Master Class Series

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We launched our NEW and FREE program: MasterMiND Master Class Series. Register below and enjoy!

MasterMiND Class - DIRECTING

Join Drama Desk winner and Tony nominee Christopher Renshaw to discuss creating and directing a new musical. 

THURSDAY, APRIL 2 3:00-5:00pm


Christopher Renshaw has directed operas, plays, and musicals all over the world and most recently directed A Wonderful World with Miami New Drama. In the West End he directed Hayley and Juliet Mills in Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels, Sir Brian Rix in Dry Rot, a television production of Ruddigore with Vincent Price, and Cafe Puccini, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh. Christopher’s Broadway production of The King and I won four Tony Awards. He himself won the Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony for Best Director. His production of Queen’s We Will Rock You played in London for 12 years and Taboo, which he co-conceived with Boy George, has played London twice and on Broadway. Other recent productions include The Gipsy Kings’ Zorro, Pure Imagination, Dr. Dolittle, and Carmen La Cubana, which he directed, conceived. Carmen la Cubana has so far played in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Shanghai and Berlin. Christopher makes his home in Miami Beach.

MasterMiND Class - WRITING

The Political is Personal / The Specific is Universal: writing big events from a personal and specific place. 

Join Winter Miller for an in depth discussion about writing about seemingly big events--politics, war, disaster, and making them sing with your personal stamp. Why are YOU the one writing and telling this story--getting clear on that will allow you to proceed.

MONDAY, APRIL 6 3:00-5:00pm


Winter Miller is a founding member of the Obie-winning collective 13Playwrights. She is a proud affiliate of New Georges and The Lark, and is the NYC Dramatists Guild Rep. A graduate of Smith College with Latin honors, Winter holds a Masters in Playwriting from Columbia University. Winter has written more than 70 articles for The New York Times, plus New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune, Variety, Huffington Post, The Village Voice, and Ms. Magazine. Her first job out of college was an NBC Page. She never returned her uniform. She has worked in surprising places, like Fox News or writing with youth in war-torn Northern Uganda with a documentary. A former journalist, she once tailed Eliot Spitzer, spent a week with Elvis fans at Graceland, scoped out Scientology in Clearwater, chased a tornado in Alabama, and was on a murder stakeout in Queens.

MasterMiND Class - WRITING

Dramatizing from your own experience.

As a writer, Carmen Pelaez has always explored the moments that capture laughter and devastation in the same breath. In this workshop, she will give you some handles on how to turn deeply personal experiences and every day inspirations into short and full length plays.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 3:00-5:00pm


Carmen Peláez is an award winning actor and writer whose play FAKE had its world premiere with Miami New Drama. She has performed her solo play Rum & Coke to raves in LA, Chicago, Off-Broadway at Abingdon Theater and shot it live at the Freedom Tower in Miami for Fall 2020 release.In 2012, she won the HBO New York International Latino Film Festival Short Film Competition with The Acting Lesson. She was a contributor for NBC Latino and has written essays for Marie Claire, Huffington Post and the New York Times. Carmen continues to proudly work on President Barack Obama's Cuba policy team.She’s appeared on Grown and John Leguizamo's Critical Thinking as well as The Words of Others at PAMM and Tino Segahl's Welcome to this  Situation at MOAD. She was the Cuban advisor on the Netflix relaunch of One Day at A Time and Story Home's Juguetes Perdidos.Currently, she is developing her new play Besame and as well as her children’s play City Beneath the Sea.

MasterMiND Class - ACTING

The journey of an actor with Lana Gordon.

From auditioning, to living and performing abroad, to starring in Broadway's hottest show. No acting path is alike and Lana will share the ups and downs of her own journey and lessons she learned along the way.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10 3:00-5:00pm


Lana Gordon recently originated the role of Lil Harden in A Wonderful World. Recent New York credits include Hello Again with the Drama League, Velma Kelly in Chicago on Broadway, Soul Sister/Jesus Christ Superstar (2000 Revival) and the roles of Nala and Shenzi in The Lion King (Original Broadway Company). National/International Tours: Velma Kelly/Chicago, Dionne/Hair, Anita/West Side Story.  In Europe: Carmen in Carmen Cubana, Velma Kelly/Chicago, Deloris/Sister Act, Kala/Tazan, inGerman. Regional: Shug Avery/The Color Purple (Portland Center Stage) The Acid Queen/Tommy (Gateway Playhouse) Lana danced with Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble and Donald Byrd The Group. As a Vocalist, she has sung with Jazz at Lincoln Center in Doha, Qatar and Kaunas Symphony Orchestra. Lana toured the U.S. as a Spokesperson and Vocalist for TD Bank. TV: 52nd Annual TONY Awards (CBS), David Letterman (NBC) The Rosie O´Donnell Show (NBC). Film: Here Again, Harlem Town and Cabin.  Instagram: @lanajeangordon

Catch up on classes you missed:

Aurin Squire on Writing

Aurin Squire is a playwright, reporter, and tv writer from South Florida. He is a New Dramatists resident playwright, as well as a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. In 2017,  he won the Helen Merrill Prize for Emerging Writers and was nominated by the WGA for his TV work. His plays have been produced in New York, London, Los Angeles, and Chicago. His play Fire Season was an Emerald Prize winner and received its world premiere at Seattle Public Theatre in January 2019. In TV, Squire was a staff writer on the CBS political comedy Brain Dead and story editor on the NBC drama This is Us. Currently, he is a co-producer on the CBS legal drama The Good Fight and Evil. He graduated from The Juilliard School and Northwestern University. He is the book writer for A Wonderful World and co-author of Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy.

Peter Romano & Brynne McManimie on Acting

Peter Romano is a Syrian-American Actor, Director, Musician and Teaching-Artist. Peter holds a BFA from NYU: Tisch, and earned his MFA in Acting from Columbia University. He has taught Acting at many training programs such as New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Columbia University and currently teaches for Hunter College. As an actor, he has worked internationally, on the African tour of Antigone in the World, and regionally in the American Premiere of Terror (Miami New Drama) both directed by Tony award winner Gregory Mosher. Off-Broadway: Fucking A (Signature Theatre), Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream (CSC) Yasmina's Necklace (Premiere Stages). Film/TV: "New Amsterdam" (NBC) “The Blacklist” (NBC) “The Week Of” with Adam Sandler (Netflix). Peter is the creator of the web series “The New Neighborhood."

Brynne McManimie is an actor, producer, editor, and teaching artist. She has an MFA in Acting from Columbia University, and a BA in Theatre from Cal State Fullerton. NY Theatre: Othello (Classic Stage Company), Twelfth Night (Four Words Theatre Co.). TV/Film: The Mysteries of Laura, Elementary, and Bull. She has produced and edited two web series, Small Parts, and The New Neighborhood, both of which have been accepted into many film festivals, and have been nominated for several awards. She recently produced a short film entitled Lessons From My Father which is currently in post-production. In addition to acting and filmmaking, she teaches music, acting and Shakespeare to students age 5-18, all over New York City. She is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

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