JULY 21-23, 2017

$125.00 for participants
$75.00 for auditors


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for an intensive, three-day workshop in Musical Theatre Audition Technique led by star of stage and screen, Kip Niven. Over the three days, participants will perform a common song, assigned by Mr. Niven, to learn the basic techniques of the Workshop. Participants will then learn how to apply these techniques by working on a musical theatre audition piece of their own choice (up-tempo or ballad). All participants will learn about the perils, the frustrations, and — believe it or not — the joys of auditioning for a role in a musical.


Participants will receive one-on-one coaching and feedback from Mr. Niven to help them apply these techniques to improve their audition. Mr. Niven draws on his extensive experience as a musical theatre performer on and Off Broadway, in professional theatres around the country, and especially on his studies and long association with David Craig, who literally wrote the books on performing in musical theatre (On Singing Onstage and A Performer Prepares).


The MasterClass is open to high school juniors and seniors, adults who are working professionals, and non-professional performers. The techniques adapted by Mr. Niven from Mr. Craig’s teachings are extremely beneficial for musical theatre performers and are tailored to any experience level. The Class is limited to 10 participants and 50 auditors.


Friday, July 21, 2017 6:00pm-9:30pm

A three-hour Lecture/Demonstration Session, during which Participants will learn the concepts and techniques of a Musical Theatre Audition. All Participants will prepare an assigned song for this session and will practice the Workshop’s concepts and techniques on this “neutral/common” song.  This session is the “nuts and bolts” of the audition technique.

Saturday, July 22, 2017 9:00am-12:50pm | 2:00pm-5:50pm | 7:00pm-9:50pm
One-on-one Work Sessions

In these three blocks of one-on-one work sessions, each participant will perform his/her own audition piece (up-tempo or ballad), with extensive feedback from Mr. Niven on how best to enhance his/her performance. Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions. There will be breaks between the morning and afternoon sessions for lunch and/or preparation as well as between the afternoon and evening sessions for dinner and/or preparation. This work is “the heart and soul” of the MasterClass.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

9:00am–12:50pm Continued One-on-One Work Sessions: Participants will continue the work begun during the previous day. A lunch break will follow.

2:00pm–5:45pm Review session: Each participant will have a 15-minute review session to work on his/her song again before the final presentation/recital.

6:00pm–7:30pm Final Presentation Session: Each of the participants will perform his/her audition piece in front of an invited audience, with final notes and comments by Mr. Niven.


All participants will be provided with a photocopy of the assigned song as well as an extensive handbook of terms used throughout the Workshop. Each participant will provide Mr. Niven with a photocopy of his/her prepared song—in addition to the one to be used by the accompanist. All participants are expected to attend the Lecture/Demonstration, their own One-on-One Session, the Review Session, and of course, the Final Presentation. Everyone is encouraged to attend all remaining sessions of the Workshop, including the One-on-One Sessions of the other participants.


Participant Registration is open to the first 10 people for $125.00

Auditor Registration is available for 50 people for $75.00(Auditors will watch all of the proceedings and receive materials, but will not receive one-on-one coaching or time in the final session)

To register click here, visit the box office, or call 253-272-2281

All sessions will be held at Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N I Street, Tacoma, WA98403