Casted: An Audition Workshop Leads Local Students Through Audition Skill Building for Stage and Screen



  Two Worlds Entertainment, LLC., a twenty first century think-tank committed to provide the local community with theater based educational initiatives, will host  Casted: An Audition Workshop with Award winning Broadway artists and directors on September 14 for all high-school aged students. 


A workshop centered in providing aspiring performers with the tools to audition and brand themselves successfully, the panel of guest artists will include TONY nominee Tony Yazbeck (On the Town, Prince of Broadway), Broadway’s Madeline Trumble ( Newsies, Mary Poppins National Tour) and Award winning Director and Choreographer Barry Ivan (Regional Premiere: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hairspray).

“We want local HS talent to not feel like they have to take the costly trip to NYC every time they want to perfect their singing, acting, and dancing skills, or work on developing their brand. Two Worlds Entertainment is about bringing NYC and Broadway professionals right to their own backyard!” says Jeff Malone, Co-Founder and Executive Director of TWE.

Students at the workshop will be working in both large and small group settings throughout the course of the 6-hour day to get individualized attention from each guest artists. Students will be invited to perform and showcase song selections, monologues, movement skills, and review head shots and resumes for constructive feedback and critique.

“An audition, whether local or professional, is the one and only chance a performer gets and it’s important to not let those nerves rattle you,” explains Richard Grasso, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of TWE.  “This workshop isn’t just a meet and greet. It is a chance for students to work on strengthening and perfecting their audition skills. How can students who don’t dance feel comfortable in a movement or call for a show they really want to be cast in?  What song showcases their voice best for what they are auditioning for? We want these questions answered for students so that they can leave the workshop feeling comfortable and confident for their upcoming school, local or college audition.”


CASTED: An Audition Workshop will be held on Saturday September 14th, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center , located at 480 Bedford Road in Chappaqua, NY.

 The workshop is open to HS aged students. Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged online at The workshop fee is $195, and lunch will be served.


Two Worlds Entertainment (TWE) is a Tri-State Area based entertainment company aimed at enlightening the minds of the future by bridging the worlds of pop and theatre through entertainment experiences. Through these experiences, founders Richard Grasso and Jeff Malone are dedicated to immersing audiences into classics and branding artists to their fullest potential. Subscribe to their newsletter at




Tony Yazbeck most recently debuted his solo show with ‪Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. He also recently starred as the title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel in concert at Lincoln Center. Other recent credits include The Cradle Will Rock at Classic Stage Company, the Encores! production of ‪A Chorus Line, and the PBS Great Performances special: The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood. Prior to that, he starred in the Susan Stroman/Harold Prince–helmed Japan and Broadway productions of Prince of Broadway for which he received the Chita Rivera Award as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations.

For the 2014 Broadway revival of On the Town, he won the Astaire Award and was nominated for Tony, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his virtuosic performance. His other Broadway credits include Finding Neverland, Chicago (Billy Flynn), ‪Irving Berlin’sWhite Christmas (Phil Davis), Gypsy opposite Patti LuPone (Tulsa; Outer Critics Circle nomination), A Chorus Line (Al), Oklahoma!, Never Gonna Dance, and Gypsy with Tyne Daly at the age of 11. Off-Broadway credits include Beast in the Jungle (‪Vineyard Theatre), and Crazy For You (MCP), Fanny Hill (York Theatre), and for New York City Center Encores! he has appeared in Little Me, On the Town, Gypsy, The Apple Tree, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Pardon My English. Regional theatre credits include Alliance, Barrington, Williamstown, Hartford Stage, Goodman, The Muny (St. Louis), Goodspeed (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), Signature (Helen Hayes Award), Trinity Rep, Paper Mill, and Old Globe. Mr. Yazbeck was seen internationally in Kiss Me, Kate at the Royal Albert Hall in London.


His television and film credits include Billions, Smash, and the feature documentary Every Little Step. In concert he has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony under ‪Michael Tilson Thomas; Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops under the baton of Steven Reineke; with National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap with Michael Barrett; and most recently

at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra celebrating ‪Leonard Bernstein. Mr. Yazbeck also stars in his own song and dance show. His debut album, The Floor Above Me, has been released digitally and on CD by PS Classics.


Barry Ivan is an award-winning Director-Producer-Choreographer. His numerous International and National credits range from The German State Opera (West Side Story) to Yale. Among his noteworthy theatre credits as a Director-Choreographer: A Little Night Music with Beth Leavel and Donna McKechnie; Anything Goes with Carolee Carmello; Grease with Clay Aiken; Miss Saigon with Corey Cott, Ashley Park, Telly Leung and Kate Rockwell; Footloose with Dee Hoty and Patrick Cassidy; Sunset Boulevard with Liz Callaway; and Harvey with June Squibb. Mr. Ivan’s productions of The Full Monty and his Regional Premiere ofHairspray received IRNE awards for Best Musical, and he received IRNE nominations as Best Director for Les Miserablesand Nine. Mr. Ivan directed and choreographed the Regional Premiere of Thoroughly Modern Mille, and as Producer his production of Showboat won the Elliot Norton Award for Best Musical. His tour of Miss Saigon which originated at Pittsburgh CLO and transferred to the Four Seasons Centre of The Performing Arts, became the first legit musical to play the renowned Toronto Opera House. Mr Ivan has guest lectured at Yale School of Drama, University Of Michigan, and Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. Among Mr. Ivan’s Commercial and Industrial credits: Deloitte and Touche; IBM; and The US Open Tennis. Mr. Ivan is actively involved in new works which have included the US Premiere of Dracula: A Chamber Musical; Maury Yeston’s In the Beginning; #Love is Love at Broadway at the W, featuring the music of Bobby Cronin; and through his association with the Dramatists Guild Foundation in NYC, upcoming new Plays, Musicals and TV Pilots. Instagram:@BarryIvanNYC

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