UPDATED, June 7: Otis Sallid, best known as the conceiver, director, and choreographer of the beloved musical revue Smokey Joe's Café, will premiere his new musical in Waterwell's Summer Theater Lab, the organization has announced. He will join Brooklyn-based musician Aaron Jones on the fresh tuner based on The Pied Piper.
UPDATED: Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Bobby Cannavale (The Big Knife), and Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Motherf—ker With the Hat) will join the roster of Master Class Artists at Waterwell Summer Theater Lab. Faculty and commissioned artists are still to be announced.
May 2, 2013 - New York theater company Waterwell has announced plans, as well as master class artists, for its first annual Summer Theater Lab. Actress Megan Hilty (Smash), Tony Award-winning creator and star of In the Heights Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Oscar-nominated House of Cards writer Beau Willimon will lead the program's master classes.
The lab, which will run in two sessions, July 15-August 3 and August 5-24, will offer middle and high school students from across the country the opportunity to engage in a focused training program. Over the course of the summer, the lab will showcase new works by some of the American theater's rising voices and build the catalogue of quality age-appropriate material for theaters and schools.
Director and educator Victor Maog will lead the program. In a statement, Maog said, "When you create a safe space for young people that incubates ideas, values leadership, and pioneers new work, the very best comes out."