STC Master Class Series

The Master Class series started as an idea that would give people the opportunity to improve their craft, try something new, or engage with the arts in a unique way. STC also wanted to find a way to support working artists who have been so greatly affected by the closure of performing arts centers during the pandemic. We can only hope that STC’s Master Classes will meet all of those needs, as well as your own. So come dialogue, listen, learn, and grow with us as we proudly present STC’s first-ever Master Class series.

Vidya Sundareshan, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, Interim Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at SIU Medicine
Gail O'Niell, Public Health Director of the Sangamon Country Department of Public Health

“Creating Theater Safely in a COVID Conscious World”

Thursday, March 4, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CST

Join our health care experts as they answer all your questions on how to safely create performing arts in a COVID-19 conscious environment.

Presenters: Vidya Sundareshan, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, Interim Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at SIU Medicine and Gail O’Neill, Public Health Director of the Sangamon County Department of Public Health

Moderator: Justin Branker-Carter, Morning News Anchor for WICS-TV in Springfield, IL.

Nattalyee Randall
Diamond Essence White

“Acting Through Song with Nattalyee Randall and Diamond Essence White

Saturday, March 6, 2021 @ 12 PM CST
Participant and Observer Tickets Available

Learn to create a compelling story through the beauty of song from professional performers, Nattalyee Randall and Diamond Essence White. Participants will receive individual coaching and feedback to enhance their storytelling through song and prepare for success in both college and professional auditions.

Reggie Guyton

“Captivating Storytelling: Character Building with Reggie Guyton

Sunday, March 7, 2021
2:00-4:00 PM CST

Inside each of us is a natural-born storyteller waiting to be released. Explore this journey of discovery and character development.

Mike Issacson

“Life in the Theatre: A Conversation with Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer and Muny St. Louis Artistic Director Mike Isaacson

Saturday, March 13, 2021
4:00-5:30 PM CST

Acclaimed Broadway Producer and Muny St. Louis Artistic Director Mike Issacson reveals his secrets for creating Tony Award Winning shows.

Mary Young

“Creating a Culture of Consent Through Intimacy Direction in Theater

Saturday, March 20, 2021
2:00-4:00 PM CST

A beginning conversation on what defines Consent Culture and best practices for staging intimacy so everyone feels safe and respected. 

Jos N. Banks

“#BeFearless w/ Jos N. Banks – Strength in Vulnerability

March 27 (World Theater Day)
2 :00 – 5:00 PM
Participant and Observer Tickets Available!

Learn about connectedness through overcoming insecurities and living fearlessly as Jos N. Banks, winner of StageScene LA’s “Scenie” Award for “Break Out Performance in a Touring Production” for the role of Lola in KINKY BOOTS in 2018, discusses tips and tools to distinguish yourself as a performer in auditions by diving fully into vulnerability.

Panelists: Seth Wheeler, Sarah Wigley, Nattalyee Randall, Anna Benoit

“What’s Next” Exploring Performing Arts in Higher Education and Beyond

Sunday, March 28, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 PM CST
FREE Online Event

Geared towards college minded students with an interest in performing arts and their parents, or anyone interested in learning about opportunities to nurture a performing arts inclination in college and beyond. Topics will include the college audition process, performing in college, the intricacies of working backstage, fostering a career in performing arts, and more. Panelists include affiliates from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and professional performers.