August 27 – 28

Come work with the amazing professionals at Ball State University! August 27-28 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm Paramount School of the Arts will be hosting a Musical Theater Workshop with faculty members from Ball State University.


Come work with the amazing professionals at Ball State University! August 27-28 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm Paramount School of the Arts will be hosting a Musical Theater Workshop with faculty members from Ball State University. This two-day workshop will include the following:

  • Dance Call
  • Voice and Song Workshop
  • Acting/Monologue Workshop
  • Preparing your college audition books
  • Q/A for parents and students regarding college audition process and how to be successful in searching for the right school

Juniors and Seniors will be eligible to share monologues and songs for feedback through the workshop.

Students should wear clothes they can move comfortably in and may bring both heels and jazz shoes if they have them.

Student should bring the following:

  • Two contrasting contemporary monologues from published plays that are between 60-90 seconds in length.
  • Sheet music for two contrasting song selections of approximately 32 bars from musical theatre songs. We ask that students stay away from song cycles and selections from Hamilton, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and Dear Evan Hansen.
  • Students should also bring their book with sheet music that has all material they would be comfortable performing if asked. Material should be properly labeled.
  • Monologues and songs MUST be memorized and ready to work.

Cost is $75 for current PSA students and $125 for non-PSA students.

Scholarships Available!



Meet the Faculty!

Bill Jenkins – Chair & Professor of the Department of Theatre & Dance

Bill Jenkins is in his 20th year as the Chair of Ball’s Department of Theatre & Dance serving as Full Professor of Musical Theatre, Directing, and Acting. Bill is an active professional director and a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Union. Directing resume includes professional shows at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Noble Fool Theatricals, The Clarence Brown Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Actor’s Theatre of Indiana, and The Nebraska Repertory Theatre and countless productions at Ball State. Professor Jenkins is the past president of the Mid America Theatre Conference, recipient of the prestigious MATC Fellowes Award for Lifetime Achievement, was named Outstanding Administrator at Ball State in 2015, and the Benny Award as the Outstanding Alumnus from Ball State in 2018. Bill received his MFA in directing from Illinois State University, and holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Ball State in communication studies and acting. His greatest role is husband to Sarah and father to Catherine Rose and Edward Ryan.

Dee Dee Batteast – Adjunct Acting Professor

Dee Dee is a proud alumnus of Ball State’s undergraduate program and teaches courses in acting as well as coaching Ball State’s professional showcases in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Batteast’s self-produced one-woman show, NO AIDS, NO MAIDS, enjoyed a successful run at the Washington DC Fringe Festival, receiving the Capital Fringe Honors, Favorite Show of Fringe, Favorite Solo Performance, & Favorite Performance. Dee Dee received her MFA in acting from UNC-Chapel Hill and spent 3 years as a company member of PlayMakers Repertory Theatre. Recent regional theater credits include work with The Goodman, Clarence Brown Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Farmers Alley Theatre and Indiana Repertory Theatre. Television credits include Chicago Fire, The Shinning Girls, Chicago Med . Batteast earned her undergraduate degree from Ball State University and her MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Anne Beck – Associate Professor of Musical Theatre Dance

Anne lived in NYC performing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in First National Tours & regionally, and choreographed over 150 musicals for theaters across the US. Serving as a Professor of Tap, Jazz and Musical Theatre in Italy, Mexico, Canada and Calgary for Dance Masters of America. Currently an Associate Director at Civic Theatre in Carmel, IN and the coordinator for their Young Artists. Performing credits include: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (original Broadway Company), THE WHO’S TOMMY National Tour (Sally Simpson), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER 1st National Tour(Stephanie Mangano), GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES w/ Barbara Eden. Creative credits as Director/Choreographer at Civic Theatre include: MAMMA MIA!, ANNIE, THE CAT IN THE HAT, GUYS & DOLLS, THE MUSIC MAN, DISNEY AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S MARY POPPINS, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and ELF THE MUSICAL. At Ball State Anne has choreographed A Chorus Line, and created, directed, choreographed TRIBUTE – a jazz dance concert exploring and honoring the African Jazz Roots. Anne’s favorite role is Momma to her daughter Nya thanking her and her husband, Scott Beck for understanding the work; supporting and loving her every step of the way.

Johnna Tavianini – Associate Professor of Musical Theatre

After an extensive performing and coaching career in both NY and LA (and just about everywhere in between), Johnna is now an Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at Ball State where she teaches studio voice, music directs, and co-teaches the Senior Cabaret class.

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