Description: Ever wanted to audition for a show, but not quite sure how to go about it? Maybe you need some help with a monologue or a song? Dancing is not quite your forte but you would love to be part of a musical? 

Come join us this summer at Playhouse for a fabulous three-part workshop series where actors of all levels will participate in sharpening their auditioning skills!

The workshops will consist of:

  • Choice, preparation and presentation of musical selections

  • Finding character and depth within a song 

  • Character development specific to the role(s) you are seeking

  • Finding the beats and pacing of monologue auditioning

  • Working with a scene partner or “reader”

  • Tools and tips on how to confidently audition in any venue

  • Headshot and resume tips

In addition, a dance warm-up, and a short discussion of tips for dance auditions, as well as a dance combination from a modern musical will be taught. Modifications will be provided for all skill levels, so that dancers can participate in a way that is beneficial to all.

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Class Schedules

This is a three-part workshop. Register for one, two, or all three (discount for registering for all three!)

Monday, July 24, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Tuesday, July 25, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Wednesday, July 26, 7:00 - 9:00pm


All workshops will take place at 224 Ecospace, 224 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT

Tuition: $30 for each workshop, Sign up for ALL three and receive a discounted rate of $70.00 and a complimentary ticket to see Playhouse’s summer musical, Bandstand! Registration is required.


Teaching Artists



Kevin Barlowski has had the distinct privilege of collaborating with Playhouse on Park since Season 2, working as a director and music director: DANDELION; A CHARLES DICKENS CHRISTMAS; A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD; performer: Woof (HAIR); Leaf Coneybear/Carl Dad (THE 25th...SPELLING BEE); Bobby/Emcee u/s (CABARET); and educator. As a multi-disciplinary creative artist and change agent, he has worked on over 75 productions throughout CT, MA, and NY, serving as the Director of Performing Arts at Bay Path University and an adjunct instructor at the Hartt School of Music. Through the arts, Kevin is committed to empowering all learners with the transferable, 21st-century skills necessary to shape, lead, and flourish in our constantly changing, pluralistic world.


Patrick is an actor and a theater educator splitting his time between the New England and New York City area. He received his BA in Theatre from College of the Holy Cross(16’) and his MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College (18’). This will be his fifth year teaching at Holy Cross. He specializes in immersive theater staring in The Stranger Things Experience (Netflix/Fever), The Polar Express Train Ride (Warner Bros), and Horseshoe Empire (Jersey City Museum). He also works in regional theaters throughout the eastern seaboard including the Wilbury Theatre Group and Cumberland Theater. For more information check out his website at


Sarah Rose Stack is delighted to be working with Playhouse on Park. Recently choreographed shows include Hunchback of Notre Dame, Little Mermaid, Shrek, Something Rotten, Legally Blonde (OHP); Aladdin and School of Rock (Renbrook), and In the Heights (LTM). She studied dance at Broadway Dance Center and earned BA from UMass, Amherst in Music and Performing Arts, and her Masters's from Johns Hopkins University. She has performed professionally on a Fosse Tour, at the Multi-Cultural Arts Center, on the Jullian James and Mya album, and on the Boston Cannons Dance team. Outside of dance/theatre, Sarah Rose owns a digital marketing agency ( with her husband and is the mother of 2 boys.


Summer Session Director

Jill Zarcone hails from Tolland, CT and besides being a teaching artist, she is also the Director of Education for Playhouse Theatre Academy! She brings almost 18 years of experience in performance, scene studies, auditioning techniques, Shakespeare, comedy, puppetry, playwriting and directing to Playhouse and loves working with students of all ages. She is a BFA Performance graduate of Eastern CT State University and has MFA accreditation from the University of North Carolina with a focus on Theatre for Youth. She has worked with previous theatres such as Sargent Theatre (NYC) Hartford Children's, Flock Theatre, Newington Children's, Little Theatre of Manchester, Windham Theatre Guild and the Greensboro City Arts Drama Center and also had the amazing experience of interning with puppeteers from Jim Henson's Co for two summers! She recently directed the world premiere of DANDELION for Playhouse on Park’s Theatre for Young Audiences! When time permits she loves to read, bake, write, and go on adventures with her husband, son and her dog, fittingly named Adventure.