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Triple Threat Intensive

Advanced Training

Ages: Pre-college and college students
Location: Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy (145 Northfield Dr. Waterloo)
Date: Monday, August 14 to Friday, August 18
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Cost: $395 plus tax

*Auditions Closed*

The Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy is now accepting applications to a Pre-Professional Triple Threat Advanced Training Intensive week featuring IN-PERSON mentor workshops with Canadian Broadway performers, Paul Nolan (Parade, Slave Play, Jesus Christ Superstar, Once, Bright Star, Chicago, Escape to Margaritaville), and Andrea Macasaet (Original Broadway Company of SIX) plus an exclusive virtual session with Seth Rudetsky, author of the newly published, Musical Theatre for Dummies. *All students will receive a copy of the book.

This auditioned, five-day summer course will select only 25 pre-college and college students who are serious about pursuing a career in the performing arts. Each day, students will work with a different choreographer to learn five unique production number styles in addition to special classes in audition technique, agent relations, improv and more.

On the final night of the program, Friday, August 18, students will celebrate graduation by attending Drayton Entertainment’s production of Kinky Boots at The Hamilton Family Theatre in Cambridge as part of their tuition. 

Other confirmed, IN-PERSON teaching artists for the week will be Nestor Lozano Jr. (Angel in Rent), Jos N. Banks (Lola in Kinky Boots) and Wesley J. Barnes (Broadway National Tours of Mean Girls and Jesus Christ Superstar).

Dormitory-style residence accommodations are available at The University of Waterloo, 20 minutes away from the Academy on public transit with rates starting at $60 per night. More information can be found here:

Classes will run from 9:00am – 4:00pm daily.

Tuition for the week, including a copy of Music Theatre For Dummies ($30) and ticket to Kinky Boots ($32) is $395.00.

*All guest artists are subject to change

In one YouTube video please include the following:

  1. One, under one minute personal statement explaining why you want to attend our Pre-Professional Triple Threat Training Intensive.
  2. One, under two-minute, solo musical theatre song that demonstrate vocal range, musicianship, and performance skills. The use of music tracks is acceptable.
  3. One, under two-minute monologue that demonstrates acting range, characterization, and performance skill. Please choose something that is age appropriate.
  4. One, under one-minute minute video of solo movement that demonstrates technique, flexibility, characterization, style and musicality. We are looking for willing performers who have a strong sense of storytelling through movement.

Click here for steps on how to upload your UNLISTED audition video to YouTube.


Seth Rudetsky – Virtual Guest Speaker

Author of Musical Theatre for Dummies, is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s ON BROADWAY as well as the host of SETH SPEAKS on Sirius/XM Stars. Seth has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows including RAGTIME, LES MISERABLES and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. In 2007 he made his Broadway acting debut playing Sheldon in THE RITZ for The Roundabout Theatre. He also co-wrote and starred on Broadway in the New York Times Critics pick musical DISASTER! As an author, he penned Q GUIDE TO BROADWAY, the novel BROADWAY NIGHTS and the young adult story MY AWESOME/AWFUL POPULARITY PLAN (Random House). Seth was the vocal coach on MTV’s LEGALLY BLONDE reality show. During the COVID lockdown, he and his husband James Wesley raised more than $1,000,000 for the Actors Fund with their online show Stars In The House. @sethrudetsky


Paul Alexander NolanIn Person

Originally from Rouleau, Saskatchewan, is currently playing Hugh Dorsey in the Broadway revival of Parade. Prior to that, he played Jim in the most nominated play in Broadway history, Slave Play. For his Broadway performances, he’s been recognized by the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards. His Broadway debut was as Jesus in the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, followed by Guy in the Tony Award-winning musical Once. Subsequent New York roles include Pasha/Strelnikov in Doctor Zhivago, Jervis in Daddy Long Legs, Jimmy Ray in Bright Star, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Tully in Escape to Margaritaville, Jim in Slave Play and Hugh Dorsey in Parade. Paul is a graduate of the Randolph College for Performing Arts who is an avid outdoorsman and huge hockey fan. @paulalexandernolan

Andrea Macasaet In Person

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, is currently playing Mimi in the Stratford Festival Production of Rent. Previously, she originated the role of Anne Boleyn in SIX on Broadway after appearing in the same role at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, The Citadel Theatre and The Ordway Center of Performing Arts. Andrea is a graduate from The Canadian College of Performing Arts whose other credits include Canadian productions of Heathers: The Musical, Avenue Q, Miss Saigon and Prairie Nurse. On TV and Film, you may recognize her from Propose We Never See Each Other… (Bed Bugs film); Ratatouille: The Musical (BCEFA); and Guest Performer appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The View, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Good Morning America, and the Today Show @andrea.cesyl.

Nestor Lozano Jr In Person

Currently playing Angel Dumott Shunard in Rent and Mrs. Whatsit in A Wrinkle in Time at the Stratford Festival. Previously, he’s been seen as the Wizard/Wicked Witch U/S in Wizard of Oz: The Panto (Drayton Entertainment); Miss Understanding in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Stage West Calgary); Derrick in Peter Pan: The Panto (Neptune Theatre); Papa Ogre/Bear in Shrek The Musical (Globe Theatre); and Daddy Brubeck in Sweet Charity (Theatre Sheridan). Film/TV: Disasters at Sea (Discovery). Radio/Recordings: Guitar in Blues Clues & You! (Brown Bag Productions). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College; Wexford Performing Arts. @nestorlozanojr

Jos N. BanksIn Person

a multi-award winning Visual/ Performing Arts Artist, Costume Designer, Stylist & Teaching Artist hailing from Chicago, IL. Tours: International (US, Canada, China & Singapore ) – KINKY BOOTS (Lola), North American/ Canadian – HAIR (Hud), THE COLOR PURPLE (Harpo). Regional: MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT – Joan Jett Blakk  & CHOIR BOY – Pharus (Steppenwolf), THE COLOR PURPLE (The Muny), SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (Farmers Alley Theatre), Yale Dramatic Association, Drury Lane- Oak Brook, Paramount Theatre, The Second City, About Face Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Congo Square, Windy City Playhouse, Farmers Alley,  Raven Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Boho Theatre, Black Ensemble Theatre, Pride Films & Plays, Theo Ubique, Royal George, Open Door Rep, Strawdog Theatre & Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre.  Film: “Ocean” in Showtime’s “THE CHI”, “Dr. Greg Martinson” in Showtime’s “WORK IN PROGRESS” & Rise Against’ music video “Make It Stop” (Lead). @JosNBanks