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We are pleased to announce that for the first time this year Missouri State University musical theater program will be participating with the College Audition Prep Weekend. Robert Westerberg will be representing MSU on our faculty.

After a lengthy performing career that included work on Broadway and Off-Broadway, in regional theatres, national tours, television and film, Mr. Westenberg is now concentrating on teaching, directing and playwriting. He is perhaps best remembered for his roles in the original Broadway casts of Into the Woods as the Wolf and Prince, for which he received a Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award, Secret Garden as Neville Craven, and Sunday in the Park with George, where he replaced Mandy Patinkin in the title role. He also performed the role of Javert in the Broadway production of Les Miserables. Other Broadway credits include leading roles in 1776, Company, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, A Christmas Carol and Zorba, for which he received a Theatre World Award. While known for his work in musical theatre, he has also appeared in numerous plays and classical works in theatres around the country. His national tour credits include Zorba, Funny Girl, and The Full Monty. His film and television credits are The Ice Storm, Before and After, The Stars Fell on Henrietta, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Swift Justice, Central Park West, and Law and Order: SVU. He has sung at Carnegie Hall in The Gay Divorcee and can be heard on several original cast albums. Mr. Westenberg is married to Kim Crosby and is the proud father of their three children. He is a graduate of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and completed his degree studies at the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver. After serving as chair of the theatre department at Drury University for several years, he is now the coordinator of the BFA Musical Theatre program at Missouri State University. After a lengthy performing career that included work on Broadway and Off-Broadway, in regional theatres, national tours, television and film, Mr. Westenberg is now concentrating on teaching, directing and playwriting. He is perhaps best remembered for his roles in the original Broadway casts of Into the Woods as the Wolf and Prince, for which he received a Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award, Secret Garden as Neville Craven, and Sunday in the Park with George, where he replaced Mandy Patinkin in the title role. He also performed the role of Javert in the Broadway production of Les Miserables. Other Broadway credits include leading roles in 1776, Company, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, A Christmas Carol and Zorba, for which he received a Theatre World Award. While known for his work in musical theatre, he has also appeared in numerous plays and classical works in theatres around the country. His national tour credits include Zorba, Funny Girl, and The Full Monty. His film and television credits are The Ice Storm, Before and After, The Stars Fell on Henrietta, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Swift Justice, Central Park West, and Law and Order: SVU. He has sung at Carnegie Hall in The Gay Divorcee and can be heard on several original cast albums. Mr. Westenberg is married to Kim Crosby and is the proud father of their three children. He is a graduate of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and completed his degree studies at the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver. After serving as chair of the theatre department at Drury University for several years, he is now the coordinator of the BFA Musical Theatre program at Missouri State University.

The College Audition Prep Weekend is hosted this year August 8-11 at the beautiful new campus Performing Arts Center of Waxahachie HS, just thirty minutes south of downtown Dallas. For more information or to register visit www.collegeauditionprepweekend.com




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We are honored and delighted to have Dr. Parker working with our student performers at the College Audition Prep Weekend!


Dr. Harry Parker

Dr. Harry B. Parker is the Chair of the Department of Theatre at Texas Christian University, and the Managing Director of the Trinity Shakespeare Festival at TCU. A native of Oklahoma City, Harry received a B.F.A. (magna cum laude) in Theatre from TCU, and from the University of Kansas in Lawrence he earned an M.A. in Theatre (Acting/Directing), and a Ph.D. in Theatre and Film. He has also served on the faculty of Westmar College in Iowa, and spent eleven years as the Director of Theatre at Emporia State University in Kansas. For seven summers Harry worked professionally as the Assistant Artistic Director at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, where he assisted in staging over 30 major musicals. He has directed more than 80 professional, community and academic theatre productions across the country including professionally at the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.); Stages Repertory Theatre (Houston); American Heartland Theatre (Kansas City); and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City). In Fort Worth, he has directed professionally for Amphibian Stage Productions, Jubilee Theatre and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, as well as having directed 9 shows for Circle Theatre. His directing credits include Holiday, Antigone, South Pacific, The Importance of Being Earnest, Extremities, Godspell, The Miser, Charley’s Aunt, The Philadelphia Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Will Rogers Follies, The Comedy of Errors, Marvin’s Room, The King and I, The Matchmaker, The Laramie Project and The Taming of the Shrew. He has served on the TCU faculty since 2003.

At TCU, Harry has directed You Can’t Take It With You, Bus Stop, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and The Fantasticks, which were co-productions with Circle Theatre in Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth, the musicals Little Women and Oklahoma!, and the original musical revue We Need a Little Christmas.

Harry has written four original musical revues, featuring the music of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and others. He hosts a weekly radio show entitled “Curtain Up!” on KTCU, 88.7 FM (also available at www.ktcu.tcu.edu) featuring songs from the musical theatre. He is currently the immediate past National Chair of the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival, and has previously served as the National Vice Chair, and as a Regional Chair for an 8-state Region in that organization. He is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and serves on the Board of the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County, and of Circle Theatre. Harry is married to Karen Parker, and they have two children. He is exceptionally proud of his current and former students, and their impressive accomplishments.

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