COLLEGE AUDITION PREP FACULTY
Executive Director, College Audition Prep Intensive/Weekend
TRACY JORDAN has gained a wealth of experience working in the entertainment industry for over thirty-five years in national and regional tours, circus, cruise ships, dinner theater, cabaret, night clubs, commercials, voice overs and industrial shows from coast to coast. He was featured in 42ND STREET with Tammy Grimes, SUGAR BABIES with Mickey Rooney and Juliet Prowse, in touring companies of JESUS CHRIST SUPER STAR and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF with Herschel Bernardi, and with Donald O’Connor at the Las Vegas Hilton. Mr. Jordan has appeared in a number of Las Vegas shows including the lead role in the world famous FOLIES BERGERE, and emcee for numerous events at major hotels in Las Vegas.
As Executive Director of the Dallas Summer Musicals’ High School Musical Theatre Awards, he built the second largest program of its kind in the country and spotlightsyoung talented performers in public and private schools across North Texas. Mr. Jordan served previously as Director or Production and Operations for Dallas Summer Musicals and participated in development of touring shows for the largest non-profit arts group in the southwest. He served as Facility Manager and General Manager for the historic Majestic Theater while it has played host to widely varied corporate and entertainment events from Jay Leno to Condoleeza Rice.
Creative and choreography credits include FUNNY GIRL for Lyric Stage in Irving, TX , COLE for the Lyric Opera of Dallas, tap choreography for Mr. Donald O’Connor’s at the Las Vegas Hilton, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN for the Super Summer Season at Spring Mountain Ranch in Las Vegas, UN BALLO EN MASCHERA for the Ft. Worth Opera and numerous industrial shows; contributing choreographer for Williams/Gerard Productions-Sitmar Cruises and Bill Moore Productions’ BROADWAY VARIETIES at the Flamingo Hilton, Laughlin. Mr. Jordan was a member of the producer’s development core group for CAESARS MAGICAL EMPIRE at Caesars Palace, a member of the “inaugural crew” of STAR TREK, THE EXPERIENCE at the Las Vegas Hilton and as a founding member and lead trainer on the development team for the implementation and operation of the SINGING GONDOLIER attraction at the Venetian Resort/Hotel in Las Vegas. He has also been involved in the opening of the Venetian Hotel, Bellagio Hotel, and MGM Grand Adventures Theme Park in Las Vegas. Mr. Jordan worked as a consultant for MGM/MIRAGE RESORTS, the Dance Council of North Texas and Leisure and Recreation Concepts, Inc., an international design and development firm for theme parks and themed attractions.
Mr. Jordan served as the Area Liaison for Actors Equity Association in Las Vegas and was intimately involved in the national initiative to develop the Casino Contract, an important factor in the resurgence of Broadway musicals in Las Vegas. He has been active in production and development aspects of live theatrical entertainment and themed attractions. He served as President of Dance Council of North Texas and is on the Advisory Board of KD Conservatory in Dallas.
As Vice President of Marketing & Development for Gondola Adventures, Inc., of Newport Beach, CA, Mr. Jordan has been instrumental in creating the largest gondola operating company outside Venice, Italy, working with developers and government entities to develop gondola operations in locations across the country.
Mr. Jordan holds a B.S. in Human Relations & Business from Amberton University, an Associate’s degree from Mountain View College in Dallas and attended Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Arlington as an undergraduate in public relations. He has given master classes in dance and theater movement at the University of Texas at Austin, Southern Missouri State University, Southern Methodist University, and has served on the dance faculty of Mountain View College and Richland College in Dallas, Dance Educators of America, and Dance Interim in Michigan. Mr. Jordan’s students have also appeared in a number of major Broadway and Las Vegas shows and international tours.
DR. BECKY FREDRICKSON
Associate Director, College Audition Prep Intensive/Weekend
Rebecca currently serves as an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the Curriculum and Instruction Program. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and undergraduate degree in Theatre and Special Education from Stephane F. Austin State University and her master's degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Texas at Tyler. Rebecca teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in educational theory, diversity, gender and education, and instruction and assessment. Rebecca regularly conducts PPR teacher certification training for all education students at TWU. She is well versed in the particulars of the application process for colleges and universities.
Dave Clemmons Casting/College Audition Coach
3 Original Broadway Casts, 2 National Tours including: LES MISERABLES, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, JEKYLL & HYDEDave is an in demand teacher/lecturer having taught at every major music theatre training program in the country as well as Masterclasses in New York, LA, Chicago, Boston, Houston and Orlando. He is a visiting professor at the
acclaimed Elon University Musical Theatre Program and is a permanent faculty member and musical director/conductor of The Performing Arts Project, faculty for the Making it On Broadway Intensive Series in New York and LA and is Advising Faculty member at The New York School of Film and Television’s Musical Theatre program. He began his career as a performer on Broadway with roles in Les Miserables (Valjean), The Civil War (original company), The Scarlet Pimpernel (original company and Chaeuvelin on original concept recording). He was featured as Corin/Amiens/Hymen in As You Like It at the Tony Award winning Alley Theatre. He was seen as Jean Valjean in the National tour of Les Miserable (2 years) and the National tours of Jekyll and Hyde as well as regional the pre Broadway productions of Whistle Down the Wind (by Andrew Lloyd Weber, directed by Hal Prince at The National Theatre in DC) and Jekyll and Hyde (The Alley Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Seattle’s 5th Ave. Theatre). Other roles have included Richard in The Lion in Winter, Che in Evita, Freddie in Chess.
Dave Clemmons is the founder/owner of Dave Clemmons Casting, whose projects have included the Broadway revival of Driving Miss Daisy, Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland, Grumpy Old Men and Tears of Heaven by Frank Wildhorn. Dave Clemmons Casting has cast Broadway shows including The Boy from Oz (starring Hugh Jackman), Brooklyn (starring Eden Espinoza), Ring of Fire, In My Life, Dracula, The Civil War, Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt and Jamie Lynn Sigler. Off-Broadway shows including the New York revival of Charles Mee’s play, Big Love, Bare, Bat Boy, Altar Boyz, Zanna Don’t!, the 2000 revival of Godspell and the National Tours of Cinderella, Evita (directed by Hal Prince), Dr. Doolittle (directed by and starring Tommy Tune), Millie, Cats, Fosse, Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago, Joseph…, Saturday Night Fever, and Moving Out (choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp). Also, International tours (Europe, Asia and Moscow) of Fosse (starring Ben Vereen), 42nd. St.(directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner) and The Sound of Music. Regional plays include History of the Word at the Tony Award winning Crossroads Theatre, Making Tracks at San Jose Rep. and The Great Game (directed by Randal Milam) at The Duke Univ. Theatre Co. Other recent projects include the new National tour of Fiddler On the Roof starring Topol/Harvey Firestein, the new Frank Wildhorn musical Wonderland, the new national tour of the musical version of 101 Dalmatians (dir Jerry Zaks, music by Dennis DeYoung) and the national tour of The Wizard of Oz.
As a Producer he serves as a Producing Partner for StylesFour Entertainment recently serving as producer/investors for the Broadway production of Once (Tony Award for Best Musical), Driving Miss Daisy (starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave) and Pee-Wee Herman on Broadway. They have produced/invested in the Tony Award winning Spring Awakening, Talk Radio, the critically acclaimed New York production of Bat Boy and an Intimate Evening with Frank Wildhorn and Friends (starring Frank Wildhorn, Linda Eder and Douglas Sills) and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (starring Judy Gold). StylesFour is currently the lead producer for acclaimed composer Scott Alan’s Broadway bound musical HOME and will be a part of the producing teams for Hand To God (named Best Theatrical event in New York by Time Out) and Orphans which will star Alec Baldwin.
Dave Clemmons also served as casting director and artistic associate for both Casa Manana Theatre in Ft. Worth and Flatrock Playhouse, The State Theatre of North Carolina.
As a music/vocal director or supervisor Dave has worked on the Broadway production of The Civil War, National Tours of Jekyll and Hyde and The Civil War, Little Shop at The Alley Theatre, vocal director arranger of The Civil War at The Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. and casting director/vocal director/arranger for The Presidential Gala performance of The Civil War at The National Theatre in D.C. starring Trisha Yearwood, Clay Aiken, Larry Gatlin and Hal Holbrook.
He has conducted the Broadway Gospel Choir and the Dave Clemmons Choir at Carnegie Hall and on The Today Show, the Bravo Network, and the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway as well as the Linda Eder album/DVD Christmas Stays the Same.
Dave holds a Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis in vocal performance and studio music from the Univ. of Miami, Fl.
Dave served as a Minister of Music at First United Church Methodist in Miami.
Head of Musical Theatre
PENNY AYN MAAS is a director, choreographer and musical-theatre teacher living and working in Fort Worth. Prior to coming to Texas, she worked as a professional actress, singer and dancer in New York City for over 20 years. On Broadway she had long, successful runs in three Tony award winning shows: the original cast of Crazy for You, including singing on the cast album, the revival of Damn Yankees working with the legendary Jerry Lewis, and the acclaimed revival of Cabaret at Studio 54 where she played multiple instruments and worked with such stars as Neil Patrick Harris, John Stamos and Brooke Shields. She is featured on the Off-Broadway cast album of Swingtime Canteen, a show she has performed and staged all over the country. She was a ballroom dancer in the movie The Stepford Wives and she made her television debut as “Joy” on the soap opera “Another World”. As a director and choreographer, she has worked Off-Broadway with the National Yiddish Theatre (The Pirates of Penzance, The Marriage Contract,) the Algonquin Theatre Company (Sessions, From Gershwin to Berlin), Second Stages (Vanities – associate) and for the Fringe Festival (Kaboom!). She was also the Associate Director and Choreographer for three years on the BC/EFA benefit concert "Broadway Backwards.” Regionally she regularly directs and choreographs for the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts where she has mounted successful productions of South Pacific, A Chorus Line, Mamma Mia!, Seven Brides of Seven Brothers, Oklahoma!, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (for which she won the Broadway World DC Award for Best Direction of a Dinner Theatre) and Les Misérables. Locally, she has directed and choreographed several successful productions for Lyric Stage (Man of La Mancha, I Do! I Do!, Anything Goes, Mame, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Guys and Dolls) and has staged the Opening and Closing numbers, as well as the Best Actor/Actress Medleys, for the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards Show for the past four years. During the days, Penny is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Texas Christian University where she teaches Musical Theatre Performance and Dance. For Theatre TCU she has directed and choreographed Bare, Bat Boy: The Musical, Pippin, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Spring Awakening and provided choreography for Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, No, No, Nanette, the original revue We Need a Little Christmas as well as movement for the new play Born on a Sunday and the timeless classic Everyman. Penny is a proud member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA and an Associate member of SDC.
MARY ANNA DENNARD
College Audition Coach
Mary Anna Dennard is a nationally recognized college audition coach.
She is the author of two popular guide books: I GOT IN! The Ultimate College Audition Guide For Acting And Musical Theatre, and Before I GOT IN! The Young Teen's College Audition Guide For Acting And Musical Theatre. You might recognize her writings for the New York Times Theatre Section, The Huffington Post, Backstage, Theatermania, Educational Theatre Association, and Getacceptd.
She also conducts master classes throughout the country and serves as a guest instructor for the Broadway Dreams Foundation, Broadway Teachers Workshop, the Dallas Summer Musicals, Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute, Cleveland Musical Theatre, RISPA and The Performing Arts Project.
She received her training on a talent scholarship at The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and in 1980, began working as a casting director in Los Angeles. Her fifteen years of casting credits have garnered Clios, Emmys, a Peabody Award, and Academy Awards.
Dubbed “The Princeton Review For College Theatre Auditions”, since 2000, she has coached hundreds of high school students all over the country who have been accepted into the most prestigious college programs in the US and Europe. Many have gone on to have successful careers in the recording industry, on TV, in movies and on Broadway.
Director of Planning / Financial Strategist Insight College & Financial Solutions
For the past 10 years, Doug Bryan has been showing families how
to pay wholesale instead of retail for college…regardless of income.
Unlike most professionals in the financial services arena who treat college
planning simply as a savings issue, Doug specializes in strategic college
planning. He shows that by implementing a variety of college cost
REDUCING strategies, his clients end up saving on college costs.
With strategic planning, his clients are able to send their kids to college without getting buried in student/parent loans and stay on track for retirement. That’s what serious college planning is all about.
Since beginning his practice, Doug has given his INSIGHTS to over 9,000 families through his public workshops on how the college “game” works. He has personally helped more than 425 families through the college financial journey showing them how they CAN fund college without blindly taking out student/parent loans or draining their savings or investments when they believed those were their only options.
Doug Bryan holds a Series 65 securities license* as well as a life license that can come into play when setting up a strategy to put his clients in a stronger position financially. Since many financial strategies are long term, Doug works with most families well beyond the college years.
Doug is a proud member of: Texas Association for College Admissions Counselors (TACAC) | Better Business Bureau | Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce
*Investment advisory services offered through LifePro Asset Management, LLC, a registered investment adviser. Investments involve risk and are not guaranteed. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment or investment strategy (including those undertaken or recommended by Advisor), will be profitable or replicate its previous historical performance.