Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Participate in Ordway's Audition Workshops!

Auditions are an essential part of any actor’s career.  Mastering audition technique is the first step toward landing a role. Ordway’s Audition Workshops are an opportunity to receive feedback on your audition skills and offer insight into how to make an even stronger impression. The workshop will cover: choosing audition material, working with an accompanist, audition composure and how to make the most of your 3 minutes of audition time.
Participants will perform one song in a mock audition setting and receive constructive feedback from Musical Theatre professionals.  Please prepare at least 16 bars and no more than 64 bars, of a song that best shows off your talents.  Bring clean sheet music for the accompanist and a photo and resume.

Observers are certainly welcome!

Adult Audition Workshop (for ages 19 and up)
  • Wednesday, January 30, 2013 from 4 to 7pm at Ordway’s McKnight Theatre
  • Led by Ordway’s Producing Artistic Director, James A. Rocco and the Award Winning Musical Director, Raymond Berg
  • $10 to participate & $5 to observe
  • You will be required to send a copy of your audition music in 2 weeks prior to workshop along with a picture and resume
  •  Refreshments will be provided

Young Adults Audition Workshop (for ages 13-18)
  • Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 4 to 7pm at Ordway’s McKnight Theatre
  •  Led by Twin Cities Musical Theater Professional, Joel Liestman and the Award Winning Musical Director, Raymond Berg
  • $10 to participate & $5 to observe
  • You will be required to send a copy of your audition music in 2 weeks prior to workshop along with a picture and resume
  • Refreshments will be provided

To reserve a spot in an audition workshop call 651-282-3115.

Room is limited so make your reservation today!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Importance of Arts Integration

Over the past 10 years, the U.S. Department of Education has created programs in order to integrate the arts into an educational setting. Their projects and grants have influenced K-12 students across the country. Results have shown that students who participate in the arts are more creative thinkers and have deeper learning experiences within core academic subjects. Below is a video showing the advantages of arts integration in education. 

For more information about U.S. Department of Education programs with arts integration, click here.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nominate a Teacher for The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teachers Awards

Do you know a teacher that greatly inspired you to be the person you are today? Nominating them for The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Teachers Awards is a great way to show your appreciation. The awards were created in 2010 from the support of Freddie and Myrna Gershon in honor of Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday; they are looking for teachers or professors that have made significant influences in the lives of others. On Stephen Sondheim's birthday, March 22nd, the selected teachers and their nominators will be showcased on The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teachers Awards website. Along with this, selected teachers will also be granted $10,000 in appreciation of their contributions to teaching. Eligibility requirements are listed as follows: 
  • Nominators must be 18 years or older 
  • Nominators must have been the Nominees student 
  • Nominees must be legal United States residents 
  • Nominees must teach or have taught at a K-12 school, college, or university in the U.S
The application deadline is Sunday, December 16th, 2012. For more information about the awards and how to nominate a teacher of your choice, click the link below:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Annual Education Awards Now Taking Submissions

2011 Community Commitment award winner,
Thomas Gale at the 2011 Liaison
Appreciation Event.

Established in 2006, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ Education Awards were created to honor the contributions of individuals and institutions that have furthered the mission of Education and Community Engagement Programs at the Ordway.
Individuals and organizations from any artistic, educational, or cultural field are eligible, including individual artists, professional administrators and teachers, volunteers, philanthropists, and partnerships or leadership teams.
The submission deadline for the 2013 Education Awards is March 8, 2013. Winners will be announced at the Annual Liaison Event Friday, May 10, 2013.
Click here for the Nomination Form.

Awards Categories
One person or organization is awarded in each of the four following areas:
Philanthropy: for outstanding financial or in-kind contributions to the betterment of Arts Education and Community Engagement programs at the Ordway.
Vision: for the creation of new programs or innovation and enhancement to existing Arts Education or Community Engagement programs at the Ordway.
Community Commitment: for dedication, over a period of time, to the support and/or advancement of Community Engagement programs at the Ordway.
Education Service: for leadership and participation that has led to inventive learning for students in or through the Ordway's programs.

Selection Process 
A selection committee comprised of seven members will read and evaluate nominations. Members are drawn from professionals working in the fields of the arts, education and civic engagement, the Ordway's Education Advisors, the Ordway's Cultural Advisors and from parents or guardians of students who are active participants in the arts. Following the selection, the results are kept secret and the award recipients are announced at the Annual Liaison Event.
The committee may consider nominees in an award category other than the one indicated on the submission form. However, all nominees will remain in consideration in the area nominated.
Nominators may nominate an individual, team or organization, including those in which they may be involved as an employee, board member or volunteer.
Nominators may not nominate themselves. Full-time staff members of the Ordway are not eligible for the awards.
Selection Criteria
The nominees work must be related in some way to the Ordway's Arts Education and/or Community Engagement programs or efforts. Nominations should speak to the nominee's efforts to support learning or building community engagement.
Nominations should give one or more specific examples of the nominee's support of new programs, expansion or enhancement of existing programs, or increasing access to programs. The Ordway's programs often act as a catalyst resulting in new avenues of development, participation and engagement. Consideration will also be given to excellent work, which is an outgrowth of an Ordway program or initiative.

Nomination Submission
Find the Nomination Form or Information Sheet by clicking HERE.
Nominations must be word processed or typed and received by March 8, 2013. Please submit your nomination by U.S. mail, fax or e-mail to:
Mail: Erin Matteson
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Fax: 651.215.2135
* Please note on your electronic application if you will be
sending additional material through the mail.

Please contact Erin Matteson with any questions at 651.282.3135 or

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Help Support the Ordway through Give to the Max Day!

November 15th is “Give to the Max Day,” a 24 hour event that helps grow Minnesota nonprofits by encouraging the giving of charitable e-donations. GiveMN is an organization that is moving philanthropy online – creating an easier, faster, and more convenient way to give. Not only does GiveMN make it easier to give, but it provides some big incentives to donate on Give to the Max Day: $12,500, $5,000 and $2,500 prizes will be awarded to the three nonprofits to receive the most donations on November 15th. 
How can you help? Gifts start at just $10, and there are a plethora of opportunities for your gift to be amplified. Every hour, Give to the Max will select one donation at random and give $1000 to the recipient nonprofit.  At the end of the 24 hours, one nonprofit will receive a Golden Ticket – a prize grant of $10,000 for one randomly selected donation given on Give to the Max Day.
Click on the link to start donating now!:
Every donation counts. Thank you for supporting the Ordway! Give to the Max Day starts at midnight on November 15th and ends at midnight on November 16th.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Sam Butler’s Cantata – A FREE One-Night-Only Event!

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents to you A New Work in Progress: Sam Butler’s Cantata Open Rehearsal with Full R&B Band at the Ordway McKnight Theatre. This event is Thursday, November 29th and FREE to the public. A conversation with Minnesota State Arts Board Grant Recipient, Sam Butler, will begin after the performance. RSVP is required and space is limited.  

Reservations are required to attend. Call 651.224.4222 to reserve your seats