UNH theatre students chosen for master class with Broadway composer

headshots of Nickolas Iannotti and Gabrielle Archambault

UNH Theatre majors Nickolas Iannotti and Gabrielle Archambault

Theatre majors Nickolas Iannotti and Gabrielle Archambault and alumna Tara Jean Conway ’06 have been selected by Tony Award-winning musical theatre composer, Jason Robert Brown, to participate in his master class at the 60th annual New England Theatre Conference convention in Natick, Mass. Out of 20 applicants, only 4 were selected to participate.

Brown has been hailed as one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim and his music has been performed all over the world. The New York Times refers to Jason as “a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical.”  Brown’s credits include, “Songs for a New World,” The Tony Award-winning “Parade,” and “The Last Five Years.” His newest musical is “13.”

As the 2011 NETC Major Award recipient for his contributions to the theatre community, Brown will be hosting a double session master class at this year’s convention centering on the development and presentation of musical theater songs.

In an email, Moe Doucette, VP for Communications and Development at NETC and Co-Chair of the upcoming convention, commented that “UNH scored big at the convention” and encouraged the department to “congratulate yourselves on how well you teach and guide your students.”

The New England Theatre Conference is a non-profit organization composed of individuals and organizations in New England who are active or interested in the performing arts.

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