Master Class Series

DATES: July 10 – 21, 2017

San Diego Musical Theatre offers the next level of training for the next generation of musical theatre professionals. In our summer Master Class series, students spend two weeks training with the region’s top performers, directors, and instructors. These professionals help our students create a personalized audition package with monologues, songs, and a professional resume. Students explore the nuances of voice over work and improve their dance and movement abilities. Each student receives a new headshot and performs in a showcase before the top casting directors in San Diego from San Diego Musical Theatre, The Old Globe, Moonlight Stage Productions, Cygnet Theatre, and more.

To register call (858) 560-5740.


“What an awesome experience for these young performers. A few of my students attended and they had nothing but positive things to say about all aspects of this program. Well done, SDMT!”
– Chrissy Burns (Theatre professional)


“It was an amazing experience for our daughter. She can’t wait to attend next year’s camp! Thank you so much!”
– Meredith D’Anchise Kolod (Parent of student)


“A wonderful experience! My daughter loved it. Can’t wait for next year!”
– Felicia Broschart (Parent of Student)


Taylor PeckhamTAYLOR PECKHAM (Music Director): Born and raised here in San Diego, Taylor got his start as a music director working in San Diego’s regional theaters. Regional credits include: The Winter’s Tale,Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Last Goodbye, Pygmalion, Nobody Loves You (Old Globe), Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse), Young Frankenstein (Moonlight Stage Productions) Respect: A Musical Celebration of Women (Herberger Theatre, Phoenix AZ), A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Musical [Craig Noel Award Nominee] (Intrepid Shakespeare Company), Spring Awakening (The Merc), The Music Man, An American Christmas, miXtape, Guys and Dolls, Joe Vs. The Volcano: The Musical!, West Side Story, Oz (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Cygnet Theatre Co.), Xanadu! (New Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco). In addition to his work as an award-winning musical director, Taylor is also an accomplished arranger, orchestrator, and composer; having written and/or arranged pieces for various universities, theatre groups, orchestras and choral ensembles across the country. Taylor is currently touring North America as the Music Director & Conductor for the national touring company of the Broadway hit: Jersey Boys.


SHAUNA MARKEYSHAUNA MARKEY (Commercial Voice Over): As a graduate of USIU in San Diego, Shauna is proud to say she’s has been a working professional actress (Stage, Radio & TV/Film) for the past 23 years. She’s been on Broadway and has traveled the world doing National Tours, working side by side with such stars as Mickey Rooney, Eartha Kitt, Joanne Worley and Cathy Rigby. She’s starred in over 70 National & Regional commercials, including her DISNEY, XFINITY, SOUTHWEST, and KMART spots that are currently running. You regularly hear her on your radio and TV doing Voice-Overs, plus several films and animation film projects. You may also recognize her from her DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (playing opposite Eva Longoria) and PARKS AND RECREATION (playing opposite Amy Poehler). She’s a proud member of the Musical Theatre Guild of LA where she’s apart membership committee and has co-produced their Educational Outreach Programs. Working with children is a great passion of Shauna’s which is why, in 1997, she opened her own company, THE STAR YOU ALREADY ARE, to coach kids and teens in TV/Film, commercials, musical theatre, and voice-overs. Additionally, she has directed & taught at other great educational outreach programs: LA Unified, The Norris Theatre, Orange County Song & Dance, and Musical Theatre West to name a few. She’s thrilled to bring her expertise and fun-filled workshops to SDMT and to have this opportunity to be a contribution to San Diego’s amazing youth!


BETHANY-HEADSHOTBETHANY SLOMKA (Director/Musical Theatre): Select credits include: Tracy in Hairspray (SD Rep, Craig Noel Award Nomination), Tracy in Hairspray, Maureen in Rent, Grease (The Welk), Narrator in Joseph…Dreamcoat, Ragtime (SDMT), Zaneeta in The Music Man (Lamb’s Players Theater), Urinetown (The Barn Stage Company), DeeDee in SUDS (NVA). Bethany has also worked as a teaching artist, director, choreographer and mentor for local youth theatre organizations. She is currently on staff at Christian Youth Theatre (CYT), where she continues to help young people foster their passion for musical theatre.



James VasquezJAMES VASQUEZ (Director/Audition Technique):  James has directed Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre for the last 5 years, while restaging the original choreography for the last 12 years.  Also at the Globe, he directed Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, served as Associate Director of Jane Austen’s Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy,and provided musical staging for Boeing-Boeing and the 2013 Shakespeare Festival production ofA Midsummer Night’s Dream. He received San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award nominations for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for the world premiere of Harmony, Kansas and the West Coast premiere of[title of show] (Diversionary Theatre) and won the award in 2010 for Sweeney Todd(Cygnet Theatre Company). His other recent directing/choreography credits include Marry Me a Little, Birds of a Feather, Pippin, and Next Fall (Diversionary), and Pageant, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Little Shop of Horrors (Cygnet), as well as developmental workshops at La Jolla Playhouse and Goodspeed Musicals. Mr. Vásquez is co-founder of Daisy 3 Pictures. His film, Ready? OK!, won the Best Film award at Seattle, North Carolina, and San Diego film festivals. Daisy 3’s latest feature film, That’s What She Said, made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School of Drama.


Katie Whalley BanvilleKATIE WHALLEY BANVILLE (Choreographer): Credits include: Cygnet Theatre: Company (April), A Christmas Carol (Choreographer), Man of La Mancha, Parade, My Fair Lady, Cabaret, Spring Awakening (Asst. Choreographer), The Old Globe- A Doll’s House; ion Theatre Company- Gypsy(Louise, Craig Noel Award Recipient), Passion (Clara); Moonlight Amphitheatre- Big Fish (Jenny Hill), Shrek (Gingy), Music Man, Spamalot, Mary Poppins, Catch Me If You Can, SDMT- Chicago, White Christmas, Singin’ In The Rain, Ragtime; Lamb’s Players- Mixtape. BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University.