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REPertoire Workshop Series

Asolo Rep is bringing together a dynamic set of professional theatre artists from across the country to facilitate a series of digital workshops. These sessions are designed specifically for the young performer who is preparing for college and professional auditions--in real life and in a new digital world.

In these masterclass-style workshops, students are challenged to think beyond training and into their professional future. Enhance your skills, connect with fellow artists, and build your performance REPertoire with us.   

Words to describe this class: Uniquechallenging, technique-based, master teachers.

Who is this class for: This class is for young artists who have previous experience with performing and who want to continue building their skills as they move towards a potential career in the arts.


  • Monday, January 11, 5:30pm-7:30pm:  Shaking-up Shakespeare with Diana Coates 
  • Monday, January 25, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Standout Auditions: Use the power of YES with Tina Stafford
  • Monday, February 1, 5:30pm-7:30pm: 5, 6,7,8,: Audition Choreography with Josh Rhodes
  • Monday, February 8, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Mastering the Musical Theatre Self-Tape with Cedric Leiba, Jr.,
  • Monday, February 22, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Finding Your Song with Dr. John Cornelius  
  • Monday, March 1, 5:30pm-7:30pm:  Spontaneous Movement and Miraculous Monologues with Levin Valayil 
  • Monday, March 8, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Casting 101: Bringing Your Best into the Room with Megan Larche Dominick


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Meet The Teaching Artists 

Diana Coates:

Shaking-up Shakespeare 

Date: Monday, January 11, 5:30pm-7:30pm. 

About the Teaching Artist: Diana Coates is a Chicago based actor, director, and teaching artist who received her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Regent University. Some of her performance work includes Isabella in Measure for Measure, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antony in Julius Caesar, Paulina in Winters Tale, and the titular role in Henry V. She recently made her debut with Asolo Repertory Theatre in last season’s Murder on the Orient Express and Into the Breeches. Passionate about theatre and storytelling for young audiences, Diana has partnered with a number of theatre companies including the Virginia Stage Company bringing summer programming to the Tidewater region and Pegasus Theatre of Chicago’s Young Playwright’s Festival where students explore writing for the stage using their varied experiences and voices. “Everyone’s story is worth telling.”

Tina Stafford:

Standout Auditions: Use the power of YES


Date: Monday, January 25, 5:30pm-7:30pm 


About the Teaching Artist: Tina Stafford is thrilled to collaborate with this daring company, bringing relevance, and challenging audiences to think outside of the box. She has most recently been seen in Asolo Rep's 2019-2020 Season in Murder on the Orient Express and Into the Breeches. She spent two years on the road with the first national tour of the Broadway musical Once. Leading roles around the country: York Theatre, 59E59, Soho Rep, Prospect Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Buck’s County Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, Geva Theatre Center, Kansas City Rep, the Utah, Texas and Maine Shakespeare Festivals, among many others. Proud AEA member.


Josh Rhodes:

5, 6,7,8,: Audition Choreography

Date: Monday, February 1, 5:30pm-7:30pm

About the Teaching Artist: Josh Rhodes is thrilled to be back at his “artistic home.” At Asolo Rep, Josh directed The Sound of Music,  Evita and Guys and Dolls, and he is slated to choreograph the future production of Knoxville in addition to his work on BarnumWorking, My Fair Lady, and Yentl. Other directing credits include Grand Hotel (NY City Center Encores!); The Who’s: Tommy (Kennedy Center); Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville (Old Globe Theatre); Paint Your WagonJersey Boys (Muny); Guys and Dolls (Old Globe); Spamalot (5th Ave.); Showboat (Bucks County Playhouse); and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. He also choreographed the Broadway productions of Rodgers & Hammerstein's CinderellaIt Shoulda Been You, First Date and Bright Star. On London’s West End, he choreographed Carousel at the English National Opera and Sweeney Todd starring Emma Thompson. Other choreography credits include Company starring Neil Patrick Harris and Sondheim: The Birthday Concert (PBS) and the U.K. tour of Doctor Dolittle. Rhodes is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan

Cedric Leiba, Jr.:

Mastering the Musical Theatre Self-Tape

Date: Monday, February 8, 5:30pm-7:30pm 

About the Teaching Artist: Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Cedric has toured with RENT (Angel), MISS SAIGON (Ensemble) and performed in CARMEN LA CUBANA (Tato) at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. Some regional credits include Goodspeed Theatre’s LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Jacob), Colorado Springs FAC’s HANDS ON A HARDBODY (Jesus), TUTS’ GUYS AND DOLLS (Benny Southstreet) and assisting director/choreographer Ann Ye in Dallas Theater Center’s AS YOU LIKE IT. TV credits include HBO’s HIGH MAINTENANCE and Fashion One TV’s THE SWITCH. His movies include MILLIE AND THE LORD and ELLIOT LOVES. Cedric is currently portraying the role of Manny in the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival Nominated Best Narrative Short, GETS GOOD LIGHT. Cedric has recently put out several singles under his artist name Ceddy and has also co-founded DominiRican Productions. @ceddynyc


Dr. John L. Cornelius:

Finding Your Song

Date: Monday, February 22, 5:30pm-7:30pm

About the Teaching Artist: John L. Cornelius, II is a member of ASCAP and the American Federation of Musicians (AFofM) and his output includes a number of chamber works, orchestral works, and song cycles. He has also written, along with his collaborator, Michael J. Bobbitt, several works for the lyric theater including Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude, Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds (Nomination - Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play - Helen Hayes Awards 2014), Mirandy and Brother Wind, Say It Ain’t So!, The Yellow Rose of Texas, and The Bingo Long Travelling All-Stars and Motor Kings, Both Garfield and Three Little Birds are licensed through R&H Theatricals and Mirandy through New Plays for Young Audiences. His most recent concert works include Chansons Creoles, a song cycle whose text is by gens de colour of 19th-century Louisiana, Three Creole Songs commissioned by the Kingwood Chorale, Song of Houston and The Kashmere Cycle, song cycles commissioned by Houston Grand Opera’s HGOCo., and Fulfilled, a Passion Week Cantata. His new chamber opera, What Wings They Were, a commission from HGOCo, premiered in May 2016. His most recent works include a set of Cowboy Songs and Sweet Freedom’s Song: a Fantasia on the hymn-tune America. Dr. Cornelius is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and is a Professor of Music at Prairie View A&M University.

Levin Valayil:

Spontaneous Movement and Miraculous Monologues

Date: Monday, March 1, 5:30pm-7:30pm

About the Teaching Artist: Levin Valayil is a performing artist, educator, and lifelong learner. Favorite theatrical roles include: Mowgli, Jungle Book (US/Canadian Tour,Asolo Rep); Dharun Ravi, Craig Carnelia’s Poster Boy (Public Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival); Raj, Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding (Berkeley Repertory Theatre. New Musical Workshop: Bhangin It (LaJolla Playhouse). Film: “Lipreaders” dir. by Erick Spink, “Click Next to Continue” dir. by Abdul Jackson. Levin has trained with Steppenwolf Theater company in Chicago on Viewpoints, Meisner, and voice, with clown training from Christopher Bayes (Yale Drama School.) He is currently in training to become an Alexander Movement Technique Teacher and a Feldenkrais instructor. Levin holds his B.M. in voice/piano performance and music therapy from Berklee College of Music and his Masters of Fine Arts in musical theater from Boston Conservatory. www.levinvalayil.com  

Megan Larche Dominick:

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Casting 101: Bringing Your Best into the Room

Date: Monday, March 8, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Meet the Teaching Artist: Megan Larche Dominick specializes in cultivating creative partnerships between artists and projects through mindful and meticulous talent acquisition. Her professional career in the entertainment industry spans almost 20 years. In addition to being a nationally recognized casting director, sought-after guest lecturer, and audition coach, Megan is a successful executive producer. She has worked on a multitude of Broadway shows, national tours and first-class musical productions across the country. She is currently active in the regional theatre market, utilizing artistic development to bridge connections between creatives, audiences, and communities. Megan has a passion for artistic curation and is a frequent mentor to early career professionals. www.meganlarchedominick.com