St. Anne's-Belfield School was honored to welcome Broadway choreographer Debra McWaters as a guest instructor for the All That Jazz: The Art of Performance in American Musical Theater Intensive this month.
McWaters is an authoritative voice on the Fosse Style, having served as assistant choreographer for Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical Chicago. She later choreographed shows including Fosse and The Look of Love, and shared her expertise on an international level as both author of The Fosse Style and choreographer of shows in London, Vienna, and Australia. More recently, she co-founded and runs Broadway Theatre Project, a prestigious musical theatre arts education program for high school and college students.
McWaters was an ideal guest artist to guide students as they take on the iconic show this winter. During her time at the School, students engaged in an in-depth study of Chicago and the historical landscape of American Musical Theater. McWaters introduced students to “the Fosse Style,” applying it to the staging and choreography for their upcoming performance. She also passed on invaluable advice, notes, and instruction to the students, preparing them to serve as leaders during the weeks of rehearsals ahead.
The Intensive was co-taught by Upper School teachers Maximilian Bulinski and Michael Remchuk, and was complementary to the Razzle Dazzle: Sets, Sounds & Lights of American Musical Theater Intensive, led by David Lourie, Steven Mangano, and Joe Browning.
The Upper School's production of Chicago will run Feb. 28 - March 1, 2020. Tickets will be available online in January.