3 Great Saturday Intensives @ The Rep for Local Actors
Nationally recognized Fight Director Jamie Cheatham on Unarmed Stage Combat, Rep Dialect Coach Jill Walmsley Zager on 3 British Isle dialects, and 3 leading professionals – JC Clementz, Laura Gordon, and Jim McCaffrey of Stewart Talent in Chicago – help you with “Getting the Next Gig.”  Register @ http://www.milwaukeerep.com/courses/ .

Dialect Intensive

Saturday Intensive

Instructor: Jill Walmsley Zager

April 12, 2014

Noon – 3 PM

Cost: $60


Received Pronunciation, also known as Standard British or BBC English, is one of themost needed dialects for an American actor to master, and yet it proves oftentimes to be one of the most difficult. There is a wealth of great dramatic literature requiring the Irish dialects, and recently there has been more of a need for actors to become adept at the Scottish dialects. Come explore the range of similarities and differences in these dialects of the British Isles withMilwaukee Rep’s Dialect Coach Jill Walmsley Zager .  


Jill Walmsley Zager’s  Milwaukee Rep credits include: ARaisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park, Sense and Sensibility, A Christmas Carol, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Mountaintop, Assassins, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lombardi, Yellowman, Ten Chimneys, The 39 Steps, My Name Is Asher Lev, Laurel and Hardy and Cabaret. Jill has recently returned to Milwaukee from three years as the Co-Head of Voice and Dialects and the Company Coach at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Regionally, she has worked at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Water Tower, Apple Tree Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Jill earned her Master’s Degrees at Central School of Speech & Drama (London) and Northwestern. She is married to James Zager, the Head of the Theatre Program at Carroll University.



Unarmed Stage Combat Intensive

Saturday Intensive

Instructor: Jamie Cheatham

March 22, 2014

Noon – 3 PM

Cost: $60


This workshop, led by nationally recognized Fight Director and SAFD Certified Teacher Jamie Cheatham, will be an introduction to the craft of unarmed stage combat. Focus will be on safety as well as techniques necessary to create the illusion of violence. Movement and acting skills are also a part of this physical storytelling.


Jamie Cheatham was based in New York City as a fight director, teacher and actor before moving to Wisconsin in 2003. He has over twenty years experience as a professional, classically trained actor (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) and fight director. His fight work includes such theaters as the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Alley Theatre (TX), Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (KY), many regional Shakespeare festivals, and recently the Milwaukee Ballet. He has taught in several MFA acting programs, privately in New York City, and is currently the head of acting at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. 



Getting the Next Gig – Audition Panel Intensive

Saturday Audition

Instructors: JC Clementz, Laura Gordon, and Jim McCaffery

April 5, 2014

Noon – 4PM

Cost: $60


Have you ever wondered what the people on the other side of the table actually thought about your audition?  Ever wish you knew what to do in order to improve your chances of being cast for the next one?  Here’s your opportunity to learn that and more.  JC Clementz (Casting Director for Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Laura Gordon (Freelance Director, Actor, and Rep Associate Artist), and Jim McCaffrey (Casting Agent for Stewart Talent in Chicago) give each participant direct feedback on 2 contrasting audition pieces.  Please no songs for this one.   Space is limited.


How It Works:

You have 5 minutes to introduce yourself, slate and perform your two audition pieces.  The panelists then have the next 5 minutes to fill out a response form, rating your audition on technical aspects, choice of material, and offering suggestions for improvement.  You will receive all three forms following your audition to help prepare you to get the next gig.  On Friday, April 4th you will receive your exact audition time. 



JC Clementz is the Artistic Associate: Casting & Artistic Intern Company Director at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. He most recently directed Forever Plaid in their Stackner Cabaret, where he will be directing The Doyle and Debbie Show next season. Also at The Rep, he has assistant directed Othello, To Kill A Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol, and Yellowman. As a stage manager, JC has traveled throughout Europe as the Assistant Stage Manager for New York Harlem Productions’ international tour of Porgy and Bess (dir. Baayork Lee). Prior to his arrival in Milwaukee, he spent a season at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre working in the casting and literary office. JC holds an MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University.


Laura Gordon is a Milwaukee based actor and director, whose directing credits include Venus in Fur, Speaking in Tongues, Almost Maine, Seascape, Laurel and Hardy, Gutenberg! the Musical! (Milwaukee Rep); Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Winter’s Tale (Utah Shakespeare Festival); In the Next Room or the vibrator play (Actors Theater of Louisville); Skin Tight, Memory House (Renaissance Theaterworks); Red, Going to St. Ives (Forward Theater); Richard III (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival).   Her acting credits include Margie in Good People,  Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Lane in The Clean House, Charlotta in The Cherry Orchard, Elizabeth in Richard III, Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Stuart, Stevie in The Goat.  Laura is a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow and an Associate Artist with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.  She is a member of SDC and Actors Equity Association.


Jim McCaffrey has been an agent for the past three years at Stewart Talent, the largest agency in the Midwest, representing actors for film, TV, theatre, and commercials.  His clients can be seen on TV in NBC’s Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Crisis, and Betrayal, Showtime’s Fargo, ABC’s Mind Games, USA’s Sirens, and much more, in addition to countless national commercials, Broadway plays and musicals, feature films, and major regional stages across the country.  Prior to working as an agent, he worked in the casting department of the Goodman Theatre, and as a professional stage manager and actor in New York and internationally.  Jim is a graduate from Temple University in Philadelphia, and holds a BA in Theatre with a minor in Business Administration.