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Part of NLT's mission is to place special emphasis on emerging, student and preprofessional artists. We are thrilled to be able to offer a series of workshops open to artists of all ages, taught by expert industry professionals. 

ACTING THROUGH SONG with John Battagliese

March 14, 2020


Delaware History Museum, Wilmington

John Battagliese is a New York based actor and singer. Originally from West Chester, PA he went on to pursue a BFA in Musical Theater at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). 


Most recently he was seen as David in the Holiday Hit - Love Actually Live! at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. John was also seen this past  year as Greg McConnell in the First National Tour of Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical. Other credits include Romeo in BAZ: Starcrossed Love (Las Vegas, The Palazzo Theater), Hairspray (Link Larkin, The MUNY), The World Premiere of Have You Met Miss Jones?, alongside Academy Award Winner Shirley Jones, U.S. and West Coast Premieres of Grumpy Old Men the Musical (Ogunquit Playhouse and La Mirada Theater), and Danny in Grease (New London Barn Playhouse). 


John has performed in concert as a 2016 Broadway Rising Star at the historic Town Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and is seen regularly at 54 Below. 


His class will focus on audition preparation and interpreting a song. He will coach students on a song they bring to class and help them to bring themselves to the material. Students are to bring two contrasting 32 bar cuts to choose from and are encouraged to sing whatever style they find best shows them off (ex. Legit or Contemporary Musical Theater, Pop, Rock, Country, etc.)


Exploring Shakespeare is an energetic masterclass that provides actors with tools, techniques, and context for bringing classical, heightened language to vivid life in the contemporary theatre. Looking to the traditions of Shakespeare’s time, the conventions at work in his verse, and the broad canvas of humanity in his characters, we will discover that the text itself is the actor's most reliable map to clear and compelling performance of Shakespeare’s plays. Exploring these guideposts, we can position ourselves to find our own voices in Shakespeare's words.

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STAGE COMBAT with Mike Consenza

Michael Cosenza is a fight director and stunt coordinator in, and around, the Philadelphia area. As a fight choreographer, he creates moments that capture the audience, deepen their understanding of the story, and physicalize the moments around the conflict to highlight the inner life of a character. His work is grounded in the principle that all stage combat seeks to create the illusion of violence, while keeping its actors safe and active. Michael is known for his dynamic physical imagery, active, visceral style, as well as his sense of humor. He has worked at the Wilma Theater, the PAC, Theater Exile, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater, Delaware Theater Company, Azuka Theater Company, and others. He has been nominated for three Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Choreography, and was lucky enough to win in 2017 for ANTIHERO, with Tribe of Fools.