Discover how to best showcase your unique artistry in exciting and new ways during this contemporary age of auditioning on self-tapes! For this master class, attendees observed artists who were challenged to think creatively and re-imagine their audition pieces in order to nail auditioning on screens. Master Class instructor Jason Michael Webb shared his insight and talent as a writer, arranger, and musical director extraordinaire, helping attendees to deconstruct their audition piece, re-think their approach, and rebuild their material to create a new experience.


About Master Class Artist, Jason Michael Webb

Jason Michael Webb received a 2019 Special Tony Award for his “outstanding arrangements” in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s breathtaking play “Choir Boy” (MTC). His work on Choir Boy also earned him a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Original Music.

Writer/Arranger: “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” (featured at the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama); music/lyrics for Kenny Leon’s 2019 production of Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare in the Park), filmed for PBS’ Great Performances; book/music/lyrics for “WiLDFLOWER”, the new South African musical currently in development with NBT/Apollo Theater.

Musical Director/Conductor: the gorgeous Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning 2016 Broadway Revival of “The Color Purple”; internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang’s 2016 love letter to NYC, “New York Rhapsody” (PBS).

Upcoming projects: “MJ: The Musical” (Broadway) (Musical Director/Co-Arranger/Co-Orchestrator), Disney’s upcoming revival of AIDA (Music Supervisor); “Respect” (MGM) (Executive Music Producer), the highly anticipated film about the life of Aretha Franklin (starring Jennifer Hudson).

Other credits: The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox) (Associate Production Music Supervisor); Berry Gordy’s “Motown: The Musical” (Associate Musical Director), Alan Menken’s “Leap of Faith” and Jeanine Tesori’s “Violet”.

About the American Theatre Wing’s Master Class Series

Moderated by President & CEO Heather Hitchens, our Master Class Series provides attendees with exclusive access to hear and learn from the titans of our theatre industry. Guests will range from top-tier Actors, Directors, Playwrights, Designers, and more! Attendees will have the opportunity to hear the many and vast ways to finding your way in the business with each featured artist sharing their unique journey and path to success as a creative.