Ada, Ohio, may be more than 500 miles from the bright lights of Broadway, but here you’ll encounter some of the theatre world’s most famed professionals. Every year, we bring 30 to 40 guest artists – directors, playwrights, choreographers, actors, scenic and lighting designers, and more – to campus to collaborate with our students. Programs range from one-day workshops, to master classes, to five-week residencies. Because our program is small, you’ll receive one-on-one attention from these national and international professionals who will help you take your artistry to the next level. Through our guest artists program, our students develop relationships that often lead to internships and employment. Check out a few of our guest artists:
- Faith Prince, legendary Tony award-winning star of 13 Broadway musical and plays (Guys and Dolls, The Little Mermaid, et al), television (“Spin City,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “Modern Family,” et al) and movies (Dave, The Last Dragon, It Had to Be You, et al).
- DeMarcus Suggs, accomplished dancer who’s performed with TALK Dance Company, Brown Dance Project, Dayton Ballet and NEOS Dance Theatre.
- Phil Reno, famed Broadway conductor, musical director and arranger for shows like Something Rotten!; Promises, Promises; The Producers; and Cats.
- Jennifer Werner, associate director and choreographer for Broadway’s Book of Mormon.
- Victoria Clark, Tony award-winning actress, director and screen actor (The Light in the Piazza, Titanic, Sunday in the Park with George, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, Bye Bye Birdie, Sister Act and Cinderella).
- Ryan O’Gara, lighting designer for Broadway and off-Broadway (Come from Away, A Bronx Tale, Paramour, and Hamilton).
- Gavin Creel, Tony award-winning actor and screen actor (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mary Poppins, La Cage aux Folles, Eloise at the Plaza, Eloise at Christmastime, The Book of Mormon, Hair and Hello Dolly!).
- John Bucchino, Broadway and off-Broadway composer.
- Brandon Ivie, director and dramaturge of the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.
- Julie Cartier, Chicago choreographer and co-artistic director for Especially Tap in Chicago.
- Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Broadway music director and supervisor, vocal coach, and orchestrator (Beauty and the Beast, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Company).
- Jeff Whiting, Broadway director and choreographer (Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, The Scottsboro Boys, Hair, Young Frankenstein and Wicked).
- Dean Gabourie, director, actor, writer and former associate director of the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts 125
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810