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Stagedoor is for tomorrow’s stars...and for those who just love theater!
Our campers come to us with a wide range of experience. Some have had little to no training, while others are already professional performers with film, television, and Broadway credits.
We are proud that a number of our alumni have gone on to successful careers, but our primary purpose is to create an enriching summer atmosphere where young people can learn and grow through the fun of theater and camp while developing new and lasting friendships.
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Meet a few of our alumni!
natalie portman
An Academy Award winner for "Black Swan" and a Golden-Globe® winner for her performance in Closer, Portman’s career skyrocketed following her breakout film performance in The Professional. Known by millions for her turn as Queen Amidala in the Star Wars trilogy and as the star of V for Vendetta, one of our favorite performances is her star turn in Garden State with Stagedoor-pal Zach Braff.
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jon cryer
Forever linked to his breakout film role as Ducky in Pretty in Pink, Cryer is now best recognized as the two-time Emmy® Award-winning star of the CBS hit sitcom Two and a Half Men. Equal parts actor and writer, Cryer’s film writing/producing credits include The Pompatus of Love. He made his Broadway debut opposite Harvey Feirstein in Torch Song Trilogy.
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robert downey
Best known for his portrayal of Tony Stark in The Avengers film series and in the blockbuster Iron Man trilogy, Downey's brilliant range as a performer is on display in the Sherlock Holmes film series. Downey was Oscar®-nominated for his roles as Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenborough’s Chaplin and in Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder. Downey is equally comfortable on the small screen, having starred on TV's Ally McBeal. Downey’s range as a performer is also on showcase in The Singing Detective and on his solo album.
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lea michele
Currently starring as Rachel in the hit FOX series Glee, Lea Michele is also known for her breakout starring turn as Wendla Bergman in the Broadway hit Spring Awakening. She first appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables, then went on to create the role of the Little Girl in the Broadway original cast of Ragtime.
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mandy moore
With the release of License to Wed, How To Deal, and A Walk To Remember, Mandy Moore established herself as one of Hollywood’s favorite young actresses. Moore has released 7 best-selling albums, including her latest, Wild Hope. Film star? Music star? TV star? Who says you have to pick?
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jeanine tesori
Recognized as one of Broadway’s most-important composers, Tesori is known for her brilliant work on Caroline, or Change, Shrek and for Fun Home, her Pulitzer-prize nominated work (heading to Broadway in Spring 2015). This multiple Tony®-award-nominated composer also wrote the new music for Thoroughly Modern Millie. As a returning guest to Stagedoor, Tesori watched students rehearse Violet, her acclaimed musical.
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josh charles
A two-time Emmy®-nominee as the star of the CBS series The Good Wife, this Baltimore native was critically hailed for his work in the HBO series In Treatment. Charles first broke out as Knox Overstreet in Peter Weir’s Dead Poet’s Society, opposite Robin Williams. Other starring roles include anchor Dan Rydell on ABC-TV’s SportsNight, T.J. McCabe in S.W.A.T., and Detective Fowler in Four Brothers.
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shawn levy
One of Hollywood’s most successful film directors and producers, Levy has already accomplished what many filmmakers only dream of: His first SIX feature films – Big Fat Liar, Just Married, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Pink Panther, Night at the Museum, AND Night at the Museum 2 – all opened at #1. As of 2014, Levy has directed over 30 projects and produced over 30 more!
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jeff blumenkrantz
Nominated for a Tony® award for his work as a composer on Urban Cowboy, Blumenkrantz is one of the most important songwriters working in musical theatre and is the 2012 winner of the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre songwriting. As an actor, his Broadway appearances include A Class Act, Into the Woods, How To Succeed…, and Damn Yankees.
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kimberly grigsby
An accomplished musical director and conductor, Grigsby's Broadway credits include Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, Spring Awakening, the revival of Grease!, The Light in the Piazza, Caroline, or Change, The Full Monty, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Twelfth Night. She returns to Stagedoor to hold Master Classes almost every summer.
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mark saks
One of America's most respected casting directors, Saks currently casts The Good Wife, Elementary, and Madame Secretary for CBS. Previous projects include Medium for NBC, Numb3rs for CBS, and Defending Your Life for Albert Brooks. Saks is a multiple Artios Award winner and has been nominated for three Emmy® Awards for his work.
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michael ian black
Widely recognized for his role as Phil on the NBC series ED as the absurd pitchman for Sierra Mist, and for his unique Twitter feed, Black is the co-founder of The State and STELLA. In 2008, his book My Custom Van...And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face was purchased by more than 30 people. In 2009, Black conducted the world's first Twitter war against actor Levar Burton. His online series, Michael and Michael Have Issues, is a hit on Comedy Central and iTunes.
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zach braff
While multiple Golden Globe® and Emmy®-nominee Braff is best known for his roles as Dr. John (JD) Dorian on the hit NBC series, Scrubs, and as the voice of Disney's Chicken Little, Braff is also an accomplished writer and filmmaker. He wrote, directed, and starred in his film Wish You Were Here, and did the same for Garden State (with fellow Stagedoor alum, Natalie Portman) and won a Grammy® for its soundtrack. Braff starred in the musical Bullets over Broadway, and is currently adapting his hit play, All New People, for film.
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bryce howard
Her third film, M. Night Shymalan's The Village, placed Bryce on the short list of Hollywood's most talented young actresses. Her next, Shymalan's The Lady in the Water, was followed by her portrayal of Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man 3 and Roselind in Kenneth Branagh's As You Like It. Her recent star turns in Terminator Salvation and The Help solified her status as a Hollywood star.
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skylar astin
Known to New York audiences for his performance as Georg in the original Broadway cast of Spring Awakening and as Mark in Rent, Skylar is now best known around the world for his role as Jesse in the 2012 hit film Pitch Perfect and for his starring turn as Casey in the comedy 21 and Over. He currently stars in Pitch Perfect 2, and as Brody on the new TBS series Ground Floor.
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adam pascal
Pascal is best known for his Tony®-nominated performance as Roger Davis in the original cast of Jonathan Larson's musical Rent on Broadway and in the 2005 movie musical. Pascal also originated the role of Radames in Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, played the Emcee in the 1998 revival of Cabaret, and starred in the musical Memphis on Broadway. His latest CD release, Blinding Light, was released in 2008.
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amy ryan
Amy Ryan's breakout role in Gone, Baby, Gone earned her numerous "Best Supporting Actress" awards and a nomination for an Academy Award®. A two-time Tony® nominee for her work in A Streetcar Named Desire and Uncle Vanya, Ryan is known to TV audiences for her roles as Holly Flax on NBC's The Office and Beadie Russell on HBO's The Wire. Her recent film projects include Win Win, Changeling, and Green Zone.
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alexander chaplin
Chaplin is instantly recognizable as the bumbling, naïve speechwriter, James Hobert, on the hit ABC-series Spin City and for his numerous TV appearances on Scrubs and Law and Order. An accomplished stage and film actor, Chaplin stars in Stagedoor pal Zach Braff's new comedy, Wish You Were Here.
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michelle federer
Federer made her Broadway debut as Nessarose in the original Broadway cast of Wicked and can currently be seen on the hit NBC series Smash as Monica Swift. A BFA Musical Theater graduate of Ithaca College, Federer's stage credits include Lincoln Center’s A Man of No Importance and the 50th Anniversary production of The Trip to Bountiful.
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yancy arias
Arias is known to TV audiences around the world as the star of NBC’s Kingpin, for his role as Emilio on One Life To Live, as Gabriel Williams on FX's Thief, and as Alex on the NBC series Knight Rider. Arias’s Broadway credits include Miss Saigon and creating the role of "Black" in the Public Theater’s production of The Wild Party.
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jennifer jason leigh
This Golden Globe®-nominated actress is a true chameleon, having starred in such diverse roles as Stacy Hamilton in Fast Times at Ridgemont High to Tralala in Last Exit to Brooklyn to Annie Sullivan in The Road to Perdition. She starred in her feature film writing and directorial debut, The Anniversary Party. She starred in Greenberg, which she also produced, and last starred on Broadway as Bunnie in The House of Blue Leaves.
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todd graff
A quintuple threat (actor, singer, composer, writer, director), Graff paid homage to Stagedoor Manor in his film CAMP, which was nominated for the Grand Jury prize at Sundance in 2003. A Tony®-nominated actor for creating the role of Danny in Baby, Graff has appeared in The Abyss, Dominick and Eugene, and Five Corners. His film writing credits include The Vanishing and Used People and he both wrote and directed the films Joyful Noise and Bandslam.
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julia murney
One of New York’s most-popular voiceover and television actresses, Murney is best known for creating the roles of Queenie in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party and Felicia in A Class Act. Murney made her Broadway debut in Lennon and then starred as Elpheba in the Broadway company of Wicked. Murney was one of only 15 female performers selected to appear on the RCA album, Broadway Divas-100 Years of Music in advance of her own album, I'm Not Waiting.
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jonathan marc sherman
Jonathan Marc Sherman's plays include the off-Broadway hit Things We Want, directed by Ethan Hawke. Sherman's breakout play, Women and Wallace, won the Young Playwrights Festival at Playwrights Horizons and was televised on American Playhouse. His other works include Sophistry, and Knickerbocker, which world-premiered at the Public Theatre. He also acts on occasion to remind himself why he became a playwright.
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