Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory
This summer, RSAC is going virtual with a three week online intensive Advanced Track Program, led by Mason Gross Theater Department Faculty. This comprehensive course features study in acting, movement, acting for the camera, and more. This special program is available by invitation only. Please contact RSAC@mgsa.rutgers.edu for additional information.
- July 6–24, 2020
- Acceptance by invitation only
Please note: early-bird discount does not apply for this program.
Marshall Jones – Director
In addition to his role as an associate professor of theater arts at Rutgers University, Marshall is also the producing artistic director of the Tony Award winning® Crossroads Theatre Company, located in New Brunswick. He has over 30 years of theater and live entertainment management experience in a wide variety of key executive positions at some of New York’s most prestigious venues including the world famous Apollo Theater, the world’s most famous arena – Madison Square Garden, the historic landmark Radio City Music Hall, and Disney On Broadway’s The Lion King. Marshall proudly serves on the board of directors for the Theater Communications Group (TCG) and has served as a commissioner of the NJ Public Broadcasting Authority (operators of NJTV, formerly known as NJN). He is also a member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM). Marshall earned a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Rutgers University and a master’s in arts management from New York University. He was also a member of the New Brunswick Arts Council, and, Marshall taught arts management from 1990 to 2002 at Drew University in Madison.
Kayla Kim Votapek – Associate Director
Kayla Kim Votapek was born in South Korea and was raised in Union, New Jersey. She received her bachelor’s degree in theater arts, psychology, and education as a Social Science from Rutgers University. She recently obtained her master’s in creative producing at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.
This is Kayla’s seventh year working at RSAC. She held various administrative roles and taught multiple classes such as Drama Retrospective, Stagecraft, Classic Cinema, The Masters, Behind the Scenes, and EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion).
In addition to serving as the assistant director and a teaching artist at RSAC, she is the associate producer at The Tony Award winning® Crossroads Theatre Company. She has held various roles within the theater community such as stage manager, costume designer, director, producer, light and sound board operator, and creative team coordinator. As a producer and arts administrator, she has had the pleasure of working with numerous award-winning organizations, such as The Broadway League, The American Theatre Wing, TADA! Youth Theatre and Improbable. She inspires to educate individuals by provoking thought and bringing light to subjects of equity, diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality through theater arts.
Kevin J. Kittle – Acting Teacher
Kevin Kittle has worked as Joseph Chaikin’s assistant director and with Arthur Miller and Sam Shepard for the Signature Theater Company. He has directed numerous productions and readings in such New York City theaters as The John Houseman, The Neighborhood Playhouse, Theater Row Theaters, Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE, Sullivan Street Playhouse, and The Irish Repertory Theatre, as well as regionally. His most recent productions include Bitter Greens at 59E59, Hot Season at The Sheen Center for Strange Sun Theater, Blood Potato at the Clurman and In God’s Hat at Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater for Apothecary Theatre Company, and Beyond the Pale (nominated for Best Director and Best Production at the 1st Irish Theatre Festival). At the Greenwich Street Theatre, he directed the world premiere of Jamie Linley’s Dirty Works (critical acclaim in NYC and at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Philip Ridley’s The Pitchfork Disney, both as resident director of Stiff Upper Lip. Other credits include: Watching and Waiting at The Judith Anderson, The House of Yes at The Currican, and Life During Wartime (2001 Off-Off Broadway Review Award for Outstanding Production) with Inertia Productions as their resident director. As co-developer and dramaturge-director, Kevin has worked on This is the How, with Rhett Rossi at The Playroom Theater, David Dannenfelser’s When Words Fail… at The NY International Fringe Festival (the script of which is published in Plays and Playwrights, Vol. One), and Peter Handy’s East of the Sun and West of the Moon, which was a finalist in the Samuel French One Act Festival and is published by Samuel French. His Los Angeles production of Chet Whell’s Economic Subterfuge was nominated for an LA Weekly Award. Kevin is the Associate Head of Acting and the Director of Performance Ensemble at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.
Chantal Jean-Pierre – Acting Teacher
Chantal Jean-Pierre is an accomplished actress and a former collegiate instructor. Recently, she appeared in Our Town at Miami New Drama. Additional roles as Jory in Disgraced at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Mayme in Intimate Apparel at Dorset Theatre Company, Mrs. Muller in Doubt at Flat Rock Playhouse, Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun both at Crossroads Theatre Company and Weston Playhouse, as well as the featured role in the regional premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation at the People’s Light and Theater Company. She appeared in the title role in both Cincinnati Shakespeare and Orlando Shakespeare festivals productions of Antony and Cleopatra. She has also graced the stages of several reputable theaters including Hartford Stage (Sheila’s Day); Luna Stage (Voice of Good Hope) and (The Other Side of Newark); NJ Shakespeare Festival (The Blue Bird) and (Henry VI); and at LaMama theater she appeared in The G-Word. A lover of classical theater, she has played Olivia in Twelfth Night, Goneril in King Lear at the Folgers in Washington D.C., Gertrude in Hamlet at the American Globe Theater. Ms. Jean-Pierre has also guest starred on a number of television shows. She has taught at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, SUNY/Purchase, and Montclair State University. She has an MFA in acting from Rutgers University and a BFA from Florida International University.
Antu Yacob – Acting Teacher
Antu Yacob was born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia and raised in San Francisco and Minnesota. She received her MFA in acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and her bachelor of arts in Communication from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She was last seen onstage in the 2017 United Solo Theatre Festival’s premiere of her one-woman show In the Gray on Theatre Row in New York. Her plays have been produced by Theatre 167, Project Y Theatre and the 2016 Kampala International Theatre Festival in Uganda. Her work has been featured in readings at the inaugural NowAfrica Playwrights Festival at Tisch-NYU, Crossroads Theatre’s CommonGround Festival, CoLAB Arts the Orphanage Series and Project Y Theatre’s Racey Plays Series. As an actor, Antu’s theater credits include Risen from the Dough (Sam French OOB Short Play Festival-Winner) Mourning Sun (KITF and Theatre 167), In the Continuum original national tour (Primary Stages), Stepping out of the River at Dawn, Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World and A Jew on Ethiopia Street (Mixed Blood Theatre), Holiday Jubilee (Crossroads Theatre), Crowns (The Theater Project), The House That Crack Built (Pillsbury House Theatre) and No Longer at Ease (Pangea World Theater). Her film & television credits include Night Comes On, Gypsy, Law & Order: SVU, Conjure, Eminent Domain, and Walking in Circles. She teaches Acting at Baruch College and Rutgers University. www.antuyacob.com
Stephen Agosto – Director/Teacher: Musical Theatre Track
Stephen Agosto is a graduate of DePaul University (Acting, BFA) and The Neighborhood Playhouse, home of The Meisner Technique. He has directed, choreographed and/or provided musical staging for such shows as The Drowsy Chaperone and The Lucky Stiff (The Blue Hill Troup, NYC); Triangle Logic (Crosshatch Theatre Co.); A Christmas Story:the Musical (Paper Mill Playhouse; Asst. Dir.); West Side Story (Westminster); Modotti(Off-Broadway); Cabaret, Assassins, Laughter on the 23 rd Floor, and The Wild Party(Fordham University); and Scene and Be Seen (The Neighborhood Playhouse) to name a few. In 2011, Stephen directed The New York Musical Theatre Festival’s “Best of Fest” winner, Crazy, Just Like Me. He has directed various concerts and cabarets around the city including three shows for Joe’s Pub at The Public Theatre and Separate: Battle Songs of Youth at Ars Nova. He is the winner of the 2001 MTI Young Director’s Fellowship where he directed the world premiere of Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler’s musical Dear Edwina. In the world of arts education, Stephen has co-written numerous programs including “Across the Pond: The Musical Theatre Bridge Project,” an arts exchange program with London’s famed BRIT School as well as The Broadway Mentorship Program. He is also a contributor of Musical Theatre curriculum for the New York City Department of Education.
In 2010, Stephen began as Director of Musical Theatre at Talent Unlimited High School for the Arts in Manhattan. For TUHS, he directed and choreographed The Nutcracker; Little Shop of Horrors; Into The Woods; You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown; NINE; Little Women: The Musical; Godspell; and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. For his production of Godspell, he and his students were Circle in the Square “Teens on Broadway” honorees, recipients of “Special Honors” from the Gershwin Theatre Awards, and recipients of The Shubert Organization High School Theatre Award (Top Honors). Stephen’s program received a special grant from Exploring the Arts founder and acclaimed recording artist, Tony Bennett. Mr. Bennett tweeted, “I just heard the Musical Theatre kids at TUHS. Mr. Agosto provides the best training!”
Stephen is the Director of Musical Theatre for The Rutgers High School Musical Theatre Academy as well as adjunct faculty for Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has guest taught at numerous colleges and universities and holds adjunct positions at Paper Mill Playhouse and Fordham University. He is the co-founder/ conceiver of Paper Mill Prep, a program to prepare students and their families for college BFA auditions. Prior to directing, Stephen enjoyed a career as an actor, having been seen regionally, on tour, and in New York City in over 40 plays and musicals.