Faculty and Guest Luminaries
Julie Boyd (Director)
Julie Boyd teaches acting at The New School for Drama, College of the Performing Arts, Queens College and Artsbridge Gap year. NY favorite Acting Credits: Noises Off directed by Michael Blakemore on Broadway, Gemini at 2nd Stage directed by Mark Brokaw and Admissions at Lincoln Center directed by Daniel Aukin. Regional Favorites: The Piggy Bank and The Misanthrope at The Guthrie directed by Garland Wright, Prayer for my Enemy at Hartford Stage directed by Bart Sher, and Lloyd's Prayer at Actors Theater of Louisville directed by Kenneth Washington. Julie has worked as an actress and director with the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference for many years, as well as Sundance, Shenandoah and Perry-Mansfield New Plays. Directing credits include Fordham University, Yale School of Drama, NYU Graduate Acting, University of Utah, ACT School, University of MN Guthrie, HB Studios, EST, Passage Theater, Guthrie Lab, and Colorado Repertory Theater.
Tv/Film: Margaret Mead and The Man Who Came to Dinner for PBS, The Good Wife, Law and Order, Sopranos, Rescue Me, The Beat, Prairie Home Companion and Dave Chappell Show. She is the recipient of a Fox Foundation Acting Grant.
John McDaniel (Musical Theatre Workshop)
John McDaniel is a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Music Director, Composer, Director, Arranger, Orchestrator & Producer and is an Artistic Director at the Tony Award-winning O’Neill Theater Center. Recently he directed Sondheim Originals at 54 Below, Piano Men at Birdland, Into The Woods & Hair in Concert at the historic Patchogue Theater. On Broadway: Bonnie and Clyde (Drama Desk Nomination, Best Orchestrations), Catch Me If You Can, Brooklyn (Producer and Orchestrator), Annie Get Your Gun (Grammy Award), Taboo, Chicago, Grease, Patti LuPone on Broadway, and Company – the Original Cast in Concert at Lincoln Center. On Television: “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” (2 Emmy Awards & 8 nominations). John has collaborated with Cab Calloway, Shirley MacLaine, George Burns, Joel Grey, Carol Burnett, Betty Buckley, Bette Midler and has guest conducted at fifteen Symphony Orchestras across America, including five concerts with his hometown St. Louis Symphony. John received a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University.
David Sabella (Vocal Technique)
David Sabella is internationally recognized as a master teacher in music theater and contemporary commercial music voice techniques. He served as a two-term president of the New York Singing Teachers’ Association (NYSTA) and as an executive director of the Broadway Theatre Project. In addition to Fordham University, he has served on the music theater voice faculties at Montclair State University, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, CAP21 Studio, the New School-Mannes Precollege program, and SUNT at Purchase College, and New Paltz. Sabella has been a faculty member/workshop presenter at the Voice Foundation’s annual symposium and has conducted masterclasses, faculty training workshops, and music theater pedagogy seminars throughout the contiguous United States, Alaska, and South America. Sabella is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). He presented his groundbreaking research study “Beyond Belt: Acoustics and Mechanics of the Contemporary Commercial Belt” at the 2012 NATS National Conference, which has since been cited in several other research studies and doctoral theses. He holds certification in NYSTA’s Professional Development Program, as a Distinguished Voice Professional, and is regarded as a Singing Voice Specialist, working in tandem with several New York otolaryngologists and speech-language pathologists who specialize in care of the professional voice.
Sabella is the author of “So You Want to Sing Cabaret,” (Rowman & Littlefield 2020) the first book of its kind, devoted to the art, craft and business of small venue vocal performance, a professional entry point for many young singers. He was also featured in “So You Want to Sing CCM,” (R&L 2018) as one of twelve international pedagogues to have put forth a modern vocal technique for teaching contemporary commercial music. Sabella is the owner and editor in chief of CabaretHotspot.com, an online magazine with its own educational resource (Cabaret University), and marketplace (Cabaret HotTrax), dedicated to cabaret and small venue performance.
As a performer, Sabella has enjoyed a long and varied career. In 1996 he originated the starring role of “Mary Sunshine” in the 1996 revival of Chicago with Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, and Joel Grey. Sabella also worked on the developmental workshops of Kander and Ebb’s last collaboration, The Visit (with Angela Landsbury and Chita Rivera), for which John Kander wrote the role of Luis Perch specifically for him. Off-Broadway, Sabella has performed leading roles in many productions including The Phillie Trilogy (Winner – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play, Fresh Fruit Festival 2017); Jules (on the life of Julian Eltinge); Kiss and Make Up (New York International Fringe Festival); The Green Room (HBO Productions); Hexed in The City, Foxy, Watch Your Step, So Long 174th Street (Musicals Tonight!); and O’Henry’s Lovers (New York Musical Theater Festival). As a voiceover artist, Sabella has worked on several network television cartoon series, including Peter Pan and the Pirates for FOX and Teacher’s Pet for Disney.
As a countertenor in classical music, Sabella won several prestigious competitions, including the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, the New York Oratorio Society Competition at Carnegie Hall, and was a ranking finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Eastern Regional Auditions. He has appeared in many operas across the United States and Europe, including the title role of Giulio Cesare (Virginia Opera, available on Koch International Label), L’incoronazione di Poppea (Utah Opera), and Die Fledermaus (Lincoln Center). He has also appeared numerous times at both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as a principal soloist in such works as Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Messiah, and Peter Schickele’s comical Three Bargain-Counter Tenors. And, for 5 years he has toured internationally with the now legendary La Gran Scena Opera Company.
Alfie Parker (Dance for Musical Theatre)
Alfie Parker Jr. has a degree from Penn State University in Integrative Arts and professional training from Point Park Conservatory. His credits include Disney’s Aladdin (ensemble and understudy/Genie), Chicago (longest running American musical), South Pacific (Lincoln Center revival). Tours: Memphis (first national), Miss Saigon, Evita. Regional: Guys and Dolls, Ragtime, Kiss Me, Kate, The Wiz, HMS Pinafore, Damn Yankees, Barnum, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Swing, Aida, Godspell, Sweet Charity. Pilobolus Dance Company and on file with Cirque Du Soleil.
David Gaines (Accompanist)
David Gaines is a NYC based pianist/musical director/arranger. He’s currently a member of the faculty of Juilliard’s Drama Division, where he has worked as a vocal coach since 2010. He has also worked extensively as music director/coach with NYUs Graduate Acting Program. As Musical Director, he has worked with cabaret artists such as Andrea Marcovicci, Penny Fuller, KT Sullivan, Jeff Harnar and many others. This is his sixth year with Fordham’s Summer Musical Theater Intensive Program.
Mana Allen (Guest Master Teacher)
Served on the Acting Department faculty of CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory for 20 years teaching in the NYU, Professional, Summer and Molloy College programs. A Master Teacher of Vocal Performance, Mana’s former students are appearing, or have appeared, in dozens of Broadway shows, including Hamilton, School of Rock, Spring Awakening- OBC and Deaf West, Something Rotten, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Fiddler On The Roof, Beautiful, Les Miserables, Dames at Sea, Finding Neverland, Wicked, Amazing Grace, The King and I, The Book Of Mormon, Mamma Mia, Big Fish, First Date, Holler if Ya Hear Me, Newsies, The Scottsboro Boys, and Once as well as in Off Broadway productions including Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Giant and Here Lies Love. Her students are also represented in national, regional and international productions, in web series and on television. Mana also serves on the faculties of Barnard College, Fordham University Summer Musical Theatre Workshop assisting Maestro David Loud and The Broadway Theatre Project. Mana appeared on Broadway in the original productions of Merrily We Roll Along and Smile. Off Broadway, regional, national and international credits: created featured roles in 17 world premiere productions. Served as U.S. Cultural Ambassador touring India, Sri Lanka. Voice heard on cast recordings, television and radio. Artistic company member of The New Harmony Project, The Gathering at Big Fork, and Associate Producer of the CAP21 Blackjacks Festivals of New Works. Co- librettist of Rebels 1775 - premiered at RVC Starlight Theatre in Rockford IL., broke box office records at The Spirit of Broadway Theatre in New Brunswick, CT. Dramaturg for John Allen, including: Theatreworks USA's Lady Liberty, Jefferson and Jupiter, Young Abe Lincoln (also co-lyricist). Dramaturg on projects for Galt MacDermot, Matty Selman, John Pielmeier, Scott Hayes, John Probst. Creator-Director of 13 CAP21 Composer/Lyricist Projects since 2005. Directs readings and cabaret shows throughout NYC. Mana serves as a permanent volunteer to the Curator of Exhibitions and to the Artistic Producer of events at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA, the DGA and the TEDxEast community. Mana hails from a musical theatre family and her stories appear in Jennifer Ashley Tepper’s book series, “The Untold Stories of Broadway” (Volumes One and Two).
Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Guest Visiting Director)
This award-winning director and choreographer’s work has been seen throughout the United States, Canada, England, Denmark, Asia and the Middle East. Dodge’s celebrated 2009 Kennedy Center revival of Ragtime moved to Broadway after its sold-out run in Washington, D.C. (2010Tony® Award Nomination for Best Director of a Musical.) A new production of Ragtime is touring the United States for Phoenix Entertainment through June of 2016. Recently, she was granted permission to create all new choreography for Fiddler On The Roof, at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre where she has won three Carbonell Awards for direction and choreography. New York & Regional: Center Stage, Arena Stage, Bay Street Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Denver Center Theatre Company, Flat Rock Playhouse, Glimmerglass Festival, Goodman Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Huntington Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center of The Performing Arts, La Jolla Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Music Circus, New York City Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Reprise Theatre Company, The Muny, The Public Theatre. Abroad: Fredericia Teater in Denmark; Nanta Theatre in Seoul, S. Korea; Royal Opera House in Muskat, Oman and the Wintergardens Theatre in Blackpool, England. Upcoming projects include Empire The Musical ( La Mirada ), 110 In The Shade (Ford’s Theatre) and the American premiere of Frank Wildhorn's The Count of Monte Cristo (Pioneer Theatre). Dodge is also a teacher, a wife, a mother, a published and produced playwright and a proud executive board member of SDC. For more, visitwww.marciamilgromdodge.com.
Other past visitors have included: Bart Sher, Michael Grief, Mark Brokaw, and Victoria Clark, to name a few.