Summer Music Programs


Lora Workman










Charles Eversole










Liz Callaway









Alex Rybeck








Cabaret Intensive

July 28 to August 2

Application and audition upload deadline: May 15

In collaboration with PlayhouseSquare, the largest performing arts center in the nation outside of New York, and The Cleveland Cabaret Project, BW is excited to announce the new Cabaret Intensive, an intensive week of training including: private voice lessons; daily workshop classes, master classes and performances.

Spend a week at BW to expand your performing skills in a cabaret setting!  Cabaret veterans and sought-after teachers Lora Workman and Charles Eversole lead participants through a week of self-exploration and development.  BW graduates Lora and Charles are the co-founders of The Cleveland Cabaret Project and have previously team taught the successful Cabaret 101 workshop class at PlayhouseSquare. Joined by guest artists and world-renowned cabaret artists Liz Callaway and Alex Rybeck and voice faculty members from the BW Conservatory, the week will culminate in an evening of cabaret performances by all participants at PlayhouseSquare.  Build your skills as a cabaret performer, grow your vocal technique and ability to engage with an audience and learn about the business and management skills necessary to be a successful cabaret performer.  We will meet you where you are; from beginners looking to start a cabaret career to seasoned performers looking to retool their skills, the Cabaret Intensive provides a supportive environment to find your voice as a cabaret artist. 

Applications are available now! For questions or more information, please contact 440-826-2365 or  

Typical Daily Schedule

8:00 am

9:00 am Morning warm-ups / Improv
10:15 am Workshop Class with Lora Workman & Charles Eversole
12:30 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Private Voice Lessons with a member of BW's Voice Faculty (each participant receives two 45-minute private lessons)
4:00 pm Wrap-up / the "Business of doing Cabaret"
5:30 pm Dinner

Master Classes

All participants will perform in master classes during the Intensive.  Singer Liz Callaway and pianist Alex Rybeck will present public master classes and participants will have the opportunity to perform in at least one master class each.

Evening Opportunities

The Intensive will begin with an open mic night providing opportunity for all participants to get to know one another.  Liz Callaway and Alex Rybeck will perform a cabaret on Tuesday evening and all Intensive participants will receive complimentary tickets to the performance.  Multiple Cleveland-area theatres and arts institutions will be presenting shows and exhibits during the Intensive and evening outings will be organized for those interested in exploring Cleveland.  Outings may include: visiting the newly renovated Cleveland Museum of Art for their Wade Oval Wednesdays event featuring live music and extended hours at the museum, and/or attending: Disney's The Lion King at PlayhouseSquare; Fiddler on the Roof at Porthouse Theatre; or Spamalot at The Beck Center.  


On Friday evening, August 2, friends and family are invited to attend a cabaret performance at 8:00 pm showcasing each of the participants.  The performance will be fully-produced including a small back-up band, professional sound and lighting.  The performance will take place at PlayhouseSquare in the Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre.  The final performance will be free and open to the public.

Application Procedure

Auditions and applications are required for all Cabaret Intensive applicants.  Audition videos must be uploaded to  Auditions should include one song and up to 30 seconds of lead-in where you talk about yourself and/or your attraction to the song or the CI program.  You must have your audition video uploaded AND mail a hard copy application, resume, headshot and deposit by May 15, 2013 in order to be considered for participation in the Intensive.  

Fees for 2013

Tuition, room and board -- $1,200

A $200 tuition deposit must accompany the application and will be applied toward tuition.  The deposit will be refunded for those applicants not admitted to the program.  The deposit is non-refundable to those accepted to the program.  Payment in full is due by June 15 and no refunds will be made after that date.  A commuter rate is available for local participants.


All lessons, classes and rehearsals will take place in the BW Conservatory of Music's new Boesel Musical Arts Center.  Open as of May 2011, the facility includes new and updated rehearsal halls, classrooms, teaching studios and practice rooms.  All spaces are air-conditioned and provide adequate acoustical separation for optimal learning and rehearsal.  Performances will be held at PlayhouseSquare's Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre.


All participants will be provided with on-campus housing and all meals.  Participants will reside in private rooms in an air-conditioned residence hall close to the Conservatory and within a short walk of the Student Union where meals will be served.


Lora Workman, CI Artistic Director and Workshop Instructor, is a graduate from Baldwin Wallace’s Conservatory of Music and has studied the genre of cabaret in Italy and New York. She was selected to participate in the 2007 Cabaret Conference at Yale, where she worked with Tony Nominee Tovah Feldshuh, Jason Graae, and Julie Wilson. She was a semi-finalist in the 2003 San Francisco Cabaret Competition, performed at Don’t Tell Mama’s in NYC and created The Cleveland Cabaret Project with Charles Eversole. Having worn many theatrical hats throughout the Cleveland and regional area, she directed and choreographed the critically-acclaimed The Will Rogers Follies at Berea Summer Theatre, which was awarded a Times Newspaper Tribute for Directing and also directed and produced A Cabaret Sampler and Miss Gulch Returns!, both premiering to sold out audiences in Kennedy’s Cabaret at PlayhouseSquare. The Cleveland Cabaret Project traveled to Cain Park this past summer for a cabaret series. Lora is probably best known in this area for her choreography and has worked on shows at Beck Center, Cassidy Theatre, and Huntington Theatre. In addition, she continues working with The North Coast Men’s Chorus, having choreographed dance numbers which were featured in the Linda Eder Concert at Severance Hall and the March 2008 Bernadette Peters concert which was in The Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. Lora is the Community Relationships Manager at PlayhouseSquare where she assists educators in planning field trips for more than 50,000 students each year to the performing arts center's diverse array of educational opportunities including Children's Theater Series and International Children's Festival performance; career, performing arts and spoken word poetry workshops; and more.

Charles Eversole, CI Music Director has supervised for over fifty musical theater productions including national tours of The Who’s Tommy and A Grand Night For Singing, and nationwide performances for the musical satire company The News In Revue. While living in New York, Charles served as a musical director, voice teacher and instructor at NYU and at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He was a member of BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and the Manhattan Association of Cabaret Artists, due to cabaret performances at Don’t Tell Mama’s, The Duplex, and Rose’s Turn. Local cabarets include Miss Gulch Returns and Those Seven Little Words at Kennedy’s, and For the Love of Mike and Let’s Kiss and Make Up at the Cleveland Play House Club. His compositions are featured on You Heard It Here First, Melissa Barber’s CD of music written by Northern Ohio composers. As a singer/actor, Charles has performed with The Cleveland Opera, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and in the wedding band for Tony and Tina's Wedding. Currently, Charles is the Music Director of the Singing Angels.

Members of the BW Voice Faculty will provide voice lessons for all participants.

Guest Artists

Liz Callaway is a Tony® Nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, won acclaim as Grizabella in Cats. She has also starred in the original casts of Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, and The Look of Love.

Off-Broadway she received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons), and also appeared in Brownstone (Roundabout), No Way to Treat a Lady, Marry Me a Little, and Godspell. Other New York appearances include the legendary Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center, A Stephen Sondheim Evening, Fiorello! (Encores!), and Hair in Concert.  Regionally, she starred as Venus in the Chicago Ovations! production of One Touch of Venus, in Elegies at Reprise! in Los Angeles, and Fascinating Rhythm at Hartford Stage.

Ms. Callaway has also established a major career as a concert and recording artist. The award-winning Sibling Revelry (created with sister Ann Hampton Callaway) was presented to great acclaim at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Boom!, a celebration of the music of the 60’s and 70’s, also created with her sister was recently recorded Live at Birdland, and is currently touring performing arts centers around the country. She had the pleasure of co-starring with Jimmy Webb & Paul Williams in their critically acclaimed engagement at Feinstein’s in New York, and recently joined Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder at Hal David’s 80th Birthday Celebration Concert at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Her extensive US symphony work includes appearances at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, The Hollywood Bowl, as well as in concert with The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and The Boston Pops. Worldwide, she has performed in China, Australia (with Stephen Schwartz), Iceland, Estonia, France (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris), Slovenia, South Korea, and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu where she premiered a new concert featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim.

Liz sang the Academy Award nominated song “Journey to the Past” in the animated feature Anastasia and is also the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin and the King of Thieves and The Return of Jafar. Other film work includes the singing voice of the title character in The Swan Princess, Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride, Beauty and the Beast, and The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars.

She received an Emmy Award for hosting Ready to Go, a daily, live children’s program on CBS in Boston.  Other TV credits include In Performance at the White House, Inside the Actor’s Studio: Stephen Sondheim, Christmas with the Boston Pops, The David Letterman Show, and Senior Trip (CBS Movie of the Week).

Liz has released four solo recordings: Passage of Time (PS Classics) as well as The Beat Goes On, The Story Goes On: Liz Callaway On and Off-Broadway, and Anywhere I Wander on the Fynsworth Alley label. Her numerous other recordings include Sibling Revelry (DRG), Boom! Live at Birdland (PS Classics), Unsung Sondheim, Lost in Boston, The Maury Yeston Songbook, Dreaming Wide Awake: The Music of Scott Alan, Hair in Concert, and the complete recording of Allegro produced by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization.

Alex Rybeck is a pianist, arranger, composer, and musical director, well-known for his work in theater, cabaret, and on recordings. Broadway credits include MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (directed by Hal Prince) and Grand Hotel (directed by Tommy Tune). He also conducted the New York workshop and San Diego world premiere of What the World Needs Now, winning personal praise from Burt Bacharach.

Off-Broadway shows include Wings (Public Theater) and Really Rosie (directed by Patricia Birch). Winner of the 2005 Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award, he has worked in Manhattan’s premiere concert halls and cabaret venues, including Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Algonquin’s Oak Room, Feinstein’s, the Carlyle, and The Russian Tea Room, to mention a few. He has toured nationally and internationally as well, and has appeared on PBS several times (including “Great Performances”).

Among the many stars of Broadway and cabaret he has worked with are Tommy Tune, Eartha Kitt, The McGuire Sisters, Michael Feinstein, Faith Prince, Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway, Donna McKechnie, Debbie Gravitte, Karen Mason, Lee Roy Reams, Tovah Feldshuh, Amanda McBroom, Marni Nixon (“The Voice of Hollywood”), Jason Graae, Jeff Harnar, Australia’s David Campbell, Craig Rubano, Anna Bergman, Rita Gardner, Metropolitan Opera diva Roberta Peters, and the legendary Kitty Carlisle Hart.

Among numerous CD’s: “Sibling Revelry” (Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway); three solo albums by Liz Callaway; five solo albums by Jeff Harnar; “Leap of Faith” (Faith Prince); “Try to Remember” (Rita Gardner); “Change Partners” and “Finishing the Act” (Craig Rubano); “Leading Men Don’t Dance” (Ron Raines and others); and a soon-to-be-released album by Victoria Clark (Tony-winner for The Light in the Piazza).  Original songs include “What a Funny Boy He Is”, recorded by Nancy LaMott. 

A graduate of Oberlin College and NYU, he was taught and mentored by Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, and Comden & Green. He is a member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.

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