Recent Guest Artists

Evan Kasprzak, BFA Music Theatre, '10, Broadway Disney's Newsies and SYTYCD top 3

Otis Cook, Dancer with Pilobolus, Momix and Circe de Soleil

Marianne Challis, NYC Voice Teacher

Casey Erin Clark, BFA Music Theatre '04, Actor

Dave Clemmons, NYC Producer, Casting Director & Audition Coach

Bill Damaschke, BFA Music Theatre, '86, DreamWorks Producer

Amanda Dehnert, BFA Music Theatre '94, Director

Kevin Dunn, BA Theatre '77, Television/Film Actor

Scott Flaherty, NYC Voice Teacher

Harlan Hogan, BA Theatre '68, Voice-Over Actor

Richard Jenkins, BA Theatre '69, Film Actor/Academy Award Nominee

Penny Ayn Maas, BFA Music Theatre '87, Actor/Choreographer

Matt Miller, Chicago Director/Casting Director

Terry O'Quinn, Television/Film Actor

Stephanie Pizzo, Choreographer

Dr. Patricia Raine, Director/Voice Teacher

Richard Robichaux, Television/Film Actor & Camera Coach

Lawrence Rush, Composer, Lyricist & Librettist

Marilee Talkington, Actor

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    Don Pippin - Conductor/Director/Vocal Arranger

    Pippin has conducted, directed the music and served as vocal arranger for more than two dozen Broadway shows, including the original production and 2006 revival of A Chorus LineApplauseCabaretMameLa Cage aux Folles and Applause. His musical direction has earned him a Tony Award for Oliver!, an Emmy Award for Great Performances: Broadway Sings Jules Verne, the Drama Desk special award, and a gold record for the original cast album of A Chorus Line. Pippin has guest conducted major symphonies and Pops orchestras, and was musical director for 10 years with Radio City Music Hall. Full bio
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    Ron Raines - Actor/Concert Performer

    Raines was nominated for a Tony Award for his role as “Ben Stone” in Follies. Most recently he appeared in Newsies and as “Daddy Warbucks” in the Broadway revival ofAnnie. Raines also earned three Emmy nominations for his portrayal of “Alan Spaulding” during the long-running CBS daytime program Guiding Light.

    As a concert performer, Raines has appeared as a soloist with symphony orchestras across the country, and has performed with the Boston Pops, the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, and the Royal Philharmonic. Full bio


     Lawrence Rush - Composer/ Lyricist/ Librettist

     Two time  Richard Rodgers Award  finalist, Lawrence Rush has brought one of his epic musical award finalists,  Winter of the Fall , to the IWU School of Theatre Arts. The musical, recounting the fall of the 1989 Ceauşescu regime in Romania, will receive its first ever workshop treatment from IWU students in the Spring 2009 semester to be performed before a live audience and the composer at the end of the term.   Full bio

     Dave Clemmons - Casting Director/ Producer/ Actor

    Head of  Dave Clemmons Casting  and of casting for  Wildhorn Productions,  Dave Clemmons also tours the country visiting some of the nation's top universities and training programs to give workshops and seek up and coming musical theatre talent.  Clemmons has also enjoyed great success on the Broadway stage in  The Civil War, The Scarlet Pimpernel  and  Les Miserables .  Clemmons visited IWU during the 2008 academic year to give a workshop on auditioning for musical theatre and to talk about current trends in Pop and Rock singing.   Full bio