Pittsburgh CLO Presents: Master Classes for Professionals

image descriptionAn opportunity for working actors to connect with THE BEST in the business in a new professional development series.

  • Classes held from 6:00-8:00pm
  • Open to ages 18+
  • All classes take place at the CLO Academy
  • Master Classes are available in 3-session or 6-session packages

Choose from the following sessions:

Mark Fleischer

Pittsburgh CLO
January 9

Benjamin E. Klein

Broadway Director
January 16

Isaac Harlan

NYC Music Director
January 23

Katie Shenot

Nancy Mosser Casting
January 30


February 6

Mark Burrell

Broadway Veteran
February 13


Register Now!

3 Class Package • $150
6 Class Package • $225

Space is limited - register below or by calling 412-281-2234.


Benjamin E. Klein

Broadway Director
Director of Ann on Broadway starring Tony Nominated actress Holland Taylor as Governor Ann Richards. Selected credits as Director include First Date at Pittsburgh CLO, Bend in the Road at New York Musical Theatre Festival (included in Huffington Post’s “The Best Shows of 2013”), the world premiere musical Hello Out There at The Adirondack Theatre Festival, the East Coast Premiere of Sick by Zayd Dohrn at New Jersey Repertory, Hairspray at Charlottetown Festival (Prince Edward Island, Canada), Notes to MariAnne at the Eugene O'Neill Musical Theatre Conference, and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe in San Diego, California. For more information please visit www.bendsley.com.

Isaac Harlan

Music Director
Mr. Harlan is a graduate of Penn State University where he studied classical piano with Steven Smith. For the past six years he has been living in NYC where he works as a pianist, music director, arranger and orchestrator. Isaac has played concerts with Norm Lewis, Eden Espinosa, Patina Miller, Renee Goldsberry and Michael McElroy, and has also been fortunate to work with other vocalists such as Leslie Odom Jr., Liz Callaway, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Angela Lansbury. Isaac also frequently works as an arranger and pianist for the Broadway Inspirational Voices.

Van Kaplan

Executive Director, Pittsburgh CLO
Van Kaplan joined Pittsburgh CLO in 1997. In addition to overseeing the organization's year-round producing and programming efforts, he has produced and co-produced the Broadway productions of Evita, Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, The Addams Family, and An American in Paris. He has also produced touring productions of Camelot, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Phantom, Singin' in the Rain, Chess, Grand Hotel, City of Angels, Evita, Brigadoon, and Nunsense II. His directorial credits include Guys and Dolls with Victoria Clark, She Loves Me, West Side Story with Max Von Essen and Ali Ewoldt, Kopit & Yeston's Phantom, On the Town, Sweeney Todd with Candy Buckley, South Pacific with Cathy Rigby, Nunsense, Shear Madness, Ruthless!, Guys and Dolls with Georgia Engel, and the regional premiere of Andrew Bovell's Speaking in Tongues at Pittsburgh's Quantum Theater.  SInce 2009 he has directed The Jimmy™ Awards at the Minskoff Theater on Broadway. He has also directed original shows for Caesars Entertainment at the Rio, Paris and Bally's Hotels in Las Vegas. He has consulted for the National Endowment for the Arts, is a former Theater Panel chair for the Texas Commission on the Arts, and has served as an adjunct professor for Carnegie Mellon's Masters of Arts Management program. He is on the Board of The Broadway League, serves on the Investment Committee of the Independent Presenters Network (IPN) and is past president of The National Alliance for Musical Theater (NAMT).  He is the Co-Founder of the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the subject of a 3-part documentary series that aired nationally on PBS.  He has been a Tony Awards® voter for more than 20 years. 

Mark Burrell

Broadway Veteran
Mark Burrell has performed on Broadway and internationally including performance engagements in Amsterdam, Japan, Zambia, Peru and South Africa. He has served as associate and assistant choreographer of several Broadway shows, in addition to holding positions as dance captain and swing. He has staged numerous works throughout the United States and abroad and performed in original works by Lar Lubovitch, Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, David Paker, Zvi Gotheiner, and Chet Walker, among others. Burrell has trained with legends such as Gwen Verdon, Chet Walker, Ann Reinking, and two-time Tony Award-Winning Director, Diane Paulus, and these experiences have influenced his teaching philosophy. His students have established careers in theatrical markets including Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, national commercials, cruise lines, theme parks, professional dance companies, and several television series both in the reality and syndicated formats. He earned his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy and Lawrence Rhodes.