Master Classes for Students

Pittsburgh CLO Academy Master Classes and Workshops are one-time classes that allow students the opportunity to learn directly from working professionals. Past master classes have featured guest artists from  Broadway companies and current national tours.

  • Master classes are scheduled throughout the school year.
  • Participating ages and cost may vary depending on the content of the class.
  • You do not have to be an Academy student to attend.


image descriptionNEW! Pittsburgh CLO Academy Acting Intensive

June 27-29, 2017
1:00pm-3:00pm • Ages 12-18

$50 per class
SAVE! - Take all three classes for $100!

3 Professionals. 3 Days. 3 Acting Styles. Join Pittsburgh CLO Academy for three days of intensive acting training.  Hone your stage technique, audition technique, and comedic timing while working closely with three masters of the craft. Students of all skill levels and backgrounds encouraged – you do not need to be a CLO Academy student to attend!


Mark Fleischer (June 27)
Producing Director, Pittsburgh CLO
Audition Technique

Marcus Stevens (June 28)
Star of Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Act of God
Monologue & Scene Study

Connor McCanlus (June 29)
Critically-Acclaimed Comedian & Actor
Comedic Timing & Improvisation

image descriptionNewsies Master Class

Wednesday, July 19
5:00-6:30pm • Ages 8+
$37.75 - Master Class & Ticket to the show
$25.00 - Master Class Only

“Seize The Day” with this exclusive event! Join cast members from Pittsburgh CLO’s production of Disney’s Newsies for an exciting, all-ages master class featuring choreography directly from the show. Package includes the Master Class at the CLO Academy, a question-and answer session with the industry pros, and a ticket to the 8pm show at the Benedum Center.

Please Note: Chaperones will not be provided to transport students from the Master Class to the show. We recommend a parent accompany any participants under 12 years old. Discounted Tickets are available for parents who wish to accompany their student to the show.

Register for the Master Class only below. To register for the Master Class & Show package, please call 412-325-1582.

image descriptionBoot Camp

August 15-17
4pm-8pm • $125
Ages 10+

Are you ready to be a Triple Threat?  Join us for three intense days of acting, dancing and singing that are guaranteed to whip you into shape. Featuring guest artists from every dicipline.

August Faculty:
Camille Neely
Justin Fortunato (Monolgue & Audition Technique)
Catie Brown (Vocal Technique)

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Bring your friends - you do not not have to be an Academy student to enroll!

Summer Master Classes

About Our Instructors


Mark Fleischer
Mark Fleischer is Pittsburgh CLO’s Producing Director. Prior to the CLO, Mark served as Producing Artistic Director for Adirondack Theatre Festival from 2007 – 2014 and Managing Artistic Director for Plano Repertory Theatre from 1993 – 2002. His directing credits include Next to Normal, Shooting Star, Brush the Summer By, Ordinary Days, Superior Donuts, the national tour of Clifford’s Big Family Musical, All My Sons, Not About Nightingales, Talley’s Folly, The Diary of Anne Frank, Sunday in the Park with George, A Chorus Line, and Passion as well as Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Tempest. He has taught acting, theatre history and arts administration courses at SUNY Empire State College, Columbia College, and Collin College. Mark holds a BA in English Literature and Communication Arts from Austin College and an MFA in Directing from the Theatre School at DePaul University

image descriptionConnor McCanlus
Connor McCanlus is a local theatre artist and proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Pittsburgh CLO credits include CLO Cabaret (First Date, Boeing Boeing, Judge Jackie Justice) the upcoming production of Newsies. He has worked for Bricolage, barebones, Kinetic Theater, The REP, PICT Classic Theatre, Unseam’d Shakespeare, Prime Stage Theatre, Saltworks, Miniature Curiosa, Pittsburgh Playwrights, and Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.  He is a local comedy performer and producer whose work has been featured in Chicago (Second City, The iO Theater, MCL Chicago, Athenaeum) and NYC (Upright Citizens Brigade, The Magnet Theater, The People's Improv Theater). He has taught improv and musical improv workshops at Philly Improv Theater and Coalition Theater in Virginia as well as locally for Arcade Comedy Theater, Winchester Thurston School, and University of Pittsburgh. Connor is an independent improv coach for local comedians and coached the Point Park University improv club from 2014-2016. His team Well Known Strangers hosts the weekly Pittsburgh Improv Jam at the Cabaret at Theater Square.

image descriptionMarcus Stevens
Marcus Stevens is a New York-based actor, playwright and director. A proud graduate of Point Park University, Marcus appeared in many shows in Pittsburgh including Floyd Collins at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Forever Plaid at the CLO Cabaret and The Comedy of Errors at the Pittsburgh Public. In New York, he appeared in two additions of Forbidden Broadway and can be heard on two of it’s original cast albums. Marcus has also worked at Walnut Street Theater, Sacramento Music Circus, Riverside Theater and the Kennedy Center. As a writer, Marcus’s musicals Red, Eastburn Avenue, Elliot and the Magic Bed and Yo, Vikings! were all produced at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Red has since won the Richard Rodgers Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters and Yo, Vikings! has been published by Samuel French, Inc. This April, Marcus wrote and directed Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories for Theatreworks USA.


image descriptionTara Nixon
Tara graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Business.  She was classically trained through the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Syllabus, worked on scholarship at Steps on Broadway NYC and studied with River North Dance, Chicago.  Tara was recently seen in Pittsburgh Opera's Turandot at the Benedum Center and will be traveling with Attack Theatre to perform in Turandot with the Atlanta Opera as well.  Tara was a member of SynthesisDANCE under the direction of Tracie Stanfield for 14 years.  She has performed at venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Salvatore Capezio Theatre, The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, Booking Dance Festival in Bryant Park, Symphony Space, Brooklyn Dance Festival, DiCapo Opera Theatre, Verismo Opera Company, the International Dance Festival NYC and White Wave Dance Festival, among others.  Tara has also worked with Geoffrey Doig Marx's The Mantis Project and [the] movement initiative under the direction of Caryn Marie Glass.  She has taught dance for over 16 years training and choreographing in the tri-state area.   Tara's work has received numerous choreography and critics choice awards and her students have been recognized for their exceptional technique and control.  

image descriptionQuinn Patrick Shannon
Quinn Patrick Shannon has been a regional artist in New York, Pittsburgh and Central PA. He most recently appeared as the title role in Pittsburgh Musical Theater's The Hunchback of Norte Dame. Other favorites: Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely Johnson) for the Pittsburgh Public, Plaid Tidings (Frankie) and The Toxic Avenger (White Dude) for the Pittsburgh CLO, Forever Plaid (Frankie) and The Hound of the Baskervilles (Watson) for the Mountain Playhouse, as well as Young Frankenstein (Igor) and Grease (Roger) for Pittsburgh Musical Theater.

image descriptionKim Steinhauer
Kimberly Steinhauer, Ph.D., has devoted her entire career to voice. As a singer, she has performed in venues ranging from pop through opera & sacred music. As an educator, she has taught in the public school and university setting. She also tailors voice exercises and repertoire specifically for clients who have experienced vocal injury, in her role as Singing Voice Specialist. As a scientist, Kimberly was awarded a federal grant to study voice motor learning in aging singers & speakers. Dr. Steinhauer’s work has been published in the Journal of Voice and in Professional Voice: The Science and Art of Clinical Care, 3rd edition.  She is editor of The Voice Foundation Newsletter, Interim Head of Voice at Point Park University, and a Founding Partner of Estill Voice International, LLC, a voice training and software company for “…your speaking, your singing, and your health” with headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. 

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Upcoming Master Classes: Triple Threat Boot Camp

Past Master Classes: Altar Boyz

Past CLO Academy Master Classes

  • Altar Boyz
  • American Idiot
  • An American in Paris
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Come Fly Away
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Dreamgirls
  • Eileen Grace - Precision Dance
  • Finding Neverland
  • Fosse Technique
  • Grease
  • In the Heights
  • Kinky Boots
  • The Lion King
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mastering the College Application Process
  • MTX
  • Once
  • Pippin
  • Rock of Ages
  • Shrek, the Musical
  • Special Skills Spectacular! (Jugglng, Improv, and Stage Combat)
  • Something Rotten
  • Tap with Toxie!
  • The Magic of Movement with Dan Kamin
  • Triple Threat Boot Camp
  • West Side Story
  • Wicked
  • World Cultures
  • Young Frankenstein