Abingdon’s Studio series provides training to emerging artists to hone their craft with established theatre professionals at affordable prices. 

Space is limited, so book early. And check back often, as we’ll be announcing new classes in the months to come.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Studio.




Monday, February 12  /  7 – 10 pm

Booking It: Musical Theatre Audition

Karie Koppel from Elissa Myers Casting
Bobby Cronin, the award-winning composer
Chad Austin, Associate Director, Abingdon Theatre Company


Choosing material that is appropriate for you and the audition is an essential tool for the successful actor. Present your best, working 32-bar cut to a panel of working professionals for a chance to receive and incorporate constructive feedback.

What to prepare: Bring your audition book, 32-bar cut, headshot and resume. Arrive dressed in audition attire.

Pearl Studios
500 Eighth Ave. NYC, 12th Floor
Studio A






Saturday & Sunday, February 24 – 25  /  10 am – 6 pm

Script Analysis

Led by Tony Speciale, Artistic Director, Abingdon Theatre Company


Over the course of a weekend, participants will develop practical skills for approaching dramatic text through in-depth reading, analysis and group discussion. Participants will leave the workshop with a custom-designed script analysis method to apply to their own practice. Great for actors, directors, designers, dramaturgs, and producers who are interested in rigorously breaking open a play through a series of dynamic exercises.

What to prepare: Play selection to be chosen from the American classical canon in consultation with students, to be read in advance of first class.

Abingdon Theatre Company
101 East 15th Street, 2nd Floor








Monday, March 19  /  7 – 10 pm

Booking It: Cold-Read and Monologue Audition

Karie Koppel from Elissa Myers Casting
Chad Austin, Associate Director, Abingdon Theatre Company


Test your cold-reading skills to get the most out of your time in the audition room. Whether you are auditioning for TV/film or theatre, learn some techniques to help you book the role. You will be asked to read sides, which will be provided ahead of time, and/or deliver a monologue of your choosing (not to exceed two-minutes).

What to prepare: Bring a two-minute monologue, headshot and resume. Arrive dressed in audition attire.


Pearl Studios
519 Eighth Ave. NYC, 12th Floor
Studio K








Chad Austin began the 25th season of Abingdon Theatre Company as our Associate Director. Recent directing and choreography credits include Abingdon’s 25th anniversary gala performance of AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND honoring Bebe Neuwirth, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CAROUSEL, DOWN TO ME (Beirut, Lebanon), CHESS (A.T.A. NYC), PETER AND THE WOLF (Hampton Ballet Theatre), STET (Abingdon Theatre Company), ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Kyone Ballet Brazil), SPRING AWAKENING, THE WEDDING SINGER, and the musical movies WALK THE WALK, LANDED, and WINNING NEW YORK (official selection, 2016 young filmmaker series). Chad was last seen on stage in Doric Wilson’s award-winning drama STREET THEATRE (Tosos NYC). Chad originated the role of Edonis in the Off-Broadway comedy PLAY ABOUT THE NAKED GUY (Emerging Artists Theatre). Other NYC and Regional credits include CINDERELLA (Lincoln Center), THE MAN THAT CAME TO DINNER, CABARET, FOREVER UNDER, MURDER UNCENSORED, VALENTINO THE MUSICAL, STREET SCENE and A CHORUS LINE. TV: CBS’s Guiding Light. Chad made his Metropolitan Opera Ballet Debut in John Adam’s and Peter Sellar’s Grammy Award winning DOCTOR ATOMIC, and performed in over 15 new Metropolitan Opera productions. Chad is the Artistic Director of Shake Hands Musical Theatre School in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Bobby Cronin is the award-winning composer/lyricist of the musicals: MARY & MAX (Pace New Works 2018, full production Calgary 2018), DAYBREAK (winner NJ Playwrights Contest produced in NJ and London’s Tristan Bates Theatre 2012), TILL SOON, ANNE (2016 & 2017 writing residencies at the O’Neill Theatre Center, NYTB reading 2018), THE CONCRETE JUNGLE (ArtsEd Production 2012, West Texas A&M production 2016 listed in Top 10 productions in Texas), ’TIL DEATH DO US PART (2016 Signature Theatre New Works finalist). His film scores have won numerous awards at festivals across the country. His song Dear Daddy is published in Samuel French’s Girl Songs Anthology and his songs have been performed world-wide. He has dedicated his time to working with rescue dogs as well as teaching at the college level at schools such as: NYU, CAP21, ArtsEd, NYFA, as well as master classes all over the world. Yale Graduate, DG Member.


Karie Koppel works regularly with Abingdon Theatre Company, having cast STET, THE MOTHER OF INVENTION and THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR. This season she will be working on Philip Dawkins’ THE GENTLEMAN CALLER and Eve Ensler’s THE FRUIT TRILOGY. She also casts for our Musical Theatre Lab and Ghostlight reading series. Her casting credits include independent feature films, FRIENDS, FIRST AND FOREMOST, THE EMPATH, and THE HOUSE OF USHER. In Chicago: MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL for GFour Productions, ROMEO AND JULIET for Arc Theatre Company. In New York: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK for several theaters, Snapped Productions’ MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and CLIMB THE SMALLEST MOUNTAIN for ArtEffects Theatre. With Calleri Casting, she worked on projects for Williamstown, Rattlestick, Classic Stage Company. In her current position with Elissa Myers, she has cast for The Denver Center, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare, Arizona Theatre Company, and Geva Theatre and for PBS “Murder of a President,” (with Shuler Hensley, and Kathryn Erbe) “The Mystery of Matter,” (with Michael Emerson) “Charles M. Russell,” (with Bill Pullman, J.K. Simmons, and Kathy Baker), “Edgar Allan Poe” (with Denis O’Hare)  and the upcoming “The Circus.” 


Tony Speciale joined Abingdon Theatre Company as its Artistic Director in October 2015. Abingdon directing credits: THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR, music by Tim Rosser, book and lyrics by Charlie Sohne; THE MOTHER OF INVENTION, written by James Lecesne; Jason O’Connell’s THE DORK KNIGHT; and STET by Kim Davies. Other credits: UNNATURAL ACTS (Classic Stage Company—Drama Desk Award nominee, GLAAD Media Award nominee), THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY (Dixon Place, Westside Theatre, Old Globe, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Hartford Stage, Bay Street Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse); Barry Manilow’s HARMONY (Alliance Theatre, Ahmanson Theatre), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM featuring Bebe Neuwirth, Christina Ricci and Taylor Mac (Classic Stage Company), Matthew-Lee Erlbach’s HANDBOOK FOR AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY (The Gym at Judson) and ROMEO AND JULIET (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Tony served four seasons as Associate Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company, studied musical theatre at The Boston Conservatory and holds an M.F.A. in Directing from Columbia University. He is also the proud recipient of a Princess Grace Theatre Honorarium and a Suzi Bass Award.




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Please email Chad Austin with any questions.