Broadway Performers Work with Student Performers at WA

Broadway Performers Work with Student Performers at WA

In Erin Greenway’s Advanced Acting class this week, two Broadway performers coached students through a scene from “The Day the Internet Died,” a comedy about a town collectively freaking out when they lose access. It was just one class in a series taught by Visiting Artists Jared and Lindsay Bradshaw, who brought their Bradshaw Broadway Workshop to Woodward to work with Middle and Upper School students in choral and drama classes.

“All these characters are larger than life, and they’re sort of terrible humans,” Jared told students in Erin Greenway’s Advanced Acting class. “If you were auditioning for ‘The Day the Internet Died,’ you would have a cool opportunity to make these characters who you want them to be.”

Jared and Lindsey, whose careers as performers include roles on Broadway, in regional theatre, and on TV, lead workshops for high school students. Originally from McDonough, Georgia, Jared earned a B.F.A. in musical theatre at Shorter College. He started his professional career on the Disney Cruise Line before moving to New York. His regional theatre credits include “Jekyll and Hyde,” “Parade,” “The Music Man,” “Cabaret” and “The Bridges of Madison County.” After three years starring in Off Broadway’s long-running Tony-winning hit, “Forbidden Broadway,” he joined the cast of the global sensation “Jersey Boys” for eight years. He originated the role of Jerry Jubilee in the original Broadway cast of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and served as understudy for Willy Wonka. His next Broadway show is the new musical “DAVE,” based on the 1993 Warner Brothers film. 

Lindsay, who grew up in Chapel Hill, N.C., is fresh off of a 13-year run in the Broadway cast of “Wicked,” appearing in the ensemble and as Glinda’s understudy. She starred as Maria on the national tour of “The Sound of Music,” performed in numerous regional theaters, and has appeared in several TV shows and commercials. Her TV credits include “The Last OG” with Tracy Morgan, “The Americans” with Keri Russell, “New Amsterdam,” “Tales of the City,” “Mr. Robot” and “CSI Miami.” She’s also appeared in 14 TV commercials.

Suzanne Woodruff, choral teacher and Performing Arts Department chair, said Jared and Lindsay made a big impact on choral and theatre students. “Having them with our students has been an incredible experience. Our choral students were coached on how to step into characters and express the emotions of their songs and connect with the meaning. It was a truly inspiring two days.”

Every year, Woodward’s H. Bruce McEver ’62 Visiting Artist program brings artists to campus to work with students. The program is funded by an endowment established by McEver, who is an alumnus of the Academy, founder of Berkshire Capital, and a poet himself.