Lawrence Rush
Brooklyn, NY
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Lawrence Rush

Lawrence R.

Brooklyn, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've worked with Broadway actors, amateur adults, kids of all ages and with renowned theatre companies such as TADA!, Brooklyn Children's Theatre, STEPS on Broadway and The Neighborhood Playhouse for 20 yrs, teaching students how to reach their full potential as musical theatre performers.

I teach private on-line musical theatre coaching lessons to kids, age 7 and up, and adults of any age. If you are looking for a musical theatre teacher/coach, you've come to right place! Most coaches in musical theater are primarily pianists and don't have a background in voice, acting or performing. I have a background, not only as a musical director/pianist, but as a professional singer and actor in opera and musical theatre as well as teaching music, both privately and in classes for many years.

I focus on 3 main things:
1) your voice...teaching you to sing with a well-produced, flexible, expressive and healthy tone...
2) your musicianship...sightsinging, learning to understand and how to achieve what the composer has put on the page...and
3) your acting...finding the heart of the song and developing the character, interpretation, singing the words, the dos and don'ts of performing and freeing the body and face to express what is needed.

We'll build your repertoire, prepare you for auditions and develop your skills. Whether you're looking for a career in musical theatre or just love singing and performing it, I can help you be the best you can be! I look forward to hearing from you!

About Lawrence R.

Hi! Thank you for checking out my profile! I'm a professional musical theatre teacher/coach/musical director/composer/lyricist/singer/actor currently living in Brooklyn, NY. I'm now accepting on-line students from anywhere in the world. In my 21 yrs as a teacher/coach/musical director, I've worked with kids of all ages both privately and with such reputable companies as TADA!, Brooklyn Children's Theatre, Neighborhood Playhouse and STEPS on Broadway, teaching students how to reach their full potential. I also work privately with teens and adults, from first timers to Broadway performers.

I'm an award winning composer (Drammy Award for Best Original Music for UNDER THE INFLUENCE) and my PRIDE & PREJUDICE-the MUSICAL has been produced across the country and in Europe, as well as a Broadway star-studded concert at 54 Below in NYC. My songs have been performed/recorded by Broadway stars such as Laura Osnes, Ron Bohmer, Karen Mason, Abby Mueller, Margo Seibert, Teal Wicks and Nate Hackmann. I've twice been a Richard Rodgers Award finalist and my many children's musicals are performed regularly. I also wrote the music for the theme song for the Empire State Winter Games as well as many cabaret songs, art songs and choral music.

As a performer, I was a full time member of the San Francisco Opera chorus and have performed roles in many musicals and operas, as well as being a member of the famous show choir, the Young Americans and the Grammy winning Gregg Smith Singers. Most musical theater coaches are primarily pianists and don't have a background in voice, acting or performing. As you can see, I have a background working professionally in all areas of musical theater. Thank you again for visiting my profile! I look forward to hearing from you!

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Maddie
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My daughter has been taking Musical Theater with Lawrence for 7 years now. Lily has grown as a performer under his instruction. Lily describes his classes as fun, fun and fun. Lawrence is an exceptional teacher who provides his students with a supportive and collaborative environment and where he nurtures their creativity. His love of Musical Theater definitely shines through in his classes. He's great!

Posted May 26, 2020
Miranda H.
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Lawrence Rush is an inspiring and gifted teacher. My daughter took her first musical theater class with Lawrence when she was nine years old at the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC, and she has been a dedicated student of musical theater ever since. Lawrence created an atmosphere in class that was safe, fun, and joyful, and he made the kids feel that no idea was a bad one. Among the many classes that my daughter took with Lawrence, she particularly loved the elective where her class write and acted in their own original play. Lawrence managed to lead his students through a process that was both rigorous and exhilarating, culminating in one of the high points of my daughters young life. I am also an arts educator, and I know a gem of a teacher when I see one. Lawrence is truly one of those rare teachers who leave a lasting deeply positive impact on children, and I could not recommend him more enthusiastically.

Posted May 22, 2020
Carmen Lamar Daehler - JR School Director, The Neighborhood Playhouse
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Lawrence was introduced to me 6 years ago. I immediately liked his smile, personality, and enthusiasm. He brings his opera training and musical theatre experience to the students. Lawrence challenges the students and gives them some theory training in addition to singing. The main focus of his classes at The Neighborhood Playhouse is Acting a Song. He finds musical theatre pieces that allow for emotions and physical actions. He's well liked by the students, with many asking if he'll be their teacher the following year. I highly recommend Lawrence to coach theory, singing, and vocal technique!

Posted May 22, 2020
Amy
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Lawrence's knowledge of vocal technique is extraordinary. I hired him to music direct for us at Brooklyn Children's Theatre and he has taught for us for five years. He is wonderful with children. He is attentive and kind and has numerous tricks up his sleeve to bring out the best in his students. One of Lawrence's greatest gifts is as a song writer. He has written numerous musicals for us and is the king of power ballads that make you cry. Our students love working with Lawrence.

Posted May 16, 2020

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Experience

Teaching Artist/Musical Director
Oct 2015 - Present

Brooklyn Children's Theatre

Teach and music direct original musicals for elementary school after-school and summer programs. Teach in-house classes..."Auditioning", "Songwriting", for all youth age groups.

Teacher
Sep 2014 - Present

The Neighborhood Playhouse

Teacher at the Junior school level. Saturday and summer program. Teach "Acting the Song" and "Musical Theatre", where we write and perform our own musicals.

Musical Director
Sep 2010 - Present

Re-create Arts and Athletics

Musical Director for musicals and theatre classes for elementary school children in after-school program.

Teaching Artist
Jul 2002 - Present

TADA!

Teaching Artist/Musical Director for Drama Desk Award winning youth theatre company. Teach musical theatre and songwriting programs in schools and in-house classes.

Musical Director
Sep 2008 - Jun 2015

The School at STEPS on Broadway

Lead classes of musicals (both existing and original) with teens. Worked on voice and acting and musical directed the shows.

Conductor
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011

Manhattan College

Conducted Victoriano, a small chamber chorus of college students in several concerts throughout the year.

Conductor
Sep 2004 - Jun 2008

Teamsters Union Retiree Chorus

Conducted a small chorus of retired union members in several concerts throughout the year.

Conductor
Sep 2004 - Jun 2005

The Singers Forum

Conducted a small chorus of vocal students in concerts throughout the year.

Music Teacher
Sep 2000 - Jun 2002

Cornelia Connelly Center for Education

Taught music theory, singing and put on musicals for middle school aged kids.

Musical Director
Sep 1999 - Jun 2002

The National Theatre for the Performing Arts

Music Director and composer/lyricist for bilingual shows performed by professional actors, which toured the country.

Singer
Sep 1987 - Jun 1992

San Francisco Opera

Tenor in the chorus for performances. Also sang and covered solo roles.

Education

Bachelor of Music degree Cum Laude in Voice
Sep 1980 - Jun 1985

California State University, Northridge

Languages

French

Limited Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Drammy Award
Jun 2016

Portland, OR theater community

FWD Theatre Project
Jul 2014

FWD Theatre Project

Richard Rodgers Award finalist
Mar 2008

American Academy of Arts and Letters

Shalshelet Award
Nov 2004

The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music

Richard Rodgers Award finalist
Mar 1997

American Academy of Arts and Letters

Affiliations

Dramatists Guild, The
May 2009
The Dramatists Guild of America was established over eighty years ago, and is the only professional association which advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage. The Guild has over 6,000 members nationwide, from beginning writers to the most prominent authors represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters.
BMI
Sep 2003
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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