In December and January we are being visited by a triple bill of talent from the incredible West-End cast of 'In The Heights'. These West-End professionals are coming in to work with our students to share their talent and expertise with our aspirational young performers in training. The talented trio are currently playing the leading roles of Usnavi, Nina and Carla in the show and each has an incredible talent to share with our students.
The full time students at Arts1 spend intensive hours every week training their craft in all disciplines of performance: Ballet, Jazz, Commercial Dance, Voice, Acting, Solo Singing, Body conditioning, Choral Singing… the list goes on! But students at the school also have incredible opportunities to work with some of the UK’s biggest names in theatre and performance.
Our Masterclass programme brings in a new industry figure every week to give our students the ultimate experience in expanding their professional network whilst learning from the best in the business.
About In the Heights
In The Heights is one of the hottest tickets in the West-End, it’s different from anything else around: the style of music and the storytelling are unique. Beginning as a word-of-mouth sensation on Broadway back in 2008, audiences have come back time and time again to see IN THE HEIGHTS, a Tony award winning musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man behind the critically acclaimed HAMILTON – soon to be making its West End debut. Vibrant, funny, and life-affirming, IN THE HEIGHTS explores the issues affecting society through modern dialogue, hip hop and street dance.
Sam Mackay (Usnavi) RAP MASTERCLASS
Theatre includes: Dee in Wonder.land (Manchester International Festival); Usnavi in In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse), Lamar in 5,6,7,8 (Royal Court); Jimmy in Flashdance (Shaftesbury Theatre); Eddie in Mamma Mia (Prince of Wales Theatre); Reecey in Our House (UK Tour).
Television includes: Lannister Guardsman in Game of Thrones, Bastien in Le Grand and most recently Denny in Canal+ series Spotless.
Film includes: Lethal.
Gabriela Garcia (Nina) ACTING THROUGH SONG MASTERCLASS
Theatre credits include: Hot Stuff (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); In the Heights (Southwark Playhouse); Ghost – the Musical (UK tour); Sweet Charity (English Theatre Frankfurt); Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (the Space); Rent (Greenwich Theatre); A Night With Dirty Dancing (UK tour) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Swansea Grand Theatre).
Gabriela has also performed in various charity events including:West End Heroes, All of Us Vs Cancer, the Mousetrap Theatre Projects Cabaret and the Not Forgotten Society’s 90th anniversary concert at Buckingham Palace.
Stephanie Rojas (Carla) MT PERFORMANCE MASTERCLASS
Theatre credits include: Wonder.land (National Theatre); Threepenny Opera workshop (National Theatre); Love Me Tender (UK tour) and 1000 Suns: An American Afterlife.