The New Generation

Education at the Cabaret

Presented with Support from Tom Murphy

"Aspiring artists always question whether or not that the career path could work. However, when you attend these classes, you leave motivated and inspired...Where can you get a chance to sing for a star of Broadway, ask intimate questions about the business, and then gain friendships and connections through the artist? Nowhere!" - Trenton Baker, Masterclass participant & local performer

Developing the next generation of cabaret-style vocalists and performers is central to the mission of The Cabaret. Most universities focus on the classical genre and few local performers are trained for cabaret. Training in this style of performance is relevant to aspiring artists as it not only further develops singing talent, but also the ability to present one’s true self to the audience. Developing this ability requires specialized training and performance opportunities. Due to the intensive nature of the educational programs, The Cabaret makes a meaningful impression on a targeted number of students that yields a deep, long-term impact on their futures.

Check out the video above to see highlights of The Cabaret's educational programs in 2016.

"I had the unbelievable opportunity to perform in Patina Miller's show at The Cabaret...I cannot even put it into words how grateful I am for this experience...I will never forget this magical moment and I intend to take it with me for the rest of my career."
 - Morgan Anita Wood, Masterclass participant & spotlight performer

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Student Show Experience

The Cabaret will now be offering group complimentary student tickets to a variety of our shows.  The Cabaret's educational partners will be invited to participate in select show evenings.  Students receive complimentary tickets to the show.  Depending upon artist availability, students will also have an opportunity to meet and get pictures with the artist(s) following the performance.  Select shows will also include a Q& A with the artist following the performance.  


The Cabaret provides aspiring artists with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work one-on-one with a Broadway star or world-renowned cabaret or jazz artist.  Classes provide participants the opportunity to take their performance skills to the next level. Classes provide one-on-one performance coaching with a smaller group of select students and will be expanded to include a 20-30 minute Q & A with the artist, giving students the opportunity to participate in a performance and career dialogue with an already accomplished artist in the field.  

In cases where the artist is open the artist will also sing a song or two for the class.  We believe that this shift will allow more students to participate and receive more overall benefit from each class.  All students attending the class will also receive a group photo with the artist. Recent classes have included:

  • Tony Award Winning Broadway Star Joshua Henry - star of Shuffle Along, Porgy and Bess, Violet, The Scottsboro Boys, American Idiot and In the Heights
  • Broadway Star Jason Danieley - star of Chicago, The Visit with Chita Rivera, Curtains with David Hyde Pierce, Next to Normal with his lovely and talented wife Marin Mazzie, and The Full Monty
  • Tony Award Winning Broadway Star Brian Stokes Mitchell - star of Shuffle Along, Ragtime, Man of La Mancha, and Kiss Me, Kate
  • Broadway’s Hunky Heartthrob Kyle Riabko - star of Broadway’s Spring Awakening and Hair and star and creator of the his West End and Off-Broadway show Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined

The Cabaret has a strong partnership with the Ball State University Theater and Dance Department, which now has two singing actor/cabaret classes in its curriculum.  These classes are required to graduate. The Cabaret consults with the department, provides class materials, and facilitates some classes. The class culminates in two student cabaret showcases at The Cabaret. 


The Cabaret selects students from our educational programs to perform prior to select shows with our national performers.  Emerging performers apply skills developed in classes on stage. Recent spotlights have taken place at the following performances:

  • Ramin Karimloo, Broadway Star of Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera
  • Patina Miller, Tony Award winning star of Pippin, Sister Act
  • Jason Danieley, Broadway star of Chicago, The Visit, Next to Normal, Curtains, The Full Monty

The Cabaret works with select promising performers in developing a full-scale cabaret show from start to finish to be presented on our stage.  The Cabaret provides one-on-one training for the show; produces the marketing materials and show; works with the artist on promotional and marketing materials for future opportunities and helps to promote the artist to other cabaret venues around the country.  

On February 5, 2016, The Cabaret presented Paula Dione Ingram:  Dark Legacy:  Bright Lights of Black Broadway at both The Cabaret, and at our partner cabaret, The Cabaret at The Commons in Columbus, IN.  This was to help prepare her presenting her show at the famed Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City on Friday June, 10, 2016.  


The Cabaret mentors students each year through internships tailored toward students’ professional learning goals in arts management, marketing, and public relations. Internships are centered on practical opportunities for participants to experiment with ideas, while building resources for future careers in the arts. The Cabaret believes that this investment in the next generation of arts administrators helps keep young talent in Indianapolis.

In addition to our formal programs, The Cabaret annually partners with other community organizations for special education programs/workshops.  

Educational Partners for 2016:  Ball State University Department of Theatre and Dance, Asante Children’s Theatre, Park Tudor High School Fine Arts Department, and Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre Youth Program. 


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