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American Musical Theatre Master Class

April 16, 2014

As part of its 2013-2014 Guest Professional Series sponsored by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, the Theatre Program at Colorado State University presents author and theatre professional Steven Adler.

Steven Alder, Provost, Earl Warren College, UC San Diego, has managed Broadway productions and stage managed numerous national tours.As part of its 2013–14 Guest Professional Series sponsored by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund the theatre program at Colorado State University presents author and theatre professional Steven Adler

Adler will be offering a weeklong master class in American Musical Theatre. The master class will have five meetings:

  • Monday, April 21 to Friday, April 25, 4:30-6 p.m.
  • University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington Street

Registration for master class

The classes will follow a lecture format followed by a Q&A discussion. Attendance to any of the master class sessions is free and open to the public but a reservation is required. RSVP to Walt Jones at

Adler is a musical theatre scholar, stage manager, and director. 

Adler’s background and experience at the highest level of musical theatre offers a unique opportunity for students and community members interested in musical theatre to learn, discuss, and share with one of the industry’s best.

Featured Shows in the Master Class

  • Showboat, Monday, April 21, 4:30 p.m., UCA 158
  • Oklahoma, Tuesday, April 22, 4:30 p.m., UCA 158
  • West Side Story, Wednesday, April 23, 4:30 p.m., UCA 242
  • Hair, Thursday, April 24, 4:30 p.m., UCA 158
  • Company, Friday, April 25, 4:30 p.m., UCA 158

About Steven Adler

Steven Adler managed the Tony Award-winning, Broadway production of Big River.Steven Adler is the Provost, Earl Warren College at UC San Diego. He has stage managed the Broadway productions of Dance a Little Closer, Camelot with Richard Harris, and the Tony Award-winning Big River.

He has stage managed numerous national tours and productions at leading Off-Broadway theatres, including Manhattan Theater Club, CSC, and the original cast of Forbidden Broadway.

At La Jolla Playhouse, he served as production stage manager for the musicals 80 Days and Elmer Gantry, as well as Macbeth, Dogeaters, Sweet Bird of Youth, Wintertime, the original cast of the Tectonic Theater Project's groundbreaking production of The Laramie Project, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Berkeley Rep co-production of David Edgar's two-part political cycle Continental Divide.

He was awarded a Japan Fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council and a UC Pacific Rim Fellowship for research into management process at Japanese theatre companies.

He is the author of two books, Rough Magic: Making Theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company and On Broadway: Art and Commerce on the Great White Way, both published by Southern Illinois University Press, and a chapter on producing musicals for the soon-to-be-released Oxford Handbook of the American Musical, published by Oxford University Press.

In addition to stage management, he teaches classes in American Musical Theatre, the History of Directing, the Films of Woody Allen, and Acting, and directs frequently at UCSD. Read more.

About the 2013-14 Theatre Guest Professional Series at CSU

Sponsored by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund grant has meant the implementation of the Guest Professional Series, allowing students and the public to meet award-winning professionals who will be in-residence at CSU each semester. These residencies offer theatre students the opportunity to work with professionals in the classroom and, at the end of their residencies, on a creative project that will be shared with the public.

During the fall 2013 semester the Theatre Program hosted television, stage, film actor, and activist John Amos for lectures and workshops in conjunction with CSU’s annual Diversity Symposium; as well as guest professional director Sanaz Ghajarrahimi, an award-winning Iranian-American director, writer and choreographer; and Oscar®, Tony®, Emmy®, Obie® and Pulitzer prizewinner John Patrick Shanley.

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