NYMIF: Embracing Musical Tropes and Archetypes!

NYMIF: Embracing Musical Tropes and Archetypes! with Nikita Burdein & Frank Spitznagel

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Class Description

Heroes! Villains! Talking inanimate objects! Popular mean girls! Criminals with Hearts of Gold! Rockstars Hitting Rock Bottom! There’s fun to be had by exploring classic character types!

Are you having trouble "finding the song?" Are your scenes too plot-driven? Chances are you're thinking too much! In this workshop we will focus on embracing tropes and characters that appear in musical theater. Make your scenes more fun and your songs more natural.This one time 2 hour workshop will focus on discovering fun playable characters by looking to genre and well known musical tropes. We will explore finding inspiration by drawing on the great movies/musical numbers of the past!”

Instructor: Nikita Burdein

Born in the USSR, Raised in Chicago, and now in NYC, Nikita is an improviser, filmmaker, and writer of film, tv, and theater.

He has trained at the Magnet Theater and Upright Citizens Brigade since 2011 and performs weekly with Magnet house teams Wonderland (musical improv), Bodywork (non-musical improv) and Premiere (musical improv). He also performs with UCBT Lloyd Team seventeen, indy darlings Fancy Man, and Karaoke based musical improv with Happy Karaoke Fun Time.

Instructor: Frank Spitznagel

Frank Spitznagel is the Musical Director at Magnet Theater and a piano accompanist who frequently plays for such improv groups as I Eat Pandas, Veal, The Made-Up Musical, Gusto, and many others. He is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano performance. His work can be heard on several studio recordings. Frank has composed for Comedy Central and the Aspen Comedy Festival. He accompanied Itzhak Perlman in an original jazz composition by Benny Golson at Lincoln Center. He also played the American premiere of The Hired Man Off-Broadway. He has been musical director for productions such as Nunsense (all incarnations), A Chorus Line, Chicago City Limits, and several original musicals.

Full Session Schedule


Session Schedule*

  • Jul 23, 2020, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    at Zoom (Instructor will send info)
    (cyberspace)

Show Schedule*

  • This class does not include a performance.