Get ready! Jeff Whiting is coming to PHS to workshop with us and the opportunity to audition for his summer intensives at the Open Jar Institute. Who is Jeff? Recently acclaimed as a ‘director with a joyous touch’ by the New York Times, Jeff Whiting is a director and choreographer for theater, opera, television, special events and concerts around the world. Broadway Credits include: Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, The Scottsboro Boys, Hair, Young Frankenstein, and Wicked. Jeff is the owner and Artistic Director of The Open Jar Institute, a music theatre training program founded in 2003 for the development of music theatre artists of all ages. Stage Write Software, designed and developed by Jeff, marks the worlds first digital method for documenting staging and choreography and is already in use for over 40 Broadway shows and tours, including Newsies, Book of Mormon, Matilda, The Producers, amongst other esteemed productions.

For more information about the auditions and masterclass with Jeff click here.

FREE PHS Workshops in Dance, Music and Theatre


FREE WORKSHOPS with Industry Professionals in
Dance, Theatre, and Music
Save the date. May 14th.
To join please RSVP with name and workshop of interest to:

“Shrek the Musical” – learn material from this Broadway production
Time: 1-3 pm
Review for parents: Starts at 2:45 pm
Presented by: Kelly Kuhnen, Georgia Wadsworth & Dianna Graham

This workshop will teach participants music and dance to the song “Let Your Freak Flag Fly” from “Shrek: The Musical” that celebrates uniqueness and individuality.

Acting Workshop
Being Present: Engaging Your Cast and Your Audience
Time: 3-4 pm
Review for parents: Starts at 3:45 pm
Presented by: Kris Jennings

This workshop is a fun, visceral class that allows performers of all skill levels to jump right in to the deep end of the acting pool.  Using techniques taught by theatre practitioners from Shakespeare’s Globe in London, we will focus on using each and the audience to create a short and engaging performance.

Ballet Barre
Time: 1-1:45 pm
Review for parents: starts at 1:45 pm
Presented by: Deryll Yeager

This workshop will focus on the technical aspects of ballet,

Thriller from Odyssey
Time: 2-2:45 pm
Review for parents” starts at 2:45 pm
Presented by: Deryll Yeager and Odyssey Dance company members

During this workshop students will learn choreography and performance technique as they work from Odyssey’s hit dance production “Thriller.”

Listening & Communicating to Improve Performance
Time: 1 pm
Presented by: Aaron Anderson and Brandon Kitterman of Fictionist

Plotting a Career in the Music Industry: High School, College, and Beyond
Time: 2 pm
Presented by: award-winning producer and educator, Caleb Chapman

The Future of Music Technology is Now
Time: 3 pm
Presented by: Nate Pyfer, producer and songwriter with Neon Trees, Imagine Dragons, the Moth & the Flame, Kaskade, and more.

Headshot Opportunity – March 25th and 26th

All performing artists need a fantastic headshot that shows off personality and style and flair. The Drama Academy is hosting a Headshot Special with Andrew Marc Photography. For two days only – and for Pioneer High students only – Andrew will be holding headshot sessions for only $40. With that price you will receive a twenty minute session, 4-5 high-res digital images, printing rights, and social media sharing rights.

Available times Friday, March 25th right after school at the COPA building and Saturday, March 26th at the COPA building. Schedule your headshot session directly with the photographer and monies are payable directly to Andrew Marc Photography. Then simply show up at your scheduled time with your makeup/hair done, chosen clothing on, and any props you plan to use (an instrument, dance shoes, etc.).  Explore headshot photo advice online to see what the best colors, styles, and makeup tips are that will help you to look your best in your headshots.

For more information contact to schedule a time.