March Newsletter!

Our March Newsletter is here!!  You’ll notice that a few things have changed. We’ve done a little spring-cleaning and revamping, so to speak. A brand new title – The Backstage Connection – a slightly updated format with focus on all things Stagedoor Manor related.  Not only will we continue to bring you information regarding Stagedoor Manor Studios, but we’ll also be sharing insight and the happenings of Stagedoor Manor as well as things performing arts related.

This month we’ve added an excellent new column, Mablin’s Musings, a fantastic Curtain Rising Q&A, a look at some inspiring insight from our Alumni, a brief survey that our readers can fill out online, improvements happening at Stagedoor and much more!!


Don’t forget that or newsletter is an interactive PDF – to get the most out of the newsletter it is best viewed using your tablet, laptop or smartphone.  The newsletter is interactive in the sense that you, as the reader, will be able to simply click on certain pictures or images and be taking to specific links/sites to see even more information about all things theatre.  All links are clearly marked. 

Click the link below to check it out! 

Ask the Artist: Kimberly Grigsby

As we ramp up for the first session of Stagedoor Manor Studios, we wanted to let you all in on some exciting updated and insights from our teachers! First up is Kimberly Grigsby, who has a long list of impressive credits including musical director for Amélie, Spring Awakening, and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark!

To help you get to know Kimberly, we asked her a few questions:

When did you first get involved with theatre/dance?

“I first caught the theatre bug in high school, when I was asked to play the piano and teach the music for The Diary of Adam and Eve, from Bock and Harnick’s The Apple Tree.

Even though I went to college for Piano Performance, circumstances and opportunities kept leading back to the theatre. I found that I preferred the collaborative environment over the solitude of a practice room.”

Who or what was your biggest influence throughout your career in theatre?

“I have been very fortunate to have several mentors along my career path, including teachers and colleagues from each step of my journey.”

What’s the most enjoyable aspect of teaching/directing/acting?

“The most enjoyable aspect of music directing is conducting a show; the result of much effort by many people, working together to find the best way to tell that particular story.”

Who inspires you the most?

“My answer is more about “what” inspires me most, as to “who”. I am constantly inspired by people in this business, in all areas – actors, directors, choreographers, designers, musicians, and producers. The common qualities that these individuals possess, which inspire me the most are: curiosity about the world; passion about the work; humility, (despite their extraordinary talents); honesty; and a generosity of spirit towards others.”

What’s the most important piece of advice you can offer to performers?

“Be truthful and present in your storytelling.”

If you weren’t doing theatre, what would be your alternate career choice?

“Teacher or guidance counselor for middle school age students.”