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Stagelighter.com: Work with Michael and top Broadway pros!

For the last few months I’ve been working as one of the inaugural coaches on Stagelighter.com – a brilliant new website that allows performers to receive detailed feedback from top industry pros (including Tony-winning actors, directors, music directors, agents, casting directors, and more!) regardless of their geographic location. 

Since Stagelighter’s official launch, I’ve gotten to work with performers in their early teens and professionals in their 30s – some from as far away as California and the United Kingdom, and some from right here in New York City.  Each of them has uploaded video footage of their work (either a song or monologue) and I’ve been able to respond with detailed feedback, also in a video format.  This site is also invaluable for the high school aged performer looking to prepare for his or her college auditions: the coaching team includes some of the finest musical theatre educators in the business today, including my good friends and colleagues Mark Madama (University of Michigan), Mana Allen (from CAP21), and Cathy McNeela (Elon University) and many more!  In addition to college educators, the coaches on the site feature the best of the best from Broadway and beyond!

I encourage all performers to check out the site and give it a try.  At the moment, they’re offering an unbelievable special: if you submit your video materials on one-day-only, December 8th, your coaching from Jonathan Flom (Shenandoah Conservatory) will cost only $1!  If that’s not incentive to give the site a try, I don’t know what will be!

Here’s a little video from me, explaining a bit more about how Stagelighter works:


I should be abundantly clear: these are NOT (in any way, shape or form) “paid auditions.”  I am on this site as an educator who has over a decade of experience casting musicals, plays, and films.  My professional duties have given me an incredible frame of reference for what works and what doesn’t work in auditions – and I’m excited by the opportunity to share that in the form of detailed video feedback.  So far the response has been incredible, and I really look forward to working with performers through this incredible medium for many years to come.  (If you’re interested in coaching with me, you can view my coaching profile here – create an account, upload some footage and we’ll be in business!)


Los Angeles: One-Day Musical Theatre Class

Michael_Cassara_PictureAs a leading expert on the musical theatre repertoire and audition technique, Michael Cassara offers his students feedback and input from his unique vantage point as one of New York’s busiest casting directors.  In this advanced-level, results-oriented class, Michael works individually with each student based upon their specific needs – while offering industry tips and career guidance.


Michael will be teaching a one-day class on SUNDAY, JANUARY 20th, 2013 from 1 PM to 5 PM, at Screenland Studios in North Hollywood, CA.

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The Man Who Came To Dinner opens at The Peccadillo

Starring Drama Desk Award-Winner Jim Brochu, Tony-Award Winner Cady Huffman, and directed by OBIE-Award Winner Dan Wackerman

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Twilight The Musical – sold out benefit concert

Directed by Gabriel Barre, the one-night-only concert of the new parody musical plays off-Broadway’s New World Stages.

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A Little Night Music receives rave reviews

A Little Night Music receives rave reviews at the White Plains Performing Arts Center with a star-studded cast. Read more…