The Western Wayne Drama Club hosted New York based actor/singer/ dancer/ instructor Darius Jordan Lee for a Broadway Workshop held Monday, March 18, through the support and arrangement of the Western Wayne Drama Parent Board.
The students and parents have held many fundraisers throughout the school year to pay for this and other programs to support the students learning of performance arts.
This workshop was funded by our Western Wayne Drama Parents. We are excited to use our many fundraising efforts to bring more opportunities to our students in the future.
The students welcomed the opportunity to learn from a professional who most recently was seen in Clueless the Musical as the role Sean/ Murray Cover at the Signature Theatre Company. Lee’s credits include: Guthrie Theater: West Side Story (Riff), John W. Engeman Theater: In the Heights (Benny Cover), Mamma Mia! (Eddie), among many others. He has a B.F.A. in musical theater with a minor in computer science from Montclair State University.
Lee treated the students to a two and half hour session of sharing his professional experiences, leading them in acting exercises, and teaching a dance combination from the musical Clueless.
The students were very engaged with Lee and enjoyed having the chance to perform and be critiqued by a professional actor. Lee felt most grateful for being able to help students get out of their comfort zones and gain confidence in themselves.
“I’m so glad I was able to get them to try something new and not be afraid to be themselves,” Lee said.