The Kennedy Center

Signature Theatre


The John F. Kennedy Center was home to Signature's Overtures Musical Theatre Institute from its inception in 2003 until recently, when Overtures moved to Signature Theatre's beautiful facilities in Shirlington, Virginia. On June 21, twenty talented young performers arrived at Signature to begin the unique, intensive two-week, professional training workshop. The program provides rigorous and comprehensive instruction in vocal technique, dance, movement, and acting. The Overtures staff, under the direction of Eric Schaeffer, includes award-winning choreographer and Signature Theatre Artistic Associate Karma Camp; Jane Pesci-Townsend, professional actress and Chair of the Rome School of Music at Catholic University; Jay Crowder, Chair of the Music Department at Montgomery College, and Andrew Long, award-winning actor and member of The Shakespeare Theatre acting company and teaching staff. A series of Master Classes are taught by a host of Broadway performers and composers and Tony® Award winners.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/3/2018: In The Works: Signature Theatre’s New Musicals

Be among the first to hear new musicals in development come to life when Signature Theatre presents a concert of songs from works by up-and-coming writers Ross Baum, Angelica Chéri, Ben Clark, Michael R. Jackson, Jorge Acevedo, Andrew Kramer, Kent Moran, and Darius Smith. Get a sneak peek at John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe's world premiere musical Blackbeard which will open at Signature in June 2019.

The full schedule of Page-to-Stage events for 9/3 gets underway at 10 a.m. in various venues throughout the Center.Please visit the Page-to-Stage festival page here, and download our app create your own schedule!

Presented as part of the Page-to-Stage Festival.

Video 9/5/2011: Signature Theatre Musical Theater Showcase

Selections from world premiere musicals The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno and Adam Gwon and The Hollow by Hunter Foster and Matt Conner. Part of Page-to-Stage.