A look at how the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) produced a full-length musical called Now. Here. This. (almost) entirely from quarantine, as well as a discussion on ways we can create meaningful performance and learning opportunities for our students during these unprecedented times. Led by OSCA co-director Scott Barnhardt and Now. Here. This. co-author Susan Blackwell, and featuring the perspectives of co-author Hunter Bell, composer/lyricist Jeff Bowen, co-director Peter Marinaro, music director Christopher W. Smith, and several OCSA students and stakeholders.
Panel Discussion format
Scott Barnhardt (Moderator)
Director of the Musical Theatre Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts
Scott Barnhardt is currently the Director of the Musical Theatre Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) and is on the board of the Professional Arts Education Center. He is a graduate of Wagner College (BA, Theatre/Speech) and UCLA (MFA, Playwriting). Scott has performed on Broadway in The Book of Mormon and Deaf West's Big River and is committed to creating innovative, nurturing and creative artistic experiences for his students and staff.
Susan Blackwell (Moderator)
Performer, Writer, Interviewer, Educator
Susan Blackwell (Book) is on a mission to free people's creativity and self-expression. She champions this cause as a performer, writer, interviewer and educator. She played a character based on herself in the original Broadway musical [title of show], and the off-Broadway musical Now. Here. This. She created and hosts the freewheeling chat show "Side by Side by Susan Blackwell" on Broadway.com, now in its 11th year. With Laura Camien, she co-hosts The Spark File, a podcast obsessed with creatives and creativity. As a teaching artist, she delivers inspiring entertainment and educational offerings aimed at freeing people's creativity and self-expression. susanblackwell.com thesparkfile.com Twitter: @Susan_Blackwell Insta: @susanblackwell
Playwright, Actor, Author
Hunter Bell (Book) Credits include: [title of show] (Broadway, Vineyard Theatre; Tony Nomination, OBIE Award), Silence! The Musical (Lucille Lortel Nomination), Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre), Bellobration! (Ringling Bros. Circus), Villains Tonight! (Disney Cruise Lines), Found (IAMA Theatre, Atlantic Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Drama Desk Nomination), Julie Andrews’ The Great American Mousical (Goodspeed), Other World (Bucks County Playhouse). Proud graduate, distinguished alumnus of Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. Instagram: @huntbell
Jeff Bowen (Music & Lyrics) has composed, performed, written or designed for Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, regional theatre, summer stock, television, film, web series, cruise ships, trade shows and theme parks. He’s a member of ASCAP, AEA, Writers Guild, Dramatists Guild, and the National Audubon Society. He serves as a faculty member of the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. He also serves on the advisory board of Unsung Musicals and Stetson University’s School of Music. He is married to director/actor, Michael Berresse.
Director, Teaching Artist
Peter Marinaro - Proud director and teaching artist based out of LA. Originally from NYC, Peter received BA in Theatre, Wagner College. Select credits: Young Frankenstein (Little Theatre), South Pacific (Norris Theatre), and As You Like It (OCSA). Currently, Peter is completing his MA in Arts and Culture Management from University of Denver.
Christopher W. Smith
Music Director, Pianist, Vocal Coach
Christopher W. Smith holds an MFA in Music form UC Irvine and is an accomplished music director, pianist and vocal coach. He currently serves as the resident music director of the Musical Theater Conservatory of Orange County School of the Arts where he has music directed many shows including Now. Here. This. (Virtual Module Version). A few other highlights include: Westside Story (McCoy/Rigby), Les Miserables (Musical Theatre West) and CHICAGO (No Square Theatre)