Welcome to Musical Theatre Resources! This site was created to share a variety of musical theatre resources with performers and teachers, including theatre voice training information, repertoire lists, audition advice, interviews, and much more. Meet our top-notch team of writers and contributors below!
KEVIN MICHAEL JONES | Founder, Editor & Contributor
Kevin Michael Jones (M.M. Shenandoah Conservatory, B.M. Millikin University) is a voice teacher, songwriter, and performance artist who has taught and performed across the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. He has studied both classical and commercial music (musical theatre, pop, jazz, etc.) vocal teaching methods and styles. Along with being an Illinois state-certified music teacher, Kevin has completed Level III certification in Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method under Broadway voice teacher, Jeannette LoVetri. In 2015, he became one of the first graduates from the Voice Pedagogy for Contemporary Commercial Music master’s program at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. Kevin currently maintains a thriving voice studio in central Illinois and serves on the voice faculty at Millikin University.
As a songwriter, Kevin’s music has been performed in venues across the United States. His work was recently featured in a benefit concert at Joe’s Pub in New York City titled ‘From the Factory Floor’. He is also the composer and co-lyricist of The Craft: The Musical, a spell-binding new show in development with Lilly Award-winning director/producer, Shakina Nayfack, at Musical Theatre Factory in New York City. His one-act musical, Campfire Stories, will premiere later this year as well.
Along with maintaining a successful voice studio for nearly a decade, Kevin is the founder of Musical Theatre Resources, a popular musical theatre and voice training resource site. His articles there have been shared by prestigious organizations such as The Voice Foundation, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, and The Australian Voice Association. Recently, he created a new repertoire consulting and coaching business called The Repertoire Guru. Through this web-based endeavor, he has worked with professional performance artists all over the world. Kevin is a proud member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing and The Somatic Voicework™ Teachers Association.
CHRISTIANNE ROLL | Writer & Contributor
Christianne Roll received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the CAP21 studio of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. At NYU, Christianne was a Tisch Scholar and was selected as one of the top performers of her graduating class. Her Master’s Degree and Doctorate is from Columbia University, where she focused her studies and research on musical theatre vocal pedagogy.
As a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, Christianne has performed at the Goodspeed Opera House, the Lucille Lortel Theatre, the York Theatre, and internationally as the principal singer for Norwegian Cruise Lines. She has soloed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, EuroDisney, Disneyland and has sung the American national anthem on television on The Roseanne Show, and for the Philadelphia Eagles. Christianne competed in the BBC’s international vocal competition, “Voice of Musical Theatre,” in Cardiff, Wales, and was a finalist of that competition.
As an educator, Christianne is the head of the Musical Theatre Program in the Theatre Department of Florida Southern College. Previously, she was in charge of the Pre-Professional Musical Theatre track at Emory & Henry College. Christianne is a frequent workshop presenter at conferences such as The Voice Foundation Symposium, the Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance Australasian international conference, and the Southeastern Theatre Conference. She has served as the music director for Norwegian Cruise Lines, and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
ELIZABETH GERBI | Writer & Contributor
Elizabeth Gerbi is well-known across the Northeast as a versatile vocalist, vocal instructor/coach, choral educator, and musical conductor (100+ productions). As a singer-actor, she has appeared in regional productions ranging from Annie Get Your Gun to I Pagliacci to The Kenny Rogers Christmas Tour. Recent theatrical projects include musical directing The Chris Betz Show at Rose’s Turn and the Sage Theatre in NYC and Tommy for the Theatre Company at Debaun Auditorium, Side Show at Westchester Broadway Theatre, conducting The Sound of Music for the Wagon Wheel Theatre of Warsaw, Indiana, adapting Starmites 2000 for Broadway composer Barry Keating, and accompanying master classes for Broadway veteran Ken Jennings and Cabaret artist Jason Summers (opening for Sutton Foster). A specialist in choral arranging and working with treble voices, she is also a former consultant for the Rodgers and Hammerstein Music Library, where she assisted in adapting several titles for the G2K series.
Elizabeth attended Ithaca College (BFA,Voice and Music Education), studied choral conducting at the Berkshire Choral Festival and Westminster Choir College, is a Level-III graduate in Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method, and completed a Masters in Music from Boston University. She is currently a DMA candidate in Vocal Pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory, where she hopes to concentrate on the effects of diet and wellness measures in the training of professional voice users (just ask, and she will happily discuss her recent “veggie-powered” Century bike ride, Marathon, and 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification!), as well as comparative musical theater training techniques. Elizabeth is also member of the adjunct faculty at SUNY Dutchess (DCC), where she instructs both classical/concert and crossover genres. She currently conducts the DCC choral ensembles and teaches Vocal Repertoire, Applied Voice (Solo and Vocal Chamber Ensembles), and History of Musical Theater.
JARED TRUDEAU | Writer & Contributor
Jared Trudeau is the second-ever graduate of the MFA in Voice Pedagogy for Musical Theatre program at Penn State. Jared grew up in rural Woodstock, CT and traveled to Tufts University for his undergraduate studies, intent on becoming a doctor. During his sophomore year, he realized that he did not want to be a physician and that he had to help people through music. He performed lead roles in operas and musicals, in addition to musically directing many productions. All the while, he was teaching voice lessons. He ultimately graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Music and Psychology, being the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award for the Department of Music as well as the Sal Soraci Prize for Excellence in Psychology. During his senior year, he wrote Belting Beauties and Soaring Sopranos: Voice Pedagogy to Address the Wide-Ranging Needs of Women in Musical Theatre, for which he received Highest Thesis Honors. While doing his research, he met Mary Saunders-Barton from Penn State, who would become his graduate mentor.
Following Tufts, Jared enrolled in the MFA Voice Pedagogy for Musical Theatre program at Penn State. Over the next three years, he immersed himself in classes in vocal pedagogy, acting, voice & speech, dance, and somatics, resulting in his holistic approach to teaching voice. During his studies, it was a running joke that Jared was doing all of the coursework for a mini-BFA within his terminal MFA degree. Jared also performed lead roles in both opera and musical theatre productions including Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando), Little Women the opera (John Brooke), Avenue Q (Rod), Bernstein’s Mass (Rock Singer/Celebrant cover), and Poems and Moon Songs– which was composed by fellow MTCA coach Will Reynolds.
Jared has been a guest lecturer and clinician in Pennsylvania, New York, and all over New England. He has presented research on cross-training the singing voice and the integration of spoken and singing voice technique at several academic conferences. In addition to MTCA, Jared maintains a private studio and is on the voice faculty at CAP21. His students have been accepted to BFA and BM programs and performed all over the country in regional, national tour, and Broadway productions.
WARREN FREEMAN | Writer & Contributor
Warren Freeman (M.M. Shenandoah Conservatory, B.F.A. Penn State University) enjoyed a wide-ranging career as a musical theatre performer in New York City, and played leading roles on stages in every major city across the United States and Canada. National Tours include Cats and The Sound of Music, and while on the Cameron Mackintosh 50th anniversary tour of My Fair Lady, he played the role of Freddy for a week at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. He can be seen in the Beatles movie musical Across the Universe and starred in a series of commercials for Fanta soda. He is currently a featured soloist with the National Broadway Chorus in Washington D.C. and serves on the faculty at The Catholic University of America.
Musical direction credits include Silver Belles and the Summer Cabaret Series at Signature Theatre in Arlington, and music supervision for The Turn of the Screw and the Learning Theatre at Creative Cauldron in Falls Church. In New York City, Warren arranged and directed Mixtape Confessions for Don’t Tell Mama and The Duplex, created special arrangements for Gypsy of the Year at the Palace Theatre and Friends With Benefits at the Metropolitan Room, and worked on many other readings, workshops, and demo recordings.
During his studies at Shenandoah Conservatory, Warren’s research on musical theatre auditions was published in both the Journal of Voice and the NATS Journal of Singing. In 2014 he became the first ever graduate of the master’s degree program for Contemporary Commercial Vocal Pedagogy. He founded and operates a web-based audition coaching service for musical theatre performers called Get On My Sides.