Broadway Star Visits Performance Collaborative

Jeremy Benton is currently touring with the national Broadway tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, but he took time out of his busy schedule to stop by last Friday's meeting of the Performance Collaborative

No stranger to the stage, Benton has performed in a number of classic musicals, from Singing in the Rain to Anything Goes. He was last seen on Broadway in the revival of 42nd Street, performing the role of Billy Lawlor opposite Shirley Jones.  "Dancing in wool.  That's what my biography will be called," Benton said as he introduced himself to the Collaborative.


Benton went on to give advice to anyone looking to start a career in New York.  "Learn the geography of Manhattan," he said.  "And figure out the logistics of moving there before you go."  Benton explained that when he first moved to New York, he tried to do everything at once, and that being more prepared ahead of time would have saved him lots of trouble.

Benton also suggested students go to conferences like SETC while they're still in school.  'You'll learn how to put yourself out there," he said.  He also advised students to get as much performance experience as they could.  "Even if you're not an actor."  And to also get backstage experience.  "Even if you're a performer, because if you ever want to be the person in charge, you need to know how everthing comes together."

The Performance Collaborative organizes opportunities for performance students to work their craft such as workshops, staged readings, and student-organized productions. The organization acts as a vehicle for utilizing, promoting and learning from the myriad resources available in the Theatre Arts Department of the University of Pittsburgh, and it increases undergraduate involvement in the decisions made by the Theatre Department.  Learn more about the organization.