Thomas Mandel

Undergraduate Discipline

Theatre

Graduate Program

MFA Theatre Program

BA, Bowdoin College. Songwriting with Paul Simon, New York University, 1969; taught Singing Workshop with John Braswell at Sarah Lawrence (1971-77); scored musicals at Sarah Lawrence, Astor Place Theatre, and Cafe LaMaMa, New York City; composed, orchestrated, and musical-directed three rock operas Off-Off Broadway and at Sarah Lawrence. (The first, Joe’s Opera, was twice optioned for Broadway production; animated the second, The Sea of Simile, on a full-length DVD.) Toured and recorded (1977-1998) from Vietnam to Vienna, New York City to Sun City, with Dire Straits, Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper, Tina Turner, Bon Jovi, B-52s, the Pretenders, Nils Lofgren, Little Steven, Peter Wolf, Ian Hunter/Mick Ronson, two former NY Dolls, Live at CBGB’s, the Spinners, Shannon, John Waite, and Pavarotti. Returned to Sarah Lawrence in 2000 to work with Shirley Kaplan, William McRee, and Thomas Young. Fields of expertise: Hammond organ, rock-and-roll piano, synthesizer programming and sequencing, piano accompaniment, popular and progressive music of the 1950s-1990s. SLC, 1971-77, 2000–

Current undergraduate courses

Singing Workshop

Year

This workshop is a lab where we explore techniques of vocal performance using songs and various styles, both past and present, including popular music, musical theatre, cabaret, and original work. Weekly presentations will emphasize dynamics, vocal interpretation, and material selection, as well as connections with the audience. This class requires enrollment in a weekly voice lesson and an Alexander Technique class.

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Current graduate courses

Singing Workshop

Year

This workshop is a lab where we explore techniques of vocal performance using songs and various styles, both past and present, including popular music, musical theatre, cabaret, and original work. Weekly presentations will emphasize dynamics, vocal interpretation, and material selection, as well as connections with the audience. This class requires enrollment in a weekly voice lesson and an Alexander Technique class.

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Previous courses

Singing Workshop - Graduate

Year

We will explore the actor’s performance with songs and various styles of popular music, music for theatre, cabaret and original work—emphasizing communication with the audience and material selection. Dynamics of vocal interpretation and style will also be examined.  This class requires enrollment in a weekly voice lesson and an Alexander Technique class.

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Singing Workshop - Graduate Theatre

Year

We will explore an actor’s performance with songs in various styles of popular music, music for theatre, cabaret, and original work, emphasizing communication with the audience and material selection. Dynamics of vocal interpretation and style will also be examined. This class requires enrollment in weekly voice lessons and an Alexander Technique class.

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