How to Give Your Best TRIPLE THREAT Audition

DATE: Sunday, March 15th
TIME:  2-5pm (singing, dancing, & acting) with college prep lecture and Q&A

To attend this FREE class you must register by clicking here.

  • SING your best audition with Broadway veteran, Hartt college voice instructor and Artistic Director of NPT Kristin Huffman.
  • ACT your best audition with Screen Actors’ Guild performer and teacher Barbara Distinti.
  • DANCE your best audition with choreographer Blanca Grande.

BONUS:  Get the real scoop on college theatre programs, applications, and auditions! This presentation by consultant Amy Goldin, COPA, Inc., College Options in the Performing Arts will give you an overview of the latest information on how to go about the search for schools, and what you need to know and do as you apply. 




This class will help the novice to the up-and-comer with the tips and tricks to presenting your best auditions for schools, colleges, local and professional theatre. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you can dance in.  You may also bring your “audition” outfits for comments by the staff.

You will leave with solid tools for all three elements for your next audition! 

There will also be a chance to register for the NPT summer production, Footloose ,for students ages 10-18 years old and to schedule an adult audition for performers ages 19 and over. 

Blanca Grande received her BFA in Acting from Central Connecticut State University. Upon graduation, she taught as musical theatre and dance instructor at Regional Center for the Arts while auditioning and performing in CT and New York. She then decided to return to school and is currently working on her teaching certification in dance. Blanca can be seen performing in shows across CT as well as choreographing independently. Her most recent credits include choreographing and performing for The NPT Holiday Show and being featured in a Johnson & Johnson baby product commercial. Blanca teaches voice, acting, and dance in her private home studio.

Barbara Distinti has directed and produced 20+ shows for young actors and taught drama at Easton Country Day School and the University of Pittsburgh.  She is also the founder of Acting Up Theatre Company – an adaptive theatre group for young actors with disabilities. She received her MFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Pittsburgh and studied with The Groundlings in Los Angeles. Barbara performs locally with New Paradigm Theatre, Connecticut FilmWorks and Stray Kats Theatre Company and is a member of SAG-AFTRA. Regional theatre credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cymbeline, Tartuffe, Othello, Evita, A Funny Thing…Forum, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pirates of Penzance and an original comedy sketch series at the Improv in Hollywood. Barbara directed, wrote and starred in the short film House of Fury, which won Audience Choice award at 48 Hr. Film Project and was selected for film festivals in Connecticut, New York and Chicago. She also directed A Coming Out Homecoming, which was selected for film festivals in New York, Hawaii and Australia.

Kristin Huffman appeared in the Tony award-winning Broadway musical Company, by Stephen SondheimIt also won a Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Revival of a Musical; in which she played the leading role of “Sarah” as well as flute, sax and piccolo. The production was filmed and aired on PBS’s Great Performances. She has a career that has spanned over 20 years professionally performing with operas, theatres, symphonies around the US and she played “Christine” in the European tour of Phantom. Kristin is the Founder and Producing Artistic director of The New Paradigm Theatre (NPT), a professional non profit (501c3) theatre company, whose mission is to foster creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through theatre arts education and productions. She’s delighted to include college interns from Hartt, UArts, Uconn, WCSU and other colleges in the shows and events. In 2016 sixteen college students from Hartt sang onstage in Kristin Chenoweth’s Broadway show “My Love Letters to Broadway” as part of NPT’s college intern program. Kristin is thrilled to include college students whenever she can in these types of shows, as well as master classes with pros from Film/TV and Broadway. As a former Miss Ohio/Runner-up Miss America she continues hosting and producing charity events for NPT that feature her favorite Broadway, Film and TV colleagues often in combination with the NPT Youth Board of directors and college interns. She is a professor at the University of Hartford and trains singer/actors for a life “on the wicked stage”. She is a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA) and she frequently judges international choir competitions in the US and Canada. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from both Capital University Conservatory of Music BM (Music ed: flute and voice concentration) and Northwestern University (Masters of Music- Opera) 

Amy Goldin is a nationally and globally recognized independent performing arts college consultant and owner of the college advisory service COPA, Inc.: College Options in the Performing Arts. Her background includes teaching music, theatre, and musical theatre, as well as performing, composing, directing, and conducting. Amy holds degrees from NYU and Queens College/CUNY, the UCLA Certificate in College Admission Counseling, and numerous memberships in arts and education organizations, including NAfME, NACAC, HECA, and the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) for which she adjudicates the Roger Rees Awards.

Amy co-leads the NACAC Performing Arts Special Interest Group, and is the New York City representative to the Performing and Visual Arts Fair at the Javits Center each fall, where COPA, Inc. regularly hosts workshops in Careers and the Arts. You can find out more about Amy and her work at: