About Us

Welcome to BTW!

Broadway Theater Workshops is a year-round theatrical performance training company in residence at The Inserra Theatre in Montvale, NJ on the campus of St. Joseph Regional High School. We are conveniently located on the New Jersey/New York border with our students primarily hailing from Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, Hudson, Essex, Morris and Union counties in New Jersey and from Rockland, Orange and Westchester Counties in New York. BTW has been the premier musical performance summer day camp in the Tri-state area for over twenty years. Many of our students come to us from leading roles in their community and school theater programs to gain experience in a bigger pond with highly talented young performers from across the broader region.

Our History

Broadway Theater Workshops was founded in 2002 by musical theater composer Neil Berg and acclaimed theater educator John Asselta upon seeing a need for ongoing training for the talented students involved in Bergen County NJ and Rockland County NY’s highly competitive local high school musical programs.

Initially conceived as a one week summer camp, the company's summer programs expanded over the years to include a Junior Theater Camp for younger performers (Grades 3 to 5); Senior Theater Camp (Grades 5 -12) with workshops conducted in acting, dancing, speech and diction, improvisation, auditioning, stage combat and more; Performance Theater Camp where campers put up a full show in a two week period of time, and the Advanced Theater Group, a subset of Senior Theater Camp for those seeking a more intensive training experience which requires auditions to be selected for advanced study in small sessions with industry professionals.

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The company was acquired by Katie Barra in 2022 and has since expanded beyond summer-only programming to offer year-round Private Lessons with Broadway Instructors, as well as Master Classes and other special workshops on acting a song, improv, auditioning, and college application preparation. The company also produces full productions in Summer (grades 7-12),  Fall (grades 3-12) and Spring (grades 3-8) so students can put their enhanced performance skills to practical use. BTW productions have garnered many awards: Best High School Musical (Metro), Educational Impact (Paper Mill), and Best Overall High School Comedy/Drama (Montclair University). We are so proud of the many BTW students who have graduated our program to perform on Broadway and other professional stages across the nation, or who have matriculated at top theater programs in college. And even those who don't head onto a stage have carried the lessons learned through our theater programs -- communication, articulation, self-expression, teamwork and more -- to all aspects of their lives. After all, theater skills are skills for life!

The Many Ways Your Child Can Benefit From Stage Performance Experience

Our goal is to see your children grow. We want them to become confident in their musical and acting skills and passionate about living out their dreams. We know how hard it can be to get started when you're young and anxious with underdeveloped confidence and skills. When Broadway Theater Workshops was founded 20 years ago, we set out to do something about that. When kids join our premiere theatre programs, they will:
  • Build Confidence
  • Overcome Stage Fright
  • Develop Friendships
  • Form Peer Groups with Common Interests
  • Gain Access to Professional Mentors
If you'd like to hear more about our offerings and get your kids connected to a staff and community that will help them become the strongest they've ever been, don't hesitate to reach out to us today.

Our Staff

Katie Dietz Barra

Owner/Program Director

Lauren Menzies

Program Manager

In The News

In 2022, Lively McCabe Entertainment acquired the Broadway Theater Workshops. A well-known global live theatrical production company, Lively McCabe Entertainment will only expand the opportunities for our students. 

Get In Touch

In Residence at:

The Inserra Theatre
St. Joseph Regional High School
40 Chestnut Ridge Road
Montvale, NJ 07645

Administrative Offices

45 N Broad St, Suite 503
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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