Broadway at Baker

The Midwest’s Premier 
Musical Theatre Training Intensive

Baker University is excited to collaborate with Music Theatre Kansas City, the area’s top professional preparatory training program, for the 24th summer of Broadway at Baker.

Together, we offer a unique musical theatre intensive where 55 campers will be cast in, rehearse, and perform a full-scale Broadway musical in just seven days. All campers will arrive on Sunday afternoon, where they will meet their roommates, get settled in their rooms, and start the audition process. Auditions, callbacks, and casting all take place on Sunday.

Rehearsal begins Monday and continues daily with vocal, dance, and blocking rehearsal and review from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nightly activities follow rehearsal every day. Any student serious about a career in musical theatre will thrive in this challenging, educational, and rewarding environment.


Broadway at Baker is open to students 13 to 18 years old. Each camp is limited to 55 students.


Footloose | July 10-17 THIS CAMP IS FULL. 

You may register to be put on a waiting list. No deposit is required for the waiting list.

Everybody cut loose as this explosive rock ‘n’ roll movie musical bursts on to the stage. Based on the 1980s big-screen sensation, featuring Billboard chart-topping hits like “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” and “Holding Out for a Hero,” Footloose tells the story of city boy who moves to a small rural town where dancing is banned . . . but not for long! Directed and choreographed by MTKC alum and Footloose original Broadway cast member, Drew Starlin.

Bells Are Ringing | July 24-31 THIS CAMP IS FULL. 

You may register to be put on a waiting list. No deposit is required for the waiting list.

This classic musical comedy takes us back to a time before answering machines and voicemail, when a real person answered your telephone for you if you couldn’t do it yourself. Welcome to Susanswerphone, where you never know who might be waiting for you on the other end of the line! After just one phone call, danger, romance, and hijinks ensue! Featuring a wonderful score by Jule Styne and Comden and Green with popular songs like “I Met a Girl” and “Just in Time.” Choreographed by David Grindrod, straight from the national tour of Beauty and the Beast

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Baker University is located in Baldwin City, Kan., 40 miles southwest of Kansas City and 50 miles southeast of Topeka. 

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Cary Danielson Pandzik | DirectorCary

Ms. Pandzik has served as executive director for Music Theatre Kansas City since she founded the organization, then known as Music Theatre for Young People, in Wichita in 1984. In 1992, she started the Kansas City branch of MTYP and relocated there in 1993. She is a graduate of Kansas University with a degree in Music Education. Ms. Pandzik has directed over 100 musicals and has trained hundreds of young people in the field of musical theatre. She is also the founder of 7 days of Broadway at Bethel College and Broadway at Baker at Baker University and was a founding faculty member of Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence, Kan., where she was head of the Fine Arts Department.

Ms. Pandzik resides in Shawnee, Kan., with her husband, Michael. She has two children, Eric and Julie; both are alums of the MTYP program in Wichita and Kansas City.

Taylor Avazpour | Assistant DirectorTaylorAvazpour

Taylor Avazpour serves as the assistant director of Music Theatre Kansas City and Broadway at Baker. He is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association and has performed with KC Starlight, Musical Theatre Heritage, and New London Barn Playhouse. Taylor earned his BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory and his Initial Graduate Certification in High School Theatre and Speech from Avila University, and he is working toward a Master of Arts in Education. Taylor provides acting coaching through song interpretation or monologue and scene analysis and is also a singer and songwriter. His debut album, "Freedom,' is available on iTunes.

Julie Danielson | Music DirectorJulieDanielson

Julie Danielson serves as the artistic director and resident music director for Music Theatre Kansas City and Broadway at Baker. She has her own private vocal coaching studio and works as a professional musician in both Kansas City and New York. She was the Broadway music assistant for Bring It On and played for Spring Awakening, Legally Blonde and Smash. She worked for Telsey+Co Casting in New York (casting shows like Rent, Wicked, Annie and Kinky Boots) and also coaches for the Broadway Artists Alliance. She has served as music director for over 50 shows and has played for over 100. 

Rebecca Schnackenberg | Music DirectorRebecca

A 2000 graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School, Rebecca attended the University of Arkansas on a full academic and music scholarship. Rebecca was accepted into the opera company under the notable direction of Sarah Caldwell and Christopher Lacy, where she performed such featured roles as Monica in The Medium. She also served as the student director for the University of Arkansas Children's Choir for two years. She earned high praise for her work with the group, traveling and conducting for them at the state and national level. Rebecca graduated Suma Cum Laude with degrees in both music education and vocal performance in 2004 and was also awarded the Richard Brothers Schola Cantorum Founders Award. In 2009, she earned a Master of Arts in Education degree from Baker University.

Today, Rebecca has been developing her career in the academic world as a general music teacher and choral director in the Shawnee Mission School District. In addition to her successful classroom music and choral program, Rebecca has recently assisted with MTKC productions and reviews in a variety of capacities including co-vocal director, solo coach, pit orchestra member and cast member and serving as an alumni board member. Rebecca has also worked as a vocal teacher for cast members of the Kansas City Symphony's "Magic of Christmas"  and credits MTKC for helping her to develop her musical theater coaching and teaching skills!

Drew Starlin | Co-director/ChoreographerDrewStarlin

Drew Starlin (co-director and choreographer for Footloose) is a Lawrence native and was in the original Broadway at Baker production of Guys and Dolls, where he played Sky Masterson. Drew can literally attribute his life's pursuit of the arts to MTYP (now MTKC) and Cary Danielson. Drew's professional career has spanned stage to screen and coast to coast. He was one of two people to hold the role of Chuck Cranston in Broadway's Footloose. Predominately a performer, Drew has been seen on Broadway in Footloose and Off-Broadway in Snakebit (Gary). Regional credits include Footloose (Chuck Cranston), Bonnie & Clyde (Buck Barrow), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Drew), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Elvis), and the infamous production of Hands on a Hardbody (Benny Perkins). TV credits include Monk, NUMB3RS, Law & Order, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Drew feels incredibly fortunate to be back in Baldwin at Baker at this time. There is a purity to this program and he embraces the beauty of this week.

David Grindrod | Choreographerdavidgrindwod

After eleven months on tour with Beauty and the Beast, David Grindrod is headed straight for one of his favorite place on earth: Broadway at Baker, where he will choreograph Bells are Ringing. He previously played Mark on the national tour of A Chorus Line. David's New York and regional credits include Brooklyn Academy of Music, Weston Playhouse, and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also spent time dancing at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. He has choreographed alongside directors Jacob Brent, Bob Cline, and Tony Award Winner, Victoria Clark. In 2015 he earned his BFA in Musical Theatre from Pace University. 

Tom Heiman | Technical DirectorHeiman Tom

Tom Heiman,  associate chair of the Department of Music and Theatre, has served as the designer and technical director for Baker University for the past 10 years. He holds an MFA in Scenography and Technical Theatre from Florida State University. He has been awarded six Kennedy Center /American College Theatre Festival Commendation for Excellence in lighting, scenic design, directing, or technical achievement. Among his more than 300 projects, is design work for Starlight Theatre in Rockford, Ill., West Virginia Public Theatre, and the Springer Opera House in Columbus, Ga. At the Springer he designed the original production of The Little Baby Snooglefleiger based on the book by President Jimmy Carter. He was brought onto the project by the stage manager of the show, his wife, Patti, who is the better half of the theatre program at Baker.


Trilla Lyerla
Music & Theatre
Department Chair 

Susan Baker
Music & Theatre
Department Assistant