Monday, February 10

The A-Z of Acing Auditions with Rod Kaats – Musical Theater Masterclass Series

Master Classes & Workshops, Drake Room, Ordway

Approximate Run-time: 1 hr 30 min

Ordway Drake Room | 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

$10 per person | Ages 16+

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

To register, call: 651.282.3115 or secure your spot online.


A masterclass with the Ordway’s Artistic Director about the ins and outs of musical theater auditions.


Rod Kaats is a producer, director and writer and is one of the producers of Girl From The North Country (opening on Broadway in the spring of 2020) and is currently the Producing Artistic Director of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, MN where he produced Mamma Mia! and 42nd Street starring Tamara Tunie and Jarrod Emick and Joshua Bergasse’s off-Broadway production of Smokey Joes Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller.  This fall Rod produced the musical SIX (which transfers directly to Broadway after the Ordway), and will produce the regional premiere of Groundhog Day.

Rod was on the producing and/or management teams for the Broadway productions of Rock of Ages, American Psycho, Hay Fever, A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, the off-Broadway productions of Silence! The Musical, The Fantasticks, Tryst, Total Eclipse, the Las Vegas production of Blue Man Group, and several national touring productions including Lost in Yonkers, Three Tall Women, Big! The Musical, Falsettos, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Crazy for You and Sweeney Todd which was produced in association with American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, where he also produced What You Will starring Roger Rees.  Rod was the line producer of the West Coast production of Silence! The Musical, the winner of three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.

As Artistic Director of the Helen Hayes Theatre Company in New York, Rod directed Marvin’s Room (with T.R. Knight) and Company (with Norm Lewis and Donna McKechnie) and produced 25 other shows, including the US premiere of the Olivier Award winning musical Honk! and the pre-Broadway productions of Bea Arthur’s And Then There’s Bea and Elaine Stritch at Liberty.

Off-Broadway, Rod directed Neil’s Garden at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, RSVP at Theatre East and Almost Like Being in Love at New York Theatre Workshop.  Regional directing credits: The Great American Backstage Musical at Goodspeed Opera House (with Faith Prince), Tempting Fate at the John Drew Theatre, Love Comics at George Street Playhouse (with Jennifer Simmard and Liz Larsen), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Dartmouth College, The Big Magoo at Novel Stages in Philadelphia and The Amorous Flea at the Cleveland Playhouse, one of the first sign-language musicals ever staged by an American theatre company. Rod was Assistant Director for Word Baker on the national tour of I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road and the Broadway production of Pump Boys and Dinettes and for Arvin Brown on the Broadway productions of Private Lives starring Joan Collins and Joe Egg with Stockard Channing and Jim Dale.

Rod was book writer and director of Cartas a Papá Noel, a new Spanish-language musical produced in Bogotá Colombia and was the Program Director for The Harold Prince Musical Theatre Program, directing three new musicals in the program under the guidance of Harold Prince: Splendora, Chang & Eng and The Ballad of Little Jo, a new musical (for which he was also co-book writer) that was the recipient of The Richard Rodgers Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters and was subsequently produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.

Rod was one of nine recently appointed artistic directors chosen for a new program hosted by Arena Stage and American University in Washington DC and is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and an Associate Member of the Broadway League.  He attended the Commercial Theatre Institute, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the University of Denver and studied with Nagel Jackson, Word Baker, Andre Gregory, Alan Schneider and Hal Prince.  Rod was a Lincoln Center Lab Director,  chosen for the TCG New Artistic Directors Program and was the recipient of a Charles H. Revson Directing Fellowship.