Company at Wharton

Led by Paul Canaan, co-Founder of Take It From The Top, Company at Wharton is back for another exciting season! This monthly workshop series gives students an in-depth look at the many disciplines included in musical theatre performance, including singing, dancing, acting, and more. Company welcomes performing artists of all backgrounds, and you’ll find your place whether you’re brand new or a seasoned pro.

Each month will focus on a new topic, and feature guest professionals from across the country. Our last session will feature a showcase for friends and family, highlighting some of the skills learned over the course of the year. Participants can choose to register for the entire series of workshops or choose the topics that they’re most interested in.

Sign Up

Grades 6-college
$325 for full year registration (no refunds)
$65 for individual monthly sessions

Each session runs from 6pm-8pm on Mondays.
Guest artists subject to change:

  • October 9: Vocal performance and Storytelling with Ryann Redmond
  • November 13: Triple Threat: Sing, Act, and Dance! With Aaron Kaburick
  • December 11: Disney’s Frozen with Lauren Nicole Chapman
  • January 15: Audition prep for school, community, and college theatre
  • February 12: Improv and Scene Study
  • March 11: Inside Look: How To Dance In Ohio—dance and more
  • April 15: Share out/showcase

About Paul Canaan

Producer, Educator, and Artistic Director

As a performer, Paul appeared on Broadway in Kinky Boots (dance captain / original Angel), Miss Saigon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Cage Aux Folles, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Legally Blonde

Paul, alongside Tony nominee Laura Bell Bundy and the support of the Wharton Center Performing Arts Center (East Lansing MI), founded the educational arts organization Take It From The Top, which provides training, performance opportunities, and professional mentoring to young aspiring artists.

Currently, Paul serves as Co-Producer of the upcoming Broadway Musical How to Dance in Ohio and is the Creative Director of Broadway Media, where he creates unique theatre resources for theatre-makers worldwide. Paul has also served as artistic director of The Broadway Dreams Foundation and a judge for The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The JIMMY AWARDS).

At Wharton Center, we feel a profound sense of responsibility to the mission of our founders to bring the arts to the entire community and to be a space where people can be their authentic selves. We recognize the arts are a catalyst for connection that can bring forward positive change.  

Please connect with Kelly Stuible-Clark, Manger of Musical Theatre Programs, at or (517) 884-3166 with inquiries on how we can better meet your access needs.