Cabaret & Performance Conference Now Accepting Applications for the 2015 Fellows Program

by Naomi Crews

The Cabaret and Performance Conference Fellows Program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center will feature hands-on artistic guidance and instruction to a select group of participants chosen by application and invitation.


Waterford, CT -The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center announced today applications are now being accepted for the Fellows Program through Friday, April 24, 2015. The conference begins July 29th and runs through Saturday, August 8th,  with performances every evening except Monday August 3rd. The line-up of performers for the Conference will be announced in the coming months, with tickets available beginning in early June.

The Cabaret & Performance Conference received the 2014 Board of Directors Award from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs for the program’s contributions to cabaret artists and the art form since launching in 1989. Now under the artistic leadership of Grammy and Emmy Award Winner John McDaniel, the conference celebrates and revitalizes the Cabaret art form for the 21st century using a definition of cabaret as “any kind of live performance in an intimate space that often breaks the fourth wall.”  The two-week conference beginning in late July features hands-on artistic guidance and instruction to a select group of participants chosen by application and invitation.

Individuals selected for the Fellows Program are provided an intense course of study under the direction of 2015 master artist teachers Barb Jungr and Lennie Watts.  With two sessions daily and masterclasses with visiting artists, Fellows prepare for a public performance during the conference, and also hone their skills at the conference’s open mic sessions.  The Junior Fellows Program, led by Brad Simmons (Lysistrata Jones), offers select local middle and high school students the opportunity for professional vocal instruction, movement, and hands-on artistic guidance in the art of performance.  These students gain valuable interaction with professional guest artists and the world renowned faculty, and acquire skills needed to make Cabaret performance an important part of their creative lives.  Junior Fellows are featured during the Cabaret Showcase performance evening as well as at the conference’s open mic sessions.

John McDaniel, Artistic Director of the Cabaret & Performance Conference, notes, “I am thrilled to be welcomed back to the O'Neill this summer and greatly look forward to my third season as Artistic Director.  The Fellows Program remains an important facet of the Conference and we fully intend to nurture performers in this art form by creating an atmosphere of learning, growth, and fun.

Those interested in the Fellows Program can get more information and apply online by visiting There is a $35.00 USD application fee.  Please direct any questions about the Conference to Anne G. Morgan, Literary Manager, at (860) 443-5378 ext. 227 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Local auditions for the Junior Fellows program will be held on Sunday, March 29th. For additional information, contact Jill Anderson, General Manager, at (860) 443-5378 ext. 290 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


John McDaniel (Artistic Director) Conductor, pianist, composer, orchestrator, record producer, Grammy and two-time Emmy Award winner, John McDaniel was seen leading the band daily on The Rosie O’Donnell Show for its entire six year run. His recent Broadway credits include Bonnie & Clyde, for which John received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Orchestrations; Catch Me If You Can; and Brooklyn, which he also orchestrated and produced. Please visit to view Mr. McDaniel’s impressive full biography.