1085 Warburton Ave #223 Yonkers NY 10701 Office: 212.992.9446
email@example.com Home: 914.478-4978 Cell: 914.715.8756
2001 to present: New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and
Music Associate Professor of Acting and Musical Theatre Studies, Vocal Performance
Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions
Tony Award® Nomination for Fiona in Broadway revival of Brigadoon, 1981.
Theater World Award for Marian in Broadway revival of The Music Man
ACE Award Nomination (Cable Television Awards) for Queen Guenevere,
Camelot, Broadway production taped for and broadcast by Home Box Office,
M.A.T. English/Secondary, Manhattanville College, Purchase, 1999
B.A., Drama Studies, Purchase College SUNY, 1997.
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL Speech Communication (3 Years) 1971
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL (1 year)
NYS Permanent Teacher Certification: English/Secondary, 2001
NY City Teacher Certification, 2000
NY State Provisional Teacher’s Certification, 1999
Lovetri Somatic Voicework™, 2007
Acting Pedagogy, the Actors Center, NYC. 2003
New York Singing Teachers’ Association Pedagogy Cert. pending
Michael Chekhov Pedagogy Certificate NYC 2004
Voice: Marge Rivingston. 20 years
Coaches: Marni Nixon, Wally Harper, Tom Helm, Grant Wenaus
Dance: Luigi, Bob Audy, Peter Gennaro, Finis Yung. 15 years
Acting: HB Studios: Uta Hagan, Aaron Frankel, Vivian Matalon
The Actors Center: Viatcheslav Dolgachev, Robert Cohen
MICHA Joanna Merlin, Ted Pugh
Classical Mime: Claude Kipnis, Lenka Pichlikova
Voice/Speech: Fitzmaurice Voicework® Catherine Fitzmaurice
Memberships and Affiliations
Performing Unions: Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
Actors Federation of Radio and Televisions Artists (AFTRA)
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance-International (MTEA), Member 9 years,
Currently National Vice-President elected 2010
New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA) Board of Directors
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National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA)
Actors’ Work Program - Consultant
Courses taught at New York University
E85.0220 Acting: Foundations
E85.1520 Acting: Scene Study
E85.1065 Music Theatre Workshop #4—Song Analysis I
E85,1065 Music Theatre Workshop #5—Song Analysis II
E85.1065 Music Theatre Workshop #6—Song Repertoire
E85.1264 Music Theatre History I
E85.1264 Music Theatre History II
E85.0099 Professions and the Singer : An introduction to the industry and the
E85.1080 Chamber Ensembles / Stage Director of QUILTERS
E85:2026 Colloquy: research and recital preparation
E85. 2064 Acting for Singers II
E85.2065 Acting for Singers III
Coordinator of acting curriculum for Vocal Performance program
Advisement: 40 students through program and degree requirement.
Adjudication: senior and graduate recitals, all studio performance finals
Curriculum development for program with other full-time faculty
Prospective student recruitment
Committees: searches, peer review, curriculum, director of undergraduate studies
representative, honors course development
Performance: maintaining an active presence in the theatre industry
ACTING: INDUSTRY PRODUCTIONS BROADWAY AND REGIONAL
Member of Actors’ Equity since 1971. Under the union contract, actors perform eight
shows a week. The following runs from one week to eighteen months.
2010 The Sound of Music, Mother Abbess, Ogunquit Playhouse, ME.
2010 Mothers and Daughters, Grandmother, reading for creative team, a new project in
development at the York Theatre, Off-Broadway, NYC.
2008 The Sound of Music. Mother Abbess Sacramento Music Circus, Sacramento, CA.
2007 My Fair Lady : Mrs. Pearce. New York Philharmonic Concert Performance starring
Kelsey Grammer, Brian Dennehy, Kelli O’Hara. Director: James Brennan.
Music Director/Conductor: Rob Fisher. Lincoln Center: Avery Fisher Hall, NYC.
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2005-06 Souvenir, Florence Foster Jenkins / Standby for Judy Kaye. Director: Vivian Matalon,
Music Supervisor: Thomas Helm. Broadway, Lyceum Theatre, NYC.
2005 The Sound of Music, Mother Abbess, Director: James Brennan. Pittsburgh CLO.
2005 Carousel, Nettie Fowler. Director: Charles Repole. Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.
2003 The Sound of Music, Mother Abbess. Director: James Brennan.
The Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ.
2003 The Music Man, Mrs. Paroo. Director: Denton Yockey. Casa Mañana, Texas.
1997 Phantom, Carlotta (Kopit /Yeston), Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY.
1994-96 Damn Yankees, Meg / Standby with Victor Garber later Jerry Lewis.
Director: Jack O’Brien. Choreographer: Rob Marshall. Broadway, Marquis
1996 Damn Yankees, Meg, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY.
1993 My Fair Lady, Eliza, Westchester Broadway, Elmsford, NY.
1992 Camelot, Queen Guenevere, Gulf Port Opera.
1992 Phantom, Carlotta (Kopit / Yeston version), New York Premier, Westchester Broadway
Theatre, Elmsford. NY.
1991 The Music Man, Marian opposite John Davidson, Fort Bragg Special Services.
1991 - Camelot. Queen Guenevere, Westchester Broadway, Elmsford, NY.
1990 Professionally Speaking, various characters. Off-Broadway.
St. Peter’s Church Theatre, NYC.
1990 Closer than Ever, Woman One, Director: Richard Maltby, Jr. Pasadena Playhouse, West
Coast Premier. CA.
1990 Lucy’s Lapses, Lucy, World Premier of a contemporary opera/musical.
Portland Opera, Portland, Oregon.
1988 On Your Toes, Peggy Porterfield, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY.
1987-88 H.M.S. Pinafore, Josephine opposite Ron Moody. Guest actor with a Canadian
company touring throughout Canada and US. Director: Brian MacDonald. Ed
and David Mirvish Productions.
1987 Barnum, Charity, Norwegian Cruise Lines. Bahamas/Miami circuit.
1986 My Fair Lady, Eliza, Director: Dennis Cole. Darien Dinner Theatre, CT.
1986 Barnum, Charity, Director: Neal Kenyon. Paper Mill Playhouse, Milbourne, NJ.
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1985 South Pacific, Nellie Forbush opposite Richard Kiley. Director: A. J. Antoon. Music
Supervisor: Paul Gemignani. U.S tour.
1985 The Firefly, Nina, concert performance in Town Hall, NYC.
1985 42nd Street, Dorothy, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY.
1984 On Shiloh Hill. Julia Ward Howe and others. The Ford’s Theatre, Washington, D.C.
Conceived and adapted by Bill Schustik. Commissioned by Frankie Hewitt and the Ford’s
1983 The New Moon, Marianne, concert performance. Broadway, Town Hall, NYC.
1982-83 Camelot, Queen Guenevere opposite Richard Harris. Director: Frank Dunlop.
1st National Tour of U.S. and Canada.
1982 Kiss Me, Kate, Kate / Lilli. Director: Susan Schulman. Music: Tom Helm.
1981-82 Camelot, Queen Guenevere with Richard Harris. Director: Frank Dunlop. National tour
and Broadway, Winter Garden Theatre, NYC.
(Later taped for cable Home Box Office)
1980-81 Brigadoon, Fiona. Director: Vivian Matalon. Choreographer: Agnes DeMille.
Music: Wally Harper and Tom Helm. Broadway, Majestic Theatre, NYC.
1980 The Music Man, Marian Paroo opposite Dick Van Dyke.
Director/choreographer: Michael Kidd. Music: Milton Rosenstock. National tour
and Broadway. City Center, NYC.
1978 Gorey Stories, Standby. Director: Tony Tanner. Music Martin Sylvestri.
Broadway. Lyceum Theatre, NYC.
1977 Something’s Afoot, Standby for ingénue roles. Starring Tessie O’Shea.
Director/ Choreographer: Tony Tanner. Broadway. Lyceum Theatre, NYC.
1974 Lorelei, Singer / Dancer / Understudy. Starring Carol Channing. Director: Robert Moore.
Musical Supervisor/Conductor: Milton Rosenstock. Broadway,
Palace Theatre, NYC.
1973-74 Irene, Singer / Dancer / Understudy starring Debbie Reynolds, later Jane Powell.
Director: Sir John Gielgud replaced by Gower Champion. Choreographer: Peter
Gennaro. Music: Jack Lee. Broadway. Broadway, Marriot Marquis Theatre,
1972 Lolita, My Love, Singer / Dancer. Director: Tito Capobianca. Shubert Theatre, Boston.
1982 The Student Prince, Kathy. Pittsburgh C.L.O. Music Supervisor: Tom Helm.
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1982 Brigadoon, Fiona. Director: Susan Schulman. Music Supervisor: Tom Helm.
Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.
1979 Cabaret, Sally Bowles. Director: Fritz Holt. North Stage, Glen Cove, NY.
1978 Promises, Promises, Fran Kubelic. Director: Morten Da Costa. Darien Dinner Theatre.
1977 Oklahoma!, Laurey. Director: Stone Widney. ArtPark, NY.
1977 The Most Happy Fella, Rosabella, opposite Frank Guarrera. Director: Dennis Cole.
Darien Dinner Theatre, Darien, NY.
1978 Camelot, Queen Guenevere opposite Noel Harrison. Director: Jack Allison.
Music Director: Tom Helm. Pittsburgh C.L.O.
1976-77 Irene, Irene. With Patsy Kelly later Virginia Graham. Director: Joe Lorden.
Choreographer: Mary Ann Niles. 2nd National Tour of U.S. and Canada.
1975 Love’s Labours Lost, Princess of Navarre, original musical adaptation.
The Folger Shakespeare Library Theatre, Washington , D.C.
1974 Kiss Me, Kate, Lois / Bianca Starring John Raitt. Guber and Gross summer tour.
1974 Fiddler on the Roof, Tzietel, Chateau de Ville Theatre, Boston.
1972 Applause, Singer / Dancer / Understudy with Lauren Bacall.
Director/Choreographer: Ron Field. 1st National of U.S. and Canada.
1971 Kiss Me, Kate, Kate / Lilli, Meadowbrook Dinner Theatre, NJ.
1971 The Boy Friend, Polly, Theatre-by-the-Sea, Matunick, RI.
1995 Pete and Pete, Disgruntled Mom, Wellsville Pictures, 1995.
1993 All My Children, Nurse Bennett, ABC.
1990-96 One Life To Live, several under-five and day-player
1995 Meg’s Music Shoppe. Originator / Writer / Director, educational puppet show pilot
to introduce young children to the musical theatre
1990 PBS Great Performances, ―A Salute to Alan Jay Lerner,‖ featured soloist with Richard
White, Julie Andrews, Robert Goulet.
1985 Merv Griffin Show. Songs from South Pacific
1985 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, songs South Pacific.
1983-89 Camelot, Queen Guenevere, opposite. Richard Harris. HBO Produced broadcast
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on various cable stations for 10 years.
1980 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, duet ―Almost Like Being in Love‖ Brigadoon,
1980 The Today Show, songs Brigadoon. Interviewer: Tom Brokaw.
CONCERT and RECITAL
2011 ―Why Do They Call a Private a Private‖ The Songs of WWII. (in preparation).
2008 Guest Artist solo recital, ―Meg Bussert in Concert‖ University of Ballarat, Australia.
2007 Summer Concerts with Broadwaydirect.com, series of presentations throughout
spring and summer.
2006 Beit Café, cabaret ―Tin Pan Alley to Schubert Alley‖
2004 Benefit Concert ―Songs of Charles Strouse.‖ Meg Bussert with Charles Strouse
2002 NYU Distinguished Faculty Concert Winter
2001 World Trade Center Benefit with Barbara Cook. WBT, Elmsford, NY.
1988-1999 Guest Artist with Philharmonia Virtuosi, Maestro Richard Kapp
1990-1997 Guest Artist with Westchester Philharmonic, Maestro Paul L. Dunkel
1996 Soloist, ―An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein,‖ Director:Lee Roy Reams.
1996 Carnegie Hall, featured artist, ―All the Worlds a Stage: A Global Salute to the Broadway
Musical,‖ Music Director/Conductor: Wally Harper, Director: Thommie
1994 Soloist with Peter Duchin Orchestra, ―Songs from the Broadway Stage,‖
1990-1992 Marvin Hamlisch Symphony Tours, 1990-92.
Camelot. 1982 was taped Home Box Office production staring Richard Harris as
King Arthur and Meg Bussert as Guenevere. Director, Mary Callner. Liner
notes, Meg Bussert. Released on DVD by Acorn Media, May 2007
Lecture / Demonstration on “Gesture in Song‖ presented to Lion King animators at
Disney World, 1996.
―Meg’s Music Shoppe,” pilot for an educational musical puppet show on musical theatre
aimed at pre-schoolers. Theme song by David Friedman. Sung by Meg
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―An Evening with Loesser and Sondheim, Encore‖ solo cabaret, music Tom Helm,
Palssons Cabaret, NY, 1991.
“An Evening with Loesser and Sondheim, ― solo cabaret. Director, Mark Waldrop
and music direction, Patrick Brady..1990
Irene Broadway cast recording starring Debbie Reynolds. 1974.
Phantom (Kopit/Yeston version) cast recording. RCA / BMG Classics.. 1993.
Sousa for Orchestra, songs from Teddy and Alice, a musical about Alice Roosevelt.
With music adapted from John Philip Sousa by Richard Kapp. ESS.A.Y. , 1990.
Songs of New York,, Featured soloist. Recorded for Book of the Month club.
Conductor, John McGlinn. 1984.
Lost in Boston, featured soloist. First in a series of forgotten musical numbers.
Varese Sarabande. 1984.
Managing Director Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA), Westchester Broadway Theatre,
1996- 97 season. Responsibilities included:
Selecting titles for season
Interviewing and selecting staff
Casting and directing two productions
Initiate Outreach programming
Director of Musical Theatre for Hoff-Barthleson, 25 School St., Scarsdale, Summer of 2001.
Create summer drama workshops for music students 11-15 years.
Cast, rehearse and present the fabulous fable factory
2009 Quilters, NYU Steinhardt
1999 Brigadoon, Hastings High School, Hastings NY
1998 Oklahoma! Hastings High School, Hastings NY
1997 Beauty and the Beast, Theatre for Young Audiences (AEA),
Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY, 1997.
1997 The fabulous fable factory, Theatre for Young Audiences (AEA),
Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1997.
1997 South Pacific, concert version with George Hearn and Liz Calloway (AEA)
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1993 I Do, I Do, Theatre Barn, New Lebanon, NY, 1993.
PRESENTATIONS and PROJECTS
Music Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA) Vice- President of Conferences.
Planning MTEA 13th annual American conference hosted by NYU Steinhardt’s
Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, Program in Vocal Performance.
―Welcome to the Dance,‖ focusing on dance in the musical. January 2012.
Music Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA) Vice President of Conferences.
Planning/coordinating International conference in Sweden with site hosts, The
University of Gothenburg and the Balletakademien, Presentation: workshop with
Students. ―‖Hidden Gesture in Song.‖ Sept. 8-11, 2011.
4@15 Coordinator/ point person fo new works collaboration between Vocal
Performance and The York Theatre. Thirty-two musical theatre majors are cast in four
original mini musicals written specifically them, that culminate in a series of
performances at the off-Broadway house directed by The York’s Associate Artistic
Director Brian Blythe. Third year of successful program. March 2011.
Music Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA): Vice President of Conferences.
Planning/Coordinating the twelfth annual conference hosted by the Department of
Theatre & Dance, College of Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin. Focus on ―Viral
Marketing’s Impact on the Industry and Training Programs.‖ January 2011
“Chekhov and the Musical Actor,” discussion/demonstration with Professor Mary McPartian,
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Women’s Celtic Studies Center, Galway
Ireland. Presented to the membership of the Michael Chekhov Foundation. June 2010.
Residency: The Danish Musical Theatre Academy, Fredericia, DK. April 7-13, 2010.
New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA).
Moderator and Event Chair for ―Composing for the Musical Theatre.‖
Guest Speaker,:Adam Guettel.. March 2010.
Music Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA)
Conference site coordinator the 11 Annual Conference held in NYC. Hosted by NYU
Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, Program in Vocal
Performance Jan. 2010
2nd year as project coordinator a new works collaboration with Associate Artistic Director
Brian Blythe and The York Theatre and NYU/Steinhardt’s Vocal Performance Program.
Jan. 2010 .
Musical Theatre Educators Alliance Conference, (MTEA) Executive Committee
Guest panelist on ―Acting the Song.‖ Shenandoah U.; VA. Jan. 2009
Journey of the Song – Guest presenter at a three day event hosted by Shenandoah University.
Chekhov workshops and performance workshops. Jan. 2009
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Actors Work Program, The Actors Fund of America
Panel guest ―Transitioning from the Performing Arts to the Classroom.‖ December 2009
Project coordinator initiating a new works program in association with Associate Artistic
Director Brian Blythe and the York Theatre and NYU/Steinhardt’s Vocal Performance
Jan. 11-25, 2009.
Contemporary Commercial Music Pedagogy Institute Jeannette LoVetri
Faculty for Level 4, ―Acting in Commercial Music.‖ July 2008.
Residency: University of Ballarat Arts Academy, Australia. Four weeks.
Michael Chekhov technique applied to the singing actor. And ―Acting in the American
Standard Song.‖ (August 2008).
Actors Work Program,The Actors Fund of America
Panelist ―Transitioning from the Performing Arts to the Classroom.‖ December 2008.
Journey of the Song Shenandoah University, VA
Three-day event on musical theatre song performance.
Presenter: master class and workshops on Michael Chekhov technique. September 2007.
Chekhov Pedagogy Workshop University of California/Long Beach
Presenter“Chekhov Techniques and the Singing Actor” January 2007.
Actors Work Program The Actors Fund of America
Guest Panelist ―Transitioning from the Performing Arts to the Classroom.‖ Dec. 2007
Musical Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA) Oklahoma University, Norman , OK.
Panelist/teacher ―Song in Action.‖ January 2007
Journey of the Song Shenandoah University, VA
Three-day event on musical theatre song performance.
Presenter: master class and workshops on Michael Chekhov technique. September 2006.
Musical Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA) Executive Committee Member
Conference site coordinator for host site NYU/Steinhardt, April 2006.
Michael Chekhov Teacher Development Program taught by MICHA, Joanna Merlin,
Ted Pugh Spencertown, NY. Jan 2005.
Michael Chekhov International Festival, Two week of workshops and performances.
Amsterdam. August 2005.
Actors Work Program, The Actors Fund of America
Guest Panelist ―Transitioning from the Performing Arts to the Classroom.‖
PAWS: Performance Arts Workshops SUNY Purchase.
Acting workshops for High school students. May 1998, 1999, 2000.
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Disney Studios, Disney World, Orlando, FL.
Presentation to animators of The Lion King. Lecture / demonstration on
―The Character’s Focus and Gesture in Song‖ August 1996
Westchester Philharmonic under the Direction of Paul Dunkel.
Musical Theatre Consultant, Educational outreach. 1993-94.
PREVIOUS FULL-TIME TEACHING POSITIONS
2000-2001 Dobbs Ferry Middle School,
Communication Arts, Grades 6, 7 & 8. Dobbs Ferry, NY
1999-2000 Humanities High School, NY State Public High School
Language Arts, Grades 10 & 11. 351 West 18th, New York, NY 10011.
ADJUNCT and Part Time
2000 Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York
Acting I: The Instrument and the Imagination 2000
1998 Baruch College SUNY, Manhattan 1998
ESL certifies in Rassias ESL Method
1992-1997 NYU / Tisch: CAP 21 (Collaborative Arts Project for the
Twenty-First Century). Music Theatre Studies
1994 Theatre Development Fund
Teaching Artist in Calhoun High School, NYC. (4 months)
Workshops, seminars and field trips to Broadway shows
Calhoun High School. 1994
1989-1991 American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA).
MT Scene Study to First and Second Years’.
Captain Louie, by Stephen Schwartz. Partnership with Kurt Peterson. New Children’s musical to
premiere spring 2005.
―Teaching Careers.‖ Actors Work Program. Panelist and presenter: 2003-2009
―Equity Fights AIDS‖ and other AIDS benefits. Performer. 15 in total.
―World Trade Center Red Cross Benefit‖ Performer. Westchester Broadway Theatre, Oct. 2001
Midnight Run. Westchester Homeless Outreach through South Presbyterian Church, Dobbs
Ferry, NY 16 years.
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