WHO WE ARE

President
EDUARDO JIMENEZ PONS
President
 
COTY MANRIQUEZ
Director of Admissions 
 
RON HARRIS
Marketing Director 
LINDA HARRIS
Director of Special Events

My name is Eduardo Jimenez Pons, and I am Founder and President of The Broadway Star Project. I was born into show business and together with my wife Coty, we have created, written, and directed many of the most successful shows for NBC Universal Telemundo, Televisa, Univision, Disney Buenavista, and Viacom. Still, all our experience could have never prepared us for what came after we got "the call telling us that our 11-year-old son had landed a role in a Broadway musical. 

Relocation, representation, education, contracts, unions, banks, permits, social media, meals, transportation, protocols! And that was just in the first two weeks of the most amazing and life-changing adventure of our lives, being the parents of a Broadway kid!
 
There were many challenges, and at times it was extremely hard but it was always worth it! Then, after 10 of the best months of my son's life, it was over, and he – just like many other kids – was (in his own words) unemployed. 
 
Luckily, during his time at School Of RockCoty and I had an education of our own – often by trial and error – listening to the stories of kids and parents from other Broadway shows and tours, as well as from Casting Directors, Talent Agents, Managers Actors, Coaches, Directors, Choreographers, and Producers.

As a result, we thought of developing a support system for parents and a structure to generate real opportunities for actors on their way to becoming Broadway kids (or are currently between shows). This initiative would assemble the people and resources for young actors to learn and grow their craft in a professional environment. Top teachers, coaches, and mentors would capture the young artist's attention, push them to their full potential, and inspire their imaginations as they embark on this exciting journey to their dreams.  

In time, with the support, experience, and vision of our partners and fellow SOR parents, Ron and Linda Harris, this idea became a reality, and now we can offer these learning and performing opportunities through The Broadway Star Project.

FACULTY

Eduardo Jimenez Pons, (President/Founder) TV Writer, Director, and Producer. Head-writer and Talent Director for the Latin Grammy and the Latin American Music Awards. In Mexico, Jimenez Pons directed the 1996 Revival of Godspell, was the Chief Editor of En Escena a Playbill-like magazine for theater and special events; and created, wrote and directed Disenador Ambos Sexos, the most successful sitcom in Mexico, Latin America, and the US Hispanic market. In 2016, he created Nickelodeon's Award-nominated series, Vikky RPM.

Tracey Moore, Casting Director, Author, Producer, Award winning Director and Acting Coach to stars like, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, Eve, Nelly, Q-Tip, Faith Evans, LaLa Anthony, Naturi Naughton, Drew Sidora, Russell Hornsby, Kellita Smith, Charlie Murphy, Chico DeBarge, Musiq Soulchild,  Common, Victoria Rowell, Mona Scott Young, Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) Lil’ Wayne, Ludacris, Salt N Pepa, and many others. She discovered talented artists such as Dave Chappell, Lisa Gay Hamilton and Donald Faison; and has had her hands on a plethora of actors including Jamie Hector, Michael K.Williams, Kerry Washington, Jeffrey Wright, Mike Epps, Adam Rodriguez, Naturi Naughton and many more, for John Stewart’s You Wrote It, You Watch It, feature films such as Miramax’s awarding winning, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T., New Jersey Drive and A Brother's Kiss. Her commercial credits include; Nike, Sprite, Coca-Cola, New York Times, Miller Lite, Pontiac, Taco Bell and Disney. Tracey has lectured at Universities like Howard U, Long Island U, CW Post, Georgia State U and Loyola Marymount U. For the past 5 years, Tracey has worked with ABC’s Sade Binderwa’s program Get Reel With Your Dreams where she teaches acting Workshops for high school students. In 2002, Tracey wrote her first book entitled The Spirited Actor; Principles 
for a Successful Audition to empower and encourage actors on their 
journey.

Julia Mendelsohn, voice teacher and vocal coach whose passion for teaching is centered around young performers who are Broadway bound.  Her professional students have originated starring roles in numerous Broadway shows including Thirteen, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Billy Elliot, Seussical The MusicalBonnie and Clyde, Finding Neverland, Matilda A Christmas Story, and School Of Rock. Other students have starred in numerous Broadway shows such as The Lion King, Mary Poppins, The King and I, Fiddler On The Roof, Les Miserables, Once on this Island, and many others.

LaMar Baylor, dancer and choreographer, Bronze Medal Winner in the 2003 NAACP-Act So Competition for Dance, recipient of The Choreography Award as well as the Stella Moore Award for Outstanding 4-Year Achievement. Currently, LaMar is a freelance choreographer/teacher, a faculty member at Steps on Broadway, Cultural Ambassador in Rwanda for Mindleaps, as well as a Swing on Broadway in Disney’s Production, The Lion King. LaMar can be seen in commercials for Disney's The Lion King, and the 2013 and 2015 Tony Awards, among many others.

Peter Thoresen is an award-winning voice teacher, performer, and music director. His students appear regularly in national tours and productions on and off Broadway, including Hamilton, Les Miz, Matilda, School of Rock, Something Rotten, Kinky Boots, Flashdance, Liberty: A Monumental New Musical, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and many others. His students record regularly for the Columbia and Broadway Records labels and have performed at the Tony Awards and at venues from Manhattan (54 Below, Joe’s Pub) to New Zealand. Active as a music director, Peter collaborates regularly with his students and other performers in Manhattan and regionally throughout the United States. Recent credits as music director/voice teacher/performer include engagements with YES Academy ASEAN Broadway in Indonesia, American Voices in Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Lake Dillon Theatre Company (Lake Dillon, CO) and Columbia University in NYC. He will join YES Academy again this summer in Beirut, Lebanon before heading back to Pace University where he serves as a voice professor for the BFA MT program.

In demand as a performer, Broadwayworld.com has described Peter's singing as ‘spellbinding' and his recent New York performances in Heartbreak Express (world premiere) and The Fairy Queen were critically acclaimed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Opera Magazine, Opera News, and the New York Observer. Peter grew up in Chicago, where he was a child actor and performed in over 500 performances of musicals and operas. This grew into a love of performance that has ultimately led to solo engagements with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the American Opera Theater, Monterey Symphony and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He serves as a coach for a variety of organizations in New York, including the Manhattan Girls Chorus and American Symphony Orchestra. Peter is the founder of a thriving private voice studio in Manhattan and serves on the faculties of Broadway Kids Auditions (BKA) and Musical Theater College auditions (MTCA) as a vocal techniques coach and music director in New York, as well as the YES Academy ASEAN. He holds a doctor of music degree from Indiana University, and his articles are regularly featured in trade magazines including Classical Singer Magazine. For more information, visit www.peterthoresen.com @DrPetesTweet

CELEBRITY GUESTS

Our programs will always have special guests stop by to teach, mentor, and inspire our students. Past and upcoming guests include:

JENN GAMBATESE
 
PATRICK O'NEILL
NANCY CARSON
ANDREW KEENAN-BOLGER
DAVID RUTTURA
 
SHANA LANDSBURG
DAVID ELDER
LAMAR BAYLOR
JOANN M. HUNTER
PETER THORESEN
SARAH GLASSMAN
Jacob ben Widman
JACOB ben WIDMAR
MARK SHNEIDER
CAROLINE LIEM
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