About The Cabaret & Performance Conference
The Cabaret & Performance Conference (CPC), under new Artistic Director John McDaniel, was re-established in 2005 after a six year hiatus as a dynamic opportunity for performers to work on new projects with the guidance of an accomplished team of professional directors, music directors, and guest artists. The Conference reexamines, redefines 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.” During its intense two-week period, this conference provides hands-on artistic guidance and instruction to a select group of participants chosen by application and invitation, as well as the development of special “Cabaret Theater” projects featuring some of the top names in theater today.
The O’Neill provides its artists individualized attention and the opportunity to interact with other artists who are developing new work, establishing support and camaraderie between participants, guest artists, and faculty.
The Fellows program is comprised of a select group of individuals who are provided with an intense course of study. With two classes daily, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, the Fellows prepare for public performances during the conference, and are also encouraged to experiment and sing nightly at the conference’s open mic sessions.
Over the last six summers, the Conference has presented over 60 performances including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Ronnie Spector, country recording artist Sherrie Austin, and Broadway and Cabaret favorites including Tommy Tune, Donna McKechnie, Leslie Uggams, Barb Jungr, Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill, Gregg Edelman, Tony Roberts, Penny Fuller, Gertha Boston, Rita Gardner, Amanda Green, Deven May, Andre DeShields and many more.