About The Cabaret & Performance Conference 

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Cabaret & Performance Conference

The Cabaret & Performance Conference (CPC), under Artistic Director John McDaniel, was re-established in 2005 after a six year hiatus as a dynamic opportunity for performers to work on their performance skills 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, 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, establishing support and camaraderie between participants, guest artists, music directors, and faculty.

The Fellows program is comprised of a select group of individuals who are provided with an intense course of study. With 3-hour classes daily, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, the Fellows work with some of the finest coaches and music directors in the business to prepare for public performances during the conference, and are also encouraged and expected to experiment and sing nightly at the conference’s open mic sessions. Past fellows have developed relationships that offer fruitful opportunities as they move forward through their performing careers.

Kerry O'Malley and Mark Hartman at the 2013 Cabaret & Performance Conference

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, Academy Award-winner Shirley Jones, and Broadway and Cabaret favorites including Tommy Tune, Betty Buckley, Mimi Hines, Donna McKechnie, Leslie Uggams, Barb Jungr, Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill, Gregg Edelman, Tony Roberts, Penny Fuller, Rita Gardner, Amanda Green, Deven May, Andre DeShields and many more.