2015 Performers & Faculty

Barb Jungr
(Master Teacher/Guest Artist) 
 

Barb Jungr

With rave international reviews and two prestigious New York awards (2008 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist and Best International Artist 2003 Backstage Award), Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements. Her acclaimed releases on Linn Records and Naim Label and "revelatory" live performances have brought her to audiences all around the world.

In March 2014 Jungr released Hard Rain - The Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen on her own Kristalyn Record label through Absolute Marketing and toured the UK.  Already garnering 4 and 5 star reviews for this collection and her live show, Barb returns to Connecticut for the O’Neill's Cabaret & Performance Conference in late July as a guest mentor and performer. She will appear in a 2 week season of Hard Rain at 59E59 Theater, and a week at Crazy Coqs in London in autumn 2014 alongside a continuing national tour.  Barb appears in a major concert in August in collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Corby musicians and singers in  the Deep Roots Tall Trees project, of which she is artistic director.

In 2013 Barb toured the UK, performed in Indianapolis, Toronto and New York in the spring, and in Connecticut in July at the O’Neill's Cabaret & Performance Conference. She toured Australia and performed in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in the Gala performances and two premier concert appearances, returning to the Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney's top supper clubs. She co-adapted Michael Rosen's bestselling book We're Going on a Bear Hunt with Peter Glanville, writing the songs and music for the show which premiered at The Little Angel Theatre and toured the UK in autumn 2013.  Jungr performed a sellout season at London’s Crazy Coqs cabaret.  She contributed a diary to The New Statesman and was a featured vocalist in the highly praised recording of Robb Johnson's Gentle Men. She was a patron of the first ever London Fesitval of Cabaret which took place in October and November,  and she performed in a week-long season at Soho Theatre. In the winter of 2013 Jungr appeared with Mari Wilson in their Woman to Woman shows before Jungr returned to New York to perform in a rave-reviewed sellout season at 59E59 Theater. Jungr appeared on BBC Radio 4’s "Start The Week," "A Good Read," and "Saturday Live" and on BBC4 TV’s "The Lives" and "The Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas."

"One of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst ridden planet today" (Village Voice, New York) and "one of the best nightclub singers in the world" (Time Out New York), Jungr is “a fearless iconoclast who dives into the deepest waters of popular song to wrest exotic treasure from the ocean floor" (The New York Times). Her earlier Dylan collection, Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan: Every Grain of Sand (Linn Records 2002), which the Wall Street Journal called “the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far,” is now regarded as a cult classic album.

Her second collection of Dylan's songs, The Man In The Long Black Coat – Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan, was released in May 2011 by Linn Records to excellent reviews. She toured throughout the UK and the USA in autumn 2011, performing for the first time in LA and Austin with return appearances in San Francisco and a two-week run in New York.

Born and raised in Rochdale and Stockport, Barb has worked with many of the finest musicians and composers in the UK (including Mark Anthony Turnage who wrote "About Water" for her to sing at the re-opening of The South Bank with the London Symphonietta), has toured all over the world with the British Council in the 1990s (Malawi, Cameroon, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Cote D'Ivoire, Sudan), appeared in Australia (2006, 2007 and a sellout tour in 2010), toured across Norway and Holland and performs regularly in New York and across the United States (several seasons at The Cafe Carlyle and Metropolitan Room and Joe’s Pub, New York, Catalina’s in LA, Rrazz Room in San Francisco, and in Indianapolis and for Austin Cabaret).

As a writer and lyricist, Barb’s credits include The Jungle Book (Birmingham Stage Company); The Fabulous Flutterbys (The Little Angel Theatre); and CinderellaBeauty and The Beast, and Dick Whittington for The Newbury Corn Exchange. Mabel Stark: Tiger Tamer (written with composer Jonathan Cooper) is currently in development, and We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, based on Michael Rosen’s bestselling book, was produced by The Little Angel Theatre Company which toured in autumn and winter 2013 tours again in autumn and winter 2014.  Barb was the songwriter and co-adapted the book for the stage with director Peter Glanville. The Ballad of Norah's Ark, written with Russell Churney and Andy Godlberg, is in development.

She currently lives in London.


 

Lennie Watts
(Master Artist Teacher)

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Lennie Watts is a 10 time MAC, 5 time Backstage Bistro, 3 time Nightlife, and a 2014 Broadway World Award Winner. He is the only person to receive awards as an outstanding vocalist, director, producer, and booking manager. He has been active in the New York cabaret scene for over 25 years. In addition to directing in small cabaret venues, he has directed events at Symphony Space, Town Hall, BB King Blues Club, and 54 Below. He has performed at Town Hall in several concerts, including "Broadway Unplugged" and "Broadway By The Year, 1949," and can be heard on the cast recordings of both shows. As a theater director, he has directed productions of "How To Succeed In Business...", "Godspell," "Dames at Sea," "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," and "Phantom." Watts is the creator of "cablab", "Summer In The City, and The Arrangement Experience and Boot Camp, all critically acclaimed professional cabaret performance workshops. He created and produced the award winning "Under The Covers" series. David Finkle of "The Village Voice" calls him "A one man cabaret army!" He is the 2013 MAC Award Winner for Outstanding Major Artist for his critically acclaimed show, "Bloody Bloody Lennie Watts". Lennie was recently named One of the 50 Most Influential People in Cabaret, and is currently the President of MAC.