Ben Vereen to Conduct Conservatory Master Class


World-renowned performer Ben Vereen will conduct a master class for UMKC Conservatory students Saturday, September 8, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., White Recital Hall.  The master class is free and open to the public.  We thank our partners, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Office of Diversity, Access, and Equity.

Few entertainers today are as accomplished or versatile as Ben Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country’s artistic legacy.  His first love and passion is and always will be the stage. “The theater was my first training ground. It taught me discipline, dedication and appreciation of hard work and values that will stay with me a lifetime. The stage sharpens the creative instrument and encourages you to go deeper inside and try new things,” states Ben.

On Broadway, Ben Vereen has appeared in Wicked, Fosse, I’m Not Rappaport, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin,Grind, Jelly’s Last Jam and A Christmas Carol. His role in Pippin garnered him both the prestigious Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for “Best Actor in a Musical.” On January 30, 2012, Ben received the highest honor in theater as he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

Dean Peter Witte notes, "Ben Vereen is an American icon.  We thank the Kauffman Center for connecting Mr. Vereen with UMKC during his time in Kansas City.  The class will be a joy."

Mr. Vereen is in Kansas City to perform at the Kauffman Center on the Helzberg Hall stage at 8 p.m. that evening. He will perform his one-man show “Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen,” featuring the music of Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra, and the best of Broadway.

Tickets are on sale at the Kauffman Center.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949