World renowned artists mentor a small group of high school students.




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James Sprang ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
...  Herself 2 episodes, 2013-2014


Every year, thousands of high school students from around the country audition for The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts' YoungArts program, which offers the chance to be mentored by some of the world's greatest artists in an intimate, interactive classroom environment. The nine-part HBO Family documentary series, "Masterclass," chronicles this unique program. In each episode, a world-class artist talks intimately with a small group of exceptionally talented teenagers. The artist, in turn, is reminded that these encounters are a two-way street, with the teacher re-learning important truths from eager students. Written by SGPictures

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3 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

I was mesmerized by this special. Patti Lupone's style and personality had me captivated. Each of the four young actors - two young women and two young men of varying degrees and genres of talent - provides a unique perspective and opportunity for her guidance. Each performs at least one song. Patti coaches and critiques, and the audience is treated to a revised performance that employs Patti's feedback. She offers general acting philosophy and advice, in addition to the specifics tailored to the individual performances. The actors-in-training are diverse in their talents and are each interviewed about the experience of being coached. There are interludes of the group of five enjoying a meal together during which Patti adds personal anecdotes and the actors interact with her more casually (if there IS a way to casually interact with a megastar you've known for 1/2 a day). I am not an actor by trade, but found this a fascinating watch and I wish there were more specials in this format to enjoy.

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