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April 17, 2001


LA CROSSE, Wis.- Professional stage and film actor Kip Niven is conducting a Music Theatre Audition Techniques Workshop at Viterbo University Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28.

Those who attend this free workshop will explore audition techniques through Niven’s analysis and critique of the "auditions" of 12 Viterbo music theatre students and through observation of one-on-one working sessions with the students. Niven will also give a general lecture/demonstration of music theatre audition techniques. The event will culminate in final presentations by the students and Niven’s final critique of each.

On Thursday, April 26, there will be a Question and Answer session from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a Lecture/Demonstration from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and from 4:30-6 p.m. On Friday, April 27, a One-on-One Work Session will be held from 9 a.m.-12:50 p.m. and 2-5:50 p.m. Thursday’s and Friday’s events will be in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. On Saturday, One-on-One Work Sessions continue from 9 a.m.-12:50 p.m. with the Final Presentations from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday’s events will be held in the La Croix Black Box Theatre.

Niven’s professional credits include Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theatres, summer stock, and numerous guest artist appearances. He has appeared in 10 feature films including In Cold Blood, and more than 100 television mini-series, movies of the week, episodic series, and daytime dramas, as well as national, regional, and local commercials. Some of his credits include: Return to Lonesome Dove; Walker, Texas Ranger; The Waltons; Law & Order; and recurring roles on One Life to Live, All My Children, Alice, and Days of Our Lives.

He is also a member of the company of The Imagination Workshop, a radio comedy show broadcast live from Lawrence, Kansas and syndicated on more than 100 National Public Radio stations throughout the country. Niven resides in Leawood, Kansas, with his wife and family.

For more information on the workshop, contact Susan Rush, Viterbo music theatre department chair, at 608-96-3766 or email

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