Teaching and Guest Artists
Students learn from leading professionals.
In October 2013, Lipscomb Theatre hosted a Song Interpretation workshop led by Eden Espinosa, who is most recognized.for her portrayal of Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked. Her other musical theatre accomplishments include originating the title character in BKLYN the Musical from the original workshop through its Broadway run, starring as Flora in the Reprise Theater Company's production of Flora the Red Menace, and playing Maureen in the closing company of Rent. Recently she has been seen performing with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and as a featured soloist with the Shanghai Orchestra for the opening of the new Shanghai Culture Square in China. Ms. Espinosa helped Lipscomb musical theatre students cultivate their technique and color the emotional arc of their songs in a master-class atmosphere.
Professor Beki Baker brought Espinosa to Lipscomb Theatre for this workshop while Ms. Espinosa was in town to perform a staged concert of Tarzan for the National Association for Music Education/Disney Theatricals Baker directed. The production involved many Lipscomb Theatre connections, including professors, students, and alumni.
Wagner’s relationship with Lipscomb began in 2011 when musical theatre students had the opportunity to perform their musical theater audition package. Wagner then gave them oral critique based on his long career as an actor. Accomplished in television as well as on Broadway, Chuck was first seen on “General Hospital” as Randall Thompson in 1987. He has appeared on several other successful television shows including “Matlock,” “Dukes of Hazzard,” “Dynasty” and “As the World Turns.” His major credits amongst major Broadway, National, or International work include a starring role in ”The Three Musketeers”, Rapunzel's Prince in Sondheim's “Into The Woods”, Inspector Javert in both the Broadway and national tour of “Les Misérables”, as well as the Beast in both the Broadway and Toronto productions of “Beauty and the Beast". Wagner originated the title role in Frank Wildhorn's “Svengali” in 1991 and “Jekyll & Hyde” in 1999. Most recently, he was seen in Studio Tennessee's production of “Hello, Dolly” in Nashville. He has recently completed playing the role of the captain on the National Tour of “Anything Goes.“
In fall 2013, he returned to Lipscomb to play Jean Valjean in the Department of Theatre production of “Les Misérables”.