SAVI Saturday: workshops for singing actors on June 15

On Saturday, June 15, Music Theatre Philly will offer two workshops for young singing actors in conjunction with the publication of the new book The SAVI Singing Actor, by Philadelphia-based educator, author and composer Charles Gilbert.

Two eighty-minute workshops will be offered:

  • 10:30am Practice Better to Perform Better
  • 1:00pm Ding It Before You Sing It

Both workshops will include exercises and techniques from The SAVI Singing Actor, many of which feature “SAVI Cards,” a unique practice tool that Gilbert is releasing concurrently with the publication of his book. The workshop is geared toward teens and undergrads who are serious about improving their singing-acting skills.

Workshop participants will receive their own set of SAVI Cards and a discount coupon to purchase the book when it is available July 1.

Cost of the workshop is $99 for one and $149 for both (cards included). For a little more than the price of one voice lesson, participants will come away with tools and techniques that will serve them for years to come.

Click on the button below to open the registration form for the “SAVI Saturday” workshop.

Music Theatre Philly, an award-winning new professional training ground for young artists in theatre and dance, is located at 262 S. 12th St. in Center City Philadelphia.

About The SAVI Singing Actor

The SAVI Singing Actor is a practical, “savvy” approach to building essential skills and crafting a performance with clarity, meaning and impact. Built on proven training concepts from theater, music, dance, sports and the emerging field of expert performance, SAVI complements a wide range of singing and acting methodologies. “SAVI” is an acronym that refers to the four key qualities of effective singing acting: Specificity, Authenticity, Variety and Intensity.

Industry leaders are already buzzing in anticipation for the publication of The SAVI Singing Actor. Joe Deer, Distinguished Professor of Musical Theater at Wright State University and the author of Acting in Musical Theater and Directing in Musical Theater, two of the most widely used texts in the field, says:

The SAVI Singing Actor offers students and teachers an easy-to-grasp approach to some of the most common challenges singing actors face. Long a leader in Musical Theatre pedagogy, Charles Gilbert has finally delivered an essential text that belongs on every serious teacher’s shelf. His ideas and exercises are certain to find their way into your studio, as they have mine.”

Additional Workshop Details

10:30am “Practice Better, Perform Better.”

Looking to up your game as a musical theater performer? You’ve got to learn to practice as well as rehearse, and train much like an athlete does. Learn how to use SAVI Cards to optimize your practicing and get better results.

12pm LUNCH on your own nearby

1:00pm “Ding It Before You Sing It”

What’s the most effective way to improve your performance in a musical theater song? Break it down into phrases and examine each phrase closely, especially the transitional moments – the “dings.” You’ll learn why we say, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that ‘ding!’”

These two workshops will be presented later in June at the International Thespian Festival, the premier annual event for top-performing high school theater students and their teachers. “SAVI Saturday” participants at Music Theatre Philly will be the first to experience these workshops and the first to receive the Premier Edition of SAVI Cards!


CHARLES GILBERT, the “SAVI Savant,” creator of The SAVI System of Singing-Acting, has been training young artists for work in the professional musical theater and creating provocative original work for the musical stage for nearly forty years. A Professor of Theater Arts at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, he headed their Musical Theater Program from its inception in 1990 until 2008, and served from 2008 to 2013 as Director of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts. He is a founding member and a Past President of the Musical Theater Educators Alliance, and has taught workshops and master classes in America, the UK, Europe, and Australia. He is a professional director and award-winning musical director whose work has been seen locally at the Arden Theater, the Prince Music Theater, and 11th Hour Theater Company, and he’s written and composed nearly a dozen musical theater works, including many works for Enchantment Theater Company, where he is composer in residence.


SAVI Saturday is hosted by MUSIC THEATRE PHILLY, a new and vibrant professional training ground for young artists in theatre and dance dedicated to the instruction of the arts for children through adults. Located in the heart of Center City, MTP’s goal is to cultivate a creative, encouraging, and disciplined environment, while maintaining the integrity of Musical Theatre. Music Theater Philly was voted “Best of Philly 2017” by readers of Philadelphia Magazine for “Best Theater Class,” and was recently recognized as “Non-Profit of the Year” at the Philly Rad Awards.