Founder: Audrey Kaplan
Audrey is the founder of Applause Theatrical Workshops, which has been in existence for twenty one years. Audrey attended the Yale Shakespeare program at Oxford University and Carnegie Mellon's musical theater program before receiving her B.F.A in Drama from Tulane University. She then went on to receive her Masters Degree in Education from NYU.
Ms. Kaplan had a performance career where she starred in many stage productions as well as appearing on commercials and playing a recurring role on ABC's All My Children.
Audrey then went on to become a teacher for nine years in New York City, eight of which were spent at P.S. 6, and one year spent teaching acting at the Upper Lab High School. She was a model teacher for New York City and trained numerous teachers. Her classroom was a visiting site for principals and teachers from both private and public schools all over the United States, as well as Columbia University Teachers College reading and writing workshops.
In 1995, Audrey found a way to merge her passions for both education and theater by founding Applause Theatrical Workshops. She has directed and produced hundreds of productions at Applause while also coaching many children privately for performing arts schools, colleges, and professional auditions over the years.
Her greatest credit is her son, Tyler Kaplan, who was the sole inspiration for Broadway Babies. In 2000, the year he was born, Audrey (along with co-founder Pamela Fisher) created Broadway Babies, hoping to spread the magic of Broadway to children of all ages. She is grateful to be able to spend her days sharing her life-long love of music and theater with children and teenagers everywhere.