Summer at AU

Instructor Bios

David Coolidge, assistant professor of musical theatreDavid Coolidge

David Coolidge is the Director of the Musical Theatre Program at Anderson University. He received his MFA in Acting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and his BFA in Musical Theatre from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. As a professional theatre artist, David toured with Jason Robert Brown in the Broadway National Tour of “Parade” directed by Hal Prince, served as the Director of six National Tours, and as the Assistant Artistic Director of TheatreworksUSA oversaw thirty National Touring Productions. As a coach, David works one-on-one with young professionals to develop a plan to successfully navigate the 'business of the business'. Past clients have been successful on Broadway, National Tours, TV, and Film including: MTV’s The Search for Elle Woods, The Good Wife, Army Wives, and Law & Order.

Fritz Robertson, instructor for the Musical Theatre Camp at Anderson UniversityFritz Robertson

Fritz Robertson is a professor of music at Anderson University and serves as coordinator of voice and director of The Boze Lyric Theatre. For many years he has maintained a dual career in classical performance and lyric theatre. As a classical concert artist, he has appeared with musical organizations throughout the United States. He has been a featured performer with the Northwest Bach Festival in Spokane and the Shenandoah Bach Festival in Virginia and presented recitals on the St. Andrews Cathedral concert series in Honolulu and the Banco Centrale concert series in Cuenca, Ecuador. 

From 1981 to 1991, he was a guest faculty member for Ball State University’s semi-professional summer theatre company, appearing on stage and in the pit in productions, including Anything Goes, 42nd Street, Carnival, Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly, 1776, The Music Man, and Fiddler On The Roof. At AU, he has served as vocal coach and/or music director for nearly thirty lyric theatre productions, including Once Upon A Mattress, The Magic Flute, Bye-Bye Birdie, Così fan Tutte, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Working, Into the Woods, the undergraduate world premiere of Mark Adamo’s opera Little Women, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Albert Herring, Tartuffe, Cendrillon,The Crucible, She Loves Me, Little Women (the musical), A Grand Night for Singing, and How To Succeed in Business. As an actor, Fritz’s favorite roles include Teddy in Arsenic and Old Lace, Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Tito Mirelli in Lend Me a Tenor, and the Governor in Bernstein’s Candide.