helen baldassare, director
For over two decades, Helen Baldassare has trod the boards of off-Broadway, regional theatre, summer stock, supper clubs and cabarets, both here and abroad. Along the way, she has garnered numerous awards and honors:
New York cabaret audiences have seen her at The Metropolitan Room, the original Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, Eighty Eight's, The Park Ten, Caroline’s Comedy Club, The Encore and Rose’s Turn, as well as at the Cabaret Convention at The Town Hall and at Lincoln Center as part of the “Meet The Artists” series.
Ms. Baldassare has taken her one-woman show from Salem, Oregon to Boston, Massachusetts; she received critical acclaim at The Cairo Sheraton in Egypt; she has been a featured guest artist at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival; and she has conducted Master Classes at The Lighthouse for the Blind. Since 2001, she has conducted intensive cabaret workshops in Italy under the auspices of Il Chiostro.
Ms. Baldassare’s roster of students has included Katie Couric of NBC’s Today show. Ms. Couric's participation in the Cabaret Performance Workshop was documented for a May, 1999 broadcast of Today. Cabaret Performance Workshop was also the subject of a 2002 Arts & Leisure article in the New York Times.
Off-Broadway, she was an original cast member of the phenomenon known as “Nunsense,” portraying nearly every role in that show over a span of several years (in New York, Florida and Washington, D.C.) and sharing the stage with Kaye Ballard, Peggy Cass and Jaye P. Morgan.
A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Ms. Baldassare returns periodically to her alma mater to conduct one-week intensive workshops. She earned an M.F.A. degree from the University of Utah and has served on the faculties of The New School University and the Turtle Bay Music School, both in New York City. She directs numerous cabaret acts and serves as a consultant and private coach.