Chicago Cabaret Workshop

For those of you who love cabaret tourism the way I do…

The 2009 Chicago Cabaret Intensive 

 August 21, 22, & 23

Alice Kinsella    

Lina Koutrakos and Rick Jensen

at Davenports 

Award winning New York cabaret artists Koutrakos and Jensen return to Chicago to facilitate the third consecutive 3 day Cabaret Intensive focusing on the art of song performance.

“I highly recommend working with these two
in any capacity when it is possible …”
– KT McCammond (Chicago)


Between them, the teaching team of Koutrakos and Jensen are the recipients of 9 MAC Awards, honoring excellence in New York cabaret, in addition to numerous other awards. They have been teaching ongoing advanced performance workshops in Manhattan for over a decade and have guided countless performers through the creation of solo cabaret shows. Both have served on the faculty of the Cabaret Conference at Yale University, The Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Symposium, The St. Louis Cabaret Conference and together have taught three day performance intensives in Chicago, Boston, Santa Fe, Washington, DC. and Las Vegas.  Jensen is one of New York’s most sought after musical director/arrangers and Koutrakos added two more MAC awards to her credit in 2007 – BEST MAJOR FEMALE ARTIST and BEST DIRECTOR.

 “..a marvelous ability to guide singers “
 – Lori Davis (Houston)


The core of the 3 days will focus on performance coaching, led by Koutrakos as director/performance coach and Jensen as music director/coach.  Singers will prepare at least 5 songs that are memorized and ready to work. Participants receive individualized peformance feedback in the following areas:  connection to material, physical choices, song selection, interpretation, arrangements, audience connection and internal/external focus of song.  Other topics covered in the three days include constructing a show, working with your musical director, the importance of the arrangement and developing patter.

“… great insight, energy and, above all,

love for the art of cabaret.”

– Jerome Elliott (Palm Springs)


The weekend culminates on Sunday evening, August 23rd at 7 p.m.  with a PARTICIPANT SHOWCASE. There will also be a Faculty Performance on Saturday evening August 22nd at 8 p.m. featuring Koutrakos, Jensen and Schall. Both evenings are open to the public. Performance location is Davenports Piano Bar and Cabaret,  1383 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642 (773) 278-1830.
Cost for the workshop is $625, includes one ticket to Saturday August 23rd performance. Hours are approximately 9-5 p.m. on Fri & Sat, and 10-4 p.m. on Sunday. Space is limited. For further information or to register, please contact Tim Schall at 314-721-4634 or email
To inquire about separate private one-on-one sessions contact Tim Schall.  

A Performance Connection Workshop


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