The Cabaret Intensive & Showcase

Cabaret Intensive and Showcase


The Art of Performance
A Workshop for Creation of a Personal Cabaret Show

Class Size is Limited

With G. Scott Lacy and Paula Heitman


Cabaret is one of the most intimate forms of show business. The combination of musicianship with personal-signature performance allows the audience to access a different relationship with a cabaret performer than a concert or staged production. The voice unadorned is pure and simple. We want our students to experience this. Our students strive to get inside a song – the distillation of the human experience. We offer our students the tools to arrive at the work distinctly and make songs uniquely their own. Voice is only a part of the entertainment equation. There is a strong element of message that must be imparted through personality and interpretation.

The workshop runs 6 weeks, with classes meeting once a week on Saturdays. Class topics range from building repertoire, song selection, lyric interpretation, building patter, structuring the show and connecting with the audience. The workshop culminates in a fully realized performance on the Society Cabaret stage. Students will perform a 3 song set that they have constructed in class along with patter for a house full of family, friends, fans and the general public.

The Teaching Artists

Paula Heitman has been a performer, educator, arts administrator and marketer with over thirty years of experience in the arts. Paula earned a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from United States International University and an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University (where she received the “Best Graduate Student” award). She also attended the Summer Congress ’92 at A.C.T. As well as, completing a directing internship at the San Diego Old Globe Theatre for the Broadway bound “Lady in Black”. Paula has performed in musicals, as well as dramas, up and down the coast of California to name a few: P.C.P.A. (Solvang and Santa Maria), Lawrence Welk (Escondido), Moonlight (Vista), Saddleback (Mission Viejo), La Jolla Stage Company (La Jolla) and Lamb’s Players (Coronado). Paula originated the role of Ruth in San Diego Diversionary’s premiere of “Our Gay Apparel”. Her roles have ranged from Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in “The Music Man” to Kate in Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”.

As a faculty member for twenty years in the School of Theatre, Television and Film at California State University at San Diego Paula taught Acting, Acting for Non-Majors, Theatre and Western Civilization, Creative Drama (for future teachers), and Marketing for the Theatre devising and creating curriculum for all those classes. She also designed and taught Musical Theatre classes for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Elderhostel and La Jolla Stage Company. She also instituted and designed the Musical Theatre Program Initiative for San Diego Mesa College teaching classes in musical theatre performance and directing “Fantasticks” and “Man of La Mancha”. Her residency with La Jolla Stage Company included writing, directing and acting in over five years of productions including original musicals. While there she developed “Shakespeare by the Sea” a summer festival at La Jolla Cove, California.

As the Green Room Theatre Company founder she was instrumental in the re-opening of the San Diego Balboa Theatre co-creating the production of “Closer than Ever” for “Turn the Balboa Around” which was fundamentally responsible for the rebirth of the that theatre. Paula currently has turned her attention to Society Cabaret located in the heart of San Francisco as one of the four founding partners. Paula is married to Tim Heitman (Co-Founder of Society Cabaret and Associate General Manager of Broadway San Jose). They are allowed to live with their two Papillons, Elphaba and Fiyero, as long as there are plenty of tummy rubs and dog treats.


G. Scott Lacy is one the country’s most sought after talents. He has musical directed over 150 productions working with such theatre companies as the Tony Award Winning La Jolla Playhouse, the award winning Lamb’s Players Theatre, the Musical Theatre Guild of Los Angeles, Diversionary Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre, Diablo Theatre Company, 42nd Street Moon, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego Opera, North Coast Repertory Theatre, the Emmy Award Winning Malashock Dance Company and many others. Mr. Lacy was honored with the 2009 Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical Direction for his work on Dames At Sea at NCTC in San Francisco and was nominated for the 2013 San Diego Critics Circle Award for his work on Fiddler On The Roof at Lamb’s Player’s Theatre. Mr. Lacy has had the honor of working with some of the theatres finest directors including Des McAnuff, Michael Greif, Neel Keller, Peter Schneider, Les Waters, Regina Taylor, Susan Booth, Todd Neilson, Cynthia Stokes, John Malashock, Mindy Cooper, Robert Smyth, Deborah Smyth, and Kerry Meads. Mr. Lacy is a successful vocal coach whose clients include Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award Winning performers. His students have attended such prestigious universities as NYU, Harvard, Carnegie Melon, North Carolina School of the Arts, UCSD, UCLA, and Sarah Lawrence. Mr. Lacy was a faculty member of the San Diego Opera’s Summer Intensive Program for Singers for three years and served for 8 years as the Vocal Coach for the Tony Award Winning La Jolla Playhouse’s Summer Conservatory Program.

Mr. Lacy spent 12 years of his career as a Associate Minister of Music for a large church in San Diego conducting three choirs and producing numerous musical productions. He also toured Europe twice as the assistant conductor to the Majesty And Glory Choir in San Diego. Mr. Lacy is a successful cabaret and recording artist. Mr. Lacy has worked with such talented performers as Film/Television /Broadway Star Emily Bergl, Steven Fales, Sandy Campbell, Angelo D’Agostino, Tyler Kent, Leanne Borghesi and performs a number of one man shows. Mr. Lacy premiered his new cabaret show “HEAR MY SONG” at the infamous Rrazz Room in San Francisco in January 2012. His cabaret shows have been seen in NYC (Joe’s Pub, The Laurie Beechman, Metropolitan Room), Los Angeles (The Gardenia Room, Upright Cabaret, M Bar), Atlanta (Paris on Ponce) San Diego (Schroeder’s, Palace Bar, Celebration Cabaret), Seattle (Can Can), Chicago (Davenport’s), Shanghai (JW’s, Nessun Dorma) and Beijing (Flow Bar). Mr. Lacy is the creator and founding partner of Society Cabaret in San Francisco. Mr. Lacy has had the honor of performing with the late Broadway and Film legend John Raitt, Tony Award Winner’s Christian Hoff, Hal Linden, Cady Huffman and Michael Cerveris as well as Broadway and Film Star Anthony Rapp.

He sang with the acclaimed Worship and Praise group, FOUR IN FAITH for 15 years and recorded three albums with that group. Mr. Lacy has spent much of his career raising money for such charities as Outreach International, Habitat For Humanity, Many Hands, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and many local charities. He has recorded 7 albums with various artists and in 2004 released his debut CD, A QUIET PLACE and released his second CD, THIS CHRISTMAS in 2010. Mr. Lacy is currently re-releasing his debut cd A QUIET PLACE on iTunes and CD Baby in the Winter of 2014. He lives with his partner of 23 years, writer/actor/model Christopher M. Nelson. Visit and

Sample Schedule

The Art of Performance

Class Schedule

Students must bring three chosen songs, in their correct musical key, fully memorized to the first class. This class requires students to spend several hours in “homework” each week, including rehearsal, and to arrive at class with completed assignments that have been given to them during the previous class period. It is very likely that students will be called upon to perform at each class meeting.

What is Cabaret?
Students perform their three songs
Building the Structure and Story
Dissecting the Lyric
Tips to Toes
Character Work, Stage Presence, Connecting the Dots
Finalize full sets
Assign Showcase dates and rehearsal times
Class times and structure are subject to change due to circumstances beyond instructors’ control.

Registration Form

Please fill out the registration form below. Please mail your payment of $800.00 (per participant) to Society Cabaret, 277 Taraval Street, San Francisco, CA 94116. If you are paying by credit card, please call 415-857-1896. THANK YOU!

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