On Broadway: Point Park Grad Lamont Walker II Performing in MJ the Musical Alumni Profile
Meet Lamont Walker II '17
- Job Title & Employer
- Actor, MJ the Musical
- Musical Theatre
- Virginia Beach, Va.
- High School
- Norfolk Academy
- Now Living In
- Brooklyn, N.Y.
"Teachers like Zeva Barzell, John McManus, Robin Walsh, and so many others I was fortunate to work with, knew how to shape young actors who had a passion for their craft ... Point Park taught me how to do the hard work and I was blessed to have professors who shaped the actor I am today."
How did your college experience and Conservatory of Performing Arts training prepare you for the industry?
I left Point Park as an actor who is always asking questions. I try to dive into the body and spirit of not just the role I currently play on Broadway, but every role I’ve had since college.
Teachers like Zeva Barzell, John McManus, Robin Walsh, and so many others I was fortunate to work with, knew how to shape young actors who had a passion for their craft. You have to have a passion for it, because no one in the real world is going to make you do the work. They may assume that what you are doing is all you have. Point Park taught me how to do the hard work and I was blessed to have professors who shaped the actor I am today.
Lastly, the dance facilities are amazing and the dance faculty are brilliant. I encourage students to take advantage of the beautiful studios and get comfortable with the varying styles of movement you will learn.
Tell us about your role in MJ the Musical on Broadway.
In MJ the Musical, I play Jermaine Jackson and a tour singer in the rehearsals for Michael Jackson's Dangerous Tour. This musical takes place during the height of Michael's career in 1992 and it's an amazing show to be a part of.
How have you grown as an artist as a result of your Broadway experience?
I found I’m capable of so much more than I thought. We often limit ourselves as actors/singers/dancers, etc., and it’s not until you are forced to figure it out that you make it work and grow. I’m trying to get out of that habit for myself, really trying to have a limitless perception of all I can do.
The director and his team of associates have pushed every single one of us in this show, and I have never worked this hard in my life. The vocal demands of singing and the physical demands of dancing are intense, but I’m thankful to be here.
Most Broadway musicals have strenuous vocal and physical demands, but what I’ve learned the most is how to take care of myself. What I need to do in the morning to prepare for it and what I need to do after to wind down. The practice of preparing is the most valuable lesson I’ve learned thus far.
What advice do you have for prospective COPA students?
College is fun and you should have fun! I had a blast at Point Park, but you also have to do the work. You will be able to soak up so much technique and skill, stretch yourself, do so many different things that you are uncomfortable with, and in the end I’m sure you'll be thankful for every part of the COPA program. You'll only get out what you put in.