With numerous awards as Director, Koutrakos builds a framework that showcases who an individual is while weaving that into an honest, entertaining and seamless show for the solo singer. With both instinct and skill Lina fine focuses each singers vision of themselves into a one of kind performance. From the music and the spoken word to the arc of the piece itself, every show is highly crafted for and unique to its performer.

A group of between 8-12 singers with Koutrakos at the helm and an acclaimed pianist/arranger at the keys. These are customized workshops based on each groups level of experience, its location and the time allotted. All workshops are designed to help the singer make a stronger connection to both the song and the audience and to become more and more themselves on stage and on purpose!

These are larger groups, designed much like the Master Classes that take 20 singers. (by audition only) These workshops have a staff of guest teachers and are a designated 3 day weekend in various locations throughout the country. All full workshop weekends culminate in a participants performance. There are also specialized Workshop Weekends (see below) happening throughout the year.

About : Lina Koutrakos Master Teacher

Lina started teaching performance classes in the 1990's. She was  a long time Master Teacher at the original EUGENE O'NEILL CABARET SYMPOSIUM, THE YALE CABARET CONFERENCE and the ST LOUIS CABARET CONFERENCE.


She co-founded NY's SUMMER IN THE CITY and is the founder  of the annual and ongoing MIDWEST CABARET CONFERENCE in Chicago. Along with Robert Breig she has just launched THE GATEWAY CONFERENCE in St Louis.


Together with pianist/arranger Rick Jensen, she has spearheaded specialty workshops and Master Classes throughout the U.S. Most prominent being the IN CONCERT  Series. Koutrakos's PERFORMANCE CONNECTION  umbrellas THE ADVANCED PERFORMERS WORKSHOP in NY City and the now yearly week long workshop in MYKONOS Greece each September. 


The Virginia Theatre Association

On a career oriented panel with Lin Manuel Miranda (as he was preparing to open Hamilton) to over 200 High School and College Theater Students 

Annual Master Class & Workshop Locations
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Details & Schedual

Date : June 26, 27 & 28 2020
Status : CLOSED
10th Anniversary


An annual workshop in its 10th year held at the famed Chicago cabaret club “Davenports”  20 singers are welcome by audition only. Last years Conference sold out in a week with Master Teachers: Rick Jensen, Beckie Menzie and K.T. Sullivan. Guest Master Teacher will be announced in January.Performances by Master Teachers Friday June 26th and Participants Showcase Performance Sunday the 28th at Davenports, Chicago. Accepting audition materials starting in January 2020.

Status : Closed
Date : Sept 2019 thru May 2020
This long running (9 months out of the year) workshop takes place every Saturday at Don’t Tell Mamas. A three hour class where singers bring in their own performance agendas and often craft their shows with pianists, director Lina Koutrakos and the “built in audience” of the other class members in 10 -12 week sessions.  Contact us directly for details on how to get on a waiting list for this class.
Date : September 5th to 12th, 2020
Status : Sold Out


A one week workshop on the Greek island of Mykonos in its 6th year.  In a private villa surrounded on 3 sides by the Aegean there are 4 hours of performance workshopping per day. 10 singers, 4 cars, your own pool, breakfast and lunch and a performance on the island at the end of the week. This passionate Mediterranean country is a magical place to make music. The week is not designed like a sleep-away camp with activities all day  long, this is a grown up vacation to be enjoyed as you see fit in these glorious surroundings.

Date : 2020 dates to be announced
Status : CLOSED
A new annual workshop held in May 2020 in the musical heart of St Louis at the Zach theater. 20 singers are welcome by audition only. The 2019 GATEWAY brought Master Teachers Rick Jensen,  Jeffrey Klitz and actor/singer/playwright Charles Busch to Missouri!  Audition materials accepted starting December 2019.

Specialty Workshops

Destination NY

City  : NEW YORK
Date : Workshop ONE : November 6, 7 & 8 2020
Date : Workshop TWO: November 13, 14 & 15 2020

In Concert

City  : NEW YORK
Date : To Be Announced 2020
Status : CLOSED
Status : CLOSED

Our first year- 2019- was so successful we are filling up again already for 2020 .Destination NY is designed to keep singers moving from city to city to expand their audiences as well as their performance connections. There are 2 separate weekend workshops, Available first to out-of-town singers. With a host of Master Teachers as guests this will be taught at and will culminate in a Performance at the prominent New York nightclub Don't Tell Mama.

From “I know its only rock and roll” to “I’m with the Band” to “Soul” Rick Jensen and Lina Koutrakos took 10 singers, 20 unique arrangements in classic genres and put them on their feet with and without a band. There have been 3 different  “In Concerts”  so far. Stay tuned to the site for auditions and the next “In Concert” theme announcement.

City  : Chicago
Date : April 4, 2020 8pm

An "Exchange Program" Showcase: A performance featuring 4 singers from New York City who have been directed and musical directed by Lina Koutrakos and Rick Jensen in New York debuting at Davenports 1383 N Milwaukee Ave in Chicago. With Beckie Menzie at the piano and in conjunction with Mariposa Artists.

Specialty Shows

Exchange Program

City  : NEW YORK
Date : April 25, 2020
City  : Chicago
Date : April 3, 2020
An "Exchange Program" Showcase: A performance featuring 4 singers from Chicago who have been directed and musical directed by Lina Koutrakos and Beckie Menzie in Chicago debuting at Don't Tell Mama 343 W. 46th St in NYC. With Beckie Menzie at the piano and in conjunction with Mariposa Artists. 
An "Exchange Program" Showcase: A performance featuring 4 singers from St Louis who have been directed and musical directed by Lina Koutrakos and Rick Jensen in Missouri debuting at Davenports 1383 N Milwaukee Ave in Chicago. With Rick Jensen at the piano and in conjunction with Mariposa Artists.  

Public Speaking

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