2024 Summer College Faculty Masterclass Week

July 30th – August 4th, 2024

This live, in-person event takes you and your audition material to the next level. Held in midtown NYC, you’ll be led by a diverse group of competitive college faculty from across the country.

Build your competitive edge and shine for the college faculty master teachers before you record your required prescreen submissions.

These classes make a difference.

You will grow. 

You will build confidence. 

You will make connections.

Hover Over a School to See Who is Teaching!


Sara randazzo
MaryAnn Hu
JV Mercanti
Tom Delbello
Andrew smith
Andréa Burns
Jessica Harris
Tim Espinosa
Paula Cole
DJ Gray
Thom miller
Alexandra warren

What You Can Expect

This important week in your college audition prep gives you the opportunity to:

  • Receive valuable coaching and training directly from college faculty members you might audition for your senior year.
  • Connect with other eager students who share the same passions for theater that you do. We have several off-site and on site activities planned to grow your connections.
  • Build community with other students from across the country also on the college audition journey.
  • Meet with MTCA student and parent alumni and gain “been there, done that” inside tips and support.
  • Attend an MTCA exclusive talk back with members of a Broadway production.
  • Spend time exploring New York City with your MTCA team!

“If your budget allows it, please please please enroll your child in the MTCA Summer Masterclass Week! That experience charged my son with confidence and joy that I fail to describe! The chance of meeting so many MT college faculty (many of whom they will meet again in an audition room) while feeling supported by their MTCA team is an invaluable growth opportunity.”

Registration


Monday, July 29 through Sunday, August 4, 2024

Sunday/Monday, July 28th and 29th, 2024 – Optional
Headshot Sessions

Need updated headshots or some additional one-on-one sessions with your MTCA coaches? These days are dedicated just for that!

(Additional fees apply.)

 

Tuesday, July 30th – Friday, August 2nd, 2024
College Advising Sessions with Amy Breslow

Students may sign up for an advising session with College Advisor Amy Breslow. (Additional fees apply.)

Amy will guide balancing your school list, how many schools to audition for, common app questions, academic requirements, and much more!

Tuesday, July 30th – Sunday, August 4th, 2024
Daily Classes!

Students can take up to a total of 4 dance and 8 song/monologue classes during the week.

Song/Monologue Classes are from 10:00am – 1:00pm ET and 2:00pm – 5:00pm ET daily

Dance Classes are from 6:00pm – 8:00pm ET

We’ll have additional free events, meet ups, and fun activities planned for our students – and parents too!

Including…

Tuesday, July 30th, 2024
Welcome to the Week Kick Off Meeting!

The event will take place from 10:30am – 12:00pm ET. We always welcome parents to this important kick off meeting.

Thursday, August 1st, 2024
Parent Meeting

This will take place from 2:00pm – 4:00pm ET and is a chance for parents to get all of their questions answered by Leo, Charlie And Amy. They will navigate topics including: How to navigate your child wanting to audition for too many schools, next steps after Masterclass Week, what is the right number of schools to audition for, Unifieds vs On-campus vs Online, Prescreens – do’s and don’ts, Keeping the school list balanced, RUMORS online, Balancing the application work and artistic coaching, Budgeting for what is most important for the year ahead, How important is that resume, timeline of the entire year, Pressure points to avoid, Online School Portals, Creating your own college email address, is social media important and more.

Sunday, August 4th, 2024
MTCA Alumni Q&A Panel

Leo will select a diverse panel of alumni students (and parents!) currently enrolled at competitive programs for acting and musical theater. The panel will share their own personal experiences having recently gone through the process. This will be an excellent opportunity for both parents and students of the current year to ask ANY questions regarding the college process. Topics such as: How many schools did you audition for? On campus vs Unifieds? Prescreens? How did you balance auditions with other senior year commitments? How did you cope with competition? Scheduling? etc… Join us! *Parents encouraged to attend!*

Book Event

*All classes are non-refundable and non-transferable

Frequently Asked Questions


Are there any artistic minimums to participate?

Yes. Participants must have completed at least 2 hrs of artistic coachings on the piece they will perform.  This DOES NOT include an hour of song/monologue selection, but FRAMEWORK (the second hour of coaching after a piece is chosen) does count toward one hour of artistic coaching.  To participate in Dance Class you must have had a Dance Assessment. (This does not include a dance consult.)

Why participate in masterclasses?

These are classes. Not auditions! This incredible week is designed for you to grow artistically with your material, while also making an early connection with these teachers, both professionally and personally. It’s a big perk when you know the teacher entering your auditions in the regular season. Consequently, teachers often remember you from our masterclasses. You’ll participate with each teacher, observe the different sensibilities within teaching styles, and immerse yourself with your peers; allowing the teacher to observe (separate from your actual audition) your interest and commitment for the school. Many of our alumni students have found these masterclasses very beneficial to boost confidence for their actual audition for each school, as well as make great conversation starters for the beginning of their auditions. Even if a school represented in the week is not on your current audition school list, take advantage of their artistic excellence in assisting you to build your material. And you may add the school to your audition list!

What should I prepare?

If you’re singing a Song: 32 bar cut of a song as well as a track for your accompaniment. Any style. (Your MTCA Song Coach can assist you!)

If you’re working on a Monologue: Your monologue cannot exceed 1 mins in length. Any style. (Your MTCA Monologue Coach can assist you!)

What complimentary events are offered?

Throughout the week there will be some complimentary services and events! Each morning of Summer College Faculty Masterclass Week there will be vocal and physical warm ups led by MTCA Coaches. Warm ups will take place in Pearl Studios and will be free to all students participating in any masterclasses! MTCA will be throwing a pizza party at Pearl Studios! All MTCA families participating in Summer College Faculty Masterclass Week are invited! We will be providing authentic New York City Pizza! Families participating in Summer College Faculty Masterclass Week are also invited to a Broadway talkback with the cast after the show (All-Week Pass students receive 1 ticket included in the purchase of the week. Securing additional show tickets are an extra cost).

*All classes are non-refundable and non-transferable

I always LOVE working with MTCA students and staff!

The students are so happy and excited to learn. It brings me the most joy when I meet and work with the students at MTCA and then become their teacher when they attend Boston Conservatory! You can’t go wrong attending this program.” 

Michelle Chasse

Head, Musical Theater Dance 
Director, Musical Theater Dance Intensive 
Professor, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

I absolutely love teaching the MTCA students!

They are open-minded, curious, and game for anything. I know that whatever style of dance or movement I bring to the workshop the students will jump in with both feet. They are fearless! And kind. And professional. I just can’t say enough good things about my interactions with the entire MTCA crew over the years.

They are the most amazing humans and the work they do on behalf of the students is truly exceptional.”

Michele Dunleavy
Associate Professor of Dance
Penn State University

I have loved working with MTCA.

They are open-minded, curious, and game for anything. I know that whatever style of dance or movement I bring to the workshop the students will jump in with both feet. They are fearless! And kind. And professional. I just can’t say enough good things about my interactions with the entire MTCA crew over the years. They do a stellar job preparing students for their upcoming auditions.  The leadership is a group of top-notch professionals with clear expertise, impeccable organization, and insight.  The students I worked with were talented, curious, enthusiastic, and extremely well prepared.

They are the most amazing humans and the work they do on behalf of the students is truly exceptional.”

Thom Miller
Assistant Professor, Acting
Syracuse University

Sample Masterclass Schedule