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Musical Theater Training Company

The Musical Theater Training Company, a two-week training program, provides pre-professional training for the serious student in American musical theater. Taught by expert faculty, company members train in singing, acting and dance technique in daily classes. They then apply these skills in rehearsals, working toward a polished, final showcase, which is attended by members of Arena Stage's artistic team. Members of this elite ensemble learn the importance of training within their art form, experience the professional rehearsal process within a company, and begin to develop a professional network.

Dates: July 25 - August 5, 2016

No audition required.
Alumni have gone on to star in Arena Stage’s Oklahoma! and Signature Theatre’s Hairspray.


The Musical Theater Training Company is housed here at the Mead Center for American Theater, Arena’s new complex built with a commitment to the next generation of theater artists. Classes are held on-site in Arena’s rehearsal halls, where professional productions rehearse. The final showcase will take place in Arena’s newest, state-of-the-art Kogod Cradle.


Serious, focused students entering grades 10, 11, 12 and the summer after high school graduation are encouraged to register.

No audition is required. Company members will be evaluated in dance, singing and acting on the first day.

Check out the Musical Theater Training Company at work!

Academy director Anita Maynard-Losh and former Academy student Ariana Kruszewski announce that registration is now open for summer 2015. Aired March 4, 2015 on NBC4.


The Musical Theater Training Company faculty represents the high standards of musical theater and education professionals. All members are returning faculty, have worked regularly on Arena Stage’s mainstage productions, and demonstrate the excellence that comes with arts training.

Brad GardnerBRAD GARDNER (Music Instructor) most recently was the assistant music director/conductor of Fiddler on the Roof at Arena Stage. Broadway/Off-Broadway credits include: The Addams Family, Jasper in Deadland, Silence! The Musical. Regionally, he has been a part of The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes (Goodspeed), My Fair Lady (Arena Stage), Sense & Sensibility (Denver Center), 9 to 5 (North Shore), and Marvin Hamlisch's The Nutty Professor (TPAC). Besides the Arena Stage Academy, Brad is the music director of several other theatre programs including the Performing Arts Project, and Story Shifters, a program in the New York public school system that brings theatre education to students with autism.

CAROL SCHUBERG (Choreographer/Dance Instructor) performed on Broadway in Meet Me in St. Louis, Off-Broadway in Chess, in the national tours of Cats; The Tap Dance Kid; Promises, Promises; Barnum and danced with Chita Rivera at The Kennedy Center Gala honoring Women in the Arts. Regional credits include A Chorus line (Sheila), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie), Anything Goes (Erma), Gypsy (Electra), George M! (Mme Grimaldi), My Fair Lady (Lady Boxington), Sweet Charity (Suzanne) and The Late Henry Moss (Conchalla Lupina). She choreographed Last Dance (The York Theatre Company), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Nine (Abe Burrows Theatre), Avenue X (Alma Theatre), and for The Late Show with David Letterman. As Associate Choreographer, she worked with Michael Smuin on The Fantasticks film, Tony Stevens on Sweet Charity (Istanbul Grand Opera and Ballet), and Ted Pappas on The Pajama Game (New York City Opera), Kismet (Canadian Opera Company), Company, Cabaret, My Fair Lady (Pittsburgh Public Theater). She teaches Musical Theatre master classes for NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Steps on Broadway. She received her BFA as a ballet major from the University of Utah. This fall, Carol will be performing in Goodspeed Musical's production of A Wonderful Life choreographed by Parker Esse. She resides in New York City and is originally from Portland, Oregon.

ERIN WEAVER is an accomplished DC-based actor, director, adaptor and teacher. She has performed at regional theatres including Arena Stage, The Arden Theatre Company, California Shakespeare Theatre, The Folger Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, Signature Theatre and Imagination Stage. She has won four Helen Hayes Awards as an actor (Arcadia at the Folger 2010, Company at Signature, 2013, Ordinary Days at Roundhouse and Mother Courage and Her Children at Arena Stage, both in 2015) and one as a co-adaptor for The Gift of Nothing at the Kennedy Center. She has taught and run education programs for 1812 Productions, People's Light & Theatre Company, Two River Theater Company, and many others. She was the Children's Director (directing the children in a primarily adult cast) on To kill a Mockingbird and A Christmas Carol at Milwaukee Rep and for Melissa Arctic at Two River. She lives outside of Washington DC with her husband, director and playwright Aaron Posner and their amazing three-year-old daughter, Maisie.

Contact Information

Anita Maynard-Losh
Arena Stage Academy
1101 6th St., SW
Washington, DC 20024

Arena Stage Academy admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin and does not discriminate in the administration of its educational admissions, personnel or financial aid policies.