Musical Theater Audition Intensive
The Musical Theater Audition Intensive is a weeklong audition preparation program through the Arena Stage Academy. It is intended for those preparing to audition for university programs/conservatories or those planning to audition for shows (professional, high school, etc.) in the coming year. Taught by experts in the field, participants learn audition techniques for the acting and singing components of a musical theater audition. The program also includes training in choosing material that highlights your strengths, preparation, audition strategies and résumés. May be done alone or in conjunction with the Musical Theater Training Company.
Preparation: Students should prepare materials for an audition preview the first day: a song and a monologue. Pieces should be memorized and sheet music provided for the accompanist. Students should wear or bring clothing in which they can dance.
Day One: Students will perform their audition pieces for the faculty for feedback and coaching.
Content: Students will participate in daily vocal training; receive song and monologue coaching; have a session with Arena Stage’s casting director on headshots, resumes, choosing the right audition material and the business of theater; receive training in audition etiquette; attend master classes in vocal performance; learn about callbacks and how to make the most of them and have one-on-one coaching sessions with faculty specialists. There will also be a special section on college musical theater program auditions and applications.
At the end of the week, students will audition again for the panel, applying their work from the week.
Students will develop their musical theater audition skills and audition pieces through daily group classes, one-time master classes with guest artists, and one-on-one coaching. Students will be expected to memorize and work on material outside of workshop hours.
We have moved from Georgetown Visitation to Arena Stage’s new, state-of-the-art theater complex: The Mead Center for American Theater! Classes are held in its rehearsal halls, where Arena’s professional productions rehearse. The rehearsals and final showcase are in Arena’s new theater, the Kogod Cradle.
- Serious, focused students entering grades 10, 11, 12 and recent high school graduates. No audition required.
- August 4 – August 8, 2014
- 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Arena Stage at the Mead Center
for American Theater
1101 6th St. SW
Washington, DC 20024
One block from the Waterfront Metro station. Parking is not provided, but can be arranged independently at a neighborhood garage.
- Students entering grades 10, 11, 12 or
the summer after High School graduation
No financial aid is available at this time. Participants may also register for the Musical Theater Training Company
The Arena Stage Academy faculty represents the high standards of musical theater and education professionals. All have worked regularly on Arena Stage’s mainstage productions, and demonstrate the excellence that comes with arts training. Faculty to be announced in 2014.
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.