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Arena Stage Academy

  • Dates

    July 20 – July 31, 2020

  • Hours

    11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Location

    1101 6th Street SW
    Washington, D.C. 20024

  • Contact

    Arena Stage Academy

The 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.


Serious, focused students ages 14 – 18. No audition required. Participants evaluated in dance, singing and acting on the first day.

Arena Stage Academy Showcase

July 31, 2020 at 7 p.m. | Kogod Cradle


$300 non-refundable deposit due upon registration
Balance due on June 1, 2020








Though there is no audition, participants should have prepared:

  1.  A song from a musical to perform from memory, bringing in sheet music for the accompanist. Do NOT plan to sing a cappella or with a recorded track. You will be given a binder for your sheet music, so please have a clear, double sided copy that can be three hole punched and placed in the binder for the accompanist. (This is not an audition—you’re already in!—but it is to show the faculty what your vocal range and quality are, how you move, and how you interpret a song.)
  2. A short, true story from your life. The story should be prepared, but not written out and memorized. The stories need to be under two minutes in length and are meant to help the faculty get to know you.

Things to bring every day:

  • Black jazz shoes
  • Dance/movement clothes
  • Something that will keep hair out of your face (if necessary)
  • Small towel
  • Lunch (we will provide a snack)
  • Full water bottle

You will be given a locker next to one of the rehearsal halls to store your belongings.

Note that for the Showcase performance we will ask all students to wear black jazz or yoga pants that are at least calf length and a solid color top with no text or images on it.


  • Academy alumni have gone on to star in professional shows including Arena Stage's The Pajama Game, Carousel and Oklahoma!

    Photo of William Patrick Riley and June Schreiner by Scott Suchman.

  • Academy alumni have gone on to star in professional shows including Arena Stage's The Pajama GameCarousel and Oklahoma!

    Photo of Blakely Slaybaugh and Gabi Stapula by Margot Schulman.


Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
1101 6th St. SW
Washington, DC 20024

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Arena Stage’s community engagement efforts are generously sponsored by Denie and Frank Weil; AT&T; The Coca-Cola Foundation; the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; Joanne Barker; the deLaski Family Foundation; the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Arthur and Barbara Bushkin; Hattie M. Strong Foundation; Robert and Natalie Mandel Family Foundation; Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.; Exelon Corporation; Alice Shaver Foundation; Theatre Forward; Collins Aerospace; Edington, Peel & Associates; Friends of Southwest D.C.; GEICO; JBG Smith; Wayne and Susan Jonas; Venable Foundation; Washington Nationals Dream Foundation; Wells Fargo & Company; Foley & Lardner LLP; Weissberg Foundation; The Albert & Lillian Small Foundation; Jean Schiro- Zavela and Vance Zavela; Actors’ Equity Foundation; and Youth Activities Task Force (YATF) of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, Inc.