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Expert preparation for college musical theater and acting program auditions.

MTCA draws upon 25 years of experience to guide and support you through the rigorous college acting or musical theatre application and audition process. We work with you to create a personalized coaching plan based on your individual needs and goals. You will receive one-on-one coaching and guidance through the entire process from your own personal team of expert teaching artists.

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In addition to demystifying the application process and helping me choose repertoire that showcased my strengths and personality, MTCA nurtured and developed my talent with technique. MTCA turned a strenuous, stressful and daunting process into nothing more than another rung on the ladder of my journey as an artist. For that I could not be more grateful. I know I wouldn’t be able to say “Carnegie Mellon University Musical Theatre Class of 2020” without you guys.

Daniel Neale, Carnegie Mellon MT ’20

Sam could not have done this without MTCA. Nor would we have wanted to. Her results were beyond her wildest dreams. I can’t say enough about your whole team! Phenomenal at every turn! Alex was AMAZING as Sam’s Coaching Coordinator! I am sure for some kids, it was a means to an end, but for Sam, working with MTCA was truly life changing. When such talented professionals believed in her, she finally learned to believe in herself. I think that was the game changer. We are so proud to be a part of the MTCA family!

Mary Pearson, mother of Sam Pearson, Elon MT ’20

I can’t thank MTCA enough for the motivation, material selecting assistance, Unifieds survival guidance, mocks, masterclasses, and laughs along the way! I am elated to say it paid off!

Lauren Messemer, Texas Christian Acting ’20

From the first meeting a year ago, my mom and I felt so welcomed and it was made so clear what we had to do to be successful. We would have never understood how this whole process works without your guidance. Ellen, without your song choices, I could never have been able to pick songs that showcased my vocal ability the way they did. You really did push me to be the best me I could be and I thank you for that. Leo, you made me feel so excited to go through this process from the second I met you for my initial consultation and, at the mock, you gave me the reassurance I needed that I was working in the right direction.

Josh Kring, Syracuse MT ’20

Before I encountered MTCA, I felt lost and scared about the college process. After my first wonderfully welcoming meeting, I knew I had found an incredible group of people who would support and bring out the best in me. MTCA helped me find confidence in who I am, create incredible connections with wonderful people, and achieve my dreams (while having fun in the process!) Not only talented, but also generous of spirit, MTCA gave me INCREDIBLE training I will treasure for the rest of my life. I am eternally grateful!

Emma Ashford, Michigan MT ’20

I couldn’t be more grateful to meet you all this year during my second college audition journey and I couldn’t be more lucky to be included in this wonderful community of artists. I felt like you were so invested in me and my success throughout the entire process and for that I could not be more grateful! I wish there was another word/phrase in the english language to express my gratitude other than thank you because at this point thank you does not seem to be enough but I guess “thank you” will have to do for now.

Paris Martino, Boston Conservatory MT ’20

From my initial Skype consult to now, this program has proven just how special it is, and I feel so grateful to be part of a program that helps nurture and prepare the next generation of performers.

Alex Stafford, Elon Acting ’20

My son was 15 when we discovered MTCA quite accidentally while researching summer programs.  I remember feeling a huge sense of relief after we first talked with Ellen as a family.  I knew there was no way I could learn everything about preparing for college auditions on my own.  I realized that if Daniel had the experts at MTCA to guide him on the technical aspects of the process – monologue coaching, balanced lists, etc. – that my husband and I could focus solely on being mom and dad.  MTCA helped us in building a balanced school list, making choices between training and performing, wrestling with the BFA versus BA decision and sorting out whether my son wanted to pursue acting or musical theatre.  Daniel’s voice and monologue coaches were pivotal in helping Daniel enter his senior year with a clear sense of direction.

When it came time to pick a school, Daniel’s coach Charlie knew him so well that he could help him sort through his choices with his personality and needs in mind.  My son come out of the entire process with great college options as a result of hard work, lots of preparation and terrific coaching.  But he also emerged with a professional mentor and role model who has helped him think concretely about the training and perseverance he will need in this next phase of his life.

Tara Kunkel, mother of Daniel Kunkel, Otterbein Acting ’20
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