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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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It can be challenging for students auditioning for college Musical Theatre Programs to balance their preparation while maintaining their own authenticity.  MTCA coaches are able to help in all areas of audition preparation including choice of appropriate material, proper vocal technique and mock dance calls allowing each student to present their best unique self in every audition.

Victoria Bussert, Director of Music Theatre, Baldwin Wallace University

I can only express pure gratitude and love for my relationship with MTCA.  I found a community of mentors that never disappointed me, and who were always there to lend a helping hand that never, EVER, seemed artificial or obligated, and I was never hesitant to ask for help from any member of my team. I learned the value of community, and embraced the influence of a crowd of smiling professionals waiting to guide you to the next step. This next step at the Juilliard School doesn’t seem too scary anymore considering I know I will always have an entire army waiting to catch me when I fall, or if I just need a family to check in with. I love my new family, and cannot wait to share my next endeavors with the people who have gifted me the tools to experience them.

Alexia Pores, Juilliard Acting ’22

Simply put:  Thank you MTCA for all you have done to make Adam’s dream come true.  Carnegie Mellon has been Adam’s golden ticket and with all of your help he has this amazing opportunity.  Ellen, Ryan, Joe, Leo, and Charlie have given Adam outstanding and meaningful direction, confidence, skills, advice, training, and a community of his peers to help him through this daunting process. Your team is successful because you all guide the students with kindness and humanity and lead by example.  If you are considering consulting MTCA to help your child through the college audition process…run and begin as soon as possible.

Ellen Brett, mother of Adam Brett, Carnegie Mellon Acting ’22

MTCA provides the highest quality of professional audition preparation. Beyond this, it is the overwhelming generosity of each student experiences when working with the team of coaches that encourages them to be kind and courageous artists. It is this fundamental quality that give the student ability to sustain a long, healthy and happy career.

Kenneth Noel Mitchell, Head of Acting, NYU Tisch New Studio on Broadway

Where do I begin to describe how much MTCA has meant to our family?  When my first of three daughters said she wanted to pursue a BFA in musical theater, I was completely overwhelmed. One of the seniors at Westfield High School did his senior project on the musical theater audition process and said he used the services of a coaching group called MTCA. Well Hallelujah! We didn’t hesitate to call Ellen immediately.  When daughters 2 and 3 decided to pursue an Acting BFA and a MT BFA I was cool as a cucumber and called MTCA immediately. My daughters couldn’t be more different in the services they required but each was fully supported and utilized the combo of services that best suited their needs.  All I can say is each daughter had multiple choices for schools and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome!

Kristine Zimmermann, mother of Kimmi Zimmermann, Texas State MT ’22

Saying thank you just isn’t enough!  MTCA is AMAZING!  Ellen and Leo are so supportive and the coaches are top notch.  We truly could not have gone through this process as smoothly as we did without their guidance, experience, and sincere love.  Each child is treated with so much respect and love.  MTCA isn’t about being a business, but about sharing their passion which can be seen with each success story.  We will forever be in debt to everyone at MTCA, and we thank you for the lifetime friendships that we have gained through this process.  PRICELESS!

Hayley Smith, mother of Mason Purece, Northern Colorado MT ’22

Every aspiring young artist with MTCA not only has a mentor for navigating and preparing them for college auditions, but also support throughout their journey while in school and their careers.  The team cares during and beyond the college audition process.   From audition pre-screens to the final call back audition, the MTCA instructors will have students prepared and filled with confidence at their auditions and help guide them toward their dreams.

Robin Lewis, Professor, Rider University

I just wanted to thank MTCA (and all my coaches) for everything you’ve done to help me get to this point. I can honestly say that I didn’t think I’d get accepted anywhere for musical theater a year ago–let alone to a program that I actually really love. So from the bottom of my heart thank you all for helping me prepare for this crazy process and enabling me to find the confidence I needed to actually do it.

Amelia Elias, Otterbein MT ’22

From a parent’s vantage point, MTCA has been incredibly helpful to my daughter and the results show. We got a “yes” from multiple colleges (with merit scholarships, too!), and she is thrilled to have chosen UMich MT as her final decision. MTCA put their years of experience in preparing students for MT college application into guiding her, just when she needed it the most. The coaches were all very dedicated and effective, whether it was in person sessions, working via Skype, listening into webinars, taking master classes, the support at Unifieds, or participating in the Mock Auditions, every little bit helped….and it helped a lot. We consider our money very well spent. I would recommend MTCA to all future students who dare to dream big in the performing arts!

Leimeng Shi, mother of Helen Shen, Michigan MT ’22

We are grateful to have found MTCA! It is a gift that keeps on giving, through lessons learned and friendships made! MTCA really sets the standard for creating a fully supportive community and providing an exceptional level of service and dedication to the needs of students and families alike. The coaches are all wonderfully talented and kind and have extensive knowledge of craft, repertoire, and college programs. In a most positive and effective way, MTCA helps students raise the level of their game, develop their skills, and feel prepared to successfully navigate this process!

Jackie Evans, mother of Sam Evans, Miami MT ’22

MTCA is so much more than the expert training, sage counsel, and caring support – they are a MENTORING COMMUNITY that continues beyond auditions and college decisions. With MTCA guidance, our  daughter gained skills, confidence, and maturity during this very stressful and challenging year. And we are comforted to know that there’s more growth to come with their help as she navigates the next steps of an arduous journey and career in the arts.  We are so grateful and privileged to be part of this passionate, knowledgeable, and encouraging family. There are not enough words to say THANK YOU and how much we LOVE YOU!!!

Chris Casey, mother of Dorey Casey, Pace International Performance Ensemble ’22

My daughter’s journey was so deeply enriched by working with MTCA. They respected her artistry and knew how to deepen her work and help her show her best self. I will be forever grateful for their guidance. Her coaches were stellar working professionals who brought excellence, warmth and encouragement when we needed it the most. Deeply grateful to MTCA! Could never have done it without you!

Elly Riley, mother of Tess Riley, UNCSA Acting ’22
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