Testimonials

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

Thank you to Leo Ash Evens and Ellen Lettrich for meeting with me and introducing me to my two incredible coaches who just about saved my life. Allison Spratt Pearce thank you for finding me the funniest, most “me” monologue there is, for giving me the confidence boosts I needed when I needed them ?, and redefining the way I approach acting. Anne L. Nathan thank you for embracing and fueling my sassiness to find me an INCREDIBLE audition song that was seriously the best ever.

Jessica Morilak, Manhattan School of Music MT ’20

Thank you all so much for all you have done for Katie this past year. We could not have gotten through this process without the help and guidance of the entire MTCA family! We are forever grateful to Leo, Ellen, Charlie, Shawn and to her coaches for sharing their expertise and knowledge. We are happy to know that she will remain a part of the MTCA family as a proud alumni!

Katie Jergensen, Ball State ’23

Thank you all SO MUCH for all of your help! I really could not have gotten to where I am without you, and I do not believe that I would have realized everything about myself as a performer and the kind of actor I want to be without your guidance. I am beyond excited to attend Northwestern- it is the PERFECT place for me.

Natalie Daninhirsch, Northwestern ’23

MTCA was without a doubt, the best decision I made when it came to preparing for my college audition process. Applying to college is hard enough, and auditioning for a theater program is even more challenging. If it wasn’t for MTCA, I would not be the performer I am today. Every lesson that I went to was filled with so much positivity. I always left with a smile on my face and a game plan as to how I could improve for the next time. MTCA give ample opportunities to practice your material in front of groups in masterclasses and mock auditions, and in doing so allows you to meet other people who are just as passionate about theater as you are.  MTCA helped me believe that I was good enough to be successful, and now I’m going to my dream school!

Lauren Echausse, Penn State MT ’19

Even as a household with 15 years of experience working on Broadway, we quite simply could not imagine going through the crazy, intense college audition season without the expert, reassuring guidance of MTCA! Their detailed knowledge of the MT programs and faculty combined with a realistic assessment of my son’s strengths helped us through the daunting task of building a balanced college list.  The fantastic coaches met our needs every step of the way, right when we needed it – the line-up of coaching, master classes, mock auditions and dance classes was like a road map to success.  We are so happy with his results!

Sheila and Jonathan Smith, parents of Ian Smith, Ithaca MT ’18

I GOT ACCEPTED TO MICHIGAN! Thank you so much for all of your incredible guidance, effort, and support. I’ve never cried of happiness in my life, but last night when I got my call from Dean Hoffman, I got on my knees and sobbed. You all mean the world to me. Thank you for the past 15 months. I cannot tell you how grateful I am to have you all in my corner.

Jack Mastrianni, Michigan MT ’21

I am trying to find the right words to thank you properly. Some people you meet and you feel, you realize, you just know, that their hearts are in the right place. That they truly care about what they do and the integrity in which they do it. I felt this from all of you. You all helped Lauren believe she could accomplish anything!

Angela Medina, mother of Lauren Maria Medina, Carnegie Mellon MT ’21

One huge benefit of MTCA was the guidance from pre-application to being able to discuss how each of Colin’s school options would fit his goals.  The cost was super reasonable compared to other programs as we were able to just do a la carte what Colin felt most important. MTCA works closely with your child and makes great efforts to match them with a coach that best fits their goals or style. The communication and professionalism were exceptional.

Barbara McKechnie, mother of Colin McKechnie, Ithaca Acting ’21

I remember how lost and uncertain I felt going into senior year, and I was terrified that I would be so overwhelmed that I wouldn’t go through with applying and auditioning for schools. And if I did get that far, I was afraid that I would get to the auditions and be incredibly disappointed with myself knowing that I didn’t work hard enough or prepare well enough in advance.

Enter KATIE HARTKE, downstage right.

KATIE: Don’t worry, Lydia! I’ll help you build a balanced list of schools, help you pick out the monologues you need, and guide you through this. You’re going to do great!

If it weren’t for you, Katie, I would not have made it through this year alive. Because of your help, support, and the confidence you gave me during our coaching sessions, I walked into each audition feeling like a mean green dancing/singing/acting machine.

Lydia Gifford, Catholic MT

The incredible people at MTCA were absolutely critical to Caroline’s success in the grueling and highly competitive college audition process, and they also had a profound impact on her as a person.  The artistic training dramatically improved her musical theater skills, the love and support from Ellen Lettrich, Alex Finke and the rest of “Team Caroline” helped her stay grounded through the ups and downs, and the friendships she forged will last a lifetime.  MTCA helped prepare her for college auditions, for the theater profession, and for life in general.  

Steve Reinstadtler, father of Caroline Reinstadtler, NYU Tisch New Studio MT ’21

Jesse, I just wanted to thank you for all you have done for me. I am so thankful for all the faith you’ve had in me even when I didn’t, and for helping me dig deeper into what I love. I am definitely a stronger actor because of your coaching!

Kami Fillman, Elon Acting ’21

I can honestly and wholeheartedly say that MTCA has changed my life and there is no possible way that I would be where I am today without the love and support that has come from Charlie, Leo, Ellen and the rest of the MTCA family. The level of support that MTCA provides is unlike any other, and it allows students to know that there is always a safe place to return to in this hectic time of stress and anxiety. You all are truly one of a kind, and anyone would be lucky to have the opportunity to work with such amazing people.

Jason Skibinski, Coastal Carolina MT ’21

Thank you so much, MTCA was the best choice we made! The support and the care that Ana received from Everyone at MTCA was invaluable, and it made the crazy process that is college application for Musical Theater so much easier to navigate.

Yolanda Riley-Portal, mother of Ana Riley-Portal, NYU Steinhardt ’23

The MTCA Dance Classes helped me feel prepared for all of my dance calls. Although I have been dancing for a few years, I am definitely more of a mover. Because of my time in dance class, I was able to feel confident in all of my dance calls, even some that were ballet and technique heavy. The mock audition allowed me to show my material to other coaches and get feedback, which I had never done before. Getting feedback from people who had never seen my pieces before really helped me improve my material. It also helped me feel more comfortable and confident at my auditions because I knew exactly what to expect. And my coaches were there for me through every step of this process.

Rachel Malaga, Utah MT’21

I have to say that we could never have done this without all of your help and guidance. I’m pretty blown away that in this ultra-competitive process Katy came out with acceptances or waitlists at nearly half the schools for which she auditioned.

Mary Jarvis, mother of Katy Jarvis, Hartt MT ’21

MTCA was the greatest resource I could have asked for during the college admission process. Not only were the coachings and mock auditions invaluable, but the community and bond that I formed with my coaches and other students made the audition process so much easier. The MTCA alumni network was also a very special part of my experience. At every school I visited I had someone I could get in touch with who was excited to talk with me! I felt so incredibly welcomed by every student I met. The MTCA family is ultimately why I feel I was so successful during this process. I knew I had people I could trust who were supporting me all the way.

Jenna Barricklo, Shenandoah MT ’21

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

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

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

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

Jahir and I are extremely blessed and grateful to have been a part of the MTCA family this audition season. The training that my son received was invaluable. It is also wonderful to know that you all are a continued resource for Jahir. Thank you for all that you have done. Our victory is yours as well!!

Jackie Hipps, mother of Jahir Hipps, Baldwin Wallace MT ’21

I have learned to appreciate and love who I am and I will not let anyone stand in my way because I’m going to school, I will learn more about what I love, and I’m ready to kick some butt because the best mentors, coaches, and friends I could ever ask for have been looking out for me the entire year. (And my parents couldn’t be happier that I have a $22,000 scholarship!)

Mackenize Germain, Rider MT ’21

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.  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

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