 Meet the MTCA Class of 2019

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.

  Join MTCA

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 genuinely could not have done it without you guys. Last year, after not getting in anywhere, I felt completely and utterly helpless and hopeless – that is until I found you! I cannot thank you enough for your guidance and support throughout this brutal yet rewarding journey!

Hannah Chiappine, Boston Conservatory ’23

MTCA was the biggest blessing I had throughout this process. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with top notch coaches and getting to meet the other amazingly talented students. This process was not easy at all but knowing I had my coaches to turn to for anything I needed was extremely helpful. As soon as I met my coaches they knew who I was and what my strengths were and it gave me a great deal of confidence going into the college audition process. Not to mention before the process started MTCA helped me create a balanced list of schools with so many amazing schools I didn’t even have on my radar. Including the one I will be attending! Thank you thank you thank you!!

Asha Houston, DePaul ’23

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 Musical Theatre, USC

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

I am a full-fledged MTCA groupie! When we began our relationship with MTCA during Dorothea’s sophomore year, I could never have predicted the profound impact her coaches would have on her as a human being and as an actor. Ellen, Charlie, and Leo have put together such a smart, intuitive, talented, and supportive group of coaches. And they somehow are able to perfectly match a student with her teachers. MTCA provided Dorothea with across-the-board excellent teaching—what a gift.

Nancy Kalkin, mother of Dorothea Miller, NYU Tisch ’23

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 could not imagine going through this BFA college audition process without MTCA as our trusted navigators. August was so grateful for his coaches helping him choose the perfect material that he connected with and that showcased him to the fullest. I know the special combination of your expertise, mentorship, positivity, invested interest, amazing support and August’s willingness to listen to his coaches and work hard is what led to his tremendous success. We cannot thank you enough!

Jana Howard, mother of August Bagg, CCM ’23

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

MTCA has been more than a coaching program for me. It’s been a backbone, a shoulder to lean on, a guide through this crazy process, and a support system that is incomparable to anything else. I wouldn’t be the performer, nor the person I am today without all my experiences from MTCA. I am so excited for what is to come!

Kathryn Fugazy, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts ’23

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. MTCA has 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 ’22
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