College Advising and Essay Prep

MTCA provides our students supplemental services that are integral in the college prep process. We strive to GUIDE you in your organizational preparation, and structure a strategy that is tailored to you through our College Advising, and Essay Prep services.

College Advising
MTCA offers a variety of College Advising Packages with our College Advisor, Amy Breslow, for all of your application planning needs! We offer this as a convenience and a luxury, to save you the time, energy, and frustration during this stressful process!

If you are planning to work with Amy, we strongly recommend that you start now so she is best able to aid you in things like: School List prep, Class Requirements for Schools, ACT/SATs test-taking planning. This will help avoid some of the more common pitfalls that cause trouble for students Senior Years!

Our “Basic” College Advising Package

This includes two (1 hour) live coaching sessions and the set up/use of a college planning account (4 hours of set up time for Amy, see attached flyer for details/pictures).

UNLIMITED Package (Rising Seniors ONLY)

Includes both of the above packages and offers you UNLIMITED access to Amy for any College Advising needs, as well as Application help, Creating Spreadsheet for Prescreen and Audition Requirements, Financial Aid Negotiations, and much more!


College Advising

Amy Breslow MSW, BA

Amy was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. After completing her undergraduate degree (BA Psychology) at The University of Pittsburgh, Amy went on to receive her Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Pennsylvania. She has been working with students and their families for over 25 years in a variety of settings. Amy started her private counseling practice 20 years ago and in the last 5 years she has seen a growing need for assistance in the area of college advising.  

Amy is committed to the belief that each individual has a unique set of talents, abilities and interests that can be enriched and developed with the proper guidance. She enjoys working with students to try to make the college application and audition scheduling process more fun and interesting, and less stressful, confusing, and anxiety-provoking.

Amy resides in South Jersey with her husband and two children. Her oldest child is a recent MTCA alum. Being a college audition parent survivor combined with her social work/counseling background provides Amy with a unique perspective allowing her to offer comprehensive guidance to students and their families through the college process.

Lesley MacArthur MA, BA

Lesley was born and raised in Los Angeles and currently lives in San Diego. With a professional background in college advising and teaching, she has worked with students in a variety of settings for over twenty years. Lesley holds a certificate in College Counseling from UCSD, a Master’s degree in Education from Cal State Los Angeles, a California teaching credential in Spanish, and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in Dance from Occidental College.

Lesley has spent many years working with high school students, both in a large classroom environment as well as in a one-on-one tutoring setting. She began teaching high school Spanish right out of graduate school at age twenty-three. After a second career in clinical AIDS research at UCLA and then taking a break from the professional world to raise her twins, she began mentoring students again ten years ago as a private Spanish tutor.

Lesley is a proud parent of a 2016 MTCA alum. With the expertise, guidance, and warmth of the amazing MTCA coaches, Lesley and her son successfully survived the BFA audition/application process! Her personal experience guiding her son (and his twin sister) through their college applications inspired her to pursue a certificate in College Counseling. In 2017, she began supporting students and their parents as an independent college advisor.

Lesley absolutely loves mentoring high school students! She has experience with a wide range of applicants – those who begin this journey knowing they want to pursue a BFA as well as those who are considering a variety of options. Lesley is delighted to be joining the MTCA team as a College Advisor. She is eager to work with students and parents to help make the college application and audition process less stressful and confusing, and more fun!

Essay Prep
If you’re auditioning for college theatre programs, you know you’re doing a lot on top of the normal application process. You’re preparing songs and monologues, working on your dance skills, and recording prescreens — but one thing no one tells you is just how many essays you’ll be writing.

In addition to your Common App essay, you’ll be answering what can feel like a hundred variations on “why musical theatre?” and “why our school?” Whether you’ve painstakingly completed your first draft or staring at a blank screen, our essay coach, Lee Aaron Rosen, can help.


Essay Tutor

Lee Aaron Rosen MFA, BA, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

As an actor, Lee’s Broadway credits include A Soldier’s Play, Angels in America, The Big Knife, and The Normal Heart. He has also appeared as “Cliff Bradshaw” in the national tour of the Tony award-winning production of Cabaret. Off-Broadway credits include Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink (Roundabout Theatre Company), Gabriel (Atlantic Theater Company), and The Lady From Dubuque (Signature Theatre); regionally, he has appeared at the Old Globe, the Huntington Theatre, the Westport Country Playhouse, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Bucks County Playhouse, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ford’s Theatre, Centerstage, and the Barrington Stage Company.

On television, Lee has appeared on “The Blacklist,” “The Enemy Within,” “Limitless,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “The Big C,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Person of Interest,” “Damages,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Film credits include Saving Private Ryan, A Kid Like Jake, Sidewalk Traffic, and the documentary Doctors of the Dark Side. His voice can be heard in several Rockstar Games titles, as well as in the PBS documentary series Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle.

Lee has also worked with teenagers for over a decade and a half as a coach, director, teacher and mentor with New York’s 52nd Street Project. He received his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.