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Alexia Pores

student
Juilliard Acting '22


“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.”

Mark Consuelos

Father of Joaquin Consuelos
Michigan Acting ‘25


“I cannot recommend MTCA enough for helping families through this crazy process. Charlie’s coaching was critical, and with his guidance, our son had over six monologues at his disposal that really showcased his range. Additionally, Amy’s advising was invaluable. She provided updates on the schools’ deadlines and ever-changing audition requirements in real time, and helped guide our son towards a comprehensive list of schools that were all a good fit. The application and audition processes for Drama/Acting programs were unlike any other college process our family had previously been through, and the mock audition weekend MTCA holds is the single most important thing students can do to understand what is expected of them. MTCA made sure our son was prepared every step of the way, and even when it all seemed so very daunting, Amy & Charlie were incredibly reassuring.”

Bill Jenkins

faculty

Chair of Theater and Dance, Ball State University


“Working with all of the wonderful students at MTCA is a reminder of the exceptional training that these students are getting. The staff at MTCA empowers these students to grow in so many important and invaluable ways. The work that is done is consistently specific, bold, smart, and grounded in honesty. Even more importantly to us at Ball State, all the students we encounter from MTCA are truly wonderful human beings. We are truly fortunate to regularly welcome these exceptional MTCA students to our campus each year.”

Christian Brown

student
NYU Tisch Acting ‘25


“With every lesson, every mock audition, every interview, every debrief, every late-night call, all the emotions, all the tears, I had an endless amount of people I could and often did reach out too. My mentors and teachers kept up with my progress, kept me on schedule, helped me find motivation, and helped me take care of my mental health. Without MTCA, I would have quit the first moment I felt discouraged. Without their encouragement and help, I would not be pursuing my dreams. With this program, I was given a new chance, and I’m not going to miss up on this chance. I encourage you, or anyone you know who is interested in Musical Theater and would like to pursue Musical Theater for college, to join or get connected with MTCA now! You won’t regret it, mark my words.”

Jai Kim

Mother of Catherine Kim
University of Arizona MT ‘25


“If your child is considering majoring in Musical Theater….. Do Not Do This Alone!! MTCA has been our saving grace. The structure, coaching and guidance our daughter received was invaluable and ultimately what enabled us to have so many choices with differing schools and programs. Entering any University as an MT major requires so much more than the average college application. From pre-screens, auditions, call-backs, redirects and the multitude of questions parents and students have about making the right choices, MTCA is like having your own strategic planning team. They are the concierge of support parents can only dream of having. Their faculty of committed professional song, acting and dance coaches brought out the best in our daughter by challenging her continually through the coaching sessions. You don’t have to do this alone. The best thing we did for our daughter was contact Musical Theater College Auditions.”

Peter Klein

student
Michigan MT '19


“It’s hard to put into words how much MTCA has changed my life over the past year. With their help, I accomplished so much more than I ever could have imagined. They helped me choose original material that not only perfectly showcased my individuality and artistic potential, but more importantly, that I loved. Next year, I’ll be studying Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan with four other MTCA kids in my class, and I believe that number speaks for itself. I could not be more thankful for this remarkable company of teachers and mentors.”

Thom Miller

faculty

Acting Professor, Syracuse University


“I have loved working with MTCA. They do a stellar job preparing students for their upcoming auditions. The leadership is a group of top-notch professionals with clear expertise, impeccable organization, and insight. The students I worked with were talented, curious, enthusiastic, and extremely well prepared. I had a wonderful time coaching them, learning about them, giving audition advice, and answering questions about our program. Truly a highlight of my summer.”

Lauren Leibowitz

student
Rider MT '20


“If I didn’t have the guidance of MTCA saying ‘There are other schools. You should look into them.’, I would’ve been so lost.”

Sheila and Jonathan Smith

Parents of Ian and Emmet Smith
Ithaca MT ‘18 and Northwestern Theater ‘21


“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!”

Asha Houston

student
DePaul Acting '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 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!!”

Kenneth Noel Mitchell

faculty

Head of Musical Theatre, USC


“MTCA provides the highest quality of professional audition preparation. Beyond this, it is the overwhelming generosity 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 gives the student the ability to sustain a long, healthy, and happy career.”

Jackie Evans

Mother of Sam Evans
Miami 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!”

Ryan Colone

student
NYU Early Decision ‘25


“Working with the incredible community that is MTCA made a long and difficult process so much easier. My coaches pushed me each and every class to improve as an actor with personalized feedback and genuine enthusiasm. MTCA events like Mock Auditions and Masterclass Weekend gave me an opportunity to receive feedback from a variety of professional voices, including a professor from the very college I am now attending! I cannot imagine going through the college process without the support of the wonderful people at MTCA. Thank you for helping me grow into the actor and person I am today.”

Dan Callaway

faculty

Musical Theater Professor, Elon University


“If you want top notch preparation and training, partner with MTCA. They help you choose great material, craft the work thoughtfully, and coach with open hearts, joy, and respect. If you’re searching for the support and real talk you need to do satisfying and excellent work in the room, you’ve found your people.”

Brian Muellers

Father of Josh Muellers
NYU Steinhardt MT '24


“One of things I didn’t anticipate was his growth as an artist. The coaching he’s gotten is so different than any other teaching he’s had.”

Erica Malachowski

student
Pace University BFA MT’17 and CalArts MFA Acting ‘24


“MTCA has made such a positive impact on my life, I’m now a two-time alumnus! After guiding me as a seventeen-year-old into the BFA program of my dreams, when I decided to apply to MFA programs, I immediately called my MTCA family for support. Thanks to my wonderful coach, Allison Spratt Pearce, I will be attending one of the top Master’s Acting programs in the country (with a full ride to boot)! My relationship with MTCA has spanned nine years now and I can say with certainty that I would not be where I am today as a person or as an artist without them. I am so proud to call myself a life-long member of the MTCA family!”

Michelle Chassé

faculty

Head of Musical Theater Dance, Boston Conservatory


“I always LOVE working with MTCA students and staff! The students are so happy and excited to learn. It brings me the most joy when I meet and work with the students at MTCA and then become their teacher when they attend Boston Conservatory! You can’t go wrong attending this program.”

Jacob Canderozzi

student
Texas State MT ‘25


“Getting to work with MTCA was incredibly beneficial. I went into my audition season feeling well-prepared and excited! My favorite part of the year was getting to participate in Summer Masterclass Week where I got to work with faculty members from various programs across the country, including Kaitlin Hopkins, the head of Musical Theatre at Texas State University — the school I’ll be attending in the Fall! In Masterclass Week, I was able to get a feel for each professor’s teaching style, build a relationship with them, and get a feel for the school in general. MTCA was with me every step of the way through this process and I cannot recommend them enough!”

Kristine Zimmermann

Mother of Kimmi, Jessica and Nicole
Texas State MT ‘22, Fordham Acting ‘20, Rider MT ‘17


“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 immediately. When daughters 2 and 3 decided to pursue an Acting BFA and an 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!”

Kevin Covert

faculty

Director of Musical Theater, Shenandoah Conservatory


“It is always a real pleasure to work with the students, teachers, and artists at MTCA. The prospective students are always wonderfully prepared, and their joy for the art shines through. MTCA cultivates a caring and professional environment alongside top-notch training. At Shenandoah, we always have great success with students that come from MTCA, and we look forward to working with MTCA every year!”

Anthony Littlepage-Buggs

student
North Carolina School of the Arts Acting '24


“In the last year I’ve grown so much as an artist and with the help of MTCA, I’ve been able to make my dreams more of a reality. Through coachings and mocks, I was more than prepared to take college auditions head on and I’m grateful that they were there every step of the way.”

Tom Dorris

Father of Jacob Dorris
Millikin Acting ‘24


“MTCA has been my go-to professor. Coming into this knowing nothing, it’s kind of been an all or nothing for me using MTCA.”

Michele Dunleavy

faculty

Dance Professor, Penn State University


“I absolutely love teaching the MTCA students! They are open-minded, curious, and game for anything. I know that whatever style of dance or movement I bring to the workshop the students will jump in with both feet. They are fearless! And kind. And professional. I just can’t say enough good things about my interactions with the entire MTCA crew over the years. They are the most amazing humans and the work they do on behalf of the students is truly exceptional.”

Jenna Barricklo

student
Shenandoah 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.”

Barbara McKechnie

Mother of Colin McKechnie
Ithaca Acting '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.”

Robin Lewis

faculty

Professor at Rider University


“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.”

Tina Reed

Mother of Emma Reed
Missouri State MT ‘25


“I cannot speak highly enough of the webinars leading up to the decision process or the MTCA dedicated walk-in audition days. I highly recommend them! Emma is now looking forward to being a Bear at Missouri State this Fall 2021 and we, as parents, feel comfortable sending her to a university that cares about her as a performer and a person. This is what we were all looking for and there is no way we would have found this fantastic program without that MTCA walk-in! That good fit that Leo speaks of is a REAL thing. Find it. It’s out there.”

Jackie Hipps

Mother of Jahir Hipps
Baldwin Wallace MT '21


“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!!”

Robert Westenberg

faculty

Musical Theater Professor/Coordinator, Missouri State University


“Wanted to write and let you know how wonderful it was to work with you this past spring during the recruitment season. Your MTCA staff were accommodating, informed and a pleasure to work with. The students were prepared, professional and well-coached. Thank you for providing a format for this talented group of performers whom I never would have been able to see otherwise. It was a joy and looking forward to next year!”

MC Brennan

Mother of Clare Brennan
Minnesota Guthrie Acting '24


“We are so grateful to MTCA for all the love, support, education and encouragement. I don’t know how this amazing team was selected for Clare but we are so fortunate that they are in her life. As for the larger MTCA experience, the tangibles and intangibles that Clare (and I) got from masterclasses and mocks were invaluable. Clare gained enormous confidence and an increased comfort level during both experiences. During auditions, she regularly said, she couldn’t imagine what a mess she would have been without mocks.”

Ann Canfield, MS

Mother of Eric Canfield
UNCSA Acting ‘25


“Thank you for creating MTCA. You and your team have helped Eric meet his goal as he got accepted to UNCSA. As I reflect on all of the time and effort to get to this point – I am so appreciative to every cheerleader and mentor along his journey of 14 years of hard work. I emphasize cheerleader for you, Leo. I am sooo grateful to MTCA coaches for bringing out the best of Eric that brought him over the finish line. You have my testimony for a lifetime!! Especially the part to start coaching as a Junior!”

Kristen Harris

Mother of Rivers Harris
Syracuse MT ‘25


“Applying to MT programs is difficult enough, but doing it during a pandemic? What can I say, we could not have gone through this process without MTCA! They were there for us every step of the way to answer questions, offer encouragement and support (which you’re definitely going to need!), and to help strategize in order to make the best decision possible. And their coaches are absolutely the best! I saw so much growth with my daughter from the time she started prescreens until her acceptances. I’m so grateful that they were with us for this journey and have no doubt that my daughter ended up at the best place possible.”

Chris Casey

Mother of Dorey Casey
Pace IPE '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!!!”

Jennifer Harrison

Mother of Eve Harrison
Boston Conservatory MT ‘25


“Thank you so much for everything you’ve done, Leo. What MTCA provided to her could not have been replicated. Everyone was so supportive and professional, and approached her with love and respect. Can’t say enough about you all!!”

Angela Medina

Mother of Lauren Maria Medina
Carnegie Mellon 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!”