“Musical Theatre Conservatory allowed me to create relationships with other artists that helped me thrive in NYC. I would seriously recommend MTC to all students, especially recent college grads.” -Ruthy Froch, MTC 2017, currently in the National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof

Join Barrington Stage Company for our intensive 10-week pre-professional summer training program – Musical Theatre Conservatory (MTC). The MTC program offers theatre students training in the areas of performance, direction and choreography. Students also have the opportunity to earn Equity Points and train with top-level New York directors, choreographers, and musical theatre writers.

Performers will understudy or be cast in one of our productions. They also will have performance opportunities in two cabarets, as well as original and independent projects, in Mr. Finn’s Cabaret.

Directors/Choreographers will both have opportunities to develop/direct independent projects, and direct cabarets in Mr. Finn’s Cabaret. This is an exciting opportunity to train with top-level New York City directors, choreographers, and musical theater writers.

Additional program benefits include free tickets to BSC shows, ticket exchange offers from other popular Berkshire Cultural Institutions, complimentary gym membership, and invitations to company parties and special events.

Check back for application deadlines for our Summer 2020 Musical Theatre Conservatory programming, or for more information, fill out this survey!

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MUSIC/VOICE:  Specialized Instruction in Vocal Technique, various vocal styles (Pop/Rock, Contemporary, Legit), Repertoire Building and more! Past training from Tony nominee Marin Mazzie, Darren R. Cohen, Anne L. Nathan, Joel Waggoner and Drama Desk Award Nominee Elizabeth Stanley.

ACTING:  Scene Study, Monologue Coaching, Acting the Song, On-Camera, Text Analysis, Improvisation, Devising and more! Past training from Tamara Tunie, Debra Jo Rupp, Tony winner William Finn, Tony nominee Michael Hayden and Julianne Boyd.

MOVEMENT: Training in Ballet, Contemporary, Partnering, Fosse, as well as Pilates, Yoga and Audition Preparation. Past training from Emmy winner and Tony nominee Joshua Bergasse, Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck, Emmy nominee Jeffrey Page, Christine O’Grady and Jay Armstrong Johnson.

INDUSTRY: Meet with casting directors, build a personal website, professional resources for actors and developing your personal brand. Past training from Pat McCorkle, Mark H. Dold, André Ware and Tony winner John Rando.


  • Performers earn EMC points
  • Directors and Choreographers are assigned to assist the creative teams of Mainstage productions
  • All students are guaranteed to understudy a role during our 2019 season. In past seasons students understudied in award-winning shows including:
          • A Doll’s House, part 2
          • Ragtime
          • Taking Steps
          • Speech and Debate
          • Company (starring Aaron Tveit)
          • Jihae Park’s peerless
          • Nina Raine’s Tribes
  • Some of the shows MTC students have had roles in include:
          • Ragtime (dir. Joe Calarco)
          • The Pirates of Penzance (dir. by Tony winner John Rando)
          • The Royal Family of Broadway (by Tony winner Bill Finn and Rachel Shenkin, the team behind The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)
          • His Girl Friday
          • Man of La Mancha
          • On the Town
  • In Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, students will develop and perform new works from exciting new artists.
  • MTC premiered Let the Sunshine In… an original cabaret celebrating musicals of the 1960’s.
  • Our directing and choreography students presented independent works inspired by Avenue Q, Jesus Christ Superstar and Urinetown

Many students will work with emerging songwriters and present their songs on stage at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in the New Songwriters Cabaret series.


Master ClassesStudents are invited to participate in master classes taught by visiting artists. 

Audition WorkshopsParticipate in workshops built to simulate professional auditions and receive feedback to develop your practice. 

Repertoire Building – Expand your audition repertoire with guidance from professionals.

One-on-Ones Meet with casting specialists, directors, designers, producers and BSC staff members to build your professional network. 

Free tickets – Enjoy tickets through our BSC Ticket Exchange with Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Group, Shakespeare and Company, Jacob’s Pillow and MORE!

Housing – Furnished shared housing (two per room), including wifi.

Gym membership – With access to pool.

“Without MTC, I wouldn’t be thriving in NYC the way I am now. The connections I made there were invaluable to my future as an artist and a performer.” -Amara Brady, MTC 2017, Bring It On: The Musical, dir. Tony winner Tonya Pinkins.


Candidates must demonstrate strong musical theatre skills, be at least 19 years of age and have completed at least one year of university-level training. Directing candidates must have completed their undergraduate education.


May 23–August 1


$30 application fee. Upon acceptance into the program a deposit of $1,000 is due.
Tuition: $2950
Housing: $1000

The director cost is $3,500.


Applications will be opening on December 1. More information will be available here at that time. PRIORITY CONSIDERATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 3, 2020. Final deadline is February 15, 2020.

All applicants must provide: 

  • Headshot
  • Performance Resume or Directing Resume
  • One letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with your work
  • Short-form essay responses that include why you’d like to participate in the program, what your strengths are as a performer, and what learning goals you might set for yourself during your time with BSC

Performers must additionally provide an audition, either video, or in-person: 

  • One minute contemporary monologue
  • Two 36-bar musical selections – one ballad and one up-tempo – from the musical theatre canon with accompaniment (no acapella singing)

If applying as a Director please provide: 

  • A portfolio consisting of up to 30 pages of supplemental material that showcases your work as a director. This could include links to videos, production photos, script analysis, rehearsal plans, and more.

Performers may audition via videos submitted through our Acceptd online application process or sign-up for a live audition slot in THE BERKSHIRES or NEW YORK CITY!

Audition Dates:

  • NYC: Wednesday, January 29
  • Berkshires: Saturday, February 8

MTC has limited space available. Participants are selected through a highly competitive application process and are encouraged to apply early.

Limited scholarship opportunities available.


Contact Jane O’Leary, Director of Education, at or 413-997-6117

Musical Theatre Conservatory