Musical Theatre Conservatory Program 2018-08-30T10:55:28+00:00


“Musical Theatre Conservatory seriously changed my perspective especially before entering senior year, and I would recommend it to every student.” -Kelly Plescia, MTC 2016

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 Mainstage productions (two roles guaranteed to MTC members in The Royal Family of Broadway), and have performance opportunities in two cabarets, as well as original and independent projects, in Mr. Finn’s Cabaret.

Directors/Choreographers will assist the creative team(s) on our mainstage productions, have opportunities to develop/direct independent projects, and direct a cabaret and an evening of new Musical Shorts in Mr. Finn’s Cabaret. 

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.

Musical Theatre Conservatory

TRANSFORM your abilities through courses taught by BSC associate artists, guest artists and more!

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 Yazbek, 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.

ACHIEVE performance experience in performing new and existing works for BSC audiences in Mr. Finn’s Cabaret.

In 2016, our Musical Theatre Conservatory premiered Let the Sunshine In…an original cabaret celebrating musicals of the 1960s. Students work on the development of new material with our Showcase of Musical Shorts, highlighting the work of emergent musical theatre writers. 

In 2017, our directing students presented independent works inspired by Avenue Q, Jesus Christ Superstar and Urinetown. Our Musical Theatre Conservatory company also developed and presented a celebration of the music of Ahren’s & Flaherty and performed the works of emergent songwriters, Jesse Gage, Emily Chiu, Lauren Taslitz, and Danny Ursetti as part of our BSC Artists on the Horizon series presented in Mr. Finn’s Cabaret.

ENGAGE while understudying in one of our Mainstage productions.

Performers earn EMC Points.

Directors and Choreographers are assigned to assist the creative teams on our Mainstage productions.

In 2017, students understudied roles in our award winning productions of Ragtime, Taking Steps, Stephen Karam’s Speech & Debate and Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece Company starring Aaron Tveit.

In 2016, students understudied roles in the developing musical Broadway Bounty Hunter¸ written by Joe Iconis, Jason SweetTooth Williams and Lance Rubin. Students were also members of the vocal ensemble of The Pirates of Penzance directed by Tony Winner John Rando and choreographed by Emmy Winner Joshua Bergasse, while others understudied in our award-winning productions of Jihae Park’s peerless and Nina Raine’s Tribes.


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.



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/Choreography candidates must have completed their Undergraduate Education. 


$3,950 and includes housing. (Without housing the program costs $3,000.)


Here’s what you will need to submit:


  • Headshot
  • Performance Resume or Directing/Choreography Resume 
  • One letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with your work 
  • One page essay to include why you want to participate, what your strengths are and what you’d like to focus on
  • YouTube Link (Please upload your file as an Unlisted link on YouTube)

If applying as a Performer

  • 1 minute contemporary monologue
  • Two musical selections – a ballad and an up-tempo – from the musical theatre canon with accompaniment (no acapella singing)

If applying as a Director or Choreographer: 

Three minute selection of your work


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Limited space available. Participants are selected through a highly competitive application process and are encouraged to apply early.