MUSICAL THEATRE CONSERVATORY

“The MTC program was a great opportunity to learn from seasoned industry professionals. From master classes to understudying in a Mainstage show, I had a clear understanding of what it means to be a successful, working actor!” —Pierre Mballa ‘19

Join BSC this summer for an intensive 10-week pre-professional training program: The Musical Theatre Conservatory (MTC). Earn Equity points and train with top-level New York directors, choreographers and musical theatre writers.

10-WEEK PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM

This select ensemble will consist of 18 Performers, one Directing Fellow and one Choreography Fellow.

COLLABORATE
Work with, and learn from, industry professionals

ACHIEVE
Gain important experience in a top-notch professional theatre company

TRANSFORM
Take your performance skills to the next level

“Because of MTC, I’ve noticed a change in my work ethic, my craft and honestly just my well-being and personal health as a young adult. I feel inspired, like a fire has been reignited within me to get out and work. My voice coach and many of my professors have been approaching me telling me that they have noticed an exponential growth from this summer, and I wanted to let you know that I am beyond thankful. I will never forget my time in the Berkshires.” —Paige Ciluffo ‘19

For more information, please contact
education@barringtonstageco.org.

Performer applications are CLOSED, but we are still accepting applications for MTC Directors! Please email Education@BarringtonStageCo.org for more information.

TRAIN

Develop your abilities through courses taught be seasoned professionals.

MUSIC/VOICE: Specialized instruction in vocal technique, the opportunity to build your repertoire and more! Past instructors include BSC Associate Artist Darren R. Cohen, Tony Award winner William Finn, Anne L. Nathan, Joel Waggoner and Drama Desk Award nominee Elizabeth Stanley. 

ACTING: Scene Study, Shakespearean Drama, Acting the Song, Text Analysis, Improvisation, Commedia dell’Arte and more! Past instructors include Tamara Tunie, Debra Jo Rupp, Alan H. Green, Obie Award winner Rocco Sisto, Tony Award nominee Michael Hayden and BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. 

MOVEMENT: Training may include: Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Partnering, Stage Combat and more. Past instructors include Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Joshua Bergasse, Tony Award nominee Tony Yazbeck, Emmy Award nominee Jeffrey Page, Christine O’Grady and Mara Davi.

AUDITIONING: Meet with a casting director, gain professional resources, learn how to build your personal brand and develop audition skills. Past instructors include Pat McCorkle, Mark H. Dold, Alan H. Green and Tony Award winner John Rando. 

LEARN

Build your resume and gain professional experience in an Equity production rehearsal room while learning from industry experts. 

Directing fellows are assigned to assist the directors of our Mainstage and Stage 2 productions.

Choreography Fellows will assist Emmy Award-winner, Josh Bergasse, on a brand-new musical, as well as help to choreograph/develop independent projects.

All MTC acting students will understudy a role during our 2020 season. There may be opportunities for students to step into roles in our Mainstage production. All students are guaranteed to spend time in rehearsal with seasoned Broadway professionals.

MTC students have understudied or performed in past productions from award-winning creative teams, including:

The Cake
Starring Debra Jo Rupp

West Side Story
Choreographed by Robert La Fosse, Directed by Julianne Boyd

Company
Starring Aaron Tveit, Directed by Julianne Boyd

Ragtime
Starring Elizabeth Stanley, Directed by Joe Calarco

The Pirates of Penzance
Starring Will Swenson, Directed by Tony Award winner John Rando

The Royal Family of Broadway
by Tony Award winners William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin, creators of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (a 2004 BSC premiere), Directed by Tony Award winner John Rando

On the Town
Choreographed by Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Joshua Bergasse, Directed by Tony Award winner John Rando. Transferred to Broadway where it received 4 Tony Award nominations

Into the Woods
Starring Mykal Kilgore, Directed by Joe Calarco

PERFORM

In Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Directing Fellows, Choreography Fellows and Performers will work together to create performance projects, such as: 

  • Two cabarets featuring MTC performers
  • Two directing projects lead by directing fellows — one musical and one non-musical

ENJOY THESE ADDITIONAL BENEFITS…

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

Housing Available: Furnished shared housing, including wi-fi, near BSC’s campus.

Free Gym Membership: Includes access to a pool. 

“Barrington Stage is home to some of the best theatremaking in the country. The summer is long, challenging and ultimately rewarding because being a theatre student at Barrington makes you a fly on the wall in some of the coolest rooms, including the creation of new musicals, classic plays and exciting revivals. Barrington truly teaches a young actor the importance of listening.” —Liam Joshua Munn ‘19

“I left my summer at BSC with a fire to connect with other artists and a more disciplined and confident approach to my craft!” —Erin Danielle Krebs ‘19 Directing Fellow

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

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 and Choreography candidates must have completed their undergraduate education.

WHAT’S THE COST?
$30 application fee.
Performer Tuition: $3950 (includes housing)
Upon acceptance into the program a deposit of $1,000 is due.
Directing and Choreography Fellow Tuition: $2,500 (includes housing)

HOW DO I APPLY?
Apply through our Acceptd online application process.
PRIORITY CONSIDERATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 3, 2020. Final deadline is February 28, 2020.

All applicants must provide:

  • Headshot
  • Performance Resume or Directing Resume
  • One letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with your work

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

  • One minute contemporary monologue
  • Two 32-bar musical selections — one ballad and one up-tempo — from the musical theatre canon with accompaniment (no acapella singing)

If applying as a Directing Fellow or a Choreography Fellow, please provide:

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

Audition Dates: 

NYC: Wednesday, January 29, 10AM–3PM at Ripley-Grier Studios, W. 38th Street, Room 206
Berkshires: Saturday, February 8, 10AM–3PM at Wolfson Center, 122 North Street, Pittsfield, MA, 2nd Floor

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

Questions?

Contact Jane O’Leary, education@barringtonstageco.org, 413-997-6117

Musical Theatre Conservatory