Jesus and Mary in MTIT 2016's Jesus Christ Superstar
“It is truly the best theatre program for teenagers in DC, no question. The people you meet, the experience you get, is something you will take with you for the rest of your life."
Participant, Musical Theatre Institute for Teens

Summer Musical Theatre Institute

A unique four-week training program for ages 13-19.


2017 Session I: The Kids' Table (A World Premiere)

Mondays-Fridays, 12-5 pm, June 26– July 22 (no class July 4)
(Please note: On Wed. July 19 and Thurs. July 20,
classes begin at 9am. On Wed. July 19 there is also
an evening dress rehearsal.)
Performances, evenings July 20-22 + matinee July 22

2017 Session II: Children of Eden

Mondays-Fridays, 12pm-5pm July 24-August 19
(Please note: On Wed. Aug. 16 and Thurs. Aug 17,
classes begin at 9am. On Wed. Aug 16, there is also
an evening dress rehearsal.)
Performances, evenings August 17-19 + matinee August 19

Apply now      No longer accepting applications



Classes, rehearsals and performances take place in our downtown home

733 8th St NW, Washington DC 20001 
(Gallery Place Metro - Red, Yellow and Green lines)
Please note: Students can audition to take part in both sessions.

The Musical Theatre Institute for Teens is an intensive four-week training program in which participants rehearse and perform a full musical production under the guidance of the area’s most esteemed directors. The institute enables young artists to explore challenging, socially relevant material from the contemporary musical theatre world as they receive the intensive voice, movement and acting training essential for professional-level performance. Roles are open to experienced performers as well as those new to the craft. While the emphasis is on performance, students will also receive training in a wide variety of musical theatre disciplines during the rehearsal process, including: vocal production, acting a song, proper breathing technique, movement, building a character, ensemble acting, and more.


Session I: The Kids' Table (WORLD PREMIERE)

Music by Buzz Mauro  | Lyrics by Buzz Mauro & Renee Calarco  | Book by Renee Calarco | Directed by Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro

Students will have the unique opportunity to participate in the development and premiere of a brand new musical, written by Helen Hayes Award-Winning Playwright Renee Calarco and Theatre Lab Co-Founder (and beloved Music Director) Buzz Mauro. In addition to the production itself, the cast will work with the artistic team to create an original cast recording.

It's Thanksgiving. An elusive, wisecracking, great-grandma has summoned her enormous brood of great-grandkids to make a big announcement. Seated around an endlessly long "kids' table," cousins clash with cousins and siblings with siblings as they vie to find their rightful places in the family--and in the world.

Told in a broad mix of musical styles—everything from challenging Sondheimesque pieces to 1940s swing numbers—The Kids’ Table is an irreverent, multicultural, sometimes heartbreaking exploration of what it means to be an American.

The Kids’ Table features an abundance of great character roles for singers and actors of all types and experience levels. It also has a lively ensemble. As part of their training, students cast in ensemble roles will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform a solo in a student cabaret, open to the public, during the third week of the program.




Session II: Children of Eden

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz | Book by John Caird | Directed by Josh Sticklin and Buzz Mauro

An epic musical with a large and diverse cast of characters, Children of Eden starts with the very beginning: the creation of the universe. Drawing from the Book of Genesis, its authors have examined the familiar stories of Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel and many other iconic figures through a family lens—exploring themes of parenting, personal choices, the value of questioning and, ultimately, the need for “letting go” of the ones you love. With music that is at turns soaring (“The Spark of Creation”), foot-stomping (“Ain’t It Good”) and deeply moving (“In Whatever Time We Have”), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and John Caird (Les Miserables) have created a musical that is joyful, inspiring, poignant, and full of humor. There are many featured roles in this production as well as a very integral ensemble.

As part of their training, students cast in ensemble roles will also have the opportunity to rehearse and perform a solo in a student song showcase during the third week of the program.


Admission to the Musical Theatre Institute for Teens is by application and audition. Applicants will be accepted on the basis of their commitment to exploring the musical theatre craft, their willingness to collaborate in a group process of discovery with other young artists, and their ability to handle the demands of the musical score. All applicants must complete a written essay expressing their interest in the program. Applicants must also prepare a musical theatre song for auditions that will be scheduled upon receipt of completed application. Due to the limited nature of our enrollment, admission is competitive. You will be contacted shortly after we receive your application to schedule an audition.


Tuition for each session of the Musical Theatre Institute is $1185. Please note: If you audition and are accepted into both musical theatre sessions, your total tuition to participate in both programs will be $2,000 (a $370 discount). Total tuition for The Kids' Table and Macbeth is $1,950. Partial financial aid may be available through our Work Study program. In addition, at least one full scholarship will be awarded annually through the Dena Kohn Memorial Scholarship Fund. (Criteria: exceptional community involvement and financial need.)