Actors in Curtains
“I was challenged in many different ways throughout the process, and felt like I grew as an artist and a musician. I learned an incredible amount from the directors and fellow students regarding creating characters, ensemble work, collaboration, professionalism, and more."
Participant, Musical Theatre Institute for Teens

Summer Musical Theatre Institute

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

Apply now. Deadline Extended!

2020 Session I

Public Works’ Musical Adaptation of Twelfth Night
(area premiere)
A musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah & Shaina Taub, Music and Lyrics by Shania Taub
Directed by Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro
Mondays – Fridays, 12pm–5pm June 22 – July 18, Performances, evenings July 16–18 + matinee July 18
(Please note: On Wed, July 15 and Thurs, July 16, classes begin at 9am. On Wed, July 15 there is also an evening dress rehearsal.) 
 
Named one of the best theatrical productions of 2018 by Time, The Hollywood Reporter and The Washington Post, Twelfth Night is a joyful musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy about mistaken identity and self-discovery. 
 
Twelfth Night tells the gender-bending story of Viola, a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, and experiences living, loving and being loved in wholly unexpected ways. The perspective shift at the core of the show is captured in the lyrics of its final number, which encourages us to “see through the eyes of another, hear through the ears of somebody else.” With a rousing score comprising jazz-funk numbers, R&B ballads, and buoyant showstoppers, The Public’s Twelfth Night retains the beauty of Shakespeare’s language and while giving the play a truly contemporary feel. 
 
Twelfth Night features many memorable characters and a lively ensemble with break-out roles and abundant solo opportunities. As part of their training, students cast in ensemble roles will also have the opportunity to rehearse and perform a solo in a student cabaret, open to the public, during the third week of the program. 

2020 Session II

Legally Blonde
Book by Heather Hach, Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the MGM motion picture
Directed by Aidan Quartana and Walter "Bobby" McCoy
Mondays – Fridays, 12pm–5pm July 20 – August 15 Performances, evenings August 13–15 + matinee August 15
(Please note: On Wed, Aug 12 and Thurs, Aug 13, classes begin at 9am. On Wed, Aug 12 there is also an evening dress rehearsal.)
 
Based on the hit movie that made Reese Witherspoon a household name, Legally Blonde: the Musical chronicles the journey of Elle Woods, a fashion-savvy UCLA sorority girl who finds her life derailed when she is dumped by her Harvard Law School-bound boyfriend. Determined to get him back, Elle gets herself accepted into the prestigious law school, where she struggles to fit in and prove that she’s more than just a stereotype.
 
A rollicking good time of a musical with lots of memorable characters, songs and dances, Legally Blonde is also a touching story of female empowerment and the rewards of true friendship. The play features a lively ensemble as well as many break-out roles and provides great opportunities for all students to improve their singing, acting, and dance skills. In addition, 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.
 
About the Musical Theatre Institute
 
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 esteemed professional directors. The idea behind the institute is to enable 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. Past productions, including recent performances of Newsies, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Jesus Christ SuperstarParade, and Rent have played to critical raves and sold-out houses.
 
The Musical Theatre Institute is designed to challenge young performers — both artistically and personally — while providing a supportive, caring environment in which to develop. Roles are open to experienced performers as well as those looking to build musical theatre skills. 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. Classes and rehearsals will be held at The Theatre Lab in downtown DC. On the night before opening night (Wednesday) and on opening night (Thursday), classes will begin at 9am and students will be expected to stay with Program Directors until evening performance time. On the second night of performance (Friday) there will be no classes; students will be expected to arrive at the theatre at 5pm for rehearsal and stay through performance time.
 

Location: Classes and rehearsals will be held at The Theatre Lab in downtown DC, 733 8th St NW Washington, DC (Gallery Place Metro - Red, Yellow and Green lines). 

Admission: 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 the application deadline to schedule an audition. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered only if space becomes available.

Tuition: Tuition for each session the Musical Theatre

Institute is $1,160. Please note: If you audition and are accepted into both Twelfth Night and Legally Blonde, your total tuition to participate in both programs will be $2,120. Partial financial aid is available through our Work Study program. In addition, a limited number of full scholarships will be awarded annually through the Dena Kohn Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Jane Pesci-Townsend Fund for Musical Theatre Excellence. (Criteria: exceptional community involvement and financial need.