Musical Theatre Precollege Summer Intensive

Summer 2019 Program

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As the priority application date has now passed, applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis and will be evaluated as they are received 
Program Description.

The Musical Theatre Precollege Summer Intensive Program at Marymount Manhattan College gives high school rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to study in New York City. The program offers training in dance, voice and acting as well as college audition preparation and access to Broadway shows. Students will focus on the fundamentals and process of their craft and will have the opportunity to share their work with friends and family at the end of the program. Faculty from Marymount Manhattan’s nationally renowned musical theatre program will lead the intensive, giving students a true college experience. Guest artists from the industry will also be brought in for seminars and special topics.

Applicants must be 16 years of age on or before July 1, 2019 in order to be able to participate in the Musical Theatre Intensive. This program requires that all participants live in the Marymount Manhattan College Residence Hall located at 231 East 55th Street for the duration of the program.

Precollege Musical Theatre Program Director

 Christine Riley is a Music Director, Vocal Coach and Arranger in NYC.  National Tour and NYC Credits include: My Vaudeville Man (The York Theatre),  Thoroughly Modern Millie  (National tour), A Moment in Time, a new musical  with Stewart F. Lane, Gemini the Musical  (The Acorn), The Quiet Clock (Stage 7 2), Seesaw (The Connelly Theatre), Count to Ten (Theatre at St. Clements), Flight of the Lawnchair Man (37 Arts), and Mud Donahue and Son (45th Street Theatre). Christine was the MD for Shout! The Mod MusicalEdgesSweet Charity, Rags, Triumph of Love, Wonderland, Realabilities and The Boys From Syracuse at Marymount Manhattan College as well as for many regional and university theatre productions including: Romance, Romance (The Glove Theatre), Frankenstein (Casino Rama), Nunsense (Fallsview Casino), CatsMiss SaigonGypsyGuys and DollsFiddler on the RoofHonk!Annie Get Your GunThe Sound of MusicSouth Pacific (all for the Prather Entertainment Group); The Who’s TommyThe Full MontyThe Pajama GameUrinetown, The MusicalCabaret, You’re a Good Man, Charlie BrownCocoanutsA Chorus LineOnce Upon a Mattress, and A New Brain. Christine also arranged and conducted a new musical, Caterina’s Son, in Florence, Italy. Ms. Riley received her BM from Ithaca College and an MM from Arizona State University. Proud mom to Scarlett and Natalie.


Summer 2018 Faculty

 Emily Clark is currently a Visiting Instructor of Theatre Arts at Marymount  Manhattan College.  She teaches courses at MMC in Musical Theatre History,  Musical Theatre Techniques, Scene Into Song, Advanced Theatre Studies, and  the Daily Dance Program.  She recently Directed and Choreographed an all-  female production of Rodgers and Hart’s The Boys From Syracuse and served  as Director and Choreographer for a new production of Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland the previous year.  She has performed and choreographed at institutions across the country, working with fantastically giving theatrical mentors, including Bill Russell, Patricia Birch, Larry Fuller, and Georgji Paro. She also serves as the advisor for the Musical Theatre Association at MMC, which sponsors training and production in musical theatre throughout the year.  She is a PhD Candidate in Theatre and Performance at the City University of New York Graduate Center.  BA Marymount Manhattan College.  M.Ed. University of LaVerne. M. Phil CUNY Graduate Center. 


Sterling MasterSterling Masters is currently performing in the Broadway Company of the blockbuster hit musical WICKED (Witch’s Mother/Ensemble)! She is also a former Dance Captain for the company. Her journey to Broadway included five National Tours: WICKED (Dance Captain/Witch’s Mother), A CHORUS LINE (1st National, Original Cast), JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT (Dance Captain), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Dance Captain), and FOSSE. Before dancing professionally she trained at JMSD in Charlotte, NC under the direction of her mother, as well as programs at North Carolina School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet School, Kirov Academy of Ballet, and Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project. Sterling is a member of Dance Masters of America’s Chapter #15, and loves teaching, choreographing and coaching students in NYC and all across the country.

Jeannie Shubitz  is a singer, actor and voice teacher whose NYC/Off-Broadway credits include MISIA (Playwrights Horizons),Red, Hot & Blue (Musicals Tonight!), and Creation (Actors’ Temple). She has also performed with regional theaters across the country, credits including Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me, Kate! at Westchester Broadway Theatre, Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music at Paper Mill Playhouse (directed by James Brennan), Judy Garland in End of the Rainbowat Phoenix Theatre, Marian Paroo (The Music Man),  Philia (A Funny Thing…Forum), Fiona (Brigadoon), Louisa Contini (Nine), and many more. Jeannie’s symphonic concert work includes Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, both under the music direction of Tony-winner Ted Sperling, as well as the world premiere of An Evening With Rodgers and Hammerstein with The Phoenix Symphony. Jeannie currently teaches voice both in Manhattan and in New Jersey.


Matthew Deming was in the world premiere of Bel Canto at the Lyric Opera of Chicago,  by Jimmy López (composer) and Nilo Cruz (librettist).He has performed as with leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, in addition to such esteemed organizations as Musica Sacra, The Collegiate Chorale, Bard Music Festival, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Berkshire Chorale Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, St. Ignatius Loyola (NYC), and the NY Virtuoso Singers.  He has been featured on Broadway in Kander and Ebb’s the Visit, as Louis Perch, one of the legendary Chita Rivera’s sidekick eunuchs, as well as in the Broadway production Chicago, portraying Mary Sunshine! Regional theater where he has performed include the Cincinnati Playhouse, Huntington Theater Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Williamstown Theater Festival, and Signature Theater Company Television appearances have included Rescue Me,Stella, As the World Turns, and CSI NY.  


Nick Ferla is a New York-based music director, collaborative pianist, and accompanist. Some recent credits include music directing a production of Spelling Bee in the city and a benefit gala at the American Museum of Natural History. He also made his Carnegie Hall debut accompanying a young artists’ recital. Nick’s musical direction credits include regional productions of Miss SaigonRagtimeInto the Woods42nd St.The WizHello, Dolly!Ordinary Days and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. He is a faculty accompanist at NYU Steinhardt, Marymount Manhattan College, and AMDA, and a staff accompanist with Broadway Artists Alliance and MT College Auditions.


Program Dates

Sunday 7/7/19 to Saturday 7/20/19 (Inclusive of housing check-in and check-out dates)


A Typical Day

Although no two days will be the same during the Summer Musical Theatre Intensive, a typical day during the program might look like this: 

10:00am - 11:30am - dance

11:30am - 1:00pm - musical theatre history and ensemble singing

1:00pm - 2:00pm - lunch

2:00pm - 2:30pm - private vocal coaching

2:30pm - 5:00pm -  acting for musical theatre

5:00pm - 6:00pm - special topic seminar

7:00pm-10:00pm -evening activities

During the Summer of 2017 students attended Anastasia, Come From Away and Errol and Fidel (NYMF). They were treated to backstage tours and visits from cast members from the shows as well as a special talk-back with the writers and creative team from Errol and Fidel. The students also had a masterclass with David Sisco, author of Mastering College Musical Theatre Auditions and the opportunity to talk with a panel of a Marymount Manhattan College alumni.


All program participants are required to live in the residence hall for the duration of the program. Participants will be housed in the College’s 55th Street Residence Hall. Housing is available to students accepted for the intensive, and who will be at least 16 years of age as of 7/1/19. 

Click here  to view the Housing Information Sheet for the Precollege Summer Intensive Program in Musical Theatre.

Click here  to view the Resident’s Guide to Community Living

The residence hall check-in will take place on Sunday 7/7/19. The residence hall checkout will take place on Saturday 7/20/19. Additional information regarding the check-in and check-out will be provided to each accepted student in May.

Meal Plan

All Musical Theatre program participants are required to participate in the Marymount Dining Dollars meal plan. The cost of this plan for the two week period will be $100. The meal plan is a declining balance card and students may add money to their card throughout the course of the program. Students will have access to the Marymount Manhattan College cafeteria located at 221 East 71st Street from 8:30am to 2:30pm, Monday-Thursday. Evening and weekend meals are not included in the meal plan. Grocery stores and restaurants are located near the 55th Street residence hall. The estimated budget for additional meals, transportation and other personal costs is approximately $150.00 This budget will vary depending on student’s individual needs.  

College Credit

This is a non-credit intensive. College credit is not available. 

Program Costs

Tuition and Housing:         $3,600

Meal Plan:                             $   100

Total Program Cost:           $3,700

Payment Due Dates

Deposit:                                 $    500       Due on or before 4/22/19

Final Payment:                     $3,200       Due on or before 5/15/19


Refund Policy

All requests for a refund must be made, in writing, to Jacqueline Noel (j )

On or before 6/1/19:                               100% Refund

Between 6/2/19 and 7/7/19:                   50% Refund

After 7/7/19:                                                 0% Refund


Application Requirements
  1. Marymount Precollege Summer Intensive Program Application.
  2. Marymount Precollege Recommendation Form from a high school teacher.
  3. Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe what you hope to achieve during the Precollege Summer Intensive Program in Musical Theatre and what has prepared you for this experience.
  4. A headshot and theatre resume.
  5. Submit an audition video consisting of two contrasting 16-32 bar song cuts from the Broadway repertoire (no pop/rock songs please).
    • Please state your name, hometown and title of your audition selections at the beginning of your video.
    • You must use live or taped accompaniment. A capella audition will not be considered.
    • Make sure your video shot is at least from the waist up. 
    • Please do not submit a video from a production.

Questions about the program and application requirements can be directed to Professor Christine Riley ( ).


Priority Application Date

All of the application materials are due by March 18, 2019. Applications received after that date will be processed as they are received. Applicants who apply by the March 19, 2019  priority application date will be notified of acceptance into the program by April 1, 2019. Enrollment and registration in any Precollege Summer Intensive Program does not imply acceptance into any degree program at Marymount Manhattan.