Musical Theatre Precollege Summer Intensive

This program is now at wait-list. You can submit an application, but you will automatically be placed on the wait-list at this time
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, 2018 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 2017 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. 


Elijah Caldwell is on voice faculty at Marymount Manhattan College, and an accomplished Musical Director, Pianist, Actor, and Singer. He obtained his Masters degree from New York University Steinhardt in Musical Theatre, and a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Elijah’s is a proud Actor’s Equity member! His musical directing credits include: Off-Broadway staged reading, Dream True (Rickey Ian Gordon), with Phantom of the Opera’s Kimilee Bryant (Christine/Carlotta), Other New York Credits include: Danger; An Homage To Strange Fruit (Stacey Rose), Assistant MD of Frank Wildhorn’s Zelda at Marymount Manhattan College Regional: Seussical (Ahrens and Flaherty), Speech and Debate (Stephen Karam). Elijah resides in NYC where he music directs, vocal coaches, accompanies, and is a working actor and singer!


Eliza Ohman
 is currently the Universal Swing in Hamilton: An American Musical, covering the 5 female ensemble members in the Broadway, Chicago, and touring productions. She received her early dance training in her native Denver, Colorado. At 15, she was chosen to be part of Prof. Robert L. Reed’s elite tap company, the St. Louis Hoofers Club. As a Hoofer, she toured nationally and within one year was selected as the company’s Dance Captain. Through that experience she was able to train closely with tap legends Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dr. Harold Cromer, Dr. Prince Spencer, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Miriam Nelson, & many others. 

 After high school she moved to New York where she obtained her BA in Media, Culture, and the Arts from The King’s College while completing the Professional Semester Training Program at Broadway Dance Center. Since graduating she has performed in the NYC Radio City Christmas Spectacular and regionally in Kiss Me, Kate and 42nd Street. She has worked with closely with award winning choreographer/directors such as Andy Blankenbuehler, Thomas Kail, Denis Jones, Chase Brock, Michele Lynch, Danielle Flora, Tanisha Scott, Peter Glanz, Noemie Lafrance, Oz Rodriguez, Sam Bricker, David Kent, Blanca Li, and Linda Haberman

 Eliza loves musical theatre, but is equally focused on commercial dance. She can be seen in Wendy Seyb’s awarding winning film How You Look At It as well as on television in shows like Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, andAmerica’s Got Talent. She can also be seen in commercials for Castrol Oil, Macy’s, Reebok, and Target, music videos with Carly Rae Jepsen, The Lonely Island, and Justin Bieber, on stage with LMFAO, on television with Drake, Jimmy Fallon, John Oliver, Kevin Bacon, Melissa McCarthy, and Nick Cannon, and even at New York Fashion Week. Eliza is a Reebok Studio Athlete and represented by Clear Talent Group. Instagram: @elizaohman; Twitter: @eliza_ohman


Program Dates

Sunday 7/8/18 to Saturday 7/21/18 (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 7/1/18. 

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 7/8/18. The residence hall checkout will take place on Saturday 7/21/18. 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:         $3,400

Meal Plan:                             $   100

Total Program Cost:           $3,500

Payment Due Dates

Deposit:                                 $    500       Due on or before 4/23/18

Final Payment:                     $3,000       Due on or before 5/15/18


Refund Policy

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

On or before 6/1/18:                               100% Refund

Between 6/2/18 and 7/8/18:                   50% Refund

After 7/8/18:                                                 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 19, 2018. Applications received after that date will be processed as they are received. Applicants who apply by the March 19, 2018  priority application date will be notified of acceptance into the program by April 1, 2018. Enrollment and registration in any Precollege Summer Intensive Program does not imply acceptance into any degree program at Marymount Manhattan.