Musical Theatre Intensive

Our program is fully virtual this summer! Check out our discounted virtual rates.


About the 2021 Program

Summer Academy Musical Theatre ProgramThe virtual Musical Theatre Program, conducted in both Synchronous and Asynchronous formats, provides each student with individualized coaching, as well as a supportive learning community of students and theatre professionals.

The two-week program will give students the tools to analyze a script and song, make informed acting choices, use music to propel the story, and understand the techniques required to create a digital pre-screen. Based on current industry standards for both college auditions and the professional world in New York City, this summer’s instruction includes the following:

  • College audition prep. Faculty will:
    1. Choose appropriate material for each individual student.
    2. Give acting and vocal coaching – both individually and in a group setting.
    3. Provide piano tracks for each song.
    4. Work with students on self-tape techniques.
    5. Prepare students for college pre-screen auditions.
    6. Offer tips on the college audition process, including timelines, what to look for, how to prepare, and how to stay organized.
  •  Daily Dance warm-up.
  • Musical Theatre History.Testimonies 2020
  • Music Fundamentals and Musical Analysis.
  • MMC alumni panel discussion.
  • MMC current student panel discussion.
  • Broadway guest seminars.
  • Optional private voice lessons.
  • Group viewings of Broadway shows online.
  • Final online showing for friends and family.

Program Dates

Dates: July 12 – July 23, 2021 (Monday - Friday)

Time: On weekdays during the program, students are expected to be available for 3 – 4 hours a day for Zoom sessions, and will also require additional time to complete homework.

Final Performance: We will have a final virtual performance for family and friends on Friday, July 23. More details to follow.

Deadline for Application: Applications are still being accepted.

PrograM Cost

The total virtual two-week program cost is $1,500. (The prior in-person rate was $4000.)

Optional private voice lessons are available for an additional charge.

Payment due on 6/26

Refundable before 7/4

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  • Meet the Faculty and Instructors

    Additional faculty for the Summer 2021 sessions will be posted by March 1, 2021. 

    • Christine Riley
      Musical Theatre Intensive 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). Riley was the MD for Shout! The Mod MusicalEdgesSweet Charity, Rags, Triumph of Love, Wonderland, Realabilities, and The Boys From Syracuse at Marymount Manhattan College. She was also the MD 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 Tommy; The Full Monty; The Pajama Game; Urinetown; The MusicalCabaret; You’re a Good Man, Charlie BrownCocoanutsA Chorus LineOnce Upon a Mattress; and A New Brain. Riley also arranged and conducted a new musical, Caterina’s Son, in Florence, Italy. She received her BM from Ithaca College and an MM from Arizona State University. She is the proud mom to Scarlett and Natalie. Read more.

    • Emily Clark
      Summer 2021 Musical Theatre Faculty

      Emily Clark is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College. She teaches courses 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. She has performed and choreographed at institutions across the country, working with fantastic 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. Clark received a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She received a BA from Marymount Manhattan College, an M.Ed. from the University of LaVerne, and an M. Phil from CUNY Graduate Center. 

    • Stephane Duret
      Summer 2021 Musical Theatre Faculty

      Stephane Duret was last seen in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots on Broadway and is also the Founding Director of KAISER’S ROOM, a non-profit that offers arts programming to individuals with cognitive and developmental delays in NYC. Duret started his Musical Theatre training at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida, and now holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He is thrilled to call NYC home. Previous credits include Off-Broadway: The Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theatre); The Biscuit Club and Hard Times (the cell theatre). International: Parade (Jerusalem, Israel); Zorro (Shanghai, China); Regional: Violet (Waitsfield, Vermont); Aida, Hot Mikado, Ragtime, Cabaret, Curtains, Sweet Charity, and The Producers (Chicago, Illinois). He is a proud member of A.E.A.

  • College Credit

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

  • Application Requirements

    1. Marymount Manhattan Summer Academy Program Application
    2. Marymount Manhattan Summer Academy Program 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 Summer Intensive Program in Musical Theatre and what has prepared you for this experience.
    4. A headshot and theatre resume.
    5. 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 the titles of your audition selections at the beginning of your video.
      • You must use live or taped accompaniment. Acapella 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 ( ).