Musical Theatre Intensive

Our program is going virtual this summer!

Check out our discounted virtual rates.

Summer 2021 program


About the 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.
  • 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.


PrograM Cost

The total virtual two-week program cost is $1,500. Compare this to the in-person rate of $4000.

Optional private voice lessons are available for an additional charge.

Payment due on 6/26

Refundable before 7/4




  • Meet the Faculty and Instructors

    Additional faculty for the Summer 2021 sessions will be posted by February 1, 2021. Some 2020 faculty are included below for reference.

    • 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 2020 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 is a Ph.D. candidate in Theatre and Performance at 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 2019 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.

    • Summer 2019 Musical Theatre Faculty

      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.

    • Carla Stickler
      Summer 2019 Musical Theatre Faculty

      Carla Stickler is a singer, actor, and teacher residing in Brooklyn, NY, best known for her performance as Elphaba on Broadway and in the touring production of Wicked. She has performed the role of Sophie Sheridan in the National Tour of Mamma Mia! and Liesl in The Sound of Music: Asia Tour. Stickler keeps busy doing readings and workshops in the city. She is a world traveler and has headlined as a Guest Entertainer onboard Norwegian Cruise Lines and Disney Cruise Lines. She holds her Master’s Degree in Theatre Education in Colleges and Communities through New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education. As an educator, she travels around the United States teaching masterclasses and maintains a private voice studio in New York City. Stickler has worked closely with The Educational Theatre Association and spent 5 summers attending the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE as a teaching artist and guest performer. She holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MA from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education. She is a proud member of AEA, NATS, and MTEA.

    • John Tedeschi
      Summer 2019 Musical Theatre Faculty

      John Tedeschi is a much-sought-after teacher in NYC who serves on the faculty of Marymount Manhattan College and Rider University. His students have enjoyed the honors of the stages of Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional, Opera and Theatre Companies, National Tours, Recordings, Cruises, Cabaret, and many other wonderful venues. Tedeschi focuses on the stability of breath and the physical connection of palate, larynx, breath, and onset as a foundation for placement, range, versatility, focus and stamina.

      He has produced art festivals, fashion shows, modern dance, opera, rock, theatre and recital performances. Directing credits include The Telephone, Susannah, Rigoletto, OH! The Sport of Love, Don Giovanni, Across the Sea, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Carousel, Orpheus in the Underworld, Songs for a New World, Hymn to Her, Permission, Pippin, A Night of Theatre, and many opera scene studies. He has served as Vocal Supervisor on Les Miserables, Tommy, Blood and Fire, and has produced Baggage Claim, Malan: Fashion Show, Carnival of Culture, The Gay Life Expo, September Concert, and Detour. John recently played Bruce Bechdel in FUN HOME in the premiere regional production in the town where the story takes place; this production earned John a BroadwayWorld Best Actor nomination.  John’s film work includes The Vampire Leland, Stuck on Someday, October, Statue, and television work on Mysteries at the Museum, All My Children, The History of the Wife, and Brini Maxwell Show.

      Tedeschi holds a Bachelor of Music from Boston University, College for the Arts and a Master of Music from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. John lives, with his husband Joel, in Stockbridge, MA and Manhattan, NY where he tries to be patient while waiting for the subway.

  • College Credit

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

  • Application Requirements

    1. Marymount Manhattan Summer Academy Program Application. (Coming Soon)
    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. 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 ( ).