Musical Theatre Performance Studio
JULY 2 – 29, 2017
World-Class Training & Performing In A Gorgeous International Setting in Italy
“I cannot begin to thank you enough for including me in this journey. It was truly the trip of a lifetime for me and while I am sad that it is over, I take with me all of the work, lessons and memories to help my artistic career flourish. I felt challenged, respected and inspired every step of the way. Yourself, Marishka, Joe, and Jason were an absolute dream team of advisors and I could not have asked for a better experience.” ….. Emily (2016 Musical Theatre Young Artist)
The Musical Theatre Performance Studio is a professional-level training and performance program which provides a rare opportunity for talented young singers, actors, and dancers to train and perform in Europe with leading Broadway professionals. The four-week program is designed for college students that are preparing to transition into the professional theatre world. Equal importance is placed on singing, acting, and dance. Current high school juniors and seniors who are looking for intensive training in Musical Theatre techniques will also benefit from the high caliber of training at MAI.
Music Academy International has an outstanding reputation as one of the premiere young artist training programs in the world today. Our faculty artists are all currently working on Broadway and have years of professional experience and knowledge in both the business and artistic aspects of musical theatre. They bring a passion to the training process and will help you to hone your skills in song, acting, and dance.
- World Class Faculty Artists
- Performances with Orchestra
- Broadway Gala Performances
- Daily Acting/Characterization Classes
- Vocal Coaching & Voice Lessons
- Effective Audition Technique Workshops
- Daily Movement/Dance Classes
- Musical & Staging Rehearsals
- Song Interpretation and Repertoire
- Classic Standards & Bold New Works
- The Business of Broadway
- TTAP – The Theatrical Awareness Practice by Vince DeGeorge
FACULTY: Our faculty are at the very core of the training provided by MAI and include such noted Broadway artists as:
- Mitchell Piper, Artistic Director, Professional Management & Master Teacher – Mitchell Piper is the director of Piper Anselmi Artists Management, one of the leading artist management firms in the world today. His artists are regularly engaged on Broadway, and in the world’s major concert halls and opera houses. As a performer, Mitchell has over 20 leading roles in opera and Broadway to his credit and performed extensively with leading orchestras in the US and Europe. He has presented master classes for The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Young Artist Programs with Washington National Opera, Virginia Opera, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Intermezzo Young Artist Program. He is the former Chair of Graduate Opera Performance at The Hartt School, and served on the voice faculty at New York University.
- Marishka Wierzbicki, Program Coordinator, Voice & Master Teacher – Marishka is an associate with the Liz Caplan Vocal Studios and a renowned Broadway teacher. Marishka’s students regularly perform on and off Broadway, in regional productions and tours throughout the US and abroad. Her professional credits include eighteen principal roles as an actor, singer, and dancer in the states and abroad. Among her teaching credits: The Hartt School, Pace University, C.A.P. 21 Summer Program, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Center, and The Manhattan School of Music Voice Festival.
- Jason DeBord, Music Director, Conductor - Jason DeBord has had a distinguished career on Broadway. His credits include Shrek – The Musical, Rock of Ages, Legally Blonde, All Shook Up, Rent and Lestat. National Tours include A Chorus Line, Rent, and Urinetown The Musical. Regionally, he’s performed at the Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T. San Francisco, Prince Music Theatre, 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle and The Colonial Theater. He is currently a proud member of the Department of Music Theatre at the University of Michigan.
- Robert Meffe, Conductor - Robert Meffe has many Broadway credits including; Little Women, Les Miserables, Evita, Newsies, and Avenue Q. Regional credits include Peter Pan, A Funny Thing …. Forum, Thouroughly Modern Millie, and Ten Cents A Dance. National Tours include the Music Director of the First National Tour of the 2012 revival production of Evita, Les Miserables, Sunday In The Park With George, and the Music Director for the Second National Tour of The Phantom Of The Opera. He is currently the Head of the MFA Musical Theatre Program at San Diego State University.
- Linda Goodrich, Stage Director & Dance Instructor – Linda Goodrich is an Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan. Her Directorial/Choreographic credits include Bat Boy and Smokey Joe’s Café at Theatreworks; Seussical! at Music Theatre of Wichita; Jesus Christ Superstar, Side Show, Oklahome, and Cabaret at the University of Michigan. Choreographic credits include world premieres of Henry Krieger’s and Bill Russell’s Everthing’s Ducky, and the revised Good News! Tours include: Cabaret — Europe; Singin’ In The Rain — U.S. and Japan; Blue’s Clues Live, and Dora The Explorer — Radio City Music Hall. Regional Theatre: Company with Carol Burnett — Long Beach CLO; Strike Up The Band — Goodspeed Opera House; Singin’ In The Rain and Annie — Paper Mill Playhouse. Other theater credits include; Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, North Shore Music Theatre, and TUTS
- Vincent DeGeorge, Stage Director & Acting Instructor – Vince holds The Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Stage at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the creator of The Theatrical Awareness Practice an experiential theatrical practice used to train artists and create live performance. TTAP trains the artist to live fully in their experiential mind/body, and liberates the performer from their habitual, analytical, judgmental, and speculative selves. Vince has directed a wide variety of musicals and theatrical productions including Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones’ rarely produced 110 In The Shade. “DeGeorge infuses action into a story which could easily be presented in a stagnant fashion,” theatre critic Scott Cain observed in his review of the musical for Talkin’ Broadway, ultimately calling the show, “a praiseworthy one, with strong direction and first-rate performances.” In addition to directing a feature length film entitled 18 Mornings, DeGeorge has directed William Hauptman’s musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in October, and Leoš Janácek’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen
- Gillian Berkowitz, Vocal Coach – Gillian Berkowitz has performed piano, keyboard, accordian, and vocals in over thirty Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. She is currently performing in A Bronx Tale, School of Rock, Wicked, and Avenue Q. She composes and performes with the Sheba Ensemble (www.shebaensemble.com), and is on hte faculty at Pace University. Upcoming engagements include joining the cast of Avenue Q as their Associate Conductor.
Travel: MAI provides a free shuttle bus that will run from Marco Polo Airport (VCE) directly to Mezzano/Fiera on Sunday July 2 departing at 4:30 pm. A return shuttle will be provided on Saturday July 29 departing Mezzano for VCE at 7 am. We encourage everyone that wishes to take the shuttle to plan their arrival and departure flights accordingly. For those that are arriving from other locations, MAI will provide a travel fact sheet to assist you with the logistics of arriving in Mezzano/Fiera di Primiero.
Audition Process – MAI accepts applicants by video auditions or through the StrawHat and NETC Theatre Auditions: Interested participants should fill out the online application and attach two musical selections (minimum 32 bars each) as well as a dance tape (dancers) or a monologue (singers/actors) by clicking the APPLY NOW button below. One selection should be in the style of either Chicago or Godspell.
StrawHat Auditions, NETC Theatre Auditions – MAI will take part in the StrawHat Auditions in New York on March 17, 18 & 19 held at PACE University, as well as the NETC Theatre Auditions held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Boston-Natick on March 11, 12 & 13. Look for the MAI listing at both venues.
Audition Deadline: Music Academy International accepts applications through April 1, 2017. MAI has a rolling audition process with limited enrollment. Early applications are suggested for best results.
Attractions and Sightseeing:
- 2015 Excursions Highlights Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBxcq5e2qx4
- Nearby Cities Include: Venice, Salzburg, Verona, Innsbruck, Munich.
- Hiking and Biking in the Dolomites.
- Cable car trip to Refugio di Tognola for breathtaking views and a delicious meal.
- Cable car trip to Rifugio Rosetta located on one of the highest peaks in the Dolomites.
- Hiking trip to visit a cheese-making farm.
- Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida in the Arena di Verona; 300 singers, actors, live camels! A musical extravaganza!
- Shopping in San Martino di Castrozza, the oldest skiing resort in the Alpine region.
- Water Canyoning in Val Noana with renowned Alpine guides.
Click the button below to submit an application for the Musical Theatre Performance Studio.