Overtures 2015 | Signature Theatre

Overtures 2015

***Added audition on Saturday, March 21 at 10AM.
Call 571 527 1857 to schedule. ***

Signature Theatre’s Musical Theatre Institute

Overtures is dedicated to the nurturing and training of emerging musical theater performers. Designed for college students and recent graduates, Overtures is a unique experience for a select number of young artists. This two-week intensive, professional training program provides rigorous and comprehensive instruction in vocal and performance technique, dance, acting and audition skills.


Overtures is under the direction of Matthew Gardiner, Signature’s Associate Artistic Director, and Karma Camp, award-winning professional choreographer and Signature Theatre Artistic Associate. The faculty has also included Signature Theatre’s Artistic Director, Eric Schaeffer; professional actress and vocal instructor, Tracy Lynn Olivera; professional music director, Darius Smith; Helen Hayes award-winning actor, Nova Y. Payton; and Helen Hayes award-winning actor and director, Mitchell Hébert.


Overtures will take place over two weeks: June 15– 21 and June 22 – 27, 2015. Overtures meets six days per week from 10AM to 9PM with the final showcase performed on June 27 at 11AM. The curriculum includes daily classes in dance, acting and vocal performance, master classes with experienced professionals, and rehearsals for the end-of-session showcase presented on Saturday, June 27, in Signature’s MAX Theatre. The experience culminates with an opportunity for students to audition for local professional casting directors and to receive personal feedback on their audition.

Master Classes are taught by distinguished theater professionals and associated Signature artists.


Tony Award® winners: Harriet Harris, Donna McKechnie, Marsha Norman and Michael Rupert
Broadway performers: James Barbour, Hunter Bell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Matt Bogart, Carolee Carmello, Tim Federle, Marc Kudisch, Norm Lewis and Emily Skinner
Songwriters: Jeff Bowen, Zina Goldrich, Ricky Ian Gordon, Marcy Heisler and Richard Maltby
New York Casting Directors Stuart Howard and Tara Rubin
NBC Producer: Dean McFlicker


NEW THIS YEAR: Students must be at least 17 years old to audition for Overtures. Students 14 to 17-years-old are invited to audition for Signature’s acclaimed Stage One workshop. Click here for more information on Stage One.

March 14, 2015 at Signature Theatre from 10AM to 1PM. Bring a headshot and resume detailing your performance experience. Be prepared to sing 32 bars of a musical theater song of your choice and to perform a one-minute monologue of your choice (no classical monologues, please.) Bring your audition book; you may be asked to sing more. There will be a dance audition; bring appropriate clothing/shoes. Schedule your audition appointment in advance (beginning February 9) by contacting us at overtures@signature-theatre.org or calling 571 527 1857.

Prepare a DVD or YouTube video that includes 32 bars total of one musical theatre song (performed with an accompanist), a one minute contemporary monologue AND a dance or movement routine that demonstrates your ability to move with music. Submit a letter of intent describing your interest in attending Overtures. Include a headshot and resume.
By MAIL: Education Department, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206.
ONLINE: Email materials (including like to YouTube video) to overtures@signature-theatre.org. If you upload your video to YouTube, please do not upload as a private video. All electronic submissions must be received by March 30, 2015.


Tuition for 2015 Overtures Musical Theatre Institute will be $1,750. Housing availability is very limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional costs for housing can be expected.


Fellowships are available for applicants with special circumstances. A limited number of full and partial tuition fellowships are made possible by individual donors and organizations such as the Weissberg Foundation. Fellowship funds can also be awarded for travel, housing and per diem expenses. Applications for Fellowship assistance can be submitted beginning March 2, 2015. All fellowship applications must be received by the March 20, 2015 deadline. Fellowship awards will be made by April 13, 2015. Click here for the application form.


Feb 9 – Audition appointments become available
Mar 2- First date to submit fellowship applications
Mar 14 – In-person auditions at Signature Theatre
Mar 20 – Fellowship application deadline
Mar 30 – Electronic audition materials deadline
Apr 6 – Application decisions mailed
Apr 13 – Fellowship awards made
May 5 – Initial deposit of $250 due
June 1 – Tuition balance of remaining $1,500 is due
June 15 – Start of program and due date for proof of health and accident insurance
June 27 – Showcase in MAX Theatre at Signature at 11AM

Contact Signature’s Education Department at 571 527 1854 or overtures@signature-theatre.org.