Stage One Workshops 2014 | Signature Theatre

Stage One Workshops 2014

Dance Instructor Pauline Grossman leads the Stage One 2010 participants in an early morning dance routine that was broadcast on Fox5 Morning News.

August 4 – 15, 2014

Auditions: April 26, 2014 from 10AM – 1PM
Tuition: $925

“This workshop is awesome. I’ve really learned so much…I love how you guys don’t baby us and that this is a serious program for the serious actor. And I really like that the workshop is small (not a lot of people in the workshop.)”
–2013 Stage One Student

Click here to hear more from the Stage One class of 2013.


Stage One workshop is a two-week program that gives anyone ages 14-17 the chance to experience in-depth the world of professional musical theatre and to hone their vocal, dance and acting skills. Musical theatre professionals provide students with personalized, supportive instruction in daily dancing, singing, and acting courses. As the prequel to the successful Overtures Musical Theatre Institute, Stage One aims to create fully-developed young musical theatre performers. At the conclusion of the program, students will demonstrate what they’ve learned in a performance for friends and family members.

New For 2014

In addition to daily training in acting, music and dance, Stage One will be a full hour longer this year to incorporate daily master classes from a professional from the DC theatre scene. With a different instructor everyday, this is an incredible opportunity for high schools students to work with award-winning actors, directors, choreographers, musicians and casting directors. Keep on eye on this page for updates on who will be teaching this year!


Dates:   August 4 – 15
Time:   Monday – Friday
  10:00AM to 6:00 PM

On the final day of the workshop, parents are invited at 4:00PM to join the students for an informal class demonstration of the skills they learned.

A typical day at Stage One will follow a schedule like this (subject to change):

10:00 – 12:00   Dance training and rehearsal.
12:00 – 12:45   Lunch
12:45 – 2:45   Vocal pedagogy and rehearsal.
3:00 – 5:00   Acting training and exercises
5:00 – 6:00   Master class with professional theatre artist.


Each year, Stage One is taught by the highest quality instructors in the DC Metro area. Past instructors have included:
Evan Casey, DC actor. (Signature’s The Boy Detective Fails, Ford’s Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors)
Pauline Grossman, dance instructor and choreographer. (Adventure Theatre, Catholic University of America)
Joshua Morgan, music instructor, actor and director. (No Rules Theatre Company’s Co-Artistic Director)
Tracy Lynn Olivera, DC and Broadway actor and vocal instructor (Signature’s Les Miserable, Broadway’s Ragtime)
Elisa Rosman, musical director and accompanist. (Keegan’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Theater Lab’s Merrily We Roll Along)
David Zobell, Signature’s Education Director. (Signature Theatre, Adventure Theatre, The Rainbow Company in Las Vegas, Nevada)


Tuition for Stage One is $925. A deposit of $325 is due July 1, with the remaining balance of $600 due on July 22. There are no fellowships available for Stage One.


Auditions for Stage One will occur on April 26, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Applicants are asked to prepare two contrasting musical theatre songs, 16 bars each and come prepared to dance. Please call 571 527 1854 or email with questions.